Monday, May 23, 2016

Spring Weekend Errata

My what a beautiful weekend it has been.  We started Friday night with our friend Zach visiting us and getting here just in time for a raft ride.  Ben and Ellen, whom you may remember from the wedding and many other places in our lives, have a raft.  It is powered by a few car batteries.  We get on it and go upstream until the batteries start to die.  Then we float back down. It's that simple, and you will never have a better time.  

It can be a pretty silly time.

Sometimes serious and talky.

But mostly silly.

On Saturday, we built a new garden!  We got a yard of compost and some shovels and set to.  Et voila! A new space to grow some veggies.

Our first plants - Kale!

Our first harvest:
Might even be a bumper crop this year!

 Sarah worked her little buns off this weekend  - she weed whacked until her pants actually fell down, and mowed until the mower stopped working.

Oooh so close.

She also made a bee/herb garden right outside our door.

She also made a bed for the Nugget, taking apart her "New-ton" with Marie, and using some of the wood for this project.  Dinosaur Jim is going to sleep comfortable next to our bed within easy reach for nighttime feedings and throwings uppings.

Neat, right?
This is DJ's first toy - a sardine from Portugal, thanks to jet-setting friends Sarah and Ben.  We like any and all of the symbolism that can be derived from this toy.
While Sarah worked the day away doing yard work, making an herb/bee garden, and designing and building a bed for our offspring, I made fire big.

It was all hemlock, burning hot and fast.  Tough work.
Oh and I also took a couple pictures of this mutant dandelion.  Two heads grew together - super cool!

Happy spring everyone!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring Projects!

Or how the house and grounds get messier before they get finished! 

SO, life around Bag End is getting a little complicated. We only want to get a few simple things done before the Nugget makes an appearance in a real-time, real-space independent kind of way. Right now, it's existing quite happily in utero. In fact, we've received the great news that there's no gestational diabetes or anemia that we need to be worried about right now. Lots of movement, particularly in the AM and PM, and Paul can now actually sometimes SEE my belly twitch as the little one decides to flip over, or extend a leg, or kick out. Pretty cool. 

 Of course, while this might be the first belly photo on the blog, we can tell you for sure it probably won't be the last. 

Here are the things I'd LOVE to get done: 
  1. a new floor in the downstairs
    1. this requires first cutting into the old floor (which is a concrete slab) because we want to eventually move the kitchen downstairs. So we need to find the septic drain and open up a path to it, so that we can get plumbers in to hook up a new/eventual drainage for the new/eventual kitchen. This means we need the plans for the house, to best locate the pipe under the slab. Whew. Expecting a weekend or two full of concrete dust and noise. 
    2. this also requires a final decision/plan for radiant tubing in the floor. We've literally received every opinion on this we think we could possibly get - with perhaps the one exception of an ACTUAL radiant floor company. :) So we'll probably do that before we invest in the tubing and the time. 
    3. pulling off all the trim and moving all the furniture out to start installing the floor. Hopefully we find a warm and sunny weekend for this.  
 1. a new garden in and planted.

Here's our start to that: a new bed turned over with a yard of compost ready to spread.
And plants growing:

And here's the OLD garden bed, with the new sets of berries: Rasp- and Straw-

 Finally, a small collection of photos Paul took with his new phone, which he has quickly become inseperable (and insufferable) from/with.  Some nice signs of spring, from a month ago...
Colt's foot, the first flower of spring, and a pile of 125 year old hemlock rounds



Daffodil with the most delicate flower of them all.

The last pregnant belly of this post.