Tagged: house

Photo of a thistle plant with purple flowers

Delusions of garden grandeur

When D.J. and I bought our house in 2015, I had big plans for my garden. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as we think it’s going to be, is it? The first year we lived here, we spent most of our free time working on the house itself. Our friend Shane of Blaiscraft...

I am not a minimalist: An attempt at tidying

When Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was released in the US, I picked up a library copy and read it. I even gave it a bit of a trial run with my clothes (though I didn’t pile everything on my bed). Ultimately, though, I realized that while organization and tidiness is great,...

#PhotoFriday: Clematis in full bloom

#PhotoFriday: Clematis in full bloom

Growing up, my mom had a purple clematis in our front yard. Every year it would grow up our porch railing. Along with the johnny jump-ups that popped up every spring, the clematis was my favorite flower. When I rented my first house, I bought a clematis bulb and grew it in a pot for...

A rough start

A rough start

A few days after ringing in the new year, I came down with a cold. It started as a mild sinus infection, but has gotten worse and migrated down to my chest. On top of that, my German shepherd is having hip problems and has to be on rest for two weeks, which is driving...

End of year resolutions

End of year resolutions

At the end of every calendar year, I like to take some time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished, any goals I failed to meet (and analyze why), and what my goals and intentions for the upcoming year will be. For me, 2017 was particularly difficult, between the emotional and mental stress of the current...