Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have a mountain of ideas and items stored in my head and I only have used a small fraction! Tap into those at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Today's lesson: confirm the actual DATE not just the day.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
But although I deeply love Potterybarn, I don't always love thier prices. I decided to see if I could replicate this look (using the shakers as my centerpiece) for less:
Check out the savings if you were to set a table for four the DC Rowhouse way:
Potterybarn bowls ($60 for four) vs. the sea-shaped cereal bowls at Kohls ($27.96 for four) = savings of $32.04
Wine glasses from Target ($14.99) versus Potterybarn ($66) = $51.01 in savings
Hemstitch napkins from Target ($14.99) versus Potterybarn ($54) = $39.01 in savings!
A total savings of $229.15. You all know what I'll be buying this weekend. . .
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If I had to choose, I would get the Araucana Chickens:
Why? Because they lay colored eggs of course:
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Zillow app will tell you the current price (if it's for sale), an estimated value, property tax info. Essentially everything you need to know.
Oh, and it's FREE!!!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Before we had a lawn mower he would come by and mow the yard for ten bucks. That was fine with me. Or, he would come by and rake and sweep the front. Again, ten bucks. Sometimes he would ask for eight - depending on. . . I have no idea.
We made the mistake of paying him before hand (oh, and when I say "we" - I really don't mean me at all, I'm just being polite. . . which I just erased by writing this side note) and you can guess what happened? Um, yeah, he essentially ran away. It was three weeks later he finally did the work - though we had to ask him about 35 times.
This weekend, we tackled the house cleaning and I have to admit I was pretty darn cranky about it. Strapped with my portable vacuum, I was working the stairs when I heard a knock on the door. I shut the vacuum off and opened the door to see Mitch standing there. Needless to say, I was not in the best of moods:
Mitch: "Yeah, uh, Happy Mother's Day. I was wondering if you wanted me to mow the sidewalk patch in front".
Me: "Oh, I was actually going to do it later".
Mitch: "Oh. OK. I was just checkin'. See ya".
I looked over his shoulder to see knee high "grass" and was pretty embarrassed. Though I had planned on mowing it later in the day - it wasn't priority numero uno. Well, seeing it bumped it up the list.
Eventually I mowed the back yard and proceeded to wheel the mower around to the front. I plowed down the "grass" in a few easy passes and cleaned up a few stray pieces of trash in my steps. I glanced down the street and noticed the rest of the patched needed mowing. What the hell, I like to mow - It will be fun, I thought. I headed towards the next patch and noticed two figures sitting in front of a house across the street glaring at me. It was Mitch. I assume he was a little peeved I was taking away potential profits - but hey, I was being neighborly. I pressed the prime button and went to start the mover. Nothing. I tried again. And, again. At this point I was convinced his dagger eyes were tampering with my machinery. About eight tries in, it started right up and I proceeded to mow down two patches, clean up some more trash, and quickly walked back around to the back to put the mower away.
I don't anticipate Mitch to come around anytime soon. . .but then again, nothing has ever stopped him before.
Friday, May 8, 2009
It's clear we can make an amazing garden in our space. The problem is we like the open space to entertain. It's like having a whole other house in the warm weather. However, I also love the idea of having a bigger garden. Right now we have herbs, tomatoes, and some strawberries growing in containers on the deck. My solution? To start a "vertical garden". Go ahead and head to google images and search for "vertical garden". It's pretty outstanding. Check out this pic from Treehugger:
I could easily build two vertical gardens on our deck. Smith & Hawken (I know, two posts in a row with them in it!) have a pre-made one:
Though, I feel like I could build something for less. What do you think? Have you tried to garden vertically?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
With the dimensions of our yard it seemed like the perfect idea, and it worked out perfectly! At our BBQ last Friday evening (thankfully it occurred during the only 5 rainless hours we have had recently) it was enjoyed by young and . . . a little older.
Last year we had the grass put down at the end of the summer so having it all set to go this year has really added a lot - it's like having another room outside!