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Monday, March 30, 2009


I've been looking into CSA's around our area but most of them are sold out for the 2009 season. The prices have been around $450-500 for a 14-16 week harvest. Honestly I could buy or grow my own vegetables plants and only spend $50, what was I thinking! Well I guess I was thinking when it gets 85 degrees out by 6am, you don't feel like weeding or watering the garden. This year I want to plant:

tomatoes (of course)
squash...they are very easy to grow
romaine lettuce
some type of bean
sugar snap peas
jalapeno peppers
red & green peppers
hot chile peppers

If all else fails at least I would be able to eat salads and omelettes all summer long. I like to add jalapeno peppers to my omelettes for an extra zing.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

pretty aprons & dresses

You may have seen some of Malphi's aprons in Apronologie, a magazine exclusively devoted to aprons. She also sells wrap dresses and bloomers in her etsy shop. Visit her blog here.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

ballet flats

Ballet flats are always in season. These pastel colors by J.Crew are perfect for Spring.

Friday, March 27, 2009

cherry blossoms

This weekend is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Last March we went to snap some pictures of the blossoms and it was cloudy and cold. Hopefully this coming week it will be sunny and warm!

Last night I had a dream that there was a huge tree outside my window covered in pink roses. Maybe I was subconsciously thinking about the cherry blossoms.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

jean skirt of the day

This pleated denim skirt is from Boden. I like the length and the shape. But $68?? How come you can find cheap jeans anywhere but then when you are looking for a nice (as in not mini) jean skirt it is expensive...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

victorian dress

A vintage dress I hope to own...wonder if the crochet work is handmade. I imagine someone wearing this on a lazy summer picnic or taking walks down country lanes under a parasol.

edited 9/15/09...I found some more pictures on my computer of this pretty dress. I bought it on ebay back around March - April but when I tried it on I did not have a small enough waist. I guess you have to have a 20" waist, haha. (So I re-sold it on ebay to a lovely lady in France).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

bluebell flowers

I've been looking for some shade plants that would look pretty under trees that block out most of the sun. Look a this pretty picture of a woodland filled with bluebell flowers. I am going to attempt this as soon as I figure out where to buy these flowers.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

spring things

Happy Birthday S!

Yesterday was my brother in law's birthday. We have known him for 11 years now, you think I would remember it! Some of his favorite things are basketball (especially the Terrapins), anything to do with the iphone (I mean he is on that thing 24/7), getting free deals online, cleaning, traveling, playing sports, working around the yard, and my sis (his lovely bride).

Well I just realized I probably better do a birthday post for my sister in law since hers was in February!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


It seems like the weekend is the only time I get inspired to cook and clean. Usually after a long commute to and from work by the time I get home I am drained. Unless it is a day where I can leave at 3:30 then I race home by 4pm. I'd love to be able to work from home and only half-days!

So far my cooking this weekend has consisted of making lasagna and brownies. And the cleaning...well you can barely tell all the hard work I did, ha ha. I read somewhere if you clean one room every day then by the time the weekend rolls around you won't have loads of work to do. I think that is good a idea if you live by yourself (but with other people....that is a different story).

There is a digital camera I want to get that is on sale right now for about $100 and is 12 megapixels (point and shoot camera). Right now my camera is 4 mp and weighs about 5 pounds.

Friday, March 20, 2009

another raised bed

This is what I would like my garden to look like this year... Raised garden beds with a pathway that you can actually walk through (and not engulfed in weeds). I also have a rounded green metal rose arbor so I am looking for a fast climbing plant...clematis, honeysuckle? A climbing rose would be nice. This fellow used bark mulch but I was thinking of using pebbles from the creekbed. Or something that is weedproof.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

where does your food come from?

Late last night I dashed off to the grocery store because ground beef was on sale so I thought I might stock up since it was nearly 1/2 off regular price. When I got there I noticed the label had 3 countries listed as the "origin"...USA, Mexico & Canada. That is very sketchy, I hope it does not mean the ground beef was all mixed together. If you read Fast Food Nation it goes into detail about how meat is processed and let me tell you it is not a pretty sight! I always thought that the meat in the pacakges I bought was all from the same cow until I read that book.

