April 8, 2015

Winter Knits

I’ve been knitting for about 6 years. I taught myself in order to be able to knit then boof (now husby) a pair of socks. For every winter since  – prime knitting season – I have worked on large projects. I spent two years knitting husby a sweater, and then tearing it out when it was too small, and knitting it again.

Turns out swatching is worth investing the time in.

And another winter working on a sweater for myself. This past winter was really my first since I started knitting that I wasn’t working on some giant project. So I got to work on a lot of smaller projects. It’s amazing how many hats you can knit in the time it takes to knit a sweater!

winter knits: hat 1

winter knits: hat 2

winter knits: hat 3

winter knits: hat 4

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March 31, 2015

Going on in March

Going on in March: Celebrating a completed trip around the sun

Going on in March: Riding with Great GrandmaGoing on in March: pruning lilac bushesGoing on in March: exploring our backyard

locating studs in order to build new bookshelves. Now onto finding the rest of the wood that will make up the shelves. We’re hitting Habitat ReUse stores regularly. Luckily there are 3 of them nearby.

celebrating a completed trip around the sun with chocolate cupcakes, chocolate frosting, and sprinkles, and so many friends and family members. We’re truly lucky that so many were able to help us celebrate.

visting the zoo and laughing at the giraffes and red pandas. We finally made it there more than 30 minutes before closing, which meant we got to visit the primate house, the children’s zoo, and the aviary for the first time.

riding with Great-Grandma during our visit to Minneapolis. She was pretty happy to visit with the youngest of her great-grandchildren. He had a fun time too.

watching signs of spring on our runs through the arboretum. The ice has gone out on the lake and cranes are flying over the marsh.

eating corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. and girl scout cookies

planting leek seeds. They’re starting to sprout!

pruning lilac bushes. They are in rough shape, but hopefully we’ll get a few blooms this spring.

exploring our backyard and learning all its nooks and crannies. Digging up landscaping cloth, making new paths out of paving stones, and hanging laundry on the outside clotheslines to dry.

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February 24, 2015

Going On in February

going on in february succulentsgoing on in february diggin in the dirtgoing on in february runninggoing on in february koi

eating Mexican food for Husby’s birthday. A few years ago, instead of cake he requested a birthday flan. It’s been tradition ever since. (Although I’m still perfecting my recipe. This year’s was a bit sloppy.) We preceeded the flan with kale, butternut squash and mushroom enchiladas for dinner.

listening to podcasts all the time, and also to T Swift. Always to T Swift.

watching season 7 of The Office when Husby is home, and season 1 of Vampire Diaries when he’s working late.

reading The Name of the WindIf you looked at my recent stack of books you’d think I was really into fantasy. Which is weird, cuz I’m not. But I guess I’m on a bit of a kick. I just finished The Night Circus and it was so pretty.

running with the stroller through the arboretum. At least on days that hit double digits.

playing chase Cheeks around the room.

practicing waving, clapping, and walking. No solo steps yet, but they’re coming quick.

shuffling rooms around because for the sake of my sleep, Cheeks needed to get his own room. Bye bye TV/guest room, hello temporary nursery.

planning our garden, the bookcase I’m going to build, and a certain baby boy’s first birthday celebration.

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January 9, 2015

new house tour

If you follow along on Building Earth, you already know our big news (If not, you should!) We bought a house!

About a year ago, when Husby came to Wisconsin to do some residency program interviews and fell in love with this rural track program, we hatched this plan to buy a house before the new year. Back in October I started touring houses, and by the end of October we were ready to make an offer. We got very lucky and everything with our offer, inspection, financing, and closing went so smoothly. And so here we are, in the new year with a new house.

It’s a cute little one-story, two-bedroom, starter bungalow. It’s got some great features, like a large kitchen and dinette, some beautiful wood trim, a cut out window surrounded nook, and this wood plank ceiling that kept me thinking of this house as I looked at others (This was the first house I saw when I started looking). And a spacious back yard on the south side of our house. We’ve been hatching garden plans since we made our initial offer.

Want to take a peek?

You come into a room we are calling the study/library/front room

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Off to the left is the 1st bedroom – it’s the master because it’s got a slightly larger closet, but otherwise the two bedrooms are identical.

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Through the front room to the living room:

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The first door off the living room is the bathroom:

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And then the second bedroom:

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And the living room leads into the kitchen and dinette:

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There is also a front porch and an unfinished basement.

The house needs some updating to meet our tastes, but otherwise everything is in very good condition. We’ve been picking paint colors, tossing around ideas for built-in features and updates, exploring every nook and cranny, and even started painting the ceilings this week.

It’s been so exciting to have this little plan take shape and come to fruition, and we’re even more excited to really settle in and create the space where we will see so many other future plans (and first steps) take place!

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December 30, 2014

Oh 2014

Dear 2014,

You certainly kicked our butts. Mostly in good ways.

love, clare, husby, and Cheeks

It’s almost like we tried to shove every possible big life change into a single calendar year. I think my grandma put it best when she told us, “Well, you certainly don’t like to let the grass grow under your feet.” True story Grandma.

So for posterity’s sake, here’s a rundown of what our 2014 looked like.

survive a polar vortex. have a baby. quit a job. graduate from med school. move to WI. try to adjust to residency life. make new friends. start another blog. celebrate many weddings. garden. can. ferment. grow 9 fruit trees. learn how to sit, scoot, and then crawl. continue to try to adjust to residency life. go on so many walks. knit. grow 3 teeth. house hunt. house buy. get far too little sleep. try to adjust to residency life.

Some of these things I’ve shared, many I haven’t. Because it turns out that trying to adjust to residency life, getting too little sleep, and having a baby is like the perfect storm of keeping me from getting much more done than the laundry and a walk each day. But I’m hoping to get back to it.

In the mean time, we’re hoping for some snow, hoping the next tooth gives us a little bit of a break, hoping for a full night’s sleep, and hoping our next vacation gets here soon.


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