Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One with the Grazing

I think he's trying to say that we don't feed him enough...





Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One with the Photo Shoot

Kip says, "I've been working on my modeling portfolio - which is my best angle?"

Right side?


Left side?



Close up?



Ears up?

Ears back?



Smile?


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Stitches: Projects Finished

In between school projects, I have managed to also finish a couple of stitching projects.

I finished this one a while ago, and I'm hesitant to frame it because I'm considering reworking it. I also could not get a decent picture of it - in case you can't read it, it has our names and wedding date and says "From this day forward, May your hearts be as one." This project was my first time using over-dyed threads. I like the effects of the over-dyed thread - it kind of blends from darker to lighter in the same skein, but I don't like the overall color scheme I used here. I ordered the thread online, and I was trying to order a blue color, but instead it's really more of a teal. The teal and orange lettering give it kind of a 1970's feel...which is not exactly what I was going for!



The second one I just finished recently. It is back to my favorite theme - dogs!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fall Break

Thursday and Friday were fall break at school, so I took vacation from work as well to have a few days to decompress and gear up for the second half of the semester. BD took off on Friday, and we spent some time doing some yard work and getting out fall/Halloween decorations.

There are some bare patches in the yard where the grass wasn't growing well, so we decided to tackle those first. BD tilled up and degrassed the areas, and I spread grass seed.


Then we covered the seed with a fresh layer of top soil for nutrients and a layer of wheat straw to keep the birds from eating the seed. Hopefully in a few weeks we'll have some new, healthy grass in those spots.



Here is a shot of the flower bed we built back in May - everything is doing really well. The rose bushes have grown about a foot and are always covered in blooms. I am guessing they will probably start to drop their leaves as soon as we have the first frost.

I got out my fall garden flag. You can also see a few of the pansies we planted last weekend. And I just realized I need to trim back those boxwood bushes!



I used some of the leftover wheat straw to stage the decorations on the front porch. I would like to have a scarecrow to stand up in the corner to the right of the door, but I can't find one I like. (And it's too much work to make one!)


Those are artificial pumpkins that BD and I painted a couple of years ago. The little signs say "EEK a spider" and "BOO to you".


This one is a skeleton with a (foam) bat on top.

This one is a smiley-brace-face with a (pipe-cleaner) spider on top. You can tell I like happy not scary decorations!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Counters!

Our new kitchen counters have been installed, and we are thrilled with them!

Before:


After:


New sink and faucet:



Close-up:

If Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend...

then shoes must be her favorite cousin.

I have always been a high heels girl. I don't think they are uncomfortable, and I like the fact that they make my (short) legs look longer. That was great when I worked in banking - I had to be dressed up every day, so heels fit right into that lifestyle. But my current workplace is strictly casual, not to mention that I go to school two days a week -- a business suit and heels don't really work well in either environment. I have slowly been making the transition to flats and low-heeled shoes. Today it was time to add some fall shoes to my line-up.


(Candie's Varzity black and brown argyle print, 1-inch heel - Kohl's, about $30)

(Madden Girl Velour black, 1-inch heel - DSW, about $35)

(New Balance 422's orange - DSW, about $50)

I should also mention, in case you can't already tell, that I love shoes. Also, I am one of those obnoxious people who takes good care of my shoes, so they always look brand new. The downside to this is that I hardly ever need to throw a pair away. The old ones get "retired" to the back of my closet or the storage room, and they sit there and collect dust. About six months ago, I went through and donated a bunch - mainly dressy shoes that I no longer need. Today I decided it was time for another purge.

Remember how I said I take good care of shoes? There are three pairs in this picture that I've had since high school.

They have all received the Kip seal of approval to be taken to Goodwill.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

For my dad...

BD said he was "pulling a Jimbo"...


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Weekend Wrap-up

Saturday day:


BD cleaned gutters




while I did school work



and Kip napped.

Saturday evening:



BD killed yellow jackets in our gardenia bush


while I did school work

and Kip napped.

Sunday day:


BD prepped for new counters installation (tomorrow!)

while I did school work

and Kip napped.

Do we see a theme here?