Happy 2nd Birthday Henry!

Oh my gosh, I look back at how tiny Henry was 2 years ago and I miss it!  A-because he was so cute and B-because he took up a lot less space on the bed!

He has made a lot of appearances on this blog over the last two years (mostly because he jumps into the frame every time I pull out the camera!)

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This year he has become a master at the creepy photobomb

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and he takes his position of Guard Dog very seriously.  No strange cats are getting near this house!

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He loves walks at the dog park

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and he has become quite a swimmer!

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But mostly he loves digging holes

hen5 and rolling around in the grass!

-A

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Window Box Table

Back in April I made a window box for my front window.

Then it fell down and my front patio looked like this for several weeks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had those railroad ties lying around and initially thought I could just prop them up and rest the window box on top.  Didn’t work.

So to the saw I went!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy confidence was high as I cut all the boards

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then glued and screwed two pieces on each “leg” to hold the top and shelf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAssembly was really easy…except the top wasn’t long enough.  I didn’t consider that while the shelf piece sat between the boards…the top needed to go all the way across.  So, I added some smaller pieces on each end to bridge the gap.

Then dark clouds started to move in so I scrambled to get my saw back inside and I hauled my table into the laundry room where it got a coat of exterior white paint.

The paint was dry this morning so I took put it in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And now the patio looks like this!

I don’t think I could be happier with how this turned out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took my mom to a greenhouse over the weekend to celebrate (late) Mother’s Day and I picked up the habaneros and tomatillos (shown in yesterday’s post,) a tree for the front yard (more on that coming soon!) and some flowers to fill up my window box and flower pots.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy plan is to put more pansies in that white flower pot on that bottom shelf and that’s probably it-I don’t feel like I need to fill this thing up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI still need to paint the corner post and hang up my shade cloth and I’ll be ready for summer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow I can finally enjoy my flowers from the inside too!

-A

In the Works

My schedule recently changed at work.  Sure it’s still the same number of hours, but it makes me feel like I have less time to get stuff done.

Actually, no.

crochet1This crochet stitch is keeping me from getting stuff done around the house.  Oh, and also, I just started watching Orange is the New Black so that’s been taking up a lot of my time too.

But, I’ve been thinking about doing A LOT!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst there’s this mess of branches in my backyard.  I have recently started referring to it as Henry’s Playground because he has really enjoyed rummaging through the pile for loose branches he can drag around the yard.  He’s not anxious for me to get around to cleaning these up and making stuff out of them…

branch2I did start cutting down the big branches and will hopefully have a finished project to show you soon.  Luckily, everything that still needs to be done can be done inside so I won’t have to stop watching OITNB.  Whew!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, since my table making confidence is a 100, I’m going to make a smaller, simpler one to set my window box on.

All that combined with cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, and weeding-I’ve got a lot to do!

That all sounds really overwhelming…I should probably crochet a couple of rows and watch a few episodes to rest up for all that hard work!

-A

Super Simple Trellis

It’s Sunday and the dirt under my nails, piles of sawdust in my backyard and snoring dog tell me that this has been a successful weekend!

henry1See?  He’s so tired he doesn’t care that he’s half on the bed and half off.

Poor guy had to guard the front yard, backyard and house today!

outside4That’s my house from last summer.  It’s not terrible but also not awesome.  I want awesome!

So on my trip to Lowe’s yesterday I picked up some lumber to make trellises for both sides of the door.

trellis1I had a general idea of what I wanted to make and being the expert beginner carpenter that I am, I figured I’d just wing it.  Luckily, this time it worked!

