sunshine!

yesterday you could see and feel the sunshine! of course the sun is always there, but missoula is known for gloomy winters so spring is always a warm welcome. i’m not going to go as far as to say that spring is here because we’ll probably get more snow at some point. but yesterday truly felt like spring and all we wanted to do was be outside.

we went to church, went to a friend’s house for lunch, planned meals for the week, went grocery shopping and then came home and got in the dirt. this will be our first year gardening at this house; thankfully there is already a fenced in garden area but it needed some tidying up. on went the carhartts and garden gloves and we began to turn over soil and make room for more growing space. as we were working randy said, “do you want to grill out tonight? it’s so nice outside i feel like we should grill some venison steaks and veggies.” so back to the grocery store i went to get some veggies for the grill (impulse grocery shopping = not ideal, but when my dear husband wants to get the grill growing for meat AND veggies?! i’m on it.).

actually, before we worked in the garden i did a ton of laundry - this was the first load of 2013 laundry to hang on the line! and all of these clothes are new to me and were FREE from a recent clothing exchange party.

actually, before we worked in the garden i did a ton of laundry – this was the first load of 2013 laundry to hang on the line! and all of these clothes are new to me and were FREE from a recent clothing exchange party.

our backyard garden. hoping to build a compost bin in that back right corner (also hoping that the bears stay away)

our backyard garden. hoping to build a compost bin in that back right corner (also hoping that the bears stay away)

another view of our garden and backyard. thankful for this much space at our in town house and yet look forward to hopefully having (and owning!) more land some day

another view of our garden and backyard. thankful for this much space at our in town house and yet look forward to hopefully having (and owning!) more land some day

some volunteer onions! they're coming up in random places, but mostly in rows. at first we thought they were the garlic we planted last fall but this is not where we planted one. we pulled one up - definitely an onion.

some volunteer onions! they’re coming up in random places, but mostly in rows. at first we thought they were the garlic we planted last fall but this is not where we planted one. we pulled one up – definitely an onion.

i found a bunch of bricks in our garage so we used them to make a path

i found a bunch of bricks in our garage so we used them to make a path

fallon was very interested in walking all around the garden, but we don't want him doing that once the plants are growing. so we tried to teach him that he must stay outside the garden. he got as close as he could!

fallon was very interested in walking all around the garden, but we don’t want him doing that once the plants are growing. so we tried to teach him that he must stay outside the garden. he got as close as he could!

and then it was time for some good eats. it’s nice having a freezer stocked with various cuts of venison so that you can spur the moment do meals like venison steaks on the grill!

on went the veggies

on went the veggies

grilled veggies that had been (briefly) marinated in balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

grilled veggies that had been (briefly) marinated in balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

venison steaks with a variety of spices. we liked the ones with lawry salt and the ones with an espresso steak rub best.

venison steaks with a variety of spices. we liked the ones with lawry salt and the ones with an espresso steak rub best.

yes, you see a few chicken hotdogs that snuck their way in to our meal. they are "natural" chicken hotdogs with no nitrates, etc. randy loves hotdogs and these were recently expire at the health food's store so i bought him a pack. what a treat, huh? he sure thought so!

yes, you see a few chicken hotdogs that snuck their way in to our meal. they are “natural” chicken hotdogs with no nitrates, etc. randy loves hotdogs and these were recently expire at the health food’s store so i bought him a pack. what a treat, huh? he sure thought so!

it’s supposed to stay in the 50’s for the next few days, which is wonderful! makes for great running, hiking and gardening weather. it’s already time to transplant some of our seedlings in to bigger trays because they’ve grown so much!

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