Lucky me

I won in Vegas but I didn’t even have to gamble.  I got to chill in a Vegas penthouse, thanks to cool friends who celebrated their wedding on the 57th floor of the Palms in Las Vegas last weekend.  So, no, we didn’t make any progress on our bathroom tiling and this blog didn’t get any attention either.  And, this penthouse was over double the size of our humble home….I think the bathroom was bigger than our bedroom.


But, I do know a great wedding/family/engagement/anything photographer from San Diego: Traces of Green



It’s been hot and dry here in the Valley, but it feels like a real Midwestern summer so I’m actually thrilled.  Although I am drowning in work (not house work – job work), I am concerned that this blog will end up like the 6 strawberry plants I planted in our backyard.  I’m not totally sure what did them in, but I am sure that both strawberries and blogs need nourishment.  The strawberries have actually been watered and fertilized with fancy organic fertilizer, but, in 4 weeks they’ve gone from this:


to brown, shriveled plant skeletons blending into the soil.  It seems disrespectful to post photos of their lifeless bodies here.  I have learned the following:

1. Do not plant strawberries along your crazed Australian shepherd’s main highway for racing along the fence.  She always chooses to trample the plants instead of jump the rose bush.  I can’t imagine why.

2. Do not plant strawberry plants too deep.  I think this explained the first three deaths.

But, I still can’t figure out what the heck happened.  I don’t know what the former owners had there but they had custom built these planters.  The plants died 1 at a time too. ?????

Anyway, do stay tuned and I promise to broadcast something besides static.  I have lots of interesting stuff going on, but unfortunately my day job pays more so it gets priority.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

-Refinishing a picnic table (I’m learning!)

-Tiling a shower as part of a bathroom redo – in progress now!  (Picked any tile lately?)

-Redecorating the living areas and kitchen, including some shelves and rugs!

-planting more, less dead plants and eating home grown cherries!  (Maybe the strawberries felt intimidated)