Wednesday, March 31, 2010
That's the update from Kara at 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Basically, my Easter decorations are exactly the same as last year. Nothing new, nothing different (except Lola doesn't have the weird post-iv hair cut on her front legs!). If you are new and want to see them, or if you want a refresher, click HERE
Now for the flowerbeds. I landscaped the front of my house on the first Good Friday after I bought my house, so that would be 4 years ago. I still think it was a huge improvement, but I have some complaints.
Complaint #1: I get tired of planting so many annuals every stinking year. Too much work. So much money. Then it all starts to go to pot in the heat of our horrible summers and looks like crap anyway!
Complaint #2: It relates to #1. Where the annuals are is either bare in the winter or I have to plant winter stuff. I have done both. I don't like the first, but the second necessitates running out when a super cold front is headed our way and digging up my flowers and putting them in the garage until the cold spell passes, then replanting, and repeat on the next front that blows through. It's for the birds folks, or at least someone who doesn't basically work two jobs!
Complaint #3: Some small ferns that I planted 4 years ago haven't lived up to expectations. The darn things never died, but then never really thrived.
So, I asked my uncle a while back to come help me re-do my bed. I really have no idea what I'm doing and he is a landscaping genius, so thus the help request. I haven't ever gotten him up here. I did receive a cryptic iphone photo of a shrub and the information "Japanese Yew", so I'm starting to think that might be the extent of the help that I'm going to get anytime soon. So, I headed from nursery to nursery today with the task of re-doing my front bed in mind.
Goal: Plant things that will be evergreen and make the bed require very little annual planting.
Where did I start? Boulder shopping.
Now, keeping in mind, I'm clueless..I decided that since Hydrangeas are one of my top 2 favorite flowers, I was going to plant me some hydrangeas! Try to follow along with my fancy drawn sophisticated plans here...
So that's the plan folks. We'll see if it looks okay or totally craptastic when it's all done!
Anyone want to come dig some holes for me?
That's the update from Kara at 4:35 PM
Monday, March 29, 2010
I made a quick trip down to Dallas today to play Easter Bunny and deliver some goodies to my cousins. I had filled cute little felt pails with candy, pencils, etc. They were wrapped in cellophane and tied with an adorable springy looking ribbon, complete with green and pink tags I had made. Why am I being so descriptive? Because they were so freakin' cute and I forgot to take a photo before I delivered them!
That's the update from Kara at 4:19 PM
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I went to Half Price Books today because I had two coupons for 50% off any item. I think HPB is about the greatest anyway, but couple that with 50% off coupons and it is the best place on earth! I hit up the recent release section first, because I figured that was where I could get more bang for my buck.
If you aren't a HPB devotee, let me fill you in. Many of the books they sell are way more than half of the normal price, but the recent releases sell for exactly half off. Put a 50% coupon in the mix and you are looking at half of half, so 75% off. My math skills are severely lacking, but I can figure percentages off like nobody's business!
So, back to hitting up the recent releases... I hit up this aisle first and much to my surprise and fortune, they finally had Game Change which I've been wanting badly. I've almost broken down and bought it at Sam's Club a couple of times, but it was around $18 and I never had the extra cash. Today I got it for $7 (including tax)!!!!
That's the update from Kara at 1:33 PM
Friday, March 26, 2010
Yesterday, I looked in my refrigerator and saw a pint of fresh blueberries that were starting to go south. I wondered what I could do with them and decided to make homemade blueberry muffins. I busted out the Magnolia cookbook, found a recipe and got to cookin'.
I've never made blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries...
Update: I was really looking forward to those burgers and making bunny cookies this weekend; however, I'm sorry to report that I just made the pasta & scallops for supper and have died and gone to heaven!
That's the update from Kara at 5:08 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I have lots of ideas. Oh yeah, I'm FULL of ideas. Many around me have learned to run when they hear me say, "I've been thinking...".
All that being said, sometimes I actually take those ideas and try to implement them. On even rarer occasions, they actually turn out to be a good idea. Today, I'm going to share with you one of those ideas that I had, tried out and it actually worked as planned. For the ones that don't, well, I've become a master with spackle!
You know a while back that I got some new furniture. Well this dresser wasn't new, but was new to me...
For the inside drawers, I used a pretty pattern that is in the same color scheme, but different pattern.
That's the update from Kara at 5:18 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Today was one of those crazy days where I felt like if I spoke it, then poof, my wish was granted!
Jennifer and I were out and about avoiding working and we went to a new shopping center to see what was open already and what was soon to come. As we headed into the shopping center, I said I wish they had a cookie store because I could really use a sugar boost this afternoon. As we turned the corner, poof, The Great American Cookie Store!
Then I noticed that it was next door to The Purple Cow (a burger place). I said, That's great, but I wish we were getting some really good places here like Twisted Root Burger Co. We drove on and what did we see? A sign in a window that coming to that location...Twisted Root Burger Co.! Seriously! Then we drove on and saw that another one of my favorite restaurants, La Duni is opening there also! We are also getting a Freebirds, Glorias and Patrizios. I'm so excited to have these really great restaurants so close!
Then we went across the street to another new shopping center to head in TJ Maxx (Jennifer was looking for something). I said While we are here, I'm going to check and see if they have the Sarah Beth's jam I like (for your reference, I love SB's Strawberry Peach jam, but it is hard to find and they don't even sell that variety at Williams Sonoma and I hate to have to have it shipped from NYC and pay shipping.). I kid you not, they had it right there on the shelf!
At this point Jennifer said, "Wish for a million bucks! Everything you say is happening!". I did, but it didn't happen. It sucks that apparently I had uncovered a genie, but didn't know it and wasted my three wishes.
That's the update from Kara at 10:18 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
That's the update from Kara at 10:13 PM
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I'm happy it is over because I did not enjoy the crowds that were out and about all last week at the places that are usually less crowded during the week.
I'm going to miss free time at night...I had forgotten how nice it is to have 3 extra nights at home during the week!
Someone around here let her feelings about the end of spring break be known last night when I went to class...
That's the update from Kara at 8:38 PM
Snow had been predicted for Saturday night/Sunday morning, but they varied on the amounts. First it was just a dusting, then it was 1 inch, then it was 1 maybe 2 inches.
1-2 inches my A$$! It is spring and there is a ton of snow!
Lola looked at me this morning and I could read her thoughts "Are You Kidding Me?"...
If my spring flowers can have thoughts, I know they are thinking "Are You Kidding Me?"...
Easter flag blowing in the blizzard breeze...
Easter Decorations buried in the snow...
Tomorrow it is suppose to be 64 degrees, and I'm thinking Are You Kidding Me?
That's the update from Kara at 8:19 PM
Saturday, March 20, 2010
That's the update from Kara at 5:43 PM