Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring forward!

This morning at 2 a.m., our clocks "sprung forward" an hour. As much as we all resent the loss of an hour of our lives (to be recovered in autumn when the clocks switch back), the extra hour of light in the evenings, with all the spring-forward-springiness it represents, is very, very welcome.

This year, daylight savings was accompanied by a nice warmish weekend after several weeks of heavy rain that broke our long drought and turned our golden hills green and our back lawn tall and muddy, so it was that much more special.

We did what any rational family of green-thumbs would do on the first warm weekend after several rainy ones ... we got out in the garden and soaked up some sunshine!

Orange and yellow and blue pants!


Joe just so happened to be wearing his new orange corduroy Jacob pants, which I finished up this morning. As you may recall, he recently requested that I make him "orange and yellow pants." Later, he amended that to "orange, yellow, and blue pants." In my adult wisdom, I decided that orange and yellow was plenty enough for the outside of the pants, but I used some blue Mickey Mouse fabrics to line the pockets. A little secret blue for Joe.

Orange and yellow and blue pants!


He seems pretty happy with the result. He insisted on wearing them with his "favorite t-shirt," a Woody shirt (from Toy Story). Good choice, son. Way to rock the cowboy 1970s vibe.

This is my second pair of Jacob pants, and I love this pattern. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I had a ton of complaints the first time I made it. But if you just ignore the instructions, these sew up fast, and the fit of these pants is just the best. I mean, seriously, those little butt darts! So cute! Check it out.

Orange and yellow and blue pants!

Best rear end fit ever.

I don't have any pictures of the inside of the pants, but there is buttonhole elastic, and a couple buttons inside the waistband, so the fit can be adjusted just so. Joe loves that - he says these pants are "soft and comfy," which is his highest compliment for an article of clothing.

Orange and yellow and blue pants!


They are also DISCO-FABULOUS, but Joe hasn't learned that particular vocabulary yet. Which doesn't mean he doesn't know what it feels like, right? Joe knows just what he likes, make no mistake. And when he requested orange and yellow and blue pants, he clearly wanted DISCO-FABULOUS.

Orange and yellow and blue pants!


Orange and yellow and blue pants!


Oh. My. Goodness. That right there is the face of a boy who knows he is the apple of his mother's eye. Seriously.

Orange and yellow and blue pants!


So anyway, back to the garden! Not sure why Joe looks so forlorn here. We all did a little work in the garden this weekend. We pulled up and separated the strawberries, amending the soil and putting down burlap to keep the berries dry.

Daylight savings = time to get in the garden!


Daylight savings = time to get in the garden!


Daylight savings = time to get in the garden!


Daylight savings = time to get in the garden!

This is going to be an EPIC year for our strawberry patch!!

You can see how happy we all were to be out on a sunny and green day. Sunshine does a body good.

Joe was happily watching bugs in the dirt until Steve stepped on a termite he was inspecting closely. This was a mistake on Steve's part, and he is very sorry. Joe eventually recovered from his grief when we started a nerf gun battle.

In between getting shot with Nerf darts in the rear end, I harvested a big pile of collard greens from our winter garden.

Daylight savings = time to get in the garden!


Very few of the things I planted last fall actually survived this winter, due to the severe drought, but collard is sturdy stuff. It seems to thrive in our climate - winter and summer!

Tonight: Twice baked potatoes with a side of collard greens cooked with a little bit of pancetta ... and hopefully no Nerf darts ...



15 comments:

  1. Aw, Inder, I love this so much. Such great pants! Tia was looking with me and asked, "Is that a picture of Jude when he was little?" It's funny, because it kind of does looks like 4 year old Jude! I'm jealous of your gardening situation! It's so hard to grow anything here (except for herbs) and I miss it. Anyway, the pants are awesome. I love the orange and yellow together. Good eye, Joe! And what a nice mama to also incorporate the blue inside as well. :)

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    1. Sometimes when I see photos of Jude, I think, "wow, he looks a tiny bit like my Joe!" So I get it, Tia!

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  2. Great pants! He's got an eye for color. I need to get into our garden too but I am seriously lacking in motivation right now. Anyway, I dropped by to let you know I had nominated your blog for a Liebster award. Details here.

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    1. Thank you!! It's still a bit early for gardening, even in my mild climate - I often don't really get motivated until after the equinox (apparently, I am like a plant, attuned to the number of hours of sunlight in the day), but it was so nice this past weekend, we couldn't resist! And it's always fun to see how much you can do in just an hour of puttering. Thank you for the nomination! I confess I am sometimes a slacker about following through on these things, but I sure appreciate your vote of confidence. I'll go read about it!

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  3. those are flippin awesome pants!! where do you find this luscious corduroy that looks like velveteen?? such a nice sheen. seriously, i love everything about these, including the fact that you made his request a reality. and you've seriously tempted me with this pattern....

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    1. Thank you, Gail! It's a pretty fun pattern! I'm just sad that Maggie is still too little (the pattern starts at the Euro equivalent of 2T) for her own pair of fantastic disco pants!

      You have me wondering - where *did* I find that corduroy? You know, when it was folded up in my stash, it looked dull and unappealing somehow, so it sat there for a year or so. But when I started working with it, I was like, oooooh, this is NICE. It really is soft and lustrous.

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  4. those pants are awesome!! I love love that yellow piping!! and those "butt darts"! I'm hoping to get a pair of green parsley pants made for V and I'm wondering/thinking about adding some pintucks to the back as well as the front...hmmm...wonder if that would work...and I think I'll add a dash of piping as well! Love these!

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    1. You know, yellow piping would look totally smashing on green pants, too! (Little known fact: Yellow piping looks good on practically everything.)

      Since the pintuck takes less than a 1/4" of width out of the pants, I bet it would work just fine!! Can't wait to see your pants!

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    2. oh yeah...so funny you said yellow piping and green, Because before I even saw that you said that...I had made them with yellow piping! ;) And, as it turns out, I was forgetting that the pintucks on the parsley are on the front and back, duh! ;)

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  5. Beautiful post, wonderful greens and awesome trousers!

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  6. Those pants are absolutely DISCO-FABULOUS! Joe has some seriously awesome style.;)

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  7. I love the gardening pictures! It is really time to get out and start pulling weeds around here. I bought some onion sets and potatoes yesterday. We're heading into that busy season where I'm always deciding whether to sew or garden with any extra time :) And I love the pants- great looking colors, fit, and fabric! Plus, Maggie's gardening outfit and expressions are fabulous as well. Love!

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    1. I am in the same boat - sew, or garden? Sew, or garden?

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  8. How nice to see Jacob being made so far away from home. He looks great on your boy!

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    1. Thank you! I love this pattern! Seriously, those little darts on the back ... they kill me every time!

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