Spring Cleaning!

Spring arrived fashionably late to Riverside Farm this year, but the season is finally upon us. We greeted it like bleary-eyed bears emerging from hibernation, a bit stiff and disoriented from hunkering down through the cold, dark winter.

But now the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and we are BUSY!

Kitchen: Work-in-progress
We are in the thick of a kitchen renovation, which will include refinishing existing cabinets, replacing the sink and counter tops, painting, and installing new hard wood floors. When we moved into this house last year, everything was lovely and livable, so we quickly unpacked and called it a day. But in recent months, we've been itching to customize things and make them our own...which is how the kitchen project was born. I am looking forward to posting some before and after photos..."after" can't get here quickly enough.

Next week, my adventures in bee keeping will commence when I drive down to Singing Cedars Apiary to pick up my new honey-making hombres, bring them home, and install them into two newly constructed hives. My parents are coming to visit so my dad, who kept bees when I was little, can assist.

And of course, there's plenty of work to do in the garden. Here in zone 4 the threat of frost is strong through May 15. To be safe, last year we planted our garden over Memorial Day weekend which worked out well. So I'm aiming to get everything in the ground by then.

I am also working on a little blog makeover, which I hope to get up by the end of the month.

There's one very important front which, unfortunately, has not advanced. We've had a record amount of rain in the past month, which has left the fields too soggy to drive on with tractors. So the crop schedule is already behind. We are hoping things dry out soon.

Wish us luck as we march onward and work double-time to get everything done!

Courtney (May 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM)  

Best of luck with all of your springtime projects. Your bees are so exciting. It's going to be such a treat to have honey from your own hives. Also, your blog looks really nice! I love the new header.

Alison (May 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM)  

Thanks, Courtney! Inch by inch, we're getting there!

Janet K –  (May 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM)  

Just found you & look forward to "catching up"
on what I've missed. Looking forward to hearing about the bees...this is something I would like to eventually do.

Alison (May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM)  

Thanks, Janet! More on the bees soon!

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