Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More garden pics

Just like I promised...here I am again! with pictures! I'm sorry they're all pretty crappy--I rarely bother to get the camera out. My iPhone takes okay pictures, so that's what I use! Here are additional pictures of the garden and other pieces of the front yard. Here's the garden from the front porch--usually where I sit when I get home from work.

This is the right side of the front yard, including our adorable house numbers. I didn't think I could love house numbers so much, but I do! Our CPI plant is thriving!!

More pics of the garden!

Our Crepe Myrtle in the front yard. I just pruned it the other day, so now it has a cute weeping look, which I love!

My tomatoes are coming out already! These are going to be yellow grape tomatoes called Sungolds--and they are delicious!!

When Jim came home from Richmond, he came back with this little guy from our friend and awesome potter Tasha McKelvey! He's so cute!!!

More veggies growing on the front steps. Tomato and squash!

Two types of peppers: a jalepeno, and one called a Big Jim! I had to get it!! Lavender and a surprise growing in the little pots. Everything we've planted has been started and cared for organically. No chemicals, except for H2O, have been used in the making of this garden! I do use Neem Oil to keep the pests away, but it is also organic--also great for your gums and scalp! Haha! I sound like a crazy person sometimes!!

I have so enjoyed starting and caring for my garden. It's so relaxing to come home and watch how everything has grown. Things are really thriving and it's so rewarding to see my efforts actually turn in to something!

Who else has a garden? What are you growing? How are things looking?

Monday, May 17, 2010

What I've Been Up To

Certainly not blogging!! I promise I've been busy doing other things, which I'll talk a bit about here. Most things have been great, so that's good!

In February Jim left his job at TradeKing to start his own business as a freelance computer programmer and consultant. Though it has its challenges--and there will be more to come, I am sure--I can tell that Jim is much happier working for himself. After a bit of a rocky start, he's going full-steam ahead and booking his calendar months in advance. I am really proud of him, needless to say, but I want to say it anyway, because he's most likely going to read this :) Right now he's in San Francisco in training--that is the one downside of this arrangement. He's traveling a lot to various places--Raleigh, Richmond, San Francisco so far--and I miss him!

My work is going well. Not really that much to say, since it's just an office job. This, however, leaves me a lot of energy most days to come home and tackle home projects. I'll show a few of them just because that's what I wanted to do in this post!

The first project is the garden. Unfortunately, I don't really have any pictures of the finished product, (I will post those tomorrow when it's light out), but everything is doing well, and there are already some tomatoes on the plants! So far I've planted 2 types of basil, 3 tomato plants, red pepper, arugula, rosemary, zucchini, yellow squash, and butternut squash. I had to "scalp the earth" (as I kept calling it so that I would sound like a badass) in the front yard, because it's the only place that gets consistent sunlight and drains well. It looks great. Here are pictures of the "scalping" process:

For some reason, my third picture isn't loading...hmm...

When I was in Fredericksburg for Easter with my family, Mom and I went to our Goodwill, and I found 3 chairs that I really liked, but they were in terrible shape. Literally falling apart, terrible fabric on the seat, and the wood's finish was just sad. They had a great look to them, and I could tell that they were solid wood, and at $5 a pop, it was hard to leave them behind. I took them all apart, stripped off the previous finish, sanded, stained, glued, screwed, nailed, and recovered them! Phew! I think they look great--a total "drab to fab" makeover. What do you think?

I think they look pretty awesome!! I'm going to use the leftover fabric to make some cushion covers for the other chairs in our den.

Since I'm having some issues with blogger now, I am going to end here for now. I will post the rest of the projects this week. Do you it's been a whole year that we've lived here, and I haven't posted too many pictures of the house. That will soon change!!! I plan to do a Happy Birthday House post soon.

Hope everyone is doing well!!!