A Hodge Podge of Things

Sapphire Ring

Things I haven't gotten around to blogging about: Our awesome spring break trip to Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells. We went with some friends (Phil's best friend from high school) who have a two-year old little boy. It was totally stress-free and perfect. The kids napped at the same time, the kids splashed and had a great time at the water park, and then the kids went to bed at the same time, and we played games for several hours. It was a really fun, relaxing trip. The perfect … [Read more...]

Growing a Scent


There's a new friend in our backyard-a jasmine plant! When we were at Home Depot a few weekends ago, we walked past some jasmine plants. The smell wafted past my nose and immediately compelled (literally forced, I could not resist) me to put a pot in our cart. I've never grown a jasmine before, but it's one of my very favorite scents. I planted it near the backdoor hoping the scent will waft past each time I open the backdoor (I would then waste a lot of cool air just opening and closing the … [Read more...]

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

How does your garden grow?With lots of weeds and little careAnd four raspberries all in a row.  … [Read more...]

Growing More than Just Babies

Raspberry bushes in the backyard. We planted three little tiny plants two years ago. Now look what we have! The three peony bushes that were here when we moved in. I just put cages around them the other day. Every year, I wait too long to put the cages on and then it's hard work because the plants have grown so tall.  Vegetables! I planted 6 tomato plants of three different varieties. I also planted jalapeno, habanero, and bell peppers. Hopefully, we'll get more to harvest without Margo's help. … [Read more...]

My Surprise Squash

Remember the other week when I was so excited about an acorn squash growing unexpectedly in my garden?Here's what I ended up, also unexpectedly, doing with it.Before:After:That's right. Margo got ahold of it. Phil mentioned today (possibly somewhat triumphantly because he is not a fan of squash), "Oh by the way, Margo ate your acorn squash the other day." "Oh no," I said, "I was so excited that it grew and to eat it. I took a picture and everything." Phil consoled me by saying that he took a … [Read more...]