Does that mean I am going to have to start raising my own cattle? I don't know, but it is a good thing I have a constant source of eggs from our chickens. I also eat a lot of eggs & beans on days when I'm not eating meat.

There was also a good deal on icecream so now the deep freeze is full of several flavors. I wonder how long it will take someone to find that loot!

Shell Garden

This is a beautiful use for all those shells you may have collected form the beach. It would probably work best with smaller type plants.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

laser eye surgery

I have always been wary of laser eye surgery but my aunt got it last year and according to her everything has been fine. It makes me nervous when I read online where people say they always have dry eyes and they wish they wouldn't have gotten the surgery!

After doing some research online it looks the average price is $2000 per eye. I have worn glasses since 5th grade (I wear contacts now) so it would be pretty nice to have 20/20 vision (or close to it) for the rest of my life. So bascially...the cost of braces and getting my vision corrected comes to the grand total of $10,000. Yikes! You'd think with the economy stuff like this would be cheaper, but I don't think so. Also I guess you get what you pay for. Now it is time to look at my health insurance and see if they give some kind of discount for laser eye surgery.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I went to the orthodonist and he finally took off the cement he had put on my molars to keep them from touching while my other teeth straightened out. I don't think this wire is as bad as last time because I went home and ate lots of crunchy foods! Although this morning I was feeling it. He said next time it will be my final wire, whatever that means. It would be great if I could get my braces off early like in a year instead of 2. Oh well, I can dream.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

art class

Tonight I have art class and once again am not looking forward to it. I could always drop it but then that's a waste of my time because I would have to re-take it anyways to get credit for it. I'd probably like it if it was only an hour long not 4 hours! Also it would be nice to have one class not two classes combined so we all have lots of space and are not two feet away from each other. What can I say, this is what happens when you attend a community college.

Next up: Find out what courses I need to get my degree and hurry up and take them! Honestly I could care less about getting a degree but when you look for jobs, 100% of the time they want you to have a degree. I was planning on retiring when I hit 30 but that means I will have to magically think up an income that I can do anywhere.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Today we went to the beach...although we mostly laid on our towels wrapped up to escape the wind! The sand had lots of pretty broken up shells. J said that if you go in the water you can find sand dollars. Of course I didn't find that out until we got home. B managed to find a hermit crab. I've been sleeping in every morning so I think I better try to get up early around my usual time of 5 am one of these days.

There is a house outside the gate that sells citrus fruit in their front yard so I am going to see what they are offering. We noticed lot of fruit trees on the highway with fruit all over the ground, it made you want to pull over and load up a bag!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


We got in late last night and I was glad to sleep in this morning. After C made us a lovely breakfast of eggs benedict, we headed off to the outlets. I didn't see anything worth buying until right before we left...some striped bateau shirts.

I started getting cold-like symptoms before we got on the plane yesterday so I took claritin and lots of ACV but I've still been sneezing and blowing my nose all day. I'm hoping it will clear up by tomorrow. Tonight was our turn to cook dinner so A helped me make lasagna.

Tomorrow...the beach!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

denim skirts

Here is a page from a magazine with some ideas on how to wear a knee length denim skirt. Although it is from 2 years ago, you will still see the same styles being sold in stores today. The pencil skirt never goes out of style.

I realize that some people love jean skirts and other detest them. I prefer a denim stretch blend which is way more comfy than heavy rough denim.

(Click on the picture to make it larger).

Monday, March 2, 2009


We got about 3-4 inches of snow and the wind chill makes it feel like 6 degrees out. Good thing tomorrow I am leaving to go somewhere warm and sunny for awhile. I should just stay there, haha. Who can say no to 70-80 degree weather with plenty of beaches nearby.

I've got a lot to do before we fly out tomorrow; organize and drop off my portfolio to my art teacher, finish packing everything, getting all my stuff moved out, probably a myriad of other things I am not even thinking of right now.


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