I officially suck at blogging. It’s hard to be motivated when on March 18th it’s still snowing…wtf. I mean this time last year I was cutting down unruly shrubbery and kit #2 was running around on green grass in a t-shirt. I’ve started a few flats of seeds but I felt a bit masochistic doing so when there is no sign of spring in sight. I have got cabin fever something fierce and it is making me super crabby. I just wanna go outside and play in the dirt already! To add to the wintery misery, while Mister Fox was out shoveling the sidewalk he discovered a big section of fascia had fallen off. Underneath where the fascia had been was a couple wasp nests attached to some rather worn wood. I guess that’s the only advantage to the cold at this point, we can get rid of the nests without worrying about getting stung.

fascia in the snow






fascia missing






wasp nests












I became official ladder holder in 20 degree weather with bitter wind blowing snow in my face. Ah, the joys of being a homeowner. I’m just glad he was the one on the ladder and not me.

I can't watch










I couldn’t watch. I just stared at my boots and hugged onto the ladder for dear life. Well, except for this brief moment where I snapped a picture.

bent but better








And done. I even got a high five for helping!




Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


I’m alive!

Yes, yes, I’m sure there were some of you that thought I’d croaked (since my last post was in early October). November and December were not kind to me. I don’t think I’ve been so sick for so long in all my life. I’m finally recovering, I think. So not much is new with our home. I’ve been sorting through stuff to get rid of or re-purpose. For example, this lovely shot glass holder.

marker holder










I don’t think I’ve ever used this or the shot glasses that fit inside it. The shot glasses I may re-purpose as bud vases. They are tall and narrow and an assortment of colors. The boys got a ton of markers for Christmas (as you can see) and this works lovely on the dining room table which is where they color anyway.




Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


a chill in the air

We’ve reached the end of the growing season. Luckily I harvested all the rest of the veggies before the frost hit. But what am I going to do with 10 cucumbers?








Then I’ve been trimming things down and ripping things out getting the gardens ready for winter. In doing so, I saved all the flower heads from the zinnias first. Since zinnias are in the sunflower family, the whole center is packed with seeds. We are going to have TONS of zinnias next year.








The hibiscus has joined me in the kitchen. It seems happy so far. Though I think a dwarf Meyer lemon tree might be nice to keep it company.










We haven’t seen the chipmunk lately. I was starting to worry and then kit #1 noticed his hole was gone. Well, not gone, he just couldn’t see into it. Looks like chippy is all tucked in for winter.










Sometimes I wish I could bury myself in a mountain of blankets and hibernate for the winter too. Curse responsibilities.



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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


kitchen demo

The kitchen has been driving me a little batty lately. I particularly hate the chair rail, especially now that the wallpaper is gone. So I decided to rip it off. Do I love a little demolition! (I get that from my dad)



Good-bye chair rail!














Mister Fox is not pleased. He thinks it looks worse. I think it looks like progress. My mom is going to come over next weekend and help me get that awful wallpaper glue off, patch and sand. A coat of primer and it will be like a whole new room. I’m excited. Do you want to see the inspiration for the kitchen? Check it out. Mister Fox doesn’t know my plans and I’d like to keep it a surprise, so please don’t spoil it!



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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


they say it’s your birthday



sundae cupcake






Yes, I made my own cupcakes for my birthday. Totally worth it.


Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


then and now

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted pictures of the garden. It’s grown bigger than I imagined. Next year I will be better prepared for eight foot tall tomato plants. Remember what it looked like when I had just planted seedlings and seeds?




May 22, 2012








September 10, 2012
















































I even got a watermelon! Out of eight vines this was the only one. I hope it gets big enough before the first frost. I’ll have to start them earlier next year.




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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


the cherry pie curse

Mister Fox has been complaining that I don’t make pie enough. He’s right. I don’t. Partly because getting the crust just right drives me nuts. So finally the other day I conceded and made cherry pie. As I was making the filling, Mister Fox checked in to see how it was going and said that my crust looked beautiful. I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I poured the cherries into the crust and realized my mistake. Cherry pie is a two crust pie. You know, it has the fancy lattice top. I had already crimped the edges. Which is why Mister Fox thought it was so lovely. <sigh> So then after being totally bummed for a few minutes and cursing and wanting to throw the whole thing out the window I decided I could creatively save the pie.



Jack-o-lantern to the rescue!





I know it’s only September but it was the right shape. As far as making a cherry pie with the lattice all braided properly and even and what not, that only ever happened once. The very first cherry pie I made was perfect. It was better than my mom’s. She’ll bitterly tell you so. But alas, it must have been beginners luck because every cherry pie since has been a little bit of a disaster. They are always edible, but the appearance or consistency is not the way it’s supposed to be.

Cherry pie attempt #2 was the first pie I made for Mister Fox. The lattice work was all squiggly (intentionally, I swear, but when Mister Fox tells the story he claims I was drunk and that’s why they were so crooked). Noted, don’t drink vodka and cranberry juice while making cherry pie. You get all sorts of crazy ideas about creative lattice work and then later never live it down.

Cherry pie attempt #3 happened when we had Mister Fox’s parents over and I made them dinner. We were just dating at the time and I wanted to make a good impression. Dinner was fabulous, but the pie didn’t have time to cool properly so it was runny. They said it still tasted good.

Cherry pie attempt #4 was the latest one with the crust misstep.

Wait, I’ve only ever made four cherry pies? Really? I guess Mister Fox is right, I need more practice.




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Posted by on September 9, 2012 in Uncategorized