Summer 2016 Recap

September 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

Whoo boy, what a summer we had! Mr. E, especially, was incredibly busy with a book project, but mostly it was the weather that we were dealing with. It was sunny and dry. Very sunny, very hot, and very dry. It felt like I was barely outside all summer from staying away from the worst of the heat so often.

Apparently both July and August broke heat records around here, and there was so little rain that we got three (or four? I’ve lost track) town notifications about first curbing and then forbidding outdoor water use. In our seven years in this town I can’t remember that many restrictions. Already in July, the grass was brown and the rest of the plants droopy, and the August proceeded to be equally bad. I’m so glad it’s fall now, both for cooler temps and (hopefully!) more rain.

Mr. E did careful early morning hand-watering (which was still allowed by our town) in his garden, and we were lucky to get decent crops, considering. The very first handful of potato, below, wasn’t big, but we got more afterwards.

Very First Potato Handful 2016

The tomatoes still continue to produce nicely:

September Tomato Vine w Fruit and Flower

Yum! There’s not only green tomatoes ripening, there are more flowers!

The non-homegrown food was good, too, with a lot of homemade dishes from local ingredients both sweet and savory:

Summer Strawberry Cake 2016

This summer we’ve had three to four turkey hens hanging around on and off. Here are two of them perching on the high-bush blueberry enclosures:

Two Turkeys on Blueberry Enclosure 2016

The really funny thing about the turkeys is that this summer they seemed to have had something against the potato patch. We saw more than once a turkey go to the patch and start pecking and pulling a potato plant until she got it all the way out of the ground. And then they’d just leave it there! We’ve never seen or heard of this kind of turkey behavior. We started shooing them off away from the patch after a few potato attacks, and that did the trick. Phew.

In other mysterious but great news, the ant colony that’s been pestering us for the past few years seems finally to have moved elsewhere. WO-HOO!

In not so great news, I suffered a fatal computer crash with all the headache that entails. I’ve been back up and running for just over two months now (let’s hear it for regular data backups!) and have more or less learned the basics of the replacement software I didn’t have before.

We also rearranged our basement in a big way (following the installation of the new lolly post) which affected the kitchen, and built a bit more storage. I’ll post about that later, though.

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Volunteer Strawberry

May 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

Last year, Mr. E planted strawberries. We didn’t get any – critters got to them before us – but the plants are blossoming again. There’s even one that’s somehow gotten outside the patch:

Volunteer Strawberry

This one was among the first to have flowers; the rest have caught up in the last day or two. Here’s hoping we’ll get to enjoy some this year!

November Noms: Dark Chocolate Mousse

November 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

The other night, Mr. E made dark chocolate mousse:

Dark Choc Mousse

Dark, very rich, almost bitter. It was fine in its own, but I discovered that my vanilla lactose-free yogurt which I think is a little too sweet pairs with the mousse perfectly. Yum! 🙂

Bye, Summer 2015

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Summer was, on the whole, good. We were surprisingly busy, so the blog break was very welcome.

The weather was sunny and dry, at times a little too sunny and dry! In the beginning of September, up until the end of last week when we finally got some rain, the grass started to get brown and the rest of the plants to droop. Mr. E’s garden did flourish, with for example cucumbers…

1st Cucunger

…and potatoes…

1st Potatoes

…and other yummies. We visited out-of-state friends who were cat-sitting a gorgeous Cornish Rex who looooved Mr. E from the start…

Cat Love

…and worked on projects, large and small…

MagPages Recycled into Envelopes

…like these envelopes made out of recycled magazine pages. (Thank you, K, for the template! I’ve been using it so much.)

Now that we seem to be done with the last errant heat wave of September, I’m looking forward to fall weather.

Apples Hugging a Pineapple

May 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

Mr. E was ripening a pineapple by placing it in a bowl with apples:

Pineapple Bowl w Apples

I thought it looked like the apples were trying to hug the pineapple, kinda like chicks cluster around a hen. 🙂

Back to the Grind

January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hello, hello; back to the grind after the Christmas break! Hope yours has been as great as mine. Mr. E and I had the most wonderful, the most relaxing Christmas Eve thus far. (We celebrate Finnish Christmas at home on the Eve, then drive to his family for the Day.) There was fooooood…

Xmas Dinner 2014

…and pulla…

Pulla Making Mashup

…and presents!

Opening Presents 2014

We’re both back to new (and some old) projects. What’s up in your world?

Christmas Pretties Around the Internet

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.

Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:

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Susanna at Susannan työhuone.

These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:

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Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!

Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:

Jeannette Seymour Minimal Christmas

Jeannette Seymour; photo by Donna Griffith / Style at Home.

Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:

Urban Outfitters Plum Bow Painted Mirror

Urban Outfitters.

Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!

And speaking of Scandinavian… Räven raskar över isen! (Yes, there is an actual Swedish Christmas song involving foxes.) Fox ornaments from Ikea:

Fox Ornaments from Ikea

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:

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Ann Helen; via Norske interiørblogger.

I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:

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By Rachel at Mod Podge Rocks.

Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

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