Friday | Bring On the May Flowers!

Happy Friday, friends! It is the last Friday of April. This month totally zoomed by and I’m shocked that Monday is the first of May. I try my best to make Fridays about joy here in my Cozy Burrow, so today’s post is full of flowers, stitching, and a few highlights from the week. I have so much to share with you!


Despite feeling like it’s rained all week, there have been pockets of sunshine. I tried to make sure we got outside for most of them! This hyacinth patch is in our front yard which takes a little longer to warm up, so we’re lucky enough to have some fresh blooms. I found this fat bumblebee searching for some pollen and couldn’t resist the picture.

These tulips are two years old and I was worried they wouldn’t be as vigorous as they were last year. But it looks like we’re lucky enough to have at least one more showy year of these pink beauties. We have lots of pansies and english daisies planted in pots and window boxes and they have really enjoyed all of the rain and small breaks of sunshine. I hope their roots are very happy and are growing strong!

The best thing about all of this rain is what it’s doing for the flowers. I check my perennial garden each day for a peek at the lupines and columbine; nothing yet, but this is such a hopeful time of year. Bring on the May flowers! And asparagus!


I wish I had a ton of stitching to show you all, but I don’t. I haven’t managed a stitch since last Sunday. I am very happy to report that I stitched a few more darning rows on Annie Bayliss last weekend and am closer to finishing! Maybe I’ll be able to finish this before the coronation? My intention each evening is to curl up with an audiobook, tea, and some stitching, but I have been beat by the time I get the kids into bed. It’s okay – things will settle soon and I’ll have a resurgence of stitching energy. Until then I’ll be content with working like a snail. ๐ŸŒ

It’s even been hard for me to read more than a paragraph or two at a time this week. In short, I am running an intense toileting program for Colton and it completely consumes my evenings. It will be worth it in the end, but my goodness — it is difficult right now. I have an appointment with his therapist today to go over our toileting logs (also intense) and find things that I can do differently. I have no idea how long this is going to take so please bear with me while my attention is focused elsewhere!


A few highlights from the week:

โ˜•๏ธ I have been enjoying daily homemade espressos using my Bialetti. I bought this exactly one year ago and have used it off and on. I’ve been pining for a Nespresso machine which is unlikely to happen in this decade, so I dusted this off a couple of weeks ago. I’m still playing with ratios and figuring out how to make my own perfect cup so the results vary widely, but it’s been fun to experiment. It has definitely paid for itself many times over!

โœ๏ธ We’ve been on vacation this week and I am SO looking forward to settling back into our little Blackberry Bluff school. I love gathering around the table every day and learning with the kids. I’m also excited about an hour of quiet time on Sunday to get ready for the week!

๐Ÿ“š I started an extremely part-time job at the public library this week! I think you all know that it’s been my dream for a long time and I’m so excited about it. My first day was yesterday and I’m very happy to be learning the ropes.


Have I mentioned that it’s Friday? I’ve given up on all of my chores at home and will aim to play catch up next week. I’m planning to make it through the weekend doing as little cleaning and cooking as possible! And other than some time at the library and preparing for our school week, we have no plans for the weekend. Whatever you’re doing this weekend – I hope it’s full of the things you love. I plan to be back on Monday. Until then – take good care.

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  1. So much joy, Katie, in these words and photos โค๏ธ fantastic news about your new job at the library!! And all the good thoughts for yโ€™all and the toileting; it sounds intense and hard. TGIF!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I’m really looking forward to next Thursday because that’s when Matthew’s vacation starts… and I won’t be doing this all alone! And thanks for the kind words about the new position – I am thrilled ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. And I miss all of you! I don’t think I could have gotten away with working so extremely part-time at The Bend! And I’m not really responsible for getting anything done in particular — just doing what needs to be done in the moment. So it’s definitely a good fit for me right now!!

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  2. It’s always so much fun to see the flowers emerge and flower in the spring. You are fit perfect to work in a library! Toilet training can be very challenging but so rewarding in the end!

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    1. Thanks, Gretchen! I hope you’re getting to see lots of flowers in Northern Indiana. I was thinking about you the other day and was wondering if you missed releasing the cattle for spring?

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  3. There is nothing to bring a smile to your face quite like spring flowers! I always think of them as a gift from Mother Nature. I wish you lots of good luck with the toileting efforts. I remember how hard potty training was with my kid, and she didn’t have any additional challenges to work with. And I am so excited about your new job! I expect you’re going to feel really tired at the end of the day while you get used to the new schedule, but I’m sure it’s got to be really rewarding. I hope you can find some time to stitch and read this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! The days have been exhausting but taking on two shifts at the library was such a gift (and a break!!). The librarian I was working with on Saturday said something about being tired when I got home and I think I probably gave her a funny look. I couldn’t believe that I actually got to sit down while I was there… I never sit down when Colton’s home – not even to eat. Not even on holidays. Never. I chase him literally all day and I’m not exaggerating. Being at the library for four hours while Matthew was at home with the kids felt like I was being unfaithful in my marriage, lol.

      Anyway — no stitching this weekend and just a couple of pages of reading. I’m hoping that might shift this week? Fingers crossed!

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  4. Katie! I just read your mention of working part-time at the library. For years I have told myself in secret, when my house is empty of little ones I want a part-time job at the library. That sounds like the perfect way to spend a portion of my time. Is there a particular area you’ll be working at the library? How fun! xoxo

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    1. Maggie — I’ve always wanted to work at the library too, so this is kind of a dream come true for me! I hope your dream comes true one day too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Our library is very small, so I’ll be all over the place and will be the go-to person for posting things to the website and facebook. The director also mentioned starting a blog for the library, which is right up my alley.

      In a perfect world, I’d like to be in a position that would pay me to write about books and the bookish life. So maybe I’m inching my way there? We will see!!

      I’m so happy you stopped by my blog, Maggie! I hope you’re feeling well!

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  5. Oh fun! Do tell about your part-time job!! Your flowers are gorgeous. We are a bit ahead of you here, but I am familiar with Spring in New England, and it will not be long now. Good luck with the toileting efforts – not always easy by any means and your case presents extra challenges I know. Hope your weekend is a grand one (we do have rain coming in…).

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    1. Vera, thanks so much for your kind and understanding words. They mean a lot.

      The position at the library is EXTREMELY part-time. Just about 4 hours a week. But I worked two shifts last week while training and it feels really natural and right. I have really enjoyed the training process!

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  6. Your flowers are beautiful!
    I always thought working at a library would be my “cup of tea”. Whenever we travel, I always find libraries, churches, and bakeries! Have a fun weekend.

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  7. Spring flowers are so beautiful. Goodness, you sound busy. Congratulations on your new part time job at the library. Once a long time ago, I worked in a public library and enjoyed it.

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    1. So many of my friends have worked in libraries – I love it! I did worry about how taking on a job would impact my stress levels, but so far it’s only helped my mood. And because it’s just about four hours a week, I think the good outweighs the negative impacts it could bring. Fingers crossed!

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  8. I love your pink tulips! It’s great to see since tulip season just wrapped up here. If they are Darwin tulips, they may continue to come back. That’s so exciting about your library job! My dream is to work at the library part time once I retire from my full-time career (still many years away.)

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    1. I hope you’re right about the tulips and now I know to look for Darwins – thank you! I highly recommend spending your retirement at the library. It has been so much fun so far!

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