Monday, June 9, 2014

flowers In the garden

A couple of years ago we took two very ugly evergreens out right in front of the house. We decided this year to plant roses. 
This is our first bloom! 
The scent is unbelievable- beautiful rose scent but with a lot of sweetness. Can't be beat. 
I am loving the garden this year.
I know I've been MIA for the past few weeks but I've got some things in the cooker (aka saved as drafts) so you'll hear more soon.
This is my first post from the IPhone!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

my own private idaho

I know I haven't been blogging much
but I've got lots to say.

I've been busy working on our back yard.

This is the first year we aren't undertaking a big project back there so this year is all about pretty-fying.
And by pretty-fying I mean flowers and lights.

Let's go back and review.

Year 1
We cleared the chaos.

Oh and it was chaos!

Year 2 
We had to get a new fence built.


That same year we built a deck.

Year 3
We took out these bloody awful trees. They were hideous. In the winter it looked like snow covered boobs were peeking up into the living room window. 



Year 4 
We built a shed. 
I realized when liooking for photos that I don't actually have a photo of the finished project. I'll get on that and update later...

This year?
No big projects. 
Just a lot of pretty. 
The payoff.

We've come a long way.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Home grown goodness.

The Strumbellas

Thursday, March 20, 2014

a river runs through it

If you haven't been to Niagara Falls recently
(and live nearby)
you should go.
The ice accumulation is incredible. 
It feels like you're in a different world.
A different, arctic world.
It's beautiful.

As much as I hope for the end of winter,
I am grateful that I got to see this.

Monday, March 17, 2014

new rules

I did realize that I needed to have a more concrete plan
in order to find success.

And if I had opted out of a trainer,
then what, exactly, was I going to do?

I looked online for a program.
I looked at magazines.
I found nothing that didn't promise a bikini body in 6 weeks
or abs that I'd always dreamed of.
Those weren't for me.
I needed something longer term
and that was easy to follow.

So I bought some books.

I bought three:

This was the winner.

It doesn't have glossy, pretty photos 
but it does have photos that clearly show the exercises.
It has a simple workout plan that takes approximately 6 months
and has reasonable degrees of difficulty as you progress.

It's kind of funny.
It's no-nonsense and doesn't assume that women aren't capable 
of achieving great results in the weight room.
(It actually has a chapter called " A Woman's Place is in the Weight Room".)

I'm one week in and doing well.
I think the moves may get a little repetitive after awhile
but you basically do each "stage" for 4 weeks 
so if you think you can't stand it any longer
then you can move on to stage 2.

So far so good.

It feels good to have a plan.
And it only cost $21.

I'll keep you posted on the results.