We won!

This afternoon Mama and I got a call from the sweet woman we met at the Home & Garden Show last week to let us know that we’d won her raffle! Next week we’ll get to pick up a $100 gift card to Friedman’s Home Improvement. We are so excited and have already picked out…

Teaming up to wash the dog

Our sweet little Paisley only weighs about 17 pounds, but she feels like one big muscle. This is never more apparent than at grooming time. Thankfully, we are able to bathe her in our giant kitchen sink, rather than leaning down into the tub. Paisley makes sure it’s a two-person job, so Mama and I…

A squash solution

When we first grew zucchini a few summers ago, we discovered it was greedy in our garden box and tried to muscle out the other vegetables. Then we planted it in a giant barrel in an attempt to confine it last summer. That worked too well and we ended up without much produce. This year…

The planting begins

These beautiful two-tone Dahlias, which I found at Costco last week, are now planted in our garden, thus opening the season of planting! I also did a bunch of work preparing the garden, but it was more pulling weeds and picking up dog poo—not exactly the best photo opp. I’m still working on this year’s…

Emerald Beaut’s first buds

The Emerald Beaut tree we planted last year has just started flowering and it is absolutely lovely! This is our favorite variety of pluot and we are praying we’ll receive fruit this summer. These first blossoms give us hope—and were a bright spot in our day. Today’s #OneGoodThing was discovering the Emerald Beaut tree’s first buds…

Sharing memories of Joe

This afternoon Mama and I received news that our beloved friend Joe had passed away after a two-month illness. We were shocked and deeply saddened. Mama introduced Joe and his wife to each other; she just knew they’d be perfect for each other. Pat and Joe have been part of our extended family since before…

A Saturday for sleep

After an exhausting day at the Home & Garden Show yesterday and a hike around Costco the day before, I wasn’t entirely surprised when I woke up with a raging migraine. Thankfully, Mama and I had no plans for today, so nothing had to be canceled or changed. I was able to spend the day…