Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 2

These guys don't waste any time...

(New garage/mudroom)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Old Wally gets the axe.


Yesterday we said goodbye to our big walnut tree in the front yard. Sad. But it was rotting, and in the way of the new garage. Winn will have it milled later. After a couple hours of trying to cut it down, ruining two chainsaw blades in the process, the guys tied a chain to it and pulled it over, discovering a huge rock in the middle of the trunk.

Winn took the afternoon off to enjoy the 85 degrees and tackle some jobs with the Bobcat that our friend brought over. I cleaned out the porch, read a good book in the hammock chair, kept the lemonade pitcher full, and made extra food, just in case friends dropped by. And drop by they did. Tom came to help cut down the tree. My dad came to help haul brush and logs. Kasey and Marsha came to inspect our pond, and their little toddler Fisher visited with the chickens and tested out the soft new soil in the freshly tilled garden spot. I don't make casseroles that often (or hotdish, as they say here in MN), but I made one for dinner, throwing in a pound of this from the freezer and a can of that from the cupboard and a dash of this from the spice rack.

Sajak had a ball outside, making running leaps into the pond, then charging at us with his soggy, filthy self, stopping just inches from our outstretched hands and horrified faces to give his coat a good shake (and I'm just sure I saw a grin on his face afterward).

The clouds rolled in at the end of the day, and we crawled into bed, sleepy from all the fresh air, our arms and noses sun-kissed. Our new double-hung windows can open from the bottom up or the top down, so we left it cracked a bit to let the fresh air and rain sing us to sleep.

(Future home of all sorts of
delectable veggies and other eats)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happiness is...


~ Having scrambled eggs for breakfast (now that it's warming up and "The Girls" are laying in full force again), along with some homemade banana bread
~ Watching our tomato plants grow on the kitchen table
~ Discovering that you can buy bags of Groovy Granola from Great Harvest Bread Company
~ Being chosen to participate in the court reporters delegation to South Africa this fall (not sure if I'll be able to go yet, but I would love to!)
~ Starting to read Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop
~ Moving back out of the guestroom after finishing the skimcoating and painting in our bedroom
~ Being awoken in the morning by sunshine and birds outside the window
~ Ordering a plane ticket for a closed captioning bootcamp next month
~ Working hard outside every weekend and then coming inside for supper and a hot shower and collapsing into bed
~ Winn bringing home Chinese and a movie, after months of being too crazy busy for a date night

(This post is dedicated to my friend Jen and her happiness posts at My Heart is Full.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Turns out I'm a florist!

One of my husband's many cousins (6 aunts + 1 uncle = lots of cousins), Erin, was married last month. My sister-in-law and I made the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets out of green and white button mums, pearl-tipped floral pins, pink spray paint, Styrofoam balls, fishing line, hot glue, and ribbon...









(Photos courtesy of cousin Jalaina Hammett and friend Miranda Matteson.)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

garden dreams.

Someday we won't have dust everywhere. At least not the really fine Sheetrock kind that gets in between your sheets and leaves a film on your cupboards and coats all your plants with it. But until then, I must remember that dust equals progress. Winn almost has the skim-coating finished in the master bedroom, and then we can paint and move back out of the guest room. I have missed my bed.

In other news, the envelope that we've been waiting for finally came in the mail, the big manila one from Gurney's! Tomorrow we'll start the tomato seeds so that they're ready to go in the ground by mid-May. The other little seedlings consist of Straight Eight cucumbers, Big Max pumpkins, Hybrid Gotta-Have-It sweet corn, Early Contender bush beans, Sugar snap peas, Green Ice leaf lettuce, Tendersweet carrots, Red Hamburger onions, Hybrid Gurney Girl tomatoes, Jelly Bean tomatoes, Sweet Bell Mix peppers and, just for fun, Skyscraper sunflowers. We're still waiting for the Ozark Beauty strawberries and the Red Pontiac potatoes. I am praying for warmer weather and green thumbs to kick off my very first year of gardening!

I drove to the Cities twice this week. The first time was with Rebecca to the Mall of America. We got free facials and tried on hair extensions and walked at least a hundred miles trying to find the car at the end of the day. My only purchase was from a little place I like to call The Banana (as in Republic). They make me drool. I scored a chic pair of $90 pleated jeans for...are you ready...$25. We stopped for lunch at Tucci Benucch, which I'm sure you can guess is Italian before I even tell you that we shared a Tuscan salad and penne porcini (and later went back for some tiramisu). I first fell in love with them a decade ago, but this was the first time I tried their fresh-squeezed strawberry lemonade, in a talllll glass with crushed ice and a straw. Wow.

{gettin' pampered}

The second trip was yesterday, with three girlfriends and two babies. We attended the Arts and Crafts Show at Canterbury Park. I bought a candle holder and a couple fabric sunflowers on stems made of sticks, to place in a terra cotta pot on my new front porch--which doesn't yet exist. :) We had caramel apples on our way home, and they were well worth the sticky mess.

{cute-as-a-button Cindy}

I have so much more to tell about. The wedding bouquets I made, the things we've been painting, the garage/addition plans. But some other time, for I have a few thank you notes left to send, two homework assignments to turn in, four more rows of knitting on a baby blanket, and some sleep to catch. Tootles.