Our garden grows!

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Just 3 weeks have passed…

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I figured out why

(This post was imported from my last blog, as was everything prior to December 2012…)

I know why I’ve been shying away from updating here. It’s because I’ve been shying away from anything even moderately related to “homesteading.” Our vegetable garden went largely neglected this season (between illness and drought we just stopped caring). We’re limping through cooking up our final shares of CSA veggies. I didn’t preserve/can a darn thing. Sewing projects have decreased to barely more than what I get paid to do. Knitting projects have pretty much ceased production. We seem to have hunkered down into survival mode when it comes to food and projects–exerting the bare minimum amount of energy possible.

That’s not to say we’re in a bad place emotionally by any stretch, actually quite the opposite. We still love camping! And hiking! And bike riding! With camping though even there we sold the teardrop trailer and upgraded a bit in size to our half-of-a-pop-up camper. This blog’s theme doesn’t exactly fit in with our life’s theme right now, but I’m sure the pendulum will swing back toward self sufficiency eventually. For now I’m going to just keep enjoying life without the guilt of not fulfilling some imaginary quota of homesteading ideals.

A tiny outdoor play space

Another step in the “making this house a home” agenda: a tiny outdoor play space for Lily…

We have had some unseasonably warm weather these past few days (80 degrees in March?!) and the tiny human has apparently gotten over her sensory quirks (hopefully not just temporarily). All winter she was a freak about being wet or dirty and these past few days she’s been literally jumping in mud. So I set out to make a townhouse-friendly play area since this is the only space we’re entitled to modify outside; and even then it’s not technically ours, we don’t own any land, the HOA just approves our end units to this garden-able area.

Prior to this it was just the perennials and some dry hard dirt. From left to right the perennial plants we bought with the house are as follows: hosta; bush that turns red in fall; butt ton of Queen Anne’s lace; in front of that are daffodils, an iris, and peonies; then another unknown bush, more peonies, and some columbines. I love our perennial garden, but it wasn’t very calling to the child.

So I climbed Mt. Junk in my parents’ backyard yesterday and gathered some old logs and tree cuttings and large rocks, and then bought $10 worth of small rocks and a bag of sand at Home Depot. I spent the evening doing this, thanks to Daylight Savings Time, and I’m calling it a success! I’d had grander plans of tearing out some of the Queen Anne’s lace, but those suckers are rooted a little too well and I promptly abandoned the mission.

Here are some close ups of the tiny “features”…

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I mean, yeah, it is just some hunks of old tree, rocks, and dirt, but isn’t that the best stuff for a kid to play with anyway? šŸ™‚ Oh, and a squirt gun too, I suppose…

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Our little house in the suburbs

We recently finished a few home repairs (new windows, wall paint, kitchen backsplash) and I’ve been collecting a few new furniture pieces here and there over the past year. I feel like this place is finally leaning toward “purposeful decorating” instead of accidental “here’s whatever was cheapest at the time.” Thanks to this year’s tax return we funded the last of it and I’m so happy with how our home feels now!

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Click to see oodles more photos… (more…)

The home renovations have begun

We got a backsplash installed, as well as new windows (which are almost complete). That was this past week, and today we tore out the nastiness-accumulating shower door and replaced it with a rod and curtain, as well as a new corner caddy organizer thingy and some extra towel hooks. We’re going to paint soon (once the windows are 100% complete) and we have some a braided rug and new light-blocking curtains to be delivered tomorrow. Then we have to find a suitable new bedroom set (or just a dresser and nightstand, I’m not picky). And we’re pretty much done! Hooray!

Behold: Backsplash! Wrinkly white shower curtain hiding ugly tile!

A tour of Lily's things

Only because I picked up around here and they’re looking halfway presentable.

Her “bed” room, in which the bed has been used all of two times, but she does play with her toys…

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Music basket…

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Dollhouse…

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Kitchen…

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And table…

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And aside from puzzles and books, which are stored in a hutch drawer and bookcase, respectively, that’s the extent of our toddler infiltration. Sometimes it feels like a lot, sometimes it feels like a little.