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The Missing Link {April 2013 Blog Link Up}

The month of April has been a cold and snowy one here in Wisconsin, but finally, here in these last days of the month, Spring has finally decided to show her warm, sunny face.  With temperatures now hitting the sixties and seventies, I have taken to the outdoors and begun cleaning out my flower gardens.  I'm pleased to see some crocus bulbs coming up, and the green returning to my thyme.

Crocus bulbs peeking out of the warming ground.

Thyme beginning to green in spring.

The snow has nearly disappeared from our vegetable garden as well, and once it has dried enough, we can begin turning the soil.  For now, however, the garden is still a spongy, muddy mess, so we wait.  And look at the remnants of last these onions we forgot about.

What happens if onions are left to grow for another year?

In the meantime, we can let our hens scratch around.  Sometimes, they get lucky and find a worm or two to snack on.  Maybe even a big juicy spider.

The chickens love foraging in the garden.

Kiwi is a sassy hen.

And while the hens are scratching about, I'll be going on walks and letting the sun soak into my skin while I search for more signs of spring.  The river is quite high now from the spring run-off, and the ducks look like they are starting to pair off for some summer lovin'.

The river is high and fast right now.
Lookin' for love...

I hope she notices me...

Lucky duck.

It has been so very nice to feel warmth, it's been so long; winter clung to April and lingered, like a bad case of the flu.  Luckily, I had some good reading from some of my favorite blogs to keep my busy during those cold days.  In the month of April:

I read Hands On Learning 4 All's article explaining how her family grows a kitchen scrap garden.

I had my mind blown when I found this recipe for chocolate mousse--there's avacado in it!

The Vintage Mom taught me 17 ways to recycle yogurt cups.

I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Cocoa Puff Cereal.  Homemade cocoa puffs?!  I am so trying this one.

I learned that there's more than one way to clean your hair.  Our Heritage of Health shared some neat "no-poo" options in Victorian Shampoo Alternatives.


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