Sunday, April 11, 2010

We don't have a garden

Today I decided that we don't have a garden. A garden is something that belongs to someone who loves digging in the dirt and playing with flowers and vegetables; someone who dreams all winter about what they'll plant and where. Nope, that's definitely not me.

What we have is landscaping. We have trees and plants and flowers because a house looks weird without trees and plants and flowers. We hired someone to tell us what to plant and where (well, for at least one bed) and we only change something when it gets over grown or dies (which happens quite a lot, actually, but less often since we put in that irrigation system - I'm terrible at remembering that plants need water). I think so little about our plants during the off-season that it was almost the middle of April before I got around to doing the spring pruning (most of which probably should have been done at least a month ago).

Ah, yes, spring pruning. That's what I did this weekend. Saturday, I spent the afternoon cleaning up the back yard beds. One of them looks pretty good (considering things are really just starting to come up) and the other looks pretty bare, but I know it'll be decent in a month or so. I spent this morning butchering the bed along the garage side of the house. When I say butchering, I mean butchering. I was nice to two of the clematises (clematii?), but I took the mini hedge-clippers to the middle one and chopped it off down to the ground. It's probably a little late for an aggressive pruning, especially considering there was green all the way up to the top of the trellis, but this particular clematis seems to want to take over the world, so I'm sure it'll be back. (I'm not kidding here - we dug the sucker up and sent it an hour away three years ago and it's still here! - If you have a tendency to kill plants, get a Sweet Autumn clematis, if you have a green thumb, stay far, far away). Then I took the hedge clippers to the lavender, whacked them all off and decided they were far too woody and crummy looking so I set the hubs on them with a shovel and he dug them all out. They've spread like wildfire and I left the blooms on last fall so I'm thinking they'll be back from the seeds and if not, we'll figure something else out.

That picture up top is the bed under our deck from last year. It needs some thinning out, but it's not a bad little flower bed. Below is my little fountain - my favorite part of the whole yard. It was a Mother's Day gift a couple of years ago.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Dress

I finished Princess' Easter dress just in the nick of time (and almost didn't, actually - I discovered that I had no 1/2" elastic at 8 p.m. the night before. Luckily, the Wal-mart that's 2 miles from our house is one of the few that still has a fabric department, so I made a run (just for the record, I don't recommend going to Wal-mart at 8 p.m. on the night before Easter, just sayin'). It's the wonderful Pink Fig Lily top pattern again, this time in Legacy Studio Fresh Fusion fabric from JoAnn's (I love the little birds on the light turquoise fabric and the hummingbirds on the ivory, it's just gorgeous) with turquoise Kona cotton solids. Um, I think I hemmed the pants a touch short, but I left plenty in the hem so I can let them out a touch.

A note on Mokey's outfit: I had to really talk him in to wearing that purple shirt (which is really a vivid lavender, but it's not showing up like that on my screen). He thought it was a girl color at first (and he was afraid it would be too small - I think he thought I wanted him to wear one of Princess' shirts). The clincher? The tie - he was so excited about wearing that black tie, I think he would have worn a dress.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sugar Doll Award

Thanks to Michelle at Eyeronic for tagging me. The rules of this "award" are that I list 10 little-known facts about myself and then tag 10 more bloggers. Here we go! (let's see if I can think up 10 interesting things about myself)

1. I was the lead singer in a (not all that good) Christian rock band in college. Um, let's just say rock is not my strong suit and I really shouldn't try to be a tenor. Really.

2. On a related note, I was a Music Business major in college - which mostly meant that I was a Music major with a minor in Business Administration, but I had a couple of classes that focuses specifically on the music business, including copyright law.

3. My husband was the bass player in the above mentioned band and we started hanging out because he had a crush on my neighbor in the dorms and wanted my help. Needless to say, I decided to keep him for myself.

4. In a former life (i.e. pre-kids) I was an underwriter for lawyer's malpractice insurance. Have you ever tried to argue with a lawyer? Yeah, not an easy thing. (but I did like the rest of the job).

5. I hate telephones, I mean, seriously hate them. If I have to call someone I don't know very well I have a tendency to have a panic attack. I handle as much as possible via e-mail (thank goodness for technology). Did I mention I hate phones?

6. I played Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof" in high school. My mom decided my, um, chest area would not pass for a 50 year old woman who had five children. So she made me a fake chest - even put popcorn kernels in it so it would sag. I was always very nervous during the "Sabbath Prayer" number as we were using real candles and I was afraid my chest would start popping!

7. My closest sibling is 6 years younger than me, the youngest is 8 years younger. When I was a teenager, people often thought the youngest was my daughter (she did look a lot like me) but then they'd see my other sister and be thrown completely for a loop. (I guess at 16, I looked old enough to have an 8 year old, but not a 10 year old?)

8. I have given birth to two large babies (10 lbs. and 9 lbs. respectively) without an epidural. Oh, and I was induced with both. I'm sure my husband could tell you differently, but I don't remember it being that bad (although, I do remember asking to go home right at the end with my first).

9. I really dislike roller coasters. The hubby and I went to Holiday World three years ago, and I promised him that I'd ride the coasters with him. I made it through two and had to call it quits. The last one (The Voyage, which just happens to be the #1 wooden coaster in the world, okay, yeah, a dumb choice for a coaster-phobe) almost made me cry, seriously. There were 10-year olds in front of us laughing hysterically and there I was trying desperately to not cry and make a fool of myself.

10. As much as I dislike roller coasters, I looove water slides - the wilder the better. We are soo making it to Holiday World this year. I can't wait to ride the new water coaster. (last time we made it, I was pregnant and couldn't ride much).

Okay, now on to the nominations. I don't have a ton of actually blogging contacts, so I'm not doing 10, but here we go. Girls, consider yourself tagged!!!

Christie from Stitch 'N Love

Mary from Mary Sews

Have fun!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Forget Spring, let's do summer's been a gorgeous few days and today it's supposed to hit 80. So...while I normally wouldn't dream of putting my two year old in a sleeveless dress on April 1st, this is what she's wearing today.

I made this dress (very quickly, I might add, in a fit of getting things done) for Princess' birthday present (she is getting a big girl bed, too, but DH can't start building it until I get some other projects caught up and out of the way...). It's Amy Butler fabric from her Midwest Modern II collection and Princess picked it out herself. Seriously, we were at the quilt shop and she just went absolutely nuts until I pulled the bolt down from the shelf and then she wouldn't let go. So I bought some and decided I'd find something to make for her with it. The pattern is Simplicity 2709 and I was a little nervous since I'd never done pleats before, but I think it turned out really well.