Sunday, May 31, 2009


Some of my seeds are sprouting! The most exciting of which is my cilantro:
cilantro sprout

The other seeds that are sprouting are, I believe, brussels sprouts! I planted way too many for this small of a pot so I will have to repot when they get a little bigger but I'm very pleased to see them sprouting!
brussels sprouts sprouts

We also put up our new canopy this weekend. It's 8' x 8' and I have an 8x5 plastic rug that will go in it but we're trying to decide on whether to put something solid down under the rug. We were considering getting some of these resin patio pavers, but it's looking like it will end up being very expensive, even if it's just under the rug. We also considered just putting plywood down or even pea gravel... We're not sure but we don't want to be mowing inside the canopy. Ideas?
our new canopy

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

I spent the holiday weekend mostly at home: gardening and relaxing in the backyard. I got off work early on Friday and the weather was beautiful and sunny so I hung out in the backyard with a book and a beer and a pug :)

indoor kids get outside

Saturday I bought some potted plants for my planter: Lavender, Bleeding hearts and something that resembles purple daisys.

porch plants

On Monday I worked on the herb garden I've been wanting to start all spring. I potted sweet basil, cinnamon basil and lemon balm plants. I also planted seeds for cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts, patty-pan squash, cilantro, and chives.

new herb garden
new herb garden

All this to go along with my already sprouting strawberry plants.


We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 18

let me out

Friday, May 15, 2009


Since this photo seems to be so popular on Flickr, I thought I'd share it here too! p_00019

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day outing

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and fur-baby moms! I spent the day with my mom at her house in the country: cooking out, hiking in the woods, having a few drinks...

I took my pug-daughter out there with me and she had a great time running around in the woods, barking at the horses (those are some BIG dogs!), and stirring up trouble with my parent's dog and cat.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Pug School: Week 1

went pretty well (except the trainee teacher didn't show up... hmmm). Meiby was very excited and ran around jumping up on the people with food. I worked with her on trying to get her to sit and look at me and not the treat. The big thing we'll be trying to do with her is to get her to come with no treat. Right now she'll just look at me and tilt her head listening for her favorite words... which is cute, but not what I want. They got out a big tunnel at the end of class and Meiby was all over it, running back and forth through it and stealing all the treats. I had to restrain her so the other dogs could try it. hehehe

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pug School

Yep, Meiby's going to school. A friend of my mom's teaches dog obedience classes and she's training a new teacher so Meiby (and my parent's dog and a Jack Russell) will be his guinea pigs. I went to a meeting about it last night and we start next Wednesday! Meiby is already pretty good so we should have a jump on it but there are some areas she could improve on: heeling on walks rather than orbiting, not begging, being more patient, socializing with other dogs, etc. So we'll see how it goes and I'll try to update here on her progress.

pug face