Here he is at 6:30am - just a little confused tyke roaming around the streets of the Upper Beaches. Now...where is his mother, because she may be a problem...I have bad memories of raccoon babies and their moms...
He was very intrigued by my picture taking
Matt said I could keep him!
Last Sunday I finally had the chance to start on the gardening - it is far from finished but what I did was a start. Mainly pulled out weeds, raked leaves, and tidied up the plants in general. Still need to mix in some fertilizer and topsoil, add some annuals, more weeding, pot some plants and hanging baskets, and water, water, water! Here are some before and afters of the front yard:
Before - front little garden
After - less leaves, but need to get a bush to cover the gas meter!
Before - herb garden
After - herb garden - top is chocolate and ginger mint, middle is german thyme, and bottom is transplanted rosemary that was randomly in the dividing garden (although I really don't remember it there last year!)
Before - front garden - lots of leaves and white mossy plant taking over
*Also, found at least 4 condom wrappers within the mix...what are people doing in my garden???*
After - cleaned up the Adam's needles in the middle, and luckily the day lilies pretty much maintain themselves
Before - another view of the front - the little purple flowers are taking over (they are supposed to just hang over the brick ledge), and the white-flowered mossy patch will eventually be everywhere!
After - cut back the white flower mossy stuff and got rid of a lot of leaves plus turned the soil
Before - middle garden and pathway - doesn't our neighbours' green grass look so much better?
After - pulled out the red ground cover and did a LOT of weeding
Another After - got rid of the gutter leaves and replanted the rosemary in the box above
Here are some more random pictures from the front yard:
Ewww our front porch needs to be cleaned...
This is my fuzzy bee friend
I really need to have kids, that way I can justify running outside screaming "ice cream truck, ice cream truck" without seeming like a crazy person...until then I sulk inside.
Here are some pictures from the backyard - Matt cleaned the shed while I cleaned up the garden. Still need to tidy the stone, add some filler sand/soil for the cracks, and take all the random shed stuff to the dump. Glad to have the backyard space back so we can eat outside and enjoy some BBQ!
Before - sad green plants a few weeks ago
Matt cleaning the shed - very manly with the little watering can
The only somewhat respectable picture that Matt took of me working...the rest were mostly of my butt...can you tell I'm sunburnt yet? (covered my VERY burnt shoulders with two white tank top lines by this point)
Garden cleaned up and the bistro set out! Can't wait to build some bench seating and a coffee table!
Bleeding hearts - these remind me of my grandma - she always had them in her front garden
I always think these buds are going to become flowers but they just become more leaves!
Such a beautiful day, despite our always late-blooming tree above
Oh hello, Georgia, welcome back!
This past Sunday was Joni's family shower, which was hosted by Matt's mom, Lynn, and cousin, Mardi. I offered to make cupcakes and bring some things along to help them out, and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon of tea and catching up with family. Here are some pictures from the afternoon:
Momma's condo party room - perfect for a tea party
Now all we need is guests!
The details - Gerber daises - one of Joni's favs
I loved these beautiful blue and gold cups & saucers
I seriously thought about stealing these...
A bit proud of this - I needed a money box for the presentation shower, so I bought a red lantern from
Pier One and covered it in love quotes - I gave it to her afterwards as a keepsake. One of my favs:
"You know you are in love when you can't sleep because reality is finally better than your dreams"
Meg was the greeter - good job little sis!
The bride obviously practicing her "please stop staring at me" shower smile
Ladies enjoying some sandwiches, tea, and dessert
This is quite an unflattering picture of me but all the other ladies looked so nice...
Aunt Connie with Meg!
Mother of the groom
Meg and I with two of Blair's beautiful daughters
Joni's college roommates and bridesmaids
Also thought about stealing Joni's gift...beautiful versatile candle holders/vases
Passing desserts - chocolate dipped strawberries and red-velvet mini cupcakes
Want a closer look at them? Mmmm cream-cheese frosting
*Also making dark chocolate covered cake balls with the leftover cake and icing as we speak!
The soon to be bride and groom - less than 2 months left!!!