Sunday, April 19, 2009

dem bones

I found these in the yard today:

Too bad there isn't some innocent neighbor kid I can give these to and tell elaborate stories about the aboriginies and dinosaurs that used to rule Highland Park.

Also I broke the sifter today. Best way I know to get out digging any more rocks!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


La Maison en Printemps

The flowers on the left are from our neighbor's flowering tree.... but don't they frame our house nicely? We considered sneaking out in the night and transplanting her tree in front of our house, but we figured she'd miss it.

Look, we have daffodils!

Our neighborhood is prettier in the spring.

This is our neighbor's wild forsythia.

It likes to encroach on our yard.

Here is that blue room I talked about in my last post. It is very, very pretty and girly. I like it! I got a tiny chest of drawers on Freecycle to go in here. I just need to strip its old paint off and re-paint or stain it.

Here is the great big hole in the ground, soon to be the vegetable garden. I am in the process of sifting all the (many, many) rocks and grass roots out of the soil. All that garbage in the right corner of the frame came with the house. We will be hauling it away to the dump soon. Behind the garden is the Great Wall of Stupid. I want to talk to our neighbors and see if it's OK for us to put a mural on our side of the wall. How cool would it be to have some wonderful trompe l'oeil Italian landscape, or a big meadow painted on that wall? Very cool. Anything would be an improvement over the prison-like gray concrete.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

of Pits and Ponds

Today we pulled the mosquito farm "water feature" out of the nook behind the mudroom. I had been unable able to tell how deep it was through the accumulated murk, but it was probably 20" in the deep end. We filled it with old potting soil, rocks, and most of the sod removed to make the garden thus far, which worked out rather well.

As soon as it rains once or twice, I suspect we'll have a splendid ankle-turning sinkhole, but until then we can pretend we prevailed in filling it in with minimal struggle. Now that that space is not taken up with a pond, we can move our trash cans back there, which will make the north side of yard all the more attractive as we consider actualy hanging out out there on warm days.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sometimes its the home away from home.

No home related updates this weekend- we spend two nights up in Glacier, enjoying the woods, the mountains, the log cabin, our friends, and Mt. Baker! Thanks to M&P Bultman for the tickets for HausFrau's birthday.