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Spring has Sprung!

To celebrate the first day of spring, Alex and I did a little shopping today and got our hands dirty.  We only planted about half of what we came home with but it looks great already.

Seven new Heather plants along the curb.  We’ve wanted to fill this part of the front garden since we bought our house 4 years ago.

And 6 new flowering plants in the rose bed.  Another bare area that we’ve had trouble figuring out how to fill.


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About time I have something to blog about again.
Do you know those cartoons from the newspaper where you have to find the difference between the two pictures?  I used to love those!  Heres your chance to play.


Lately I’d been feeling like our curb appeal was lacking and this GIANT shrub had a lot to do with it (okay, and the abundance of springtime plants at the local market has made me want to plant anything and everything!).  I suggested to Alex that we rip it out.  He thought we should just trim it down.  The deciding vote from our neighbor sealed the plan to trim it.  And then we started.  I went inside to make a snack.  When I came back, there was no saving it.  Apparently some beer and hard liquor and Alex gets a little quick with the pruning.  (What? Drinking makes yard work so much easier.)

I love the end result.  Now we just have to deal with this.

Note to self: We need another case of Bud Light.

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Half Price Plants

I have this thing about rescuing plants.  Home Depot. Lowes. The local nursery.  Anytime I see plants on sale, I have to see if there are any that I can rescue.  That’s how I brought home this guy.


It’s a Dieffenbachia.  I was checking out the Christmas sales at a local nursery and home store and found him1/2 off because he had a couple broken branches and was sort of lopsided.  For $7.50, how could I say no?  I trimmed him up and hope that my dining room table is bright and warm enough for him.  Wish me luck in keeping him happy.

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After a quiet and relaxing weekend, we packed quite a bit into today.

Alex mowed the yard.  The fertilizer for the new grass seed along with regular watering and a good rain has made our lawn go crazy.  Hooray!


Do you see all of those happy baby grass blades??


As usual, Jack supervised.


I spent the morning giving baths to our stinky kids.


Who now smell quite pleasant. Thankyouverymuch.


(It was random that they’re both looking the same direction… We need to work on directing attention to the camera.)

Then, this afternoon I baked some Spicy Zucchini Cookies. (Thanks Donna for the zucchini!)


They aren’t as “spicy” as I’d expected, but are very tasty.  I even took some over to our neighbors to share :).

And my wonderful hubby grilled up a very yummy dinner – steaks, grilled zucchini (again, thanks Donna!), and garlic mashed potatoes.


(Can we say Holy Huge Steak, Batman?!  I got these steaks on sale earlier this summer for a great deal.  We ate two when I bought them and froze two for a treat later in the summer.  It isn’t often on splurge on huge deliciousness like this.  But Alex is definitely a meat and potatoes man, so I think it’s a nice treat for him.)


(I think I’m a real blogger now, I’m taking pictures of everything!… Did I just share a picture of raw meat on my counter with the whole internet? … But do you see those savings??)

Finally, I’ll leave you with the bloom I discovered on the deck this evening.  It’s been opening for a couple days, but really popped today.


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Birdie Breakfast

Our two bird feeders used to hang in the backyard, outside the kitchen, but the birds would munch what they liked, drop the rest on the deck, and our doggies were eating way too much birdseed.  Gross.

So, we relocated our suet feeder to a family room window since we spend so much time in the family room and the kitty can enjoy it easily too.  The result is amazing.  We’ve seen so many  more birds.  In particular, this family of Chickadee babies come to eat about once a day.  We’ve counted more than a dozen at one time on the feeder.


By Murphy’s Law, I never have the camera close when they come, but today when I ran across the house to grab it most of the birds were still munching when I returned.  It’s so amazing to see so many there at once.  And, they only stay for about a minute, and they’re off.  I wonder if they have a schedule of how to hit all the good bird feeders in the neighborhood each day.

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Stuffed Tomatoes

We’ve been enjoying more tomatoes from our garden.


Alex heard something on the radio about making stuff tomatoes and quickly requested them for dinner.  I served them with mashed sweet potatoes.  I’m really starting to enjoy Fall dinners – casseroles, mashed potatoes, spaghetti and other fall squash, and I saw sugar pie pumpkins at the market last week.  A lot less grilling going on here.

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More than Green Tomatoes

Big news around here.  We’ve got tomatoes that aren’t green; they’re Red!




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