A Rocky Situation

July 20, 2012

I have been enjoying a sweet staycation this week. I have the week off but Matt is working, so instead of taking a trip without him, I decided to get some much needed yard work done. I’ve been meaning to tackle the front gardens for some time now. Back in early April when I fertilized the plants, the rock border around the mulched gardens was holding it’s own. I had been collecting rocks from various yards (all people I know - I’m not a klepto, people) and placing them around the mulched gardens because I liked the look of it.

#Before & After #Garden #Summer

Anniversary of Irene

August 27, 2012

This time last year, we had plans to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. (Happy almost Birthday, Momma!) We heard there would be a big storm, possibly a hurricane, making it’s way through CT around the time we were set to meet, but my father was unfazed and said they would be up to our house late morning as originally planned. I love my father for many reasons and one of them is that he isn’t easily scared of anything.

#Weather #Summer

Are we done with the rain yet?

June 25, 2012

I am normally one to welcome the rain because it saves me SO much time watering the vegetables and the annuals. But, (and it’s a big but) I have plans to paint the decks before we have people over on the 4th and I simply cannot get to it when the wood is soaked for days on end. I stained the front porch railings white two years ago and they are in desperate need of a fresh coat.

#Summer #Weather

August Vacation, Part 1

August 21, 2012

Matt and I were able to get away for a few days this past week. We headed out to Colorado to hang out with a bunch of family and friends for a long weekend that made for an incredible getaway! Our last 3 vacations were to Colorado. Clearly, we need to get out more. :) If you’ve read about our travels before, you might remember we were out in Colorado in March, as well.

#Summer #Places #Travel

Early August lull

August 5, 2012

My gardens are looking a little dreary lately, and I plan to fix that over the next year. I have mostly perennials dotting the yard, and for good reason. For starters, they don’t need to be watered every day. Perennials are pretty low-maintenance. They fill in and multiply each year…they’re easy! The only down-side to perennials is their lack of vibrancy. Boy, am I lacking some “oomph.” I have so much green and purple, but not much else.

#Summer #Garden

Green Mountain Getaway

July 23, 2012

This past weekend was positively beautiful here in New England. The humidity and high heat of the last couple of weeks dropped and I was able to get out of Connecticut and head up into the Green Mountains of Vermont. My sisters and I had been organizing a big girls weekend for a while and the weather forecast had everyone itching to get up there! We had the fortunate opportunity to stay at a breathtaking property that belongs to family friends of ours.

#Summer #Friends #Places

Milk was a bad choice...*

June 21, 2012

HAPPY SUMMER! New England has welcomed the season of bathing suits and BBQs with an onslaught of 100+ degree heat and brutal (baarrruuuutal) humidity. As I’m writing this, it’s 84 degrees, with a “real feel” of 89 degrees and off-the-charts humidity. It’s 10:00pm, people. That’s just too damn hot. Seeing as our house was built in 1875, it’s safe to say we are roughing it. No A/C, baby. We’re so old school.

#Griffin #Summer #Weather

Our first harvest!

July 18, 2012

Matt and I both have vegetable gardening in our blood. That is, to say, that folks on both sides of our families enjoy tending a garden and reaping the rewards of a harvest. My dad has been really into it over the last few years. Maybe it’s his less taxing schedule. (Hello summers off and shorter hours!) Maybe it’s his somewhat newfound solitude. (Hello all three daughters out of the house!

#Backyard Livin' #Garden #Cooking #Summer

Pumpkin picking (fingers crossed!)

August 20, 2012

It’s amazing when a bit of carelessness gives way to something awesome… I threw our rotten pumpkins from last fall into our neglected side yard, and now we have a healthy pumpkin plant! Or at least what I think is a healthy pumpkin plant – can anyone vouch for me? I can’t wait to see if we’ll be able to harvest anything this fall. If we get anything, I’m totally going with this idea my friend spotted on Pinterest last fall… the pumpkin mummy.

#Summer #Garden

Shakespeare's Garden

July 1, 2013

In between gardening and putting finishing touches on the kitchen tile, I found some time this weekend to take a drive to a local nursery I’d yet to visit. Shakespeare’s Garden is nestled in a very quaint area of Brookfield, CT, just a few miles from home. While out at a firework gathering Saturday night, my friend Stacey (the same Stacey who organized the wine tour) mentioned she was heading to a cute nursery in Brookfield, CT.

#Summer #Shopping #Local Haunts #Friends

Sun salute

August 15, 2012

I caught this bee doing some morning yoga… either that or he’s making his case for Rio in 2016…


The Bees Knees...Not.

October 29, 2012

Late in the summer, we found a ton of bees nests “nestled” behind our shutters. It seemed every shutter was plagued by it, but one was especially bad, with a incessant stream of bees going in and out. The nest covered the back of the shutter and was starting to make it’s way around to the front. Nasty. Matt wielded two cans of bee killer spray from the porch, spraying the nest with overlapping motions, like he was swinging nunchucks.

#Summer #Pests

Weekend Recap: Bonfires, Brews and Ball(s)

September 9, 2012

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! We had some crazy weather come through on Saturday but today seems to be the start of a string of nice days. I’ll take 75 and sunny all year long, please. Order up! We kicked off the weekend using our little homemade fire pit which is comprised of alternating bricks stacked in a square shape. It boasts the awesome price tag of $0 - the previous owners left a pallet of bricks for which we had no use.

#Backyard Livin' #Friends #Summer #Griffin