Saturday, June 30, 2012

Planting Plants.

Between meal/gatherings on Father's Day, we stopped over at Menard's and checked out their plant selection. I had checked Home Depot recently and their 4 whole ferns they had weren't really doing it for me. I slightly panicked for a minute at Menard's because I couldn't find ANY of their shade plants... but then we found them inside. I guess that makes sense, as their entire outdoor section was in direct sunlight.

I spent a long time trying to figure out how many of what I wanted and/or needed and how they should be set up. Bill was almost zero help (if you read this, sorry Bill...) and just wanted to leave... I finally figured it out, with some of Bill's help. We bought them, loaded them up, and dropped them off at home before brunch with Bill's side of the family.

I just quickly laid everything out where I thought I would want it because we had to get going. I really had hoped to get everything planted that night, but it was raining by the time we got home and it rained off and on the rest of the night. 

So, the next night, I started planting after work. I got 5 plants in the ground before I called it quits. We ran into some massive tree roots... and I got eaten alive by mosquitos.... and I became very grouchy.  

The first two I got on with mostly no problems.... A few small roots that I had to chop in half, but nothing major. The row of ferns were the problem.... with one leg sized root right in the middle of where I wanted to plant the middle one... 

You can almost see the evil root...

Attempting to chop out the root. Let's just say it was much bigger than we thought.
Eventually, I said screw it and just moved it up a little so that we could just plant it. Hopefully the fern has enough room and will survive & thrive... 

And then I took a break... for a week. Not because I'm lazy, but because we had a lot going on and it rained almost all week... 

Finally, a week after the first planting event, I finished! WOOHOO!

Please don't mind all the other stuff that needs to be done in this area... or the fact that our grass is like a foot tall... 

I'm way happy. I think it looks TONS better!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Planting Before & After.

I got one of my 4th of July To Do's done!

 It's wonderful. The process coming tomorrow...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crabs, Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops.

So much yum...

Over the weekend we had a family gathering full of insanely delicious see food! And I can still taste all of the wonderfulness...

They're ALIVE!


Be jealous of the amazing cooks we have in our family...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lane Acclaim.

Over the weekend, we went and checked out findfurnish. They were having a massive sale and I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing out anything epic. They definitely had/have some amazing things all the time!

We spotted a Lane Acclaim side table/coffee table set that hadn't even been priced and put out on the floor yet... Totally got it. We got a sweet deal, but the tops need some love. I'm checking with my expert (read: my mama) to make sure that what I think I can do to make it all better will work the way I want. Then the feet need to be touched up too and I will have to figure out how that should be done. If you know or have suggestions, let me know!

These are going to look so awesome in our living room when it's redone, when ever we get to that point...

Anyways, sneak peak photos...

We also get that sweet wool blanket in there... Like my boots?

Monday, June 25, 2012


Last night, Bill and I attended our niece's dance recital. There were some other people we knew there and I just wanted to share some lines from one of my favorite not-related little girls...

*Dead silence between dances*
Girl: "What the hell is that?"

Girl: "Mom, do they have kids?" referring to Bill and I.
Mom: "No"
Girl to me: "You guys should get some!"
When I tried asking her if she was going to help me pick some out, she was not interested.

She makes me laugh and I only hope to have a crazy kid at some point in my life to keep entertained.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Baby Birds.

Some baby birds hatched last week at work. I think they're Robins, as anytime you get too close, there is a Robin up in a nearby tree yelling at you to back off. But here are a couple pics...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Big Stone Mini Golf.

Big Stone is a sculpture garden / mini golf place. It's amazing. If you're ever in the area, GO! It's actually right next door to where we got married and I wanted to have pictures done there but they weren't open for the season yet and I never heard back from them. :( It ended up ok because I don't think we would have had time to run over there.

Bill and I took some friends over there on Friday night and had fun, but got eaten by mosquitos. Well, at least I did. Here are just some images (from the iPhone, so sorry for the quality) of some of the awesome sculptures, etc that are everywhere.

4th Hole


6th Hole

6th Hole

7th Hole in a Boat

"Pumpkin Patch" Hole

A Garbage Can


Inside the above boat. They have a table set up for people to sit at.