Monday, August 31, 2015

Picture This: Week 35, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.


August 24, 2015
After a weekend away, the furbs were storming the cupboard for their treats and refusing to move.  Brutes.
August 25, 2015
We finished our fridge cabinet! We worked on this over several days and weeks, making little progress when we had time.  It's such a relief that it all worked and everything fit.


August 26, 2015
We've been wanting to see this for years.  So happy to finally make it possible, and it did not disappoint - hilarious! 
August 27, 2015
When I bought these two weeks ago, I told Zach they'd last a lifetime. Our relationship with Macy's may be over for real this time.


August 28, 2015
They were too picturesque not to. 
August 29, 2015
Happy birthday, Charlotte! I love her style.
August 30, 2015
Finally. FINALLY. Nearly two years after using the closet as a pantry without shelves, I made some.  There's still some work to be done (such as finding the track for that wire basket and actually installing it) but it's a huge upgrade.  File that under 'why did we wait so long?!'

Monday, August 24, 2015

Picture This: Week 34, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

August 17, 2015

Most dinner parties end with book rentals and checking up with overdue customers.


August 18, 2015

An unexpected benefit of finally installing hooks in the bedroom: the dramatic shadows.


August 19, 2015

I figured out what's been stripping my tomato leaves and eating bits of the fruit: the tomato hornworm.  He's a nasty, meaty guy that really had to be pulled off the stem, and I hope his removal means a more productive crop.


August 20, 2015

Nashville! Night one consisted of craft cocktails and late-night pizza at Two Boots. 


August 21, 2015

We did a lot of touring on the second day, to include the Ryman Auditorium. It was awesome, and we really need to see a show here.


August 22, 2015

Wine, cheese and live music.


August 23, 2015

Home, and a bit of furniture rearranging.  I think this might be it. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Laundry basket.

This post feels very weird, but I am really into my laundry basket. I remember debating a laundry basket when we were registering for our wedding, but ultimately deferred because I don't like having stuff.  I also didn't see any options that weren't woven (which I love, but the cats also love).  At the time, we were waking up to the cats scratching our bed every night (this was before we built a bed), so I wasn't about to add another prime scratching location.

It was perfectly practical to use a plastic basket, which was hidden behind the door the majority of the time. That was, until Copper confused it for a litter box. Cringe. 



I still wasn't about to provide a scratching option to allow the furbs to wake us up in the middle of the night (hiding the mattress in the bed frame has be a GAME CHANGER).  I searched for months before I saw this fabric option at West Elm.  I had coupons, the size was ample to appropriately procrastinate laundry, and it was made from recycled materials. It easily won me over. 



Adding the snake plant in the room (the one plant that may be able to survive the low natural light), and this corner just became a whole lot more environmentally friendly. 

Opposite the laundry basket and next to the closet, we hung two hooks I'd been eyeing for a long time.  The picture is terrible in the nighttime light, and I can't hide the fact that we don't have closet doors, but the added functionality, the brass accents, are quite welcome.



All of this makes me feel like we've neglected our bedroom and should maybe focus on it before narrowing in on either the basement, kitchen, guest, room, or second bathroom. That, or I'm trying to overwhelm myself. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Picture This: Week 33, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

August 10, 2015

I have a lot of phone space tied up in pictures.  Like going through someone's medicine closet, I love creeping through pictures.  This is a lot of what I have: screenshots of cool floors. I want to do a patter on the navy wall in our living room one day.


August 11, 2015

Tree, probably stuck by lightning, maybe 40 feet from the house. I'm very bad at estimations. Human for scale.


August 12, 2015

Nightcaps with friends.


August 13, 2015

My sisters treated us to the Browns preseason game.  They played Washington, my former city. Unrelated, my neck is normally not the size of my head.


August 14, 2015

Henry takes her beauty sleep very seriously and is less than pleased when it is interrupted.


August 15, 2015

We took a beekeeping class on Saturday.  I LOVED it. I hope to start my own apiary next year!


