This weekend was another one of those perfect spring weekends that I wish I could capture in a bottle and carry around with me at all times. It was full of so many of the things I love: Fun, playing in the dirt, sun, yoga, spending time with Dave and lots of time outdoors. Roswell is such a great place to be when the weather is warm. I’m a bit sad the weekend had to come to an end, but glad I was able to soak it all in and enjoy it.
On Saturday, Dave had an away tennis match, so I had lunch with my friend Heather, who is a rock star and one of my favorite people on the planet. We ate sushi outside and people watched and discussed the after-school yoga program I’m starting this fall for low-income and at-risk girls at Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, of which Heather is CEO. Then we lazily wandered down to the lovely new Roswell Provisions, a European-style market that carries fresh bread, wine, meats, cheeses, pastries, coffee and more. The cheesemonger treated us to samples of a bunch of amazing cheeses, after which we paid for our purchases – I got a bottle of Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree Crush (and yes, I shrieked like a schoolgirl when I found it) – and made our way back outside to enjoy some really sinfully delicious gelato.
Photo courtesy of mere2007 via Flickr.
On Sunday, I ventured over to the new Lululemon showroom in downtown Roswell for their weekly free yoga class. We took our mats outside to a grassy area and did a wonderful hour-long flow practice. I shut out all the hustle and bustle of the brunch crowd, and enjoyed the sun on my face and the breeze on my skin. I think I smiled for the entire hour.
Sunday afternoon I tackled replanting the bed in front of our house, under the FatDog’s careful supervision. Our landlord cleared a large part of it out a few weeks ago and gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. After hauling in eight big bags of dirt and ten bags of mulch, I planted three gardenias, three encore azaleas, a knockout rose, and some oriental lily, gladiolus and elephant ear bulbs. It’s a pretty big improvement, but I can’t wait to see what it looks like when all the bulbs start coming up and blooming!
And, because Sunday was April 15th – the official bring-your-plants-back-outside-day, or so says my mom – I moved my little container army back out to the deck. Even though we’ve had an unseasonably warm spring, I resisted the urge to move them earlier, and I’m glad I did because the lows last week dipped back down near freezing. Last year, my mom moved her plants out on April 14th, just in time for a hail storm to wreak havoc on them! So, April 15th it is. Anyway, I can swear I saw them perk up their leaves a little when the sun hit them.
I also did a little maintenance on my terrariums and listed them for sale. I’ll be sad to see them go, but happy that they’ll be adding a little bit of green cheer to other people’s homes or offices.
After I showered off all the layers of dirt I’d accumulated, Dave and I enjoyed a quiet dinner al fresco at a great local Mexican place. It was the perfect end to a weekend that was also pretty damn close to perfect. It’s hard to get back into my weekday routine (what little bit of routine I actually have, that is), but it looks like we have another awesome weekend fast approaching! So tell me: What did you do during this beautiful weekend?