May 19 2011

oh, the lilac tree…

Here’s to blogging on a slightly more regular basis! Huzzah! Hopefully I can keep this up. :)
Today was BEA-U-TIFUL. I went to the nursery and bought a few annuals for my big wooden planters, and man oh man…the nursery was a mad house. I can’t believe I made it out alive. Hopefully I can get my flowers planted in the next few days. Provided this nice weather stays around.
I also went to our old house and cut the biggest baddest bunch of lilacs you ever did see. I think I might even go back for more. I figured…hey, no one is going to be living their till July, and by then the lilacs will be gone. I might as well enjoy them while they are there. To be honest, when I was clipping them, I thought to myself “This is enough for 4 vases!” And then when I got home, I just couldn’t help but make one ginormous arrangement in my favourite vintage vase.
PS: How about those adorable vintage brass birds on the wall? I <3 them SO much!
PSS: I am having BBQ farmer sausage for dinner. Three cheers for BBQ season!!


Aug 18 2010

day 24: gardening shmardening.

Today was the start of my hectic, hectic two weeks.  Err…let me rephrase that.  Today was the day that I realized exactly how hectic the next two weeks are going to be. The last few days (since Saturday) have been busy, and I knew that I’d have a full schedule for the end of August, but I didn’t realize how full it would be.  I have made a two page (two column) list of things that need to be done around the house before the weekend.  I accomplished one task from the list today.  Replace dead flowers from the garden.  I want my garden to look as fresh and lovely as possible for when we have our guests over on the weekend. I made my way over to Devon nursery this afternoon and (for a smokin’ good deal) bought a buttload of stuff for my garden.  For my wooden planters (which had spring and early summer bulbs in them) I got some pale yellow Osteopermums, red ball dahlias, and purple fountain grass.  Nice fall colours. :)  I also got some burning bushes (the name alone would have sold me, but the actual bush is pretty neat.  It turns bright red in fall).  And some -er- other kind of bush with lots of thorns that I don’t recall the name.
Tomorrow is a day of cleaning and baking.  And baking and cleaning.  And so on…
This weekend I have a photo shoot on Saturday with a family.  On Sunday we have out-of-town guests arriving to stay till Monday (6 people to be staying in our house! Plus a BBQ for all their friends from the area at our place!)  Then from Wednesday to Saturday I have photo shoots continually.  I am so looking forward to things winding down in the fall.


Apr 17 2010

Attack of the Dandelions.

So…our yard.
Last fall when we moved in, we really didn’t do a whole lot to the yard.  Considering it was the end of the gardening season, we decided the best thing to do was wait till spring.  Well, one non-existent winter later and here we are.  Overgrown with dandelions.
Last week Dave mowed the lawn for the first time this year.  It looked fantastic.  Before he mowed it, I didn’t notice the dandelions so much.  Then about 4 days later…they just spread and completely took over in that short period of time.  During the week we have been discussing what kind of method we want to use to rid ourselves of these things.  The most obvious method, (herbicides) is totally out for us. Neither Dave nor I feel that using chemicals are a good idea on the lawn or in gardening. (Read about Environmental Effects of Pesticides ((ie, Herbicide, Insecticide)) here).  This week I researched organic/alternative weeding methods.   I read a few articles online about using pickling vinegar as spot treatment….clearly we have too many weeds for that.  I went to some nurseries and asked about organic weed killer.  Nothing.  The last method…pulling them all out.  Luckily for us, my parents have one of them handy dandy Fiskars Weed Pullers.  I went out this morning and pulled for a good hour and a half, and got a little under 1/4 of the front yard done.  *sigh*  I have a feeling once I get a handle on the weeds, the lawn is going to look pretty holey. ;)  The next step will be filling in holes and seeding.
It sure would have been a lot nicer if the previous renters had taken a little bit of pride in the yard, instead of trashing it and leaving it to the weeds.  I really don’t want to be a picky-pants about the lawn.  And truthfully, I actually don’t mind a few dandelions here and there.  But seriously.  This lawn is one big dandelion plant.
It’s gonna be a busy next few weeks of yard work.


Apr 12 2010

How may I bore you today?

omigosh. It’s been, like forever ago since I blogged.  Like, shoot.

It’s really unfortunate.  I have been meaning to post something on my blog, but many things have  been distracting me of late.  Even as I type, I am getting distracted by a million things and then I wonder, “What was I supposed to be doing?”  The funny thing is, a big thing I have been distracted with is a project that I started of putting all my blogs and photos together in yearbooks starting from 2007.  So my blog has not been the last thing on my mind. 
The weather lately has been LOVELY.  I went outside this afternoon and laid on the grass for a bit, just to get away from the boringness of my indoor chores.  So nice.  
Let’s see.  What has been going on…
Dave has officially started his job as worship pastor at Ross Road Community Church this afternoon!  We are both so excited for the position.  We have really enjoyed being a part of the church so far, and I think there’s going to be some serious good times ahead.
Hmm….what else….oh! Our garden is well underway! We have many epic plans of food growing this year.  It is most exciting.
Gee…this is the least exciting blog I have to date.  It’s a blog for the sake of blogging.  It’s the “I should really concentrate on my writing, but I have nothing to write about” blog.  It’s a snoozer.
I was, however, quite pleased with how the picture turned out.  Quite nice indeed.
Ok.  I’ll give it up.  This is clearly not working today.


Mar 23 2010

A cat! A job! A garden!

This photo has nothing to do with what I was going to post about.  I just liked it.  A few weeks ago, I decided against selling this vintage radio/record player that I’ve had in storage, and I chose to put it in my studio, since it looks so neat.  Bigsby has decided that it’s his.  Because it’s vintage, I’m not too keen on him sitting on it, but…has anyone ever had luck with telling a cat not to do something?  The second picture of him is pretty much gold.  I’m thrilled that I managed to capture this expression.  It’s rare to see a cat looking as dim-witted as this (although with Bigsby, not as rare).

What I did intend on writing about–and it’s more like just a quick note–is that Dave has gotten the position of Worship Pastor at Ross Road church!  We are both very pleased with this.  This means that Dave is going to be a lot more busy now, considering he will still be working on the farm in the mornings.  But I have many projects to keep me from getting bored in his absence.

On a side note:  I just planted my bulbs for the season.  I am very stoked for my garden this year.  I am trying to choose flowers that are good for cuts.  So far, I have Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies.  Much excitement is in the air.