All grown up

Ah, how far we’ve come… This is how our little garden began & this is how it looks today! We’ve really enjoyed growing our own herbs, fruits, & vegetables & Ryan has been great about keeping up the watering (which needs to be done almost daily to keep the tomatoes from getting blossom end rot or the other plants from wilting) & training the tomatoes & peppers with bamboo sticks & rubber-coated wire ties to help them support the vegetables that are growing from their vines. Our garden has, as I like to say, put on its “big girl pants” & is all grown up; we’re getting the beginning of tomatillos & baby eggplant, we just recently harvested some peppers & onion, & we’ve been enjoying our lettuce, basil & other herbs, & raspberries & strawberries (although our strawberry yield has been slim to none, the ones we’ve picked & eaten have been delicious!) for some time now.

Our lime tree, a.k.a. “Captain Sunshine”, has produced several limes & I have to say that when we picked & used a lime recently it was honestly the very best lime I’ve ever tasted; one might argue that it tasted so good because it was from our very own lime tree, but I think it was just that good!

We haven’t had any ripe tomatoes yet, but I’m crossing my fingers & hoping that some of the tomatoes will develop fully (milk, it does a tomato good – who knew?) & we’ll be able to enjoy them eventually.

We’ve enjoyed learning new things about growing as well as expanding/changing our garden each summer & hope that each year we plan & plant our garden it will be bigger & better than ever before. Luckily, we have friends that are excellent & experienced gardeners to guide us along the way; thanks Abigail & Steven & Mark & Amy!

by Valerie | 07.28.10 | Around our home, Garden | 1 Comment »

Da da da da da, yeah we’re hap-pap-py

I don’t know if I can listen to In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry & not smile. It seems like a fun, feel good, summer song to me & makes me think about how much I really do enjoy the summertime. For me, summer is about enjoying the long days, maybe finding yourself by the water or taking a walk along a beach, catching fireflies, having a picnic, relaxing, & just having as much fun as you possibly can…& I can definitely get on board with that!

Here are some photos we’ve taken this summer that, I think, give you a glimpse of just that…

by Valerie | 07.22.10 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | 1 Comment »

People used to call me Big Red, but I told ’em, “Stop it!”

It’s true, I think Talladega Nights is absolutely hilarious & I will laugh until I cry at many scenes from this movie. And the ridiculous commercials are one of the best parts too – I’m partial to the one about packs of stray, wild dogs roaming the cities myself.

by Valerie | 07.19.10 | For Funsies | 3 Comments »

Squared Circles

I was reading the latest flickr blog post the other day about squared circles, or “squircles”, & thought it sounded like fun – so I decided to try it out for myself. I took all these photos with my iPhone, using the ShakeItPhoto app, on my walk to & during lunch today.

They even have a Flickr group dedicated to squircles & I found that it’s actually harder than you might think to capture a photograph (using only an iPhone & with no editing in my case) that is of equal height & width containing a circle & in which the circle fills as much of the frame as possible with its outside edge remaining visible, etc.; in fact, I don’t believe that my photos here would even qualify for this flickr group as they do have a border (because I used the ShakeItPhoto app). Oh well, it was fun anyhow!

by Valerie | 07.16.10 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Handsome Fella

I’m still loving our new, fancy pants camera; here’s a great shot I took of Ryan on the 4th of July. I’ve got one handsome fella!

by Valerie | 07.15.10 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Back in the saddle

We had a wonderful 4th of July with family & friends & had such a great time at the Brighton Recreation Riding Stable on a trail ride. While we were riding horses, Ryan went mountain bike riding at the Brighton Recreation Area with friends & then we all met up on the lake there for a picnic. I can’t wait to go riding again – they even have a night rides & winter rides…sign me up! And, not only do they have beautiful, gentle horses & a friendly staff, they have a petting farm with the cutest, baby goats, etc.

by Valerie | 07.07.10 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

Tomato Basil Cream Pasta with Bruschetta

We discovered this recipe for tomato basil cream pasta from VeganYumYum & it was love at first taste for us; yes, this recipe is not our own, but we love it so very much that we had to share it with you – there really is something magical about putting fresh tomatoes & basil together! Note that we often modify it slightly when we cook it at home (i.e. add a little white wine to the sauce, grind the cashews up into a fine powder – we use a coffee grinder for this, etc.) & we whipped some of this up for ourselves, along with some fresh bruschetta on the side, for our dinner last night; we served this with spinach fusilli pasta & it was delicious…seriously, you won’t regret making this for yourself at home.

by Valerie | 07.04.10 | Recipes | 1 Comment »

Family, Friends, Fun, & Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!!! Enjoy some family, friends, fun, fireworks, & good food today!

by Valerie | 07.03.10 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

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