Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden House Progress

Well, the garden house isn't done by any means, but I've been moving things around and hanging things up and it's looking pretty good!  It still needs a good spring clean (mopping, vacuuming, and de-cobwebbing), plus some sheets, pillows, blankets for the bed, but I can live with it like this for now!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Happy Birthday!

So I kinda missed this on Thursday, but this week marked the 8th anniversary of the beginning of my blog in 2006. It's certainly been a little neglected lately, but it is still here and I still write occasionally and I find that amazing.

When I stop and think about where I was, both geographically and in my life, 8 years ago, it's just a totally different life. There was nothing wrong with that life, it was a lovely one, but living in my own house with my husband and three dogs and a baby on the way is just so awesome and so different than when I was a young single women in an apartment in Somerville in 2006.  Crazy.

Happy birthday, Hodoeporicon!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Bedroom Updates

In an effort to get a lot of house projects done before there's a little baby requiring our weekend (and 24/7) attention, we've been working through some back burner projects both large and small lately.  The baby's room had to get done, of course, but we've also bought a new sofa bed and storage bed and wardrobe for our own storage.  And, we painted our bedroom this past week and have plans to paint the dining room next weekend.

Below are two images of our bedroom, one taken in 2011 and one taken yesterday.  The recent one is not finished, as I still have to hang the St. Andrews poster back up and "zhush" the room a bit more, but I know which one I definitely prefer!

2011:

2014:

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Perspective


Today, Jenna over at Cold Antler Farm posted a photo taken at her farm in 2013, 12 weeks from today.  I see her photo and raise her one photo taken here last year, just 8.5 weeks from today!

Spring is coming, guys, I swear it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Garden Dreaming

So I'm not sure if it's because we got two gardening catalogs in the mail yesterday, because the temperature finally spiked above 40 degrees, or because our garden bed looks like this:


. . . . but I'm definitely dreaming of the days when it looks like this:


This year's planting schedule is going to be a bit tricky, since our baby is due May 1. Plus, we're planning to spend almost a month on PEI during my maternity leave, so watering & harvesting are going to be problematic in July. We cobbled together a plan over breakfast though that we think will work.

The plan is to start with some early spring vegetables that I've always wanted to grow, but we've always put in the ground too late, like peas, carrots, and radishes.  Those should be able to go in late March to early April (4-5 weeks before the due date).  Then, we'll order cucumber seeds and tomato & pepper plants from Burpee to be delivered (versus picked up at the local nursery or at Home Depot) in early May.  If all we have to do is take delivery of the plants/seeds and plop them in the ground, that should be easy enough.

We're hoping to dig a shallow, snaking trench inside the bed and install a soaker hose (which we should have done before we ever filled the bed with soil, but whatever). Connecting the hose to a timer at the sillcock set to go on and off daily should take care of our watering needs when we're away in July.  Then, we'll plan to ask family members and friends to swing by once a week to make sure the garden is getting enough water and harvest whatever's ripe.

You'll notice a lot of shoiuld's in this post.  Who knows what will happen with a newborn in the house?  Here's hoping this will all work out, though!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Trip to Montreal

We went to Montreal this weekend!  It's starting to become a tradition that every couple of years, we make the drive 5 hours north for a weekend of Quebecois food and fun.  We went for our honeymoon in 2010, for our 2-year anniversary in 2012, and for a bachelor party, also in 2012.  This was the coldest, snowiest trip we've made up there, but still fun.  It was also our "babymoon," i.e. our last planned trip before baby Eleanor joins us.  Here are some of our photos:

Love this huge arched window in our regular suite.

As well as this lovely terrace, overlooking a much snowier Parc la Fontaine than we're used to.

20 degrees and snowy outside meant an afternoon at the Biodome was very welcome.

A marmoset!

A couple of caymans!

Hibernating beaver butts caught on camera!

A huge sturgeon!

Saturday's dinner - the famous poutine at La Banquise.

There were a couple of slightly better post-poutine couple selfies, but I like Justin's face in this one the best.

Parc la Fontaine is lovely, but chilly (about 9 degrees and windy in this photo).