Planting Sequoias

Raised Garden Beds

Sometimes Kenny and I do our best work when we don’t overthink things.

Case in point: last Saturday, when we rolled out of bed, asked “what should we do today?” and decided then and there to build some garden beds. We created a rudimentary plan, headed out to Home Depot, and got our supplies.


We’d been theoretically planning on doing this at some point, but when the moment hits, you gotta grab it, ya know?

Most of our wood came from the 70% off cart and we spent about $30 for 2 beds (including screws). We asked and were given some scrap wood that we used for the inside supports.


Oh, and a nice employee helped us cut the wood down, so all we had to do at home was trim up a few pieces that weren’t quite right.


We had to assemble these in the driveway and not on the site of the future garden because our drill is not cordless. Need a new drill, I guess!


Once we had both assembled, we hauled them across our creek and dug them into the hill where they’ll live. We used a level to make sure both boxes were approximately even. Oh, and we made sure we’d be able to fit the lawn mower between the boxes so we could keep the grass mowed.


I guess we’re kind of going for a terraced, Italian look. Can you see it now?!? ;) Next year we’ll hopefully be able to grow some delish veggies!

Front Yard Landscaping

Our yard is BIG…like very large. And we are not at all complaining about it! We’re in love. But…we knew we would fall even deeper in love with a little more help in the landscaping department. Lemme explain.

Our backyard: incredible. Nary a complaint here, nosirree!


Our front yard: well, it’s a little lackluster. But there’s a reason–I’ll get to that later.


There’s just nothin’ going on, ya know?

Here’s why: our drainfield. #countrylivingproblems. We have a septic tank, and when you have a septic tank, all that *stuff* has to have somewhere to go. That somewhere is our front yard.

However, until last week, we didn’t exactly know where our drainfield was. And if you plant trees/shrubs on top of said drainfield, major havoc can be wreaked–in the form of thousands of dollars of damage from roots penetrating the system.

Needless to say, we wanted to avoid that. So we submitted a FOIA request (I felt cool) to our county health department and they shared the original permits and plans for our septic system.

The good news: those documents gave us a fairly good idea of where our drainfield is.

The bad news: our drainfield is HUGE and goes almost the entire width of our front yard–right smack dab in the middle. Which means that planting trees/shrubs over it/nearby is a big no-no.

So we measured and measured and hemmed and hawed and we finally found a way to carve out a little teeny landscaped bed near the driveway. I marked it all out with rope:


…and got to shoveling. KIDS: breaking up sod=HAAAARD. It took me about 3 hours to get from the above pic to the below pic.


We then began deal-hunting for some foliage and found these cuties. Each small shrub was $3, and the flowering tree was $5. KABLAM.


I spaced ‘em out…


…and got to planting.


And after some mulch, we were in business!


It’s a tiny little landscaped bed, but it does a lot to break up that large expanse of grass. Also, scroll back up to that first picture and admire the green…we won’t see lush grass like that again until next summer, I’m afraid. Fall is quickly approaching (*digs in heels*). Crazy, right?!

Thrift Scores

Surprise (or not), I’ve been thrifting! And it’s been good. I’ll elaborate; don’t you worry.

This small chunky canvas was pretty sweet at a mere $.99.


And then there was this…quite possibly my favorite possession ever. It’s a teeny, tiny, original painting (the painting itself is about 2″ by 3″) in a heavy chunky frame. It’s not antique, but it is awesome. The colors are THE MOST PERFECT. And I love (weirdly) how the floral arrangement is just slightly off center. $4. $4!


And I finally got around to “styling” (I use that term loosely) the mantle after I found this $1.50 brass snail and $.80 green and copper-ish vase. I paired them with some dried billy buttons and a jar of wine corks. Don’t look too closely; it’s a pretentious mix of corks from Aldi wine and $3 buck Chuck (formerly two-buck-chuck).


Can’t stop won’t stop. The thrift store cash registers love me.

Pair O’ Chairs

In my last post, you might have caught a glimpse of the new chairs we just purchased. We’ve been planning on getting bettween 1-3 pairs of chairs (I know, it’s a lot) for a while, but the problem is our budget gets you Target quality (read: fine for a few years but no longer than that) and we wanted better. Selfish, I know.

We also wanted arms on our chairs. Arms are much more conducive for curling up with a good book. Slipper chairs=no. We have a pair, and we literally NEVER sit in them. It’s bad.

So we’ve been hunting on and off for some quality chairs at our miniscule price point. And finally–we’ve found them! The nailhead is my fave.


These were being clearanced out at a local furniture place, and at $299 each, they were at the top of our budget but we could do it. And what’s better, the regular price of these were $699 apiece, so we feel like we got the perfect price/quality mix. dsc_1445

For now, they sit in front of our living room windows, but they can’t be centered in front of the windows without jutting awkwardly into the dining room, and that bothers me a smidge. But I also don’t love the idea of moving the couch and putting the chairs on either side of the fireplace. We’ll see where we end up.


I still haven’t filled our thrifted bookshelves….but I am digging the antique seascape! Love the warmth it brings into the room.


And finally, one last up-close shot of the texture. Texture on furniture=good. (In other news, texture on face…aka poison ivy blisters…which I currently have…=bad. I don’t want to talk about it).


NOT that I’m ready for summer to be over (OH NO NO), but I can already envision curling up in one of these with a good book and with a fire a-cracklin. Anyone care to join me?

Oh yes, happy anniversary to myself and Ken–it’s the big 2! Also. My sister comes home today from NZ. YAYYY! Fabulous.

Life Lately

I’ve been too busy living to blog lately, but I figured I’d pop in and give some lame excuses to appease the blogger guilt. :) Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

–playing lots and lots of games. Especially since Kenny’s brother Kevin is living with us for the week. It’s rather nice.


–purchasing chairs. Details coming soon! They’re supposed to be delivered tomorrow.


–hanging out with these kiddos (making hobo pies, no less).


–making a pie! My first one. It was good, but it could be better. Next time I need to let it set up longer.


Not pictured:

–slicing and dicing piles of wool sweaters with my Grandma. Every year we make dozens and dozens of mittens to sell at a local Christmas market. :)

–replacing exterior lights on the house (again, details once we finish–it’s looking good so far!)

–loving my job. Have I mentioned I do social media? For my job? It’s pretty great. Not to mention–posting to a million fans will get you a bunch of instant gratification like that. 

–breaking things in the house. Oops. The latest is our master bathroom faucet. And the only solution for fixing it is probably to remodel the entire bathroom, right?

–golfing. I shot a 56! on 9 holes, which is a personal best. By a LOT. We also have plans to head to the Meijer LPGA Classic this weekend.


What have you been up to lately?

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