Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Decisions Decisions

My AP Students are taking their test next Monday. I decided to make them cupcakes (lots of cupcakes...) but I can't decide on what flavors. I'm thinking I'm going to make four flavors total. SO, here's how you can help. See the poll on the side? Vote for the flavor(s) you think I should make. You can pick as many as you want, but let's be honest, that's not going to help me. Pick 1 or 2 or 3 so I can make my decision!

Also, feel free to comment if you have a suggestion for a flavor.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Springtime Sprucing

I could certainly use another day of the weekend. I've been crafting and gardening.

Over the past few weeks I've been setting up the permanent garden (as opposed to the one on the patio from last year). Jeremy's dad came and tilled up the section I marked off the other day. Now I have parsnips, peas, carrots, and lettuce planted!

I mulched inbetween the beds to make nice walkways. I'm edging with stones to make a nice line.

We also dug an asparagus bed near the side of the yard. Asparagus is a perennial, so if we're able to get it established it should produce for the next 15-20 years.

We also planted some annuals around the yard to brighten things up a bit.

Marigolds in the mailbox boxes.

Spanish Lavender by the driveway. I think I'm going to make this my lavendar bed.

Bog rosemary in the front bed. I'm hoping this'll spread a bit in the future and cover this area.

Snapdragons on the back deck.

Some lavendar cuttings from one of my established plants. If I can get these to root I'm going to move them over with the other near the driveway.

Monday, April 1, 2013


I supervised the removal of 2 trees and three stumps today (meaning I snuggled in the house while the tree removal gentlemen labored tirelessly outside.)

Here's what it used to look like:

(this one is from the summer) ^

Here's what it looks like now.

Turns out it was a cherry. There was no way that we could tell that given how dead and vine-covered it was. It was also rotted in the center, so we didn't end up keeping an ant infested slab.

We also got the holly tree removed while we were at it. Our yard looks huge!

Here are some shots from the removal. I measured the stump before they ground it out-- literally 4 ft by 3ft.

The knobby bumps at the top are vines... They're trees in their own right!

There's all the wood, vines, and mulch from the yard!