Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

So, Now That I've Got An Empty Nest...

I've been all crafty and stuff. Since the sun sets at 6:00 nowadays, and parties at work tend to dwindle this time of year, I need stuff to do to keep me off my ass all evening long. I mean, I cant come home and just park it for a couple of hours. I feel like crap when I do. Anyway, I found some interesting, crafty stuff on Pintrest and this is the best time to start doing it.

I'm currently making little chrismas trees out of old tomato cages that I picked up at an estate sale for 50 cents a piece. Valu Hardware had strings  of 100 twinkle lights for $3.33 making the cost of each tree $3.83. You can't buy something like this in a christmas store for less than $20. Advantage, me.

Not the greatest photo ever taken, but use your imagination and pretend they are outside, its dark, and theres snow on the ground. I've got 4 more to string with lights. and I'm weighing my options as to how to decorate them further. I'll keep you posted

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Anniversary

6 years ago today, we were buried by the October Storm.

Wow.....6 years

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This is what you get for 235 smackers

This is what a $235 water bill will get you. 

Totally worth it.

May 13, 2012

August 16, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Silo City

My festival buddy and I went to Buffalo River Fest today and latched on to the walking tour of the area. We were a little late and missed the first part of the tour, but we saw that they were close and walked over and joined in. It was free, so don't worry that we horned in on the action on the cheap. And boy were we glad we did. We joined by the dock of the Edward M. Cotter fire boat (oldest working fireboat in the WORLD) and made our way over the bridge to the milling area by the Buffalo River and down Ganson Street.  This beauty of a milling building was built in the late 1800's. The present owner had tried to tear it down, but someone got it National Historic Landmark Status and now they can't. haha to them! 

 We then headed down to the Grain Elevators. Silo City it's called. Acres and acres of concrete monoliths, some of them still in use.
 We stopped at Elevator B Hive City. Read this article. It's amazing what they did to build this....

 Reach out and touch an elevator...
 Then they told us we were going to GO INSIDE THE BUILDING!!!! This was very very exciting!!!  Here we go!!!
 This is the top of one of the first chambers you walk into. The picture does  not begin to convey the height.
 Down a little farther were some shutes
 This went on and on and on
 view of another elevator from a window of the one we were in.
 Amazing to walk around this place. I'm pretty sure the guide said this one was built around 1906

 This is another elevator. The stored the grain for the Koch's Brewery here.

 The elevator in the background is still in use today.
We left a little sunburn, but Emily and I can cross one thing off our bucket list. Probably the coolest thing we've done all year. And we can't wait to go back.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

It's Happening!! It's Finally Happening!!

It's bed building day!!

The bobcat is back.

 first load of bed material (sand and mulch) goes in.

 it was my job to stomp down the first layer of bed material. and the second layer. and the third.

 stuff is actually planted. in the ground. in our yard.

 sorry for the lighting in this picture
 Mr. GreenJeans actually wanted me to take his picture in the bobcat, knowing full well that it would end up here. Where he doesn't like to end up. He's just funny that way.

After mulching. again with the shady picture. i'll have to get a better one in the morning.
Mulch down.

pretend that all that dirt is green grass. 

oh, look...i don't have to wait until morning....the light is better now.

So thats two beds down, and one to go. Should be done tomorrow. After they build the third bed, the topsoil goes in and grass seed goes on.

Saturday, May 26, 2012




 Tree in the hole...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So I Was Totally Gardening Today!!!

And no, the beds have not been put in yet. But I've got plants. I've got germinating seeds. I've got blooming bulbs. And they have to go in the ground soon. I figure, since I'm not a nag, I'd do a little passive aggressive hint dropping that stuff has to start moving soon. So, I'm turning into Crazy Garden Lady who tends a garden that isn't even really there. 

Step One.......The Layout...
  • One side of the porch..

Other Side of the Porch

Here's one of the bulbs thats just taking off. The day lily flower is a deep deep purple that almost looks black.

Some Johnny Jump Ups that are germinating.

 And I got all crafty with some chandelier crystals that I bought at The Worlds Largest Yard Sale last summer. And since there is going to be no bed, just grass, in this corner, I thought I'd dress up the fence a little. I found a picture on Pintrest where you drill little holes in the fence and put marbles in to make colorful knotholes and considered doing that. But there's no way Mr. GreenJeans was gonna be cool with me taking the Ryobi to the wood. So, next best thing....crystals. The pictures doesn't do it justice. *The dirt pile doesn't make it look too hot either, but lets not go there.*  I positioned them in front of the little spaces between each slat where the setting sun can go thru and a little breeze makes them dance a little. Kinda neat when the sun is setting and the crystals are throwing off light.

Up close with a crystal

Sunday, May 13, 2012


In the last episode of "The Frost Killed the Lilac Tree", the old girl wasn't looking too well. 

I'm pleased to report that she's pretty leafy today. *Ignore the dirt in the foreground. More on that later*

And!!!!!! she's blooming!!

Not that you can really call two teeeeeny little flowers on a clump blooming. Wait, this is my blog so I will call it blooming

Meanwhile, the yard is still a dirt pit. Oh, its all regraded just the way Mr. GreenJeans wants, but now it just a matter of putting in the beds. *there are only so many hours in a day.*   Y'know, the dirt piles I was supposed to get when this whole project started. Meanwhile, the tree is still sitting at the nursery waiting to be picked up.

In my anticipation of finally having a flower garden, I went ahead and purchased some bulbs, which I shouldn't have done because I know how timelines progress around here. The supply of the ones I wanted was dwindling, and, basically, I want what I want, so I bought them. Good thing I looked in the package because the bulbs were starting to sprout in the packaging. I had to plant them somewhere, and I came up with this... 
Plastic cups. This better work.

Also, its just my passive-aggressve way to say "WTF, MAN, WHEN DO THE BEDS GET PUT IN!!!!"