I started out cutting all the pieces for the frames first.

trellis2Then I made the frames.  I had the stakes on hand and thought it would be easier to just use them rather than make little pointy legs myself.

trellis3I needed some braces for support and, you know, so it would actually be a trellis rather than just a big frame.  I wanted a little interest (and to practice some mitered cuts) so I went with this.  I’m going to see how it goes this year-that might not be enough for the clematis to climb up so if it’s not, I’ll add more for next year.

trellis4Not too shabby!  (never mind the other nails there, this board was re-purposed from something else)

trellis5Both trellises got a coat of white exterior paint which dried in no time thanks to today’s gorgeous weather!

trellis6I made a little bed to the right of the door with some bricks left over from making the patio.  I also relocated the flower from the other bed to one of the big pots on my patio.

trellis7Hello little baby clematis!

trellis9I cleaned up the bed to the left of the door and took out the railroad ties and also used bricks on this side to border the bed.  I read that I shouldn’t trim back the clematis so I didn’t last fall.  Now it’s a jumbled mess around that little trellis and since it’s already greening up I didn’t want to mess with it.  I think next year I’ll cut it back and remove the old trellis but this year I’ll just live with it.

trellis10The trellises are just over 5 feet tall, which may not be tall enough.  I figure that this will be a good learning year.  If they’re too short, I’ll add longer legs for next year.

The only thing I didn’t get done this weekend is the project for the front stairs and right now, I’m so tired that I don’t even care!  Since I still have the lumber for it, I may work on it in the evenings after work but don’t hold your breath-they probably won’t get done until next weekend!

-A

Buyer’s Remorse

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I bought new rugs for my kitchen?

Remember how I was so excited about the great deal I got?

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It’s not feeling like such a great deal right now.

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I think I’ve vacuumed it 4 times since I bought it.  And look what’s happening.  My vacuum is set for the lowest pile and yet it’s sucking up the treads of this rug and ruining it!  Those two tufts are just a couple of many and it’s getting to the point where after only a few more cleanings, this sucker will be ruined.

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On the bright side, I called Tuesday Morning this morning and the nice lady is looking up my transaction.  Because of course I didn’t keep my receipt OR the tags from the rug.  Luckily the lady said that because the sale was recent and because I know the exact total of my purchase (thank goodness for online banking!) she should be able to look it up and give me credit.

So, now I wait to hear back from her to find out if I’m going to be able to return this so I can buy this (which is the one I was going to buy in the first place!)

On another keeping-my-fingers-crossed note, the Jeep is in the shop as we speak.  I got gas on Friday and tightened the cap down and, viola!, the check engine light went off!

So now I’m waiting for a call back from the mechanic so I can stop holding my breath and finally know what’s going on!  (and finally get started on some projects!)

-A

Rugs for the Kitchen

Once I finished my floors I went out on the hunt for a rug.  There were really obvious wear patterns across the floor before we refinished it and I wanted to prevent that from happening again.

I wasn’t sure what kind of rug I wanted to I started searching.  I plugged several options into a little collage I made and found that I liked the look of a natural, textured rug:

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The rug in that picture is from IKEA (this one.)  While I liked the price, the nearest IKEA is hours and several miles of treacherous roads away and the cost of shipping would put it over $100.  I figured this would be a last resort-I wasn’t impressed by the textures (or smells) of the rugs I looked at the last time I was there so I knew there was a chance I would spend a lot of money (I know, for a 5’x7′ rug $100 is nothing to most people, but I’m cheap) and end up not loving it.

So I took a trip to Tuesday Morning hoping I’d find something natural with lots of texture for $100 or less.

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Natural jute with green threads and edges for $99?  Done.  Even Henry approves.  I also bought that smaller rug at Tuesday Morning for $9.99.  I still really want something in front of my sink but I’m not loving this one.  I think I need to find a jute runner but again, I don’t want to spend a ton.

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Of course, I swept and mopped my floor before I put my shiny new rug down and then this dog ran outside, found the mangiest old bone he could and ran back in with muddy feet to present it to me.  It’s a good thing I love him so much!

-A

60 Degrees and Sunny

After work today I went out to my yard to clean up dog poop.  I know, but such is the glamorous life of a single dog owner.

Anyways, don’t worry, this post isn’t about poop.

It’s about how the weather is gorgeous and I took this opportunity to go out and take care of, well, Henry’s business.

As I was raking I found this:

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Grass.  Growing.  In my back yard (finally!)

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Except it’s February.  In Colorado.

-A