Bathroom Textiles and Doggie Dunce

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Ours was fairly uneventful with the exception of two things:

1. We FINALLY got new towels and a bathmat for the bathroom from Target! How adorable is that rug?! I love it so much I want to snuggle up on it! I warned Walker that he shouldn’t be alarmed to walk in and find me curled up on it! Now all we need is a shower curtain (about which I think we have finally come to a consensus… more later!) and I will feel like it is done enough to call it done.

2. Our dog is so stinkin’ cute… but sometimes he is as dumb as a box of rocks. On Saturday afternoon, he got so worked up barking at the gate that he either got himself nipped at by another dog through the opening or whacked his own face on the gate. Either way, the poor thing had a bloody nose and scared the crap out of us!  He sneezed and it looked like a can of red spray paint. Anyway, he is fine… but we need to figure out what to do with the gap in the gate so he won’t get hurt again.  We were thinking perhaps something pliable (like rubber?) so we can still open the gate when we need to.

Here is the adorable dingus now, surrounded by all of his toys.  I was just telling Walker that there needed to be more Bo in the blog.  His response was, “Wasn’t there a picture of him a few posts ago?” and my response was “Exactly.  Unacceptable.”

Yostie Award

It has only taken me a week but I am finally getting my act together!  Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to be given the Yostie Award from Kyle & Lisha at One House, One Couple!Now part of the fun of this honor is to pass along the love to another blog that I have been enjoying lately. So I am happy to give the honor to Ash at The HumberHome Project! Ash and her soon-to-be hubby just bought their first home together and have been working hard to make it more than just 4 walls.  Ash is funny, kind, and a great writer, not to mention a great DIY-er!

Here are two of my favorite recent posts from The HumberHome Project:

  • Upholstered Window Cornice – Ash created a gorgeous but easy DIY upholstered window cornice to dress up her curtains.
  • Creating a Gallery Wall – Ash overcomes the horror of making the first few holes in the new pristine walls by creating a gorgeous and creative gallery wall in the entry way.

In the words of One House One Couple, “Now, Ash doesn’t get to just go about her life. Nope. After receiving the Yostie, you’ve got a couple tasks to complete.”  Sorry to give you homework, Ash! ;)

  • First of all, you need to choose a blog that you’ve really been enjoying lately.
  • Go submit the blog you chose at the Yostie Blog Award Hall of Fame.
  • Then write a blog post honoring the blog you chose.
  • You must include two of your favorite blog posts from that blog to link to.
  • The post must include these rules.
  • Copy the Yostie button html code and paste it somewhere in your sidebar or blog post.

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Worms to the Rescue!

Our yard is a disaster.  Remember a few months ago we planted a bunch of new things in hopes up making our yard a happier place to be?  Let’s take a look:

So young and promising… full of hope for their bright futures…

Now they are dead. Dead as door nails.R.I.P. trees… we will miss you.

After going through the heartbreak of losing yet another round of planted love, we came to the conclusion that its isn’t the way we take care of them (because we do! and well!)… it is the terrible quality of the soil.  Literally it is hard-packed sand/dust that blows around in the wind.  That doesn’t scream healthy to me…

So how does one go about improving soil quality?  The answer: worms.Apparently these little guys are called “the gardener’s unpaid handyman.”  First of all, they tunnel through the top 12″ of your soil, aerating it and leaving room for plant roots to grow more freely.  No more hard-packed soil!  Secondly, (and bear with me here… I’m about to get a little gross) earthworm waste contains five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorus, eleven times more potassium, and 1,000 times more good bacteria than the material it consumed.  So worms make the quality of the soil better as well as the structure.  You may think I know a lot about worms but really all I did was read the back of the worm container! :)Anyway, now that we have gotten a little down and dirty, let’s move forward.  Once Walker came up with the brilliant idea to use worms to help our soil (he’s so smart!) and I read the back of the worm can to figure out what the heck he was talking about, we followed the instructions to give the little worms a new home in our yard.

Prior to placing the worms, we roughed up the top couple inches of bare soil.  Then, once the worms were settled, we mixed the top layer of dead, miserable soil with some healthy, happy soil.  Then we spread some more grass seed over the bare areas and watered thoroughly with our new sprinkler.

Sad, but this is the improved “after” picture…

We have been good about watering twice a day (morning and evening) and are hoping that the worms, healthy soil, and new grass (please?) will help improve our soil. It is also nice that the weather has cooled down a bit here to a gorgeous 80 degrees or less because our new grass actually stands a chance!

On a side note, the reason the other half of our yard has out of control, tall grass is due to two things: 1. laziness and 2. the last time we cut the grass, we ended up with half of it dead and now we are trying to re-grow it. So we need to trim it but not too much.  It is the one thing that is surviving in our soil!

We do, however, have a few container plants that are flourishing in their store-bought healthy soil and two of them were displaced from their usual homes when we brought in the new side table and Adirondack chairs this weekend.  But not to worry, they found new homes!  Clifford has taken the sunny corner where the lime tree used to live die slowly and the succulent crate has snuggled in next to the grape plant!  We actually used two patio pavers to raise the crate off of the soil for drainage reasons but you can’t see them because of the grass.So there is a little life back there but keep your fingers crossed for our backyard’s healthy recovery!