Some things never change.
You know how Facebook reminds you of old status updates with those Time Hop photo memories?
Generally speaking, they make me feel a little sad because old pictures of the kids just seem to punctuate how fast they’re growing up now that they’re teenagers.Read More
So much got done in the garden today – it’s hard to believe it all happened in just one day. With the retaining wall repair completed, Kevin and Luke leveled out and lined the space for the Outdoor Dining Room. They were able to reuse the landscape fabric that we had installed under the mulch last year…Read More
Every Spring, after my first garden walk-through, I always find some projects that end up bumping some of my grand plans for the garden. This year, I discovered the retaining wall in the Morning Garden had started to separate. After lunch today, Josh, from Natural Stonescapes, sent his crew over to do the repair. It…Read More
After looking at the 10-day forecast with 60s for highs and 40s for lows, I decided to start planting my kitchen garden today. First up – Sweet Basil. I always fill two large rolling planter boxes with Sweet Basil. I like to start with buying three full flats so I can start making pesto batches…Read More
Basketball tournament weekends are so dang hectic for us that we have started taking Sonny to Puptown for the entire weekend so he can get the proper amount (which is HEAPS) of attention and not stay home alone. Emma and I finally got around to picking him up around lunchtime today. As per usual, he jumped right…Read More
eady for Spring? I am. We’ve had a bit of a stuttered start to Spring here in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. April started with a return to colder temps after March went out like a lamb. Last week, crazy fierce winds blew the curtains right off the mounted brackets on the front porch of the…Read More
It took me a few years to collect the pieces of art I wanted to use for a gallery wall in our guest room ~ the Port Room.
I had a few things in mind for the pieces for the Port Room gallery wall:
Recycling: I wanted to find all the pieces at thrift stores
Theme: All the pictures needed to feature a boat or ship
Organic: I wanted collection to look curated – not planned. The frames could be any color, the art could be any style – but nothing matchy-matchy.
Consensus: Each piece needed to get a thumbs up from the kids. No matter how eclectic, if it made us happy, we bought it.
Combining all the different pieces was a little tricky – it was a little like putting together a giant puzzle. Whew!
It’s great to finally see all the art on the wall.Read More
Hello friends. It’s been tough to get serious about the holidays when the weather has been so indecisive.
Earlier this month while I was walking Sonny, I took a photo I call “Three Seasons”. It’s a picture of this glorious layout of three seasons – Summer, Fall, and Winter – all intermingled beneath a Maple Tree. Green grass, golden leaves, and little clumps of snow; All of them together, laying on top of each other – like the boys playing Xbox.Read More
Every month, I make one last sweep through my photos on my Mac. Most of my photos get organized into events – birthdays, gardens, date nights, etc. All the leftover photos remain in the Photo Stream for that month. Here’s a look at some of the photos from the October 2013 Photo Stream.Read More
The kids and I made it back from Boston today – and this fabulously sunny day was the perfect welcome home. Our Harvard AMP and Boston Trip Fall 2013 was a five day whirlwind visit to see Phil during his break from the Harvard AMP. As a reference for future visiting families, Harvard puts together a lovely program for the visiting families. Let me guide you through our jam-packed visit…Read More
I get so much magazine reading done in the minivan while I’m waiting for the kids.
Yesterday, I snagged the October Real Simple from the mailbox and headed off to Basswood Elementary to pick up the boys.
I zip through my magazines pretty quickly. But, this photo inspired me to make my own Real Simple Halloween Garland. Real Simple made theirs out of these adorable postcards which cost $1.50 each.
Instead of ordering the postcards, I made my own using some clipart I found online and some index cards. Let me now you how I did it…
This week marked the end of July – a month that flew by for me. Admittedly, I recognize that organizing a garden tour for 1,000 people with 15 presenters spread across four different garden locations probably had something to do with the fact July sort of got away from me. When I looked back at…Read More
Monster Cookies – they’re nothing short of irresistable. Seriously, who can walk past a Monster Cookie without a slight hitch in their step. I came to a complete stop in the serving line when I saw these Monster Cookie Bars made by my dear friend, Diane Sullivan of Eagan, for her daughter’s graduation. They are just the perfect amount of gooey-ness and crunch and include all the standard monster cookie ingredients. Plus, bars are so much easier to make than the assembly line and babysitting services required by cookies. Once Diane emailed me the recipe, Emma and I flew to the grocery store to buy M&M’s so we could hurry home and make them. I’ve renamed them Leverage Bars – in honor of their power.Read More
Sonny got to spend a few days at Puptown in Medina while I was getting ready for the garden tour. He has fun while he’s there and I get a break from his constant attention. Plus, the forecast called for more summer thunderstorms. After a recent all-nighter, I knew I needed a break from Sonny…Read More