Batch Day

April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s a batch kind of day: Mr. E bottled a batch of his latest home brew, baked a batch of rye bread and cooked a batch of chili; I sewed a batch of bags.
Batch of Homebrew

And that’s not all. Yesterday I batch edited some photos. Nerdy batch love! :)

Almost-Dead Tree Down

April 8, 2015 § 2 Comments

Construction for a new house (for a new owner) has begun on our neighboring lot. One definite benefit for us is the removal of a tree that has worried us for years.

There was a large, dying tree just beyond the borders of our lot. One of the trunks already came down a few years ago, and we thought it would only be a matter of time before a storm brought the whole tree down, and if we were unlucky, it would fall on our house. Fortunately, man got there first.

Dying Tree

For a few days, a team worked on clearing the lot for the diggers to get in. I just happened to look out the window in time on one of the felling days, grabbed my camera and saved the monumental event for prosperity.

Dying Tree Down

Now it’s finally gone!

Spring!

April 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love spring. The last of the roof snow and ice, here still dripping off…

Blue Skies and Roof Drip

…is gone. Buh-bye! I’m still moving ladybugs away from underfoot. This little one found a safe spot on the curtains:

Ladybug on Curtain

One of my poinsettias (that keep on giving) is very confused and is putting out a few red leaves:

Poinsettia March Bloom

I’m just happy they’re both still alive. They have, after all, survived three(!) Christmases in my not-at-all-green-thumb-care.

Spring! :)

A Quick Gift

March 25, 2015 § 2 Comments

A friend has taken an offer on a temporary 2-year project out of state. I found this motivational poster online, courtesy of Vanessa Morsse, and framed it for her as a small going-away gift:

Motivational Quote Framed

Thanks for sharing, Vanessa!

Finally, Much Less Snow

March 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s been a month since these snow-filled scenes

15th Garage

Snow Appendix

…and the warmer weather has really done a number on the snow banks. Below are the same locations at the beginning of this week:

March 17th Garage

Snow Appendix Melting

The difference is astonishing! Apart from the driveway, the roof is also free of snow and ice (apart from a small area on the northern side). Last week we had quite a scare when a huge ice sheet came thundering down the length of the east side of the house:

Ice Sheet Down

The sheet is about a foot (30 cm) wide and looks quite thick, plus there was a whole load of snow and ice chunks that fell at the same time. Fortunately no-one was near to get hurt.

Indoors, the house has been a bit of an obstacle course: I’m dodging ladybugs woken up by the warm weather. Some of the poor things still look groggy (or whatever the bug equivalent is). Those I usually lift into safety onto a sunny window sill. I want as many ladybugs as possible to make it, to act as natural aphid control.

We also had several leaks due to the melting, unfortunately. For a while, our ice chopper and hatchet and one of the shovels lived by the back door with our rubber boots in case they were needed for a mad dash to hack at ice. (Bad ice! Destroooooy!)

Leak Tools by Back Door

Our plans for spring break and summer are on hold till we know how much damage there is and where and what it takes to take care of it. Ohwell.

I’m so happy to have longer, warmer days with more sun. Yay, spring! :)

More White & Blue

March 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Wall art and paintings have been on my mind lately. This photo combines DIY painting with my favorites, white and blue:

DSponge Texture alasully

Alaina Sullivan.

Alaina Sullivan on Instragram. (Originally found via design*sponge.)

Although there’s a little too much teal to my liking, I do concede that shades that are too similar make the whole look flat. Adding a small amount of something different makes a stronger, more lived-in, more interesting combination.

White, Blue & Baskets

March 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love the combination of blue and white and palest of pale wood (in the topmost baskets) in this photo styled by Twig Hutchinson:

Desire to Inspire twig hutchinson

Styling by Twig Hutchinson; found via Desire to Inspire.

Found via Desire to Inspire. The blue is a hint dark, perhaps, but the greyish shade is just what I prefer. Very nice!

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