Saturday, April 29, 2006

Spring Gardening

Once again I have found myself waking up early on a Saturday morning and doing everything I can to get outside as soon as possible.

I spent a good 6 hours enjoying the nice weather and creating a new garden in the back yard.


That very large pine needs to be pruned a bit, but we may wait until next year for that. I also need more black edging, but all-in-all, I think it came out nice. I planted some "blue bells" I think they are called, and they will bloom in the summer and fall in a purple and white color. On the ends of the garden I planted "Columbine"... here is one in bloom.



Here are some more flowers that are in bloom in my garden this Spring. Forgive me if I butcher some of the flower names:

This is myrtle. It is an invasive perennial, and it occupies the majority of my corner garden.













Here is a picture of a bunch of myrtle next to one of the many Hostas.

One of the interesting flowers in my corner garden is called a "Bleeding Heart". I have been so excited about this flower because of it's heart shape! I remember touching it and showing it to Cesar, my Mom, and Danielle & Craig...but one of the things that I did NOT knot about this flower until recently was...it is poisonous.

Oops.

Well, here it is. And if you even come near one of these, just make sure to have gloves on.


Now to my side garden when I recently planted 3 Rhododendrons:

And now - I can't remember the name of these shrubs - but it is called "fire" something:

Last but not least, Spring would not be Spring without any daffodil's:

Thanks for looking - and Happy Spring!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Garden, craft, knit & scrap...

That's what I did this weekend.

Friday: A Garden Marathon. 8:00am - 5:30pm I mulched, installed window boxes to the shed and burned sticks and leaves until I could barely move. I have one left garden to mulch and then I am DONE!

Saturday: Craft day at Marianne's! Thank you for having us over! As always - a great time! Sharon tried on her sweater and it fits nicely! Almost done with the sleeves and then the sweater will be finished! Sharon - by Erin's craft day - I promise!

Sunday: A lovely visit by the Pretty Preggo Princess, Danielle, and Daddy-to-be, Craig came over for some Sox and some BBQ....Oh and a double portion of cake! No WW for me today! After they left, we finished watching the sox, and I actually SCRAPPED! I worked on:

1. Finishing journaling for my cape Cod vacation pages
2. Finished the 2nd Anniversay pages complete with journaling

Then it was pure knitting while we watched Harry Potter IV! (Danielle, I swear, one of these days when you THINK you are coming over for craft day, I will tie you down and MAKE you watch Harry Potter....if I promise Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, would you go?! I want to have a Harry Potter Party! (yes, I am 5 years old).

And that is about it ladies! Hope you had a great one!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

It is 11:00pm, and Easter Sunday is almost over. It was a beautiful day outside and it made for a perfect Easter - but MAN, I am tired! Why you ask? Here you go.

Saturday: Mom and I went and spent a small fortune buying new shrubs to plant in my shade garden by the shed. So, from 10:30am - 3:30pm, I was outside (by myself) creating this:



and this:

Yes, mulch is heavy, and planting is even heavier when you have to dig out big rocks like the one sitting there in my garden. We ended Saturday night over at Seth & Jo's coloring Easter Eggs and watching the Ten Commandments.

On to Sunday.

EASTER MORNING: Up at 7:30 because I was excited that the Easter Bunny came! Yes, he came and brought me many low fat treats in addition to Harry Potter IV - YEAH! Here is a picture of Cesar during his Easter Egg hunt, and then him grilling up some kielbasa on the grill for our traditional Easter Breakfast (Kielbasa, raisin toast and eggs - a Swedish/Polish Tradition that my grandparents used to do, and has been passed down).




For Easter Dinner, we headed to my sister's house for our traditional Ham dinner. Oh, it was so good, but I ate too much, and REALLY REALLY felt like doing this:


(Sorry Dad! He looks so peaceful though! He had been working hard the day before also in the gardens at their house).

After dinner, we headed to In-Laws to visit. MIL and I went for a 3 mile walk around her streets - which included hills...UGH, but great workout after eating all that ham. (Unfortunately, I did not make my 157 goal weight for Easter. I missed it by 3 lbs, and therefore are no longer at a 20 lbs loss...I'm at 17 now. *sigh*.

Once we got home, I was determined to finish the front of Sharon's sweater. By 11:00pm, and multiple re-bindings off to make the sweater fit over my head (It is fixed now!), it looks like this:



Please ignore the very ugly pictures of me. Sorry you can not really see the detail...but it is coming out really nice! So - I am working on the sleeves now, and hope to be done soon!

Happy Easter - hopefully I can get back on the diet wagon!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The dolls are done!

I am so excited to give them to Joy so she can deliver them to Millie! I am really impressed with how they came out and I hope whomever get's them as gifts - gives them a nice home.