August 16, 2015

After a successful coffee table build, I'm entrusted with more projects!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Patio progress.

When we bought our house, there was a stamped patio in the back.  That was awesome, but since the addition of the garden, we knew we wanted to expand and connect the space.  Mostly, I didn't want to have to step on the ground when going to grab a tomato.  Had we known these updates would be relatively quick and inexpensive, we would have made them ages ago. 


We salvaged many flat rocks from our friend's backyard in his excavation process.  At first, I used them to create a path between the patio and garden.  We thought that might work, but trimming the grass between was difficult, so we went with pea gravel.  We dug out the area, which was a lot of manual work - yes - but we're not ones to shy from that.  Our biggest obstacle was the June rain, which was seemingly every day.  


While we were digging, Zach took the opportunity to install a legitimate fire pit.  We picked up a kit at Lowe's, which included the bricks and the ring, along with some larger gravel for the base and lava rock for the interior.  It was quite the process, but the key is for everything to be level throughout the build - the ground, the rock, the brick.  We found this tutorial to be very helpful.

These pictures look crazy, but evening light is my only option.

Another addition were these string lights.  We picked up two packs of string lights at Costco.  At first, we strung them with hooks between the house and hammock trees.  They last two days before a mild wind took them down.  We were at a loss as to how to fix until we stopped at one our favorite bars and saw that they had the same exact lights, strung on a wire. We picked up about 100 feet of 1/8 gauge wire, strung it through the loops above each socket, then wired between the house and trees with the carabiners, hooks, and fasteners we grabbed at Lowe's.


I'm happy to report the wire has kept the lights holding strong for weeks.  We've had a couple of significant storms and all's been well.  Beyond the rock path and in between the garden and house, we filled in the area with mulch.  I want that to be an overgrown oasis with a little path to the neighbors.  Clearly we're in the very beginning phases and I might have killed on of my favorite plants accidentally with weed spray.

This is my favorite view, from the hammock.  We're working on encouraging the moss to pick up and coat the path in a lush carpet.  It's been struggling through the summer, underwater through much of June.  Our outdoor space has become one of our favorite areas, especially when the mosquitoes are away. If you have any tricks, please share!



I'll work on getting pictures in better lighting - these shadows are crazy.  A tour might be in order, too, before it's all covered in snow again.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Picture This: Week 32, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

August 3, 2015

I love the tranquility of living at the end of a street.


August 4, 2015

After a night of patio drinking, the furbs were attention deprived.  Veronica has saved our lives with these treat balls, where they have to work to get the the food. Henry mostly stalks.


August 5, 2015

I didn't intend for this to be so cat-focused, but here we are: Henry, spending hours in boxes, tapping out what can only be morse code to her demon friends.


August 6, 2015

It was a joke before, but now I believe Copper really enjoys The Bachelor series.


August 7, 2015

It's ready! I spend weeks working on this coffee table for Veronica (complete with a removable top for storage), and finally delivered on Friday.  Her excitement totally validated my pride and sweat.  I'm so, so happy about this and that she loves it!


August 8, 2015

I spent the weekend camping with my sisters, dad, and dogs.  We got a good hike in, played cards, and fixed flat tires.  Great success.


Important update! This creature: 




August 9, 2015

Car trips with the noodle and the bean.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Picture This: Week 31, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

July 27, 2015

Copper loves drama, so I should have suspected he'd love The Bachelorette.


July 28, 2015

Macy's has potentially turned into my registry nightmare after this shipping and subsequent return debacle.


July 29, 2015

My old journal confirms that Fluffy was born in 1995 and supposed to be named "Flufy."


July 30, 2015

All of the weights and I still can't figure out how to do a pushup with weights.


July 31, 2015

My dog loves car rides until he figures out where we're going. I took this at a stoplight, not while driving.


August 1, 2015

The best wedding welcome bag in the history of welcome bags included blueberry doughnuts.


August 2, 2015

First attempt at floral crown making and I'm not sure what I'm doing.

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