August 13, 2015

March in the Garden

Since we bought our house we’ve done a few thing on the inside to make it ours. We’ve painted a couple rooms and built a bookshelf. But largely this spring and summer have been about the garden.

Here are a couple pictures of the backyard to give you an idea of where we started.

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Starting in late March, we pruned back our lilac bushes. These things are very overgrown. I was taught that lilac bushes should be pruned once they get more than 1-2 inches in diameter. Most of ours are currently more like 8-10 inches in diameter, and have dead branches. So we’re slowly pruning them back to encourage new growth, and to hopefully bring them back to full health. Because lilacs are my favorite.

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We’ve come a long way since March. Stay tuned to see how things have progressed.

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June 18, 2015

Going on in May

Oh hi, old blog. I’m so very far behind on updating you. I have all sorts of garden progress photos to share and what not. But here’s what we did in May.

reading books sour dough morels garden beds hiking 1 sick cuddles hiking 2 onions


enjoying husby’s well earned week of vacation

hiking through a nearby state park. We went to forage for morels, and while we didn’t find any there, husby did find some in our neighborhood. Despite not finding any on our hiking trip, we did enjoy the beautiful views of the lake we were hiking near and the ice cream that we finished the afternoon with.

visiting friends in Philadelphia. It had been far too long since we’d seen many of these friends, and it was fun to introduce them all to Cheeks, as well as get caught up again.

moving all our furniture out to the house. We still had a couple weeks that we stayed in our apartment, but by the end of the month we were completely moved into the house. Now to figure out where everything goes.

digging up plenty of garden space, and filling beds with seed potatoes, onions, cabbage, broccoli, kale, radishes, and many other veggies.

baking sour dough with a renewed passion. I find the long fermented bread isn’t as hard on my stomach, and I’ve been using a mildly modified version of the Tartine country bread recipe with beautiful results. And after a few months of regular bread baking, my sour dough starter is really starting to develop it’s flavor. Just in time for jam season!

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May 4, 2015

Going on in April

going on in april 1 going on in april 2 going on in april 3 going on in april 4 going on in april 5watching the buds turn into flowers and leaves. And learning about everything that’s already planted in our yard. I just picked purple tulips from the garden for a bouquet, and there are still many mystery flowers we’re waiting to see bloom.

ripping up sod in preparation for our veggie gardens and our prairie grass/wildflower garden. One of our neighbors is also hard at work on various landscaping projects and has been eagerly  hauling away all of our sod for his own projects. It’s great, we both think we’re getting the better end of the deal!

enjoying a much less busy month. Husby’s rotations have been a little lighter, which means he’s often home by bath time. A win all around.

chasing birds. Cheeks has been fascinated by all the winged critters all around. He will watch them for hours, and if one is poking around on the ground he’ll get up and start walking towards it, often to the other side of the house or down the sidewalk, pointing and whispering “Buhh…buhh…buhh.”

chopping kale for kale salad. We’re so excited for fresh veggie season, and I know I could eat kale salad pretty much every day and be happy. This one with strawberries is still a fave.

reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette (great), Me Before You (great), The Girl on the Train (not up to the hype), and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (just started it). After a season or two of not making the time to read too much more than the current book club selection, I’m happy to be back to it.

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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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