The other day I realized it was time to trim the lambs ears, they were getting overgrown, falling over, trampled by small children, and they were in need of a trim. I didn’t get a picture of the mess, because I didn’t really expect to be jumping into a huge new project less than a … More so this happened, and we relandscaped part of the front yard
Our backyard has come a long way since we moved in, and I am continually working to make it a more child (and people) – friendly place. We recently splurged and had the mulch-pit redone, it was turning into a muddy pit when it rained (all winter), so it was scraped, re-weed papered and freshly … More Herb’s Garden
Our friends, Nick and Sasha, recently moved in two doors over from us. The house came with a Questionable Shed in the back, as well as a large cactus that was largely rotten (and rotting) from lack of sunlight and too much moisture. The cactus was quite large (much taller than either of us), and … More Luther Burbank Spineless Cactus
I’ve had the ice cream maker bowl in the freezer ever since we made the banana sorbet with chocolate sprinkles, and I’ve been actively seeking a reason to use it again. I was inspired today when we got a lovely flat of ripe peaches from Costco. P ate his way through three of them leaving … More Peach Ice cream
This year our peach tree produced two peaches that grew enough to be consumed by humans. In previous years the tree produced several peaches that were been consumed by unknown agents of evil while they were still small and very unripe, so we were quite thrilled to get any. O and P each got … More O and P and the mid-sized Peaches
Oliver and Patrick have started bringing home Roly Poly bugs. For a while, O was trying to keep them locked in a tin in the play kitchen, but then P let them free and several lost their way (or lives) and haven’t seen seen since. On one hand, I’m glad the boys are taking an … More Roly Poly Paradise
We finally found a use for the awkward space behind the fencing and gate: it is now home to my new potting bench. Yes, I now have a potting bench! Gavin built it for me out of redwood and pressure-treated lumber. It took him a few weekends, and the results are wonderful! The potting bench … More Potting Bench!
It has been raining the last few days. Instead of arguing with the boys about playing inside, they’ve been bundled in their rain gear and sent out to play. Our yard has become a mud pit and experimental zone. See this dirt? It will be come mud, fabulous mud to be smeared ALL OVER the … More Mud!
Yesterday afternoon the boys were let loose to run in the yard while I cleaned up the kitchen (an unending task). After a time they wandered out of my immediate line of sight so I ventured out to check on them. Turns out P had mastered the ladder on the climbing structure and he and … More Backyard Fun
Long-time readers of my blog will remember last years post about the WTF, and my attempts at making WTF-sauce. My attempts were wildly successful, but the popularity of the WTF-sauce waned as the novelty wore off. Yesterday was O’s last Farm Day at his pre-pre school program and the mommies and daddies were invited to … More and now for something completely different: WTF-Leather