I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Spring is…here?

It’s official: Spring is here! By looking and going outside right now, however, I can’t say I agree. With temperatures in the teens it’s a little hard to celebrate spring in Minnesota, but I’m going to give it a shot. Like I’ve said before, I always like to write down my goals and “To Do’s” – it’s just easier for me to see (literally) instead of them being in my head. So, here is what I’m looking forward to this spring and summer:

-Longer days (although they already feel pretty long – Paul and I still can’t get used to it being light out at 6pm)

-Driving on the country roads with the windows down

-Barbequing (we still sometimes BBQ now but it’s always better during spring and summer, wouldn’t you agree?)

-Bonfires, bonfires, bonfires!!!

-Drive-in movies

-Geese to come back on our lake

-Cornfields to start growing again

-Spring and summer dresses galore!

-Picnics (Paul and I don’t do these very often but I’m adamant that we will be having picnics in our backyard. Cheap date and fairly romantic.)

-Going to the lake

-Taking evening walks

-Walking Rusty more in general – he’s a ball of energy and needs to get out more.

-Baseball, baseball, baseball!!!

-The lovely absence of winter jackets and boots



-Paul’s birthday (the big 2-6!)

-My birthday (the big 2-4!)

-Finally starting to create my enchanted garden

-Finally starting to create my vegetable garden

-Painting my office – I’m waiting until the weather is nice so I can open the windows for fresh air.


-Having the windows open in our house

-Summer sunsets are just lovely.


-All of those glorious spring and summer weddings we have this year – cannot wait!!

Ok, I think I’ve listed enough things. I’m getting so darn excited just by writing that list! I can’t wait for spring to (weather wise) officially be here!! I hope you all have a lovely official first day of spring – don’t let the snow and cold get you down! It’s almost here! :)