“Ho Hey”

9 Jul

In case your Monday needs a little pick-me-up:


Garden’s Progress

6 Jul

It is almost unspeakable how much joy this small little bit of dirt and seed have given me in the last 3 months. From the time I saw the first evidence of germination, through all the dirty fingernails (sometimes I just start messing with them before I think to get the garden gloves on), the delicious basil, to my first squash casserole (and I have never been a big veggie casserole kind of girl, but this was out of sight; it’s another post, actually; it was THAT good). I’m trying not to dwell too much on the actual fruit of the garden but on the sheer life of it, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say how much I love it that we have actually based WHOLE MEALS on what has come from our yard!

These 1st 2 pictures were snapped on 28 April, 2012:

Ready for planting

tomatoes and basil, grown from seed together, and some became inseparable!

The following pictures were taken today, 6 July 2012: Amazing!!

Squash (up front) and lettuce in the rear

Mint (up front) and imperial black eggplant in the rear


Basil (can you believe we eat this almost every night we cook at home?!?) with an errant tomato plant that seeded itself among the basil (it felt a little caprese coming on, too!)

Roma tomatoes (up front), Peacevine Cherry tomatoes in the rear)

Cherry tomatoes, almost reporting for action!

I’ve Got Needs

5 Jul

True conversation, overheard this morning. Admittedly, it was in my “shoe room.”


Mike: Have you picked out your shoes yet?
Me: I don’t have anything to wear.
Mike: I’m not sure I believe you.
Me: It’s completely true. I’m not sure what I am going to do!
Mike: I’m note sure I believe you.
Me: I have to go shopping.
Mike: I’m not sure I believe you.
So… here I am, scrambling to shop online at lunch.

I’m thinking I need something that is mostly neutral, although a little detail color is ok. Especially pink. Pink is always agreeable. I don’t have other criteria, but I do feel like I’m going to get something soon. What to do, what to do!?!? This dilemma is inevitable. I always get to a certain point when I’m kind of tired of looking at the same things and need to mix it up a bit. Should I resist the urge or indulge it? Decisions, decisions…

Perfect Date Night

4 Jul

My husband can say the sweetest things to me. One of my favorites occurred early last week when pretty much out of the blue he turned to me on the couch and said something like, “I love hanging out with you. I’d rather do nothing with you than something with anyone else.” Isn’t that the best? I guess the only problem with that is that we still don’t manage to squeeze in many date nights. I’ve decided to make that a much higher priority going forward. What do you do for date nights? How often do you plan them?

We started off the night with dinner at a local “gastropub,” and this one was a keeper (in parentheses because they refer to themselves that way, but its really not as fancy as all that)! It’s called the “Bookhouse Pub” (which just sounds like it would be right up my alley). There was a wee wait for a spot to sit, so we had a drink to get started. When I saw “Hell or High Watermelon” beer on the

20120704-113239.jpglist, I heard it calling my name! Nothing is more summer-y than watermelon (and peaches), wheat beers are my favorites, and the name is just funny enough to get my attention. I’m glad it did! It was very tasty – and it did a great job of blending watermelon and beer tastes in my mouth!

I can imagine that many people would disagree with the following statement, but I really don’t consider myself a picky eater. That being said, I don’t like potato chips or bleu cheese. That sweet talker of a husband, though, convinced me

20120704-113309.jpgthat we should start our meal with this pile of gooey goodness: house-made potato chips covered with bleu cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and chipotle. Again… a surprising winner in my book! We followed this obviously health-conscious started with burgers (mine the house-made veggie burger, his the burger named after the house) and food happiness filled us up.

After this tasty beginning, we ventured to the Botanical Garden, which is my very favorite place in the whole world of local options. One night each week during the summer, they hold an event they call “social irrigation”: Cocktails in the Garden. This summer, they are also hosting a sculpture exhibition. Sculpture is so powerful to me, even when I don’t “get it.” Throughout the garden, though, there were many really cool pieces, nicely set off by the lights.


We wandered throughout the Garden, doing a little people watching, a little star-gazing, and a little flower gaping, and as we approached the Orchid House, we found a small exhibition of other art works, including this piece by my lovely friend Jenny! It’s so cool to see your friends do well!! Jenny is amazingly talented (not well displayed on my phone camera picture, I’m afraid).

Leopard and wood

24 Jun

It is a rare privilege that I am accompanied on a shoe shopping trip by my husband. In truth, this was an unplanned shopping expedition and one on which I did not expect (indeed, expected NOT) to purchase anything, but nonetheless, I found myself shopping with my sweet and very tolerant husband yesterday. Oh happy day!

Even better, he found a pair of shoes I fell hard for. And if he picked them, I pretty much have to get them, right??


Jessica Simpson Leopard and Wood wedges

Perfect, right? 🙂

Happy Sunday, out there! Enjoy the moment with someone you love…


22 Jun

There is nothing like having your husband travel to inspire all kinds of unusual activity. “Moi? Mow the lawn? Surely you jest. Uh… wait… you’re serious. Uh oh!”

In addition to some of those unsavory tasks (and yes, I did manage to avoid taking the trash out the entire time; I’ve seriously never been more devoted to reduce, reuse and recycle than I have in the last weeks), I also found it to be a lovely opportunity to redecorate! Pictures hung? Check! New colors (including bedding) in the bedroom? Check! Different furniture arrangement in the living room? Check! And Hurray! Our dining room table no longer looks like a desk (mail, computer monitor, and pen holder all re-placed in the actual office)!

I also found a new favorite song. It’s not really new, but it sure does speak to my heart in a new way: “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. The lyrics detail a couple of lovers recalling when he first realized he loved her. “Holy Moley, Me-oh-My, you’re the apple of my eye / Girl, I’ve never loved one like you / Man, oh man, you’re my best friend, /I scream it to the nothingness / There ain’t nothin’ that I need.” I really love the chorus, too: “ahh home / let me come home / home is wherever I’m with you.” For all the rearranging and redecorating and cleaning up I did, it really didn’t feel like home until he arrived in my arms tonight. Yes, that is as sappy as I’m going to get for today.  🙂

You are the *Iris* of my Eye

22 Jun

Months and months and months ago, when I started sketching out our landscape plan, I sought input from Le Hubs. Much to my surprise, he did actually have input! He wanted iris in our garden! So… Iris he shall have.

“Iris” refers to nearly 300 different species of showy flowering herbs, grown from either rhizomes or bulbs depending on the climate. They thrive in a wide variety of climates, and are easy to grow. They prefer at least 1/2 a day of sunshine, although they may also like some shade if it’s really hot. They aren’t especially particular about soil (although its ideally at a Ph level of 6.8 if you are into that sort of thing), either, as long as its well-drained.

They don’t especially like to be planted deeply, about 12-24″ apart. They may need some help in getting their root systems up and going, so watering up front is a good idea. After they are established, however, they are usually pretty hardy. Feed them with a 6-10-10 fertilizer about 2x each year (in early spring and about 1 month after their blooming ceases), and you will have some happy flowers!

I am most definitely enjoying the theme that the flowers and plants we have selected are by and large hardy, easy, and quite pretty! Installation in T-3 Weeks!