Holiday Cheer

We are skipping a tree this year, but spent the evening putting out some Christmas stuff to make it a little more festive around here! Will finish up most of our shopping tomorrow, get the wrapping underway, get prepped to enjoy our third Christmas in our super fun house… Happy holidays! Got vintage decorations? Send me links!

Catching Up: Leaves, Pumpkins, and Oh, yeah, THAT happened ….

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So, getting rid of all those leaves was this past weekend’s chores.  Because, if you like watching paint dry, then you super-love hearing about OTHER people RAKING THEIR LAWNS.

A brief detour to the very overdue topic of Halloween ….

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And then also … this happened:

Yay, fall!  And omg so horrified by that raccoon!!!

Summer Fun/ Thursday Night in the Suburbs

This morning, Chris had the genius idea of going to the Italian Feast in Verplank.  It goes on for a few nights in July and is amazing in that it packs a lot into a little teeny fair. We didn’t go last summer, but we went in 2012 —   this year, I was smart enough to not win 5 goldfish (short version:  that did not go well) and we wisely spent our money on plastic cups of wine and zeppolis.  It was a lovely summer night in the suburbs and though  I have heartburn as I type this, it was totally worth it.

Did you know about Our Lady of Mount Carmel?  I didn’t, but I love that there is a fair for her right near my house!  Any excuse to have a plastic cup of wine and fried things on a beautiful summer night is fine by me.

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

And also, how did it get to be 4th of July weekend already?  I’m woefully behind in my blog posts, and will spend this week sorting through some photos so I can post about a very fun party we had, the tomatoes that are blossoming, some fun things I have cooked and the porch that’s getting a thorough scraping.  For now, I will just post a photo of my planter– I’m very proud of it, as it was a little touch-and-go at the beginning!   Early July feels like a good time to reflect on the summer so far.  Stay tuned for some backtracking and in a few days I will be back up to speed!


happy fourth of july!

happy fourth of july!



(my how we've grown ...)

(my how we’ve grown …)

Spring has sprung


And I was so excited about the grand re opening of our beloved Hilltop Farms that I went a little crazy in the buying plants department!! We enjoyed an amazing Easter feast yesterday and I didn’t get all these guys in pots or in the ground, but I hope to over the next few days. I’m so excited for my gardening plans this year, but I’ve also been loving things to death lately. My oldest and most favorite philodendrons are dying,  the victims of an over zealous watering monster (me). They’ve been outside all weekend, drying out. I’m hoping they rebound. And we will see how all these guys do. I’ve also got lots of seeds to try, which will go in the ground next weekend. Wish me luck!!

Weekend Update… What was that?

What was that weird feeling I was having all weekend??  Oh, yeah, it was FUN.  Life has intruded in so many ways the past few months, it was nice to kick back, cook a nice meal, enjoy some quality time with our friends and eat, drink and LAUGH.  Hell, we even caught a parade!!  All in honor of my fantastic husband’s birthday — the third one we got to celebrate in our house.  Number one was terrifying, as we’d been in the house for two weeks, the kitchen was sealed off and we had a fridge and a microwave in the dining room.  Two was much more organized.  And three was the best one yet.  I’m looking forward to many, many more!!

casually posing in the living room ...

casually posing in the living room …  my friends are weird



candy coma

Our second Halloween in our home was amazing.  Despite the rain, we had over 200 trick or treaters and a super fun time with our neighbors and nieces.  Pizza was devoured, cocktails were had and I realized that I’m already excited about Halloween being on a Friday next year so we can (hopefully) have a party and drag some city folks up to our place.  I even dressed up — something I haven’t done in years and years.  Fun times!!

Glitter Pumpkins


A brief post to share my Saturday night crafty activity… We had some friends up for the weekend, and i wanted to use up some glitter! I read a bunch of tutorials online, and in the end decided to just try a very easy technique of brushing some Mod Podge over the pumpkin, sprinkling it with a lot of glitter, letting it dry and coating it with a light layer of spray on glaze. I have more photos of all the weekend s activities, crafty and otherwise, but for now, am so proud of the sparkle on my front steps, I couldn’t wait to share!