Wednesday, April 29, 2009
but then thought better of it...not that I think that any of my genteel followers would have misconstrued such a title ;-)
No, What I mean to say is- While most of you are familiar with the notorious Mr. Stick and the injury that he caused Sola over at Life with Dogs. You may have, like me, thought that this was just one bad branch broken off of a basically good family tree.
But now I have my doubts.......
I was gardening this past weekend when a bunch of rouge Irises (I knew I should have dealt with those dead-heads last fall) attacked me leaving me with several nasty splinters.
I got most of them out with ease - but there is one that seems to continue to evade me (and is even starting to look a bit infected :-(
I just wanted to send out the warning- whenever you are in the great outdoors, be ever vigilant, and have protection on hand!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
And less like this (nothing personal Hero)
(8) A twitch of the nose would solve all problems-(not just be a sign that the pollen level is REALLY high)
(6) I could say things like "Sock it to me" and "groovy" on a regular basis
(4) I could make loads of money off my kid's talent
Monday, April 20, 2009
As well as walking Hero- we had the pleasure of Wyatt's company.Wyatt is a 14 month old lab/hound ? mix. This is the best picture I have of him because he was ALWAYS moving :-)
He is available for adoption through the Fauquier County S.P.C.A.Boy, does this little fellow LOVE life.
After walking BOTH the long and short trails we tried out the agility pen.
Friday, April 17, 2009
( can members of the 40+ crowd use BFF without looking silly?)
Anyway, I have always been more of a flower garden person than the vegetable garden type. We do have 2 blueberry bushes, some strawberry plants, and we usually buy a few cherry tomato plants in the spring- but that has been the extent of my ventures into edible gardening.
Debbie saw fit to rectify this fact, being aware of
-what the food bill is for a family of 7,
-that there have been several recalls of contaminated produce,
-the fact that everything tastes better fresh from the garden, and
-that often children will eat better if they have picked the food themselves.
Anyway, Will and I started some of the seeds indoors a few weeks ago.
My first attempts- cherry tomatoes, lettuce and sweet bell peppers.
Notice anything?? I have some hope for the cherry tomatoes and the peppers, but the lettuce?
I separated out some of the lettuce seedlings- I put them outside on warm , sunny days to harden them). They are in good potting soil (with miracle grow). But so far I am less than optimistic that we will be harvesting any lettuce. Any ideas? Next, I will try some sugar snap peas and some zucchini. And when we are finally past the risk of frost (we had frost AGAIN this morning :-( I guess I will try to direct sow some of the lettuce seeds I have left.
Or perhaps I should stick to flowers
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Genevieve hard at work - the white designs were etched with a dremel type tool.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Those of you with more than one hound are probably used to seeing scenes such as these:
But as they say: "turnabout is fair play".
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Before (you can see a little into the dining room)
Dining room after
master bath after
Kids' bath before (complete with kids-lol- Alaina and Genevieve 9 years ago!!)
Kids' bathroom after
Boys' bedroom before
boys' room after
Then these do not have before pictures (sorry)
Laundry room (not great- but what laundry room is- the brick wall is actually wallpaper)
Master bedroom - after
Living room after
Main level 1/2 bath
When we bought the house this SMALL bathroom was wallpapered with blood red striped wallpaper.
(think "Red Room" -as in Amityville Horror)
I was 8 months pregnant at the time, so instead of stripping the wallpaper, I simply primed it, and then sponge painted over it. The window is a piece of wallpaper. The vines and butterflies are Tatouage wall art (rub-on stencils).
Basement bath (wallpaper mural- that was clearance - I bought 2 sets to do the whole bathroom then tiled up to the wallpaper ( the tile and grout are the same color as the floor only smaller squares)-I don't know if you can see it in this picture but the ceiling is the same blue as the top of the mural.)
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour. But what kind of hostess would I be if I did not at least put out a table of snacks.....