Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Hardworking Man


Although he came in for a short nap (as seen above), Josh worked outside pretty much all day long today. His commitment to making our yard nice amazes me. Even at 111 degrees, he was still out there plugging away.


He aerated our lawn this morning using the great big machine shown above. Are you familiar with aeration? I wasn't. Basically, this machine poked holes in the yard. This way we can water more deeply. Personally, I think that Josh enjoys renting all of these fancy machines that are so big that they are nearly impossible for us to lift in and out of his truck. I do have to say, the grass is already looking better under his care.




Then, he tilled the dirt in the front flower beds and went to work at planting some new foliage. Yay! It looks so NICE! Our house faces north, so it doesn't get as much sun as the back flower beds. We chose plants that would do better in the shade. They flank our gardenia.




I'm not sure if it was fortunate or unfortunate that I am weighed down in history homework. At 111 degrees, I was happy to stay inside. But, I really love to be outside helping Josh. We have so much fun working on the yard together. At least I got to go with to Baker's Nursery yesterday to pick out the plants. This coming week is my last week of Early American History. It has been a killer course. It is a full term course squeezed into less than 5 weeks. Just this week, I have a quiz, a discussion question, two 3-page papers (three, if I want extra credit), and a final exam. The midterm took me 5 hours. The final exam looks as if it is fairly similar in style. OH, and I had to read 6 or 7 long chapters in my history book as well as an entire book on Nat Turner. EEK! I can't wait for it to be over! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ding Dong


Projects, projects, projects....

While Joshua installed our new doorbell (ding dong) and I was slaving away at cleaning up our kitchen, Honey sneaked away and found a comfy hiding spot in the office. Perhaps, she was signalling, "Hey, work on this big project in here." Or, more likely, she was saying, "Enough with the projects. Nap time." Either way, Josh and I were amused. Honey provides us with hours of entertainment. Her little personality is priceless. Man oh man, we do need to work on that office. It is still a complete and total mess. But, at least we have a doorbell finally!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day


This is my first Father's Day with no father. It is still so new, it has been a little tough this week. I thought that it might be helpful to note a few important things about him today in order to honor his memory. 


My Grandmother often refers to my Dad as her "gypsy" son. He was the fifth of ten children. He loved to travel and loved an adventure. He also never turned down an opportunity to laugh and have fun. I like to think that I inherited these qualities from him but coupled with my mom's sense of stability and reliability. He was a wonderful carpenter and I often think of him when I'm at a hardware store. He always had tools and typically was working on some sort of project. When he worked, he usually worked because he wanted to, not because he had to. Therefore, he often took a lot of pride in his work. It was a labor of love. I've always loved working with my hands, building and creating. I admit, I have a nice sized tool collection for making jewelry. I'm positive that my need to bring my ideas to life is inherited from my Dad too. He was charming. As a little girl, I always loved his soft Oklahoma accent and his cowboy boots. I can honestly say, he was one-of-a-kind. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Over the moon


Our book files are in the hands of our editor and I could not be happier or more proud of what we accomplished in such a short period of time. I can't wait to see the final product of our hard work! Somehow, some way I made it through strep throat, the bead and button show and my history midterm and paper over the course of the last week. It feels as if life should be smooth sailing for a little while now. I can get back to planning our wedding and working on our house in my free time. Yay!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Odd jobs


I came home from studying today to find Joshua pulling up the carpet in our front outdoor entrance. I have disliked that silly carpet since the day we moved in and I was so happy to see it go. The people who lived here before us loved outdoor carpet. It was all over the place. I think that with Joshua's efforts, we might finally be done with the carpet nonsense. Yay!

After.

I worked really hard this afternoon and I finally finished painting our kitchen walls. Yay! Now, we only have the floor left to do. The bright white makes such a difference. It feels so clean!

 Before.

Most of the walls still had glue stains from when we removed the linoleum. It is so exciting to see clean, fresh paint. I'm not sure that you can tell from the pictures how much nicer it looks, but I can certainly tell.

After.

After.

After.

So we seem to be making some progress again. It might only be one wall at a time, but I'll take whatever I can get. 

Next on my list, pink bathroom. It has been looming large on the list for a long time. I think it is time to make it into a spa like retreat. 

Gardenia in bloom


These beauties smell good! I came home earlier this month to find the whole bush full of little white blooms. I hear that gardenias are pretty finicky in Phoenix. So we are lucky to have a full grown and pretty healthy bush. 


I sprinkled some shady wildflower seeds into our front planters a few months ago. I am so excited that they are all blooming now. 


I think that you would be hard pressed to find a happier flower than the black eyed susans. I love that bright yellow. It is so cheery. We have 3 or 4 blooms on our plant right now. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Roof rat solutions in Arcadia.


It breaks my heart to report that we are cutting down one of the grapefruit trees. After much contemplation, we just don't really see any way around it. It is butting up right next to the house. It is gigantic and therefore nearly impossible to get fruit from and it doesn't provide any necessary shade to our yard. Also, it is encroaching on our power lines. We DO have 4 other grapefruit trees. Nevertheless, it is so hard to cut down a big, beautiful tree. After the recent rat scare, we have decided that it is a necessity to get the trees away from our roof.


Thankfully, we feel like we can just get the other tree trimmed off of the roof and it actually might make the tree look more even. For some reason the tree has been growing unevenly toward the house. I was really happy to come to this conclusion because this tree does offer wonderful shade to our east side yard. And I really don't like cutting down trees.


My hero.

We are also having all of our trees completely gleaned of fruit and trimmed. Hopefully this will make our yard less appealing to the rat population. Joshua bought steel mesh that he has been adding over the water vents on the roof. Why aren't those covered? It seems to me as if that should be standard thing to do, especially in a neighborhood that has roof rats. 

I am certain that I am making it sound as if my neighborhood is overrun by these pests. That isn't the truth. We've only had one issue with them in the 8 months that we have lived here. We are just working toward not ever having an issue with them again. 

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