Outdoors
Stamping Our Paw Print

Stamping Our Paw Print

The little flagstone landing at the bottom of the stairs got damaged by the contractors working on the back porch and we asked them to repair it.  They agreed, but when we got home from work, we saw they had only repaired it by pouring concrete and not replacing any of the flagstone.  The stones...
My First Pool Fire

My First Pool Fire

Yes, a pool fire is quite a strange concept, but that is only because you are probably thinking of a normal pool… You know, with water!  Our pool was not so lucky and was actually filled with tree instead.  (Our pool) So after a little over a year of trying to figure what to do...
Inspired to Take On the Pool?

Inspired to Take On the Pool?

The first time we came to look at this house, the sellers had a photo album of the house in its glory days and this is one of the photos from the album:   Aaaaand here’s what the pool looked like before we moved in:   We did a ton of clearing around the pool area...
Clearing Out the Driveway

Clearing Out the Driveway

  When we first moved in, as our photographer Claire Pieron so aptly captured, the growth along either side of our driveway was pretty thick: Lots of stuff going on, right?   We have since spent a LOT of time clearing out bushes, trees, and vines from this area.  We did a lot last fall...
Harvesting Our Compost

Harvesting Our Compost

A few weeks back, I shared that something was growing out of our compost bin! We got a lot of suggestions that it might be zucchini or yellow squash, and lo and behold– look what it’s grown into! It’s a weird kind of squash I don’t recall seeing before– like a yellow squash but “pimply”...
Name That Weed!

Name That Weed!

Remember last year when we made our own compost bin for free?  We’ve been faithfully using it and adding leftover fruit and vegetables to it ever since.  A few weeks ago, we noticed something growing in it.  We decided, out of pure curiosity, to let it keep growing and see what happened… and look at...
Felling the Tree

Felling the Tree

The view of our house from the gravel driveway is very hidden to say the least.  The trees completely block the house with the exception of a tiny part peeking out.  While I love feeling “away from it all,” it is very secluded to me and almost too isolating. I had asked David if we...
Inspirational Orchard

Inspirational Orchard

Last fall we went to what will surely become an annual tradition: apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard!  We met up with our good friends there and had an awesome time. They have hundreds of acres of things growing for you to pick– not just apples.  You can pick pumpkins, peaches, pears, and other fruits...
Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

  On Thursday after work, I arrived home to a huge branch off a tree.  It was raining and I’d heard we were supposed to get 4 inches of rain in one afternoon, but I hadn’t heard anything about thunderstorms.  My first thought was the guy we’d hired to trim all of the trees did...
Moving the Spigot

Moving the Spigot

  When we bought the house, there was no backyard fence (we had one installed before we moved in) and the “lawn” tumbled onto what became the side field.  The side field had a little outhouse– see the above photo– and a wonderful water spigot.  We decided to build the fence with the spigot on the...
Planting New Dawn Roses

Planting New Dawn Roses

On par with feeling the baby’s first kicks a few weeks ago, our wedding day was probably the happiest day of my life.  It was perfect– our closest friends and family together with us as we said our vows under a beautiful arch made by my cousin May. Is my cousin talented or what?!  I...
Home Spring Home

Home Spring Home

For this Thursday’s post about something that inspires me, I’ll cut right to the chase: the weather!  It’s finally springtime here in Charlottesville and I LOVE it!  We moved to Charlottesville in May of last year (and to our house in August) so I have no idea what will surface and bloom at home… and...
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