Saturday, July 30, 2011

Growing growing growing

Our first red tomato

Our Roma tomatoes (not even thinking about getting red yet)

My new favorite garden plant (they really are the cutest) and the peas that I noticed for the first time earlier this week

My Crazy Days bargain - a clearance candle-holder turned birdfeeder (to be honest, I thought it was a birdfeeder from the start - but then read the label about "risk of fire")

We also have green beans on the one bean plant that grew from our first planting. There are three newer bean plans (two are pretty spindly) so I'm hoping for more beans to come.

The italian squash is dying (borers? stalk borers? something) and one of the Roma plants is not looking so hot. The spinach and lettuce also bolted during the last two weeks.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


A few of my treasures from yesterday's auction (the first auction I've ever been to!)

Kind of in love with the camera and the old binoculars. Mom got the camera for me ($2.50) and the binoculars came in a big box of stuff. I'm thinking about hanging the binocs by our big window to watch the birds (at the risk of looking like we're peeping on our neighbors). I'm also thinking about film for the Brownie or magically having the skills to convert it to a digital camera (with google and enough patience, I can do all things, right?) ;)

I also got a printer box, an awesome old mirror, a frame I want to use (either around a print or to frame a chalkboard), two lamps (need paint, rewiring, new shades), and a rug.

Printer's box

Old mirror, lamps, and me

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Piano (!!!) and camping

Last Friday, I got a call from my Dad. He asked if I was busy and then said I needed to go home because they were delivering a birthday present and I needed to let them into my house. Huh??

I drove home and saw the Habitat ReStore truck in front of the house, and my mom standing next to a piano bench (!!). It about killed the poor guys delivering it, but I now have my very own piano.

I can't remember the last time I was so surprised (as my sister-in-law puts it, it was like "little kid Christmas"). They'd talked about seeing the piano at the ReStore, but I hadn't gotten out to see it and figured it had already been sold (and it had - to them).

Then, after work that day, I went up to Gary, SD to visit John and camp out for the night. It was the first time in two years that I went camping and WASN'T responsible for other people's children - so much more relaxing ;)

We had a great time hanging out with his coworkers on the patio, riding around town in a golf cart, and camping. It's so nice to get to know where he works and the people he works with.

More pictures of the resort:

More garden

A few pictures from earlier this month. I finally weeded and put straw down, and the plants are SO much happier. I also got fungicide spray for the tomatoes (leaf spot) and squash (powdery mildew), and I replanted some green bean seeds and spinach.

Tomatoes in action

Peppers doing their thing

Overall garden

I also bought shepherd's hooks and put the birdfeeders up in front of our bay windows

4th of July

My grandparents were here for the weekend. We grilled out and shot off fireworks (while getting eaten alive by mosquitoes). Good times!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Buffalo Ridge Resort

About 3 weeks ago, John started working at the Buffalo Ridge Resort as their Kitchen Manager. Over the July 4th weekend, we finally made the 1 1/2 hour trip up to see him and try the food.

A shot from the drive up

and the drive back

(actual pictures of the resort next time)