Orchid: Day One

There are some plants I’m scared to acquire.  One of those plants is the lovely orchid. Why the plant fear?  Well, I’m capable of keeping some plants alive.  I can handle a Christmas cactus or anything that is good at showing me it needs care before it’s too late to do any good.  Basically, I…

Herb Garden: Day 1

This is what part of our front garden looked like yesterday morning.  Oooh, aah. I’ve decided to tackle it one small piece at a time, since the last owner of the house must have done nothing but garden 24/7 to keep up with all of the garden spaces on the property. And this was the…

Pictures + Pizza

Scott’s very first priority at our new house was to plant a veggie garden.  I think he might have even started tilling before he found his clothes boxes.   We were concerned that such a late planting (first week of August) might mean early frost and no produce.  Fortunately for us, it’s been a warm…

Season o’ Productivity?

You’re supposed to get all excited about cleaning in the spring, right?  Or you’re supposed to feel morally obligated to clean in the spring, thus “Spring Cleaning.”  I’m sure there’s some good history in that phrase. I feel like winter gets the award for being the baking/cooking/getting fat season, and summer is the sunshine and…

Mercy and Grace for Smaller Critters

I’ve recently discovered that my attitude towards bugs swings wildly between all-out war and “the more the merrier.”  One example of this is that there were two roaches on my front stoop the other night.  Without even thinking about it, I hopped over them, went inside, and thanked my lucky stars that they didn’t skitter…

Home Grown [Tomatoes, Earwigs, Clicky Bugs]

Among other things like watching the World Cup and eating ice cream out of a gutter (mmm), this weekend included some gardening. I’m super pleased to say that I now have a hydrangea bush by my front steps.  Its flowers are lime green.  And while I was calculating space for that (and recalculating lots of…

Presto, tomato!

Until a few minutes ago, I was wondering what to do tonight.  Saturday and Sunday are mostly mapped out, but tonight was still a void of nothingness.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy unplanned time, I just had to think through what to do with the luxury of having no pressing projects or cleaning needs…