Monday, May 5, 2014

Hiatus

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I wanted to get out of this blog when I started it five and a half years and 679 posts ago (680 including this one). At the risk of sounding like someone's grandpa, things were a lot different back then. You could just write about your life without being expected to produce pinnable content five days a week. I work too slowly to produce pinnable content. Always have, always will. So the blogging world today is a lot different than what I came into, and it hasn't changed in my favor.

I feel like, if I were to look back over all those posts, I would find much more substantial content in the early days of my blog, the first two years or so. Having Baby Girl changed my life in many ways, and one of them is that it takes a long time to get stuff done again. I guess I had forgotten about that in the time since Mr. Man was a baby. The thing is, though, I don't mind taking a long time to get stuff done when it's just me. But when I have to produce content for the blog, I feel a lot of pressure to finish things up, and that somehow leads to me sitting on the couch and doing nothing because there's too much to do.

I had planned to take a summer hiatus when the kids got out of school, but I realized that I'd be happier starting now. So I'm going to. This is not the end of this blog, or maybe it is. I don't know. I need some time to regroup. Maybe I'll go back to writing whenever I want to, instead of on a schedule. Maybe I'll switch to writing once a week. I'm not sure yet. I will post if I decide to quit altogether, though. I like closure.

I don't have a timeframe for coming back. I suppose since I was going to take the summer off anyway, I'll make a decision by September. So let's say that. See you sometime in September. I hope you all have a great spring and summer.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Happy anniversary to us

Yesterday B and I celebrated our ten year anniversary. I can't decide whether it feels like it's been longer or shorter. It feels like we've been married forever, and of course having a nine-year-old helps me remember all those years.

So happy decade to us. I don't have any wedding pictures on the computer (and I don't like them anyway), so instead I'll post my favorite picture of the kids.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Entertainment center, part one

B and I have been planning to build an entertainment center in the living room for some time now. I've been balking at the cost, however, since we were looking at easily $300. That's not bad for what we were getting--an 11' long custom unit that went to the ceiling--but $300 is a lot of money to us.

We saw this three-piece bookcase at the thrift store several times before we decided to buy it. I only have pictures of two of the pieces, because the third one needs to be basically disassembled to work the way we need it to. B has it in the basement for his stuff right now, and it works pretty well for that.

I decided to paint in the kitchen, so the angles are weird. Sorry.

I love the hardware, but the pulls on the doors seem to have pieces broken off. Obviously I won't be able to find replacements at Home Depot, but maybe Etsy, a vintage shop, or the salvage yard can help me.

One coat of primer.

I would have gotten the first coat of paint on, but the roller covers I had were the wrong size, so I need to buy new ones. I swear, every time I go to paint something I pull out these roller covers that I mistakenly bought at least four years ago. They're going in the Goodwill box.

They have brackets underneath for adjustable feet, like the kind IKEA uses on their cabinets. I'm going to take out the plain metal feet that were included and build some legs, then they'll be mounted above the baseboard. That way I don't need to worry about rerouting the vent in the floor, although I will probably need to move both outlets so they're flush with the backs of the cabinets. Either that or I can just cut a big square out. Whichever.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Monday

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good; I did a lot of cleaning and organizing. Of course, I worked in a lot of different areas, so it doesn't look like much. I got some stuff out of the garage (I'm so close to being able to hang that ladder!), took a carload of donations to Goodwill, threw out more stuff, filled up another box to take to Goodwill, packed away some winter clothes, moved my yarn stash from a bunch of boxes to one large container, worked on organizing the sewing room/storage area, cleared out a bookcase, and moved a dryer.

So basically there's not much to report. I can see an end in sight, but right now it's the same old same old: tons of unfinished projects. I'll have something more interesting to say next time, but for now I need to make an organization plan for the basement.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Yardwork

Who's ready for the weekend? My hand is up over here. Yaya was home sick for two days this week, so even though I haven't really been able to run errands, I have made a little bit of progress around here. I got most of the bathroom tile torn up, though not all of the thinset. It's coming along. I also removed almost a full leaf bag of weeds and leaves from the front bed. Isn't it beautiful?

I have some work to do. I'm thinking that while the mulch is thinned out, from winter and whatnot, and while I'm moving plants around, I'll try this newspaper trick for keeping weeds away. At least if it doesn't work they biodegrade and I'm not left with a mess of black plastic to deal with.

My alyssum that I planted in the driveway bed, that self-seeds and comes back every year, have seeded themselves waaaaay over in the front bed.

Remember the mushrooms that were sprouting up in the backyard a few days ago?

They've multiplied. They're halfway into the grass now.

From what the internet says, they'll go away when the ground dries out. It has been rainy here lately, so I guess I'll just hope that it doesn't rain any more. Let me check the weather. Oh, it's supposed to rain Sunday. Well then. Maybe it won't rain next week.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Going outside

It might really be spring this time. I want it to be, at least. We had that one freak snowstorm that comes after some nice weather, and now everything is coming up and the trees are getting leaves again, so I think it's time to think about the yard.

Mr. Man came out to help me take pictures.

The daylilies by the door are coming up nicely. I'll be putting the front sidewalk in that I started and removed last year, so I'll get some mulch around these when I do that.

This is apparently what a hosta looks like when it's coming up. Also pictured: weeds. You'll see a lot of them.

I was worried about this bed. I put it in last year so that the peonies under the cherry tree could get some actual sun. I only got one moved over and it was not super excited to be there. I'm pretty sure it's coming back, though, as are the columbine. And weeds.

These are the peonies I didn't move. I should move them really soon if I'm going to get it done this spring.

Gigantic daylilies in the back.

The sedum is coming up. I might put something else behind there this year. I think there's salvia and coneflower back there, but more coneflower might be in order. Or black-eyed Susan.

Also, we've got a bumper crop of mushrooms coming up. Tasty.

I've given up on trying to get rid of the back bed. I will get rid of that lava rock this year, though. Four years is long enough. My ultimate goal this year is to get some more perennials in and get everything basically where it's going to go forever. Also, I'd like to figure out why I'm seeing such big size differences in the same beds. The hostas especially get progressively smaller the further down the bed you get, and I think the end hosta might be gone forever. Maybe I need something that's part sun at the end instead of full shade. I'd like to add some hydrangea and coral bells in up there, plus maybe something short in the sidewalk bed. I really need to draw a plan.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

I hope you had a good weekend and a happy Easter! We did the usual: went up to my parents' house for an Easter egg hunt. A good time was had by all, and lots of candy was eaten by all.

Baby Girl found the eggs B hid by the porch first. Once she got the first one, she didn't really care about the others.

Yaya killed time on the tire swing before the egg hunt started. I'm sure he wishes we had one.

Mr. Man was actually pretty good at the egg hunt this year, though I may have given him some hints.

Grandma helped, of course. B put a lot of the eggs in a straight line along the bush line, which made easy pickings for Baby Girl.

She won the egg hunt by one. Only because B wouldn't let Yaya rush around and steal them all, but still. Winner! And then we forgot her candy at Grandma's house. Oops.