Tuesday, May 15, 2012

if you want it done right...

I've been out at the cabin the last two days working in the yard and in my gardens. We replaced our seawall last fall and pushed it back creating a bigger beach. The result is wonderful, but a big portion of our grass was destroyed in the process. We seeded it this spring (professionals actually did it - twice), but it's just not growing. So I took matters in my own hands by spreading 16 bags of Omagro (our local compost - according to my mom it's the best and I don't like to argue with her). It actually already looks better.

I was feeling like I'd really accomplished something until I walked around to the other side of the cabin and saw this:

Zoo-wee-mama my vegetable garden is a bloody mess. I really wanted to get some stuff planted today, like my tomato plants that I started from seed in FEBRUARY. I'm down to only six plants. If they don't make it, I will cry. But that didn't happen. Although the center square is almost free of weeds and I have about half of this closest one done. My sunflowers re-seeded themselves, so I am working around them. We'll see how that works out.

So now I think I'll probably be heading out there again tomorrow. This is my kids' last week of school. Shouldn't I be out having lunch and getting pedicures? I know for sure I'm going to need more of these to really get this garden in shape.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

happy mother's day

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.  
~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

Friday, May 11, 2012

happy friday

                                                              Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

plants, plans, and pains

Like a lot things at 212 all of the flower beds were a mess. Last fall we tried to basically kill every plant. There wasn't much worth saving. Now I'm trying to get new stuff planted. I bought several boxwoods at Costco, the price was unbelievable! Yesterday I planted the spirea, I'll get these beds in shape eventually.

In addition to a lot of yard work, I've been spending a lot of time on my kitchen design. The photo above shows the two cabinet colors and the counter (the dark cabinet color looks a little dark in the photo). I'm so happy with what I chose. I originally was going to do all white cabinets and a black island. Then a couple days ago I came across this House Beautiful from last summer with these pages marked:

                                images from House Beautiful designed by Chris Barrett

I forgot how much I loved this kitchen. So I quickly changed my mind. I was going to do a butcher block counter with the black and white scheme, but now both the island and the counter by the sink will be quartz. As much as I love Carrara marble, I don't want to pay for it or deal with it. I think the torquay quartz is going to give me the same look.

I'm not going to do an apron sink. I don't know why, but my intuition is telling me not to. In doing sink research I read that these gray Blanco sinks look great with the counter material I picked. This is the look I'm going for:

                                          image from http://www.tastedesigninc.com/

So now I need to figure out the floors and faucet. And I think I know what I'm doing with both... You wouldn't think that planning a kitchen is as time consuming as it is, especially since I've been obsessed with kitchen design for the last ten years. But it is, and I really want to get it right.

In other news, my vertigo is pretty much gone, but now I'm covered in hives. The itching kept me awake for most of the night. Is it stress or allergies? Probably both, but this is crazy. I might need an intervention. :) I get Dr. Weil's newsletter and today there was an article about how to eat to alleviate allergies, which I think I'm going to do because I really think I might have some kind of food sensitivity. So only ten 10% of my calorie intake can be from protein, no animal protein, no dairy, main source of fat from olive oil, and I need to eliminate one at a time and sequentially: wheat, corn, soy and sugar. I figure by Christmas I'll know what's wrong with me...

Now you're caught up on my plants, plans and pains. Real inspiring stuff!

Monday, May 7, 2012


I'm going to attempt to catch you up on my exciting life...

**Let's start with my pity party. Last Monday I started feeling like I was on a boat, even though I wasn't. The next day my ear started aching, so I went to the doctor. He confirmed I had an ear infection and gave me some antibiotics. I'm still not feeling 100% non-dizzy, but I am getting better. This is all because of my allergies. The doctor told me I had to take Claritan everyday, no matter what. Super, because that stuff makes me depressed and bloated. I rather feel like I'm on a boat thankyouverymuch.

**I really love the light fixture I chose for the sunroom. And I'm thinking the bean bags we are currently using are just fine. There really was no need to buy those swivel chairs, although I did. And thank you Berkshire Hathaway for that discount. If only I had talked David into taking advantage of it at Borsheim's too...

**Here's a recent photo of the basement. They got the windows in! Hurrah! Now the painter needs to finish and then the floors, and then the counter. Oh yeah, this project will for sure wrap up this week. (That's sarcasm). But we are getting closer. And I'm loving my new smooth ceiling.

**If you're wondering why this project is making me a little edgy, here's a peek at my laundry room. Please don't call that hoarders show. Thanks. I've already decided that what doesn't fit in the new cabinets and book shelves is outta here.

**I haven't worked on these paintings for weeks. I think this week I'm going to get back at it. Maybe that will help with my edginess.

**I did make this print last week. It's inspired by my mom, who always insists she loves us more. Oh and yes Mom, this is your mother's day present.

**This guy turned 11 on April 20th. I can't believe it. We celebrated at the cabin, and then again last Friday with Besta who was out of town on his actual birthday. Charlie and I are going to San Francisco the beginning of June for a long weekend. It was a promise I made to him several years ago. I might possibly be more excited than he is, it's been way too long since I've been out there.

**And finally here are two links:

Kasey Buick- I'm not sure if I've talked about her here or not. My good friend Miley told me about Kasey's blog a couple months ago and I just love it. It's one of about four blogs that I really read anymore. I love her spirit and she's so funny. And if you are like me and trying to lose some weight, her weight loss story is SO inspiring. Check this recent post out.

Kale Salad- I bought this today at the salad bar at Whole Foods. I didn't look at all of the ingredients and was a little scared of it being that I normally can only stomach it in a smoothy or covered in olive oil and salt. I was shocked at how good it was, so I googled it to see if anyone had made it on their own. I was very happy to find a recipe and a simple one at that. I cannot wait to make it. Might be my new summer salad. Try it.

Ok, that's it from me. Hopefully I'll blog more than once this week.