Getting Back To The Basics

A place to show the changes in our yard, our garden, our home, and our life.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

RIP Blueberry Plant

Shortly after I planted two Sunshine Blue Blueberry plants, I noticed they weren't the sturdiest things on the planet. The branches snapped off a little too easily. I thought to myself I should get some sort of protective barrier to keep the girls from plowing them over. Sadly I did not get this project moving fast enough and within a week of planting them the girls had snapped one of the bushes off at the base. Considering how easy the branches came off I wasn't too surprised. I can imagine they were just romping around, plowed into it and snapped the whole thing off.

The hardware stores haven't had what I was looking for fencing wise and didn't want to spend a ton of money. I was in the nursery today and saw this (pictured below) by the check out. Twenty bucks and I have something to keep the plant safe! It also keeps them safe of frost. Not too worried about that with this plant, but I can reuse it in the future on any delicate young plants I am worried about making it through the winter.

In the spring I'll lift the cap off. In the mean time I'll keep my eyes casually peeled for the right fencing material so when it's time to lift it up we can still keep it protected. I'm hoping when it gets bigger it'll be able to fend for itself a little better. If it continues to be fragile, I'll have to find them a new home. Frail cannot thrive with these two pups.

I'm not mad at the girls. I went into this project expecting this kind of damage. It's still disappointing though.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rain Chain

We have a pretty rain chain - made of copper with blue glass balls. I got it on etsy.

The snow and ice made for some pretty pics and video.

Iced up and pretty

Here's a video taken earlier showing the normal rain chain experience

First Snow Storm 2012

The pacific northwest was hit by a snow storm which, as per usual, shut down the streets of Seattle.

The first dusting

By far my favorite snowy pic of Sadie

As the day went by, the snow kept piling on.

The girls had a ball. They had a lot of fun while the snow was powdery and light. But as soon as the snow got heavy and icey they didn't like it much. 

The day after this snow dump (maybe 4-6") we got some freezing rain. That was fun. Made getting to work an adventure!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Kitchen going in at gramma's house

So the house my dad is remodeling is coming along great. The electrical is in, walls are painted, doors are mostly installed, and right now the kitchen is going in.

This is an example of the door style Brenda chose. This is the door(s) that leads to the wash room, 2nd story.

Kitchen installation - note the recessed lighting


The kitchen wood choice is African Mahogany. I plan on picking this same wood for our kitchen one day. This is natural, no stain. It darkens as it ages.

new light fixtures