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New Name – New Location

I’m shakin’ things up around here and have decided to re-name my little blog and change its web address.  Don’t worry, all the content on here will be on the new blog.  In fact, it’s already there!

I figured I should have a blog name that better reflects what I write about — and one that avoids the creepy people who are searching for something other than gardening and cooking when googling for “Our Peep Show” if you know what I mean.

This will be the last post on this site, so come on over and visit me at my new home at

Yard to Fork

www.yardtofork.wordpress.com

I even have a snazzy new set of my favorite links up and a new bio under “About Me.”    Come take a look!

Spring Round-up

Spring is in the air!

Our first flower of the season — a pretty pink camellia showed up today.

And lots more buds are almost ready to pop!

Our favorite hydreanga is just getting its leaves back.

Tulips are popping up everywhere!

And the garlic I planted back in September is sending up shoots.  Can’t wait to dig it up in June to gather the full garlic bulbs.

Cliff and Rose are even peeking out the door to say hi.

Miss Olivia didn’t want to miss out on the action – she wanted to see what was going on out there.

And how about the Girls?  Well, they are loving running in backyard sun.

And taking sun baths.

Finding tasty treats in the yard.

And giving us lots of attitude!

Peek-a-boo

The middle of January always feels like no man’s land.  The hoopla of the holidays are over, rain is here to stay, and summer feels so far off. 

So that’s why seeing this today was super sweet.

Remember when I planted 100 tulip bulbs all around my yard this fall?  Well this is evidence that spring is indeed coming.  A little tulip sprout peeking out to see how winter is going!

Oh and this makes January a little more fun too — cuddling with Cliff as he lounges in his new dog bed.  Mr. Cliff is so cute, isn’t he?

Gratitude – 2009 Style

As 2009 is coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about all the things I am thankful for that have happened this year.  It’s been a wonderful year of learning new things, discovering new parts of myself, and slowing down to really appreciate what’s in my life.

So in no particular order, here are a few of the things I’m most thankful for from 2009.

First up, I can’t imagine my life without my little love bugs.

Or my favorite gluten-free take-out places — Bellagio’s Pizza and Chipotle.

And who knew how much I would love my backyard garden.

And its amazing bounty.

Or the crazy chickens who came to live in our backyard in August.

Giving us lots and lots and lots of yummy farm fresh eggs.

Not to mention, that living in this beautiful state where you can go on hikes that look like this really never gets old.

I also love all the amazing berries you can pick all summer long just down the road.

And I can’t forget about my new job where I get to work in the most beautiful office ever.

With super fun and smart colleagues, who are also friends.

And as cliche as it sounds, I’m so grateful for being healthy this year and am pumped about my re-found love for working out.  I’d forgotten how awesome sweating is.

By far my favorite workout partner for 2009 is Lady Gaga.
Her music + the gym = happiness.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m most grateful for all the wonderful friends and family I have in my life — with the top of the list being this guy.  I don’t really know how I got lucky enough to be his wife, but I’ll take it.

Happy end of 2009!  I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings. It’s gonna be good.

The Harvest Continues

It’s been freezing and rainy here the last few weeks, but thanks to the trusty cold frames we built a few months ago I went out and harvested some arugula, baby romaine, and red leaf lettuce this morning!

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In the other cold frame, the broccoli is coming along.

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I have to say, though, I’m disappointed in the overall performance of our cold frames.  I just don’t think they are working all that great.  It’s not the cold frames per se, it’s just that things don’t seem to want to grow with it being so cool and damp. 

In other parts of the yard, the chickens love it when we’re home and let them out of their coop to forage around the yard for grub.  Here they are this morning loving life.

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Cluck is still laying her daily egg — here she is this morning doing her thing.

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And here’s her Sunday morning egg!

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The big news is that Yolk-o Ono is laying now too!  So we’re getting two eggs a day.  I think Dolly Parton is really close to starting, too.  And Oprah, well, she’s still a pain in the patootie and isn’t doing squat.

Man vs. Vole – Part II

Remember how I told you about a vole destroying one of my vegetable beds in September?  Well, we finally caught something in the trap we put out in the backyard.

Look what we got …

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Too bad it wasn’t the vole.  It was just a tiny field mouse that looked so scared and tiny, I almost felt bad for it.  The vole is still out there, and did a little more damage last week.  He will be mine!

Productive Sunday

We had a very productive Sunday around here — getting our yard all winterized and ready for the change of seasons.  I even got my act together and planted 100 tulip bulbs all around the front and backyard. Can’t wait for them to pop up in the spring.

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And, I’m not giving up on my veggie garden just yet!  I bought some more fall veggie starts — arugala, spinach, kale, romaine and red leaf lettuce — to add to the broccoli and cauliflower I already planted a few weeks ago.  I also got the planting garlic I ordered in the mail.

2009-10 (Oct)

We got all of it in the ground today — after I ripped out all the green beans, pepper plants, tomatoes and onions.  The most exciting thing, though, was we built two cold frames around two of our raised beds to keep the veggies nice and cozy this fall.  It cost 30 bucks for the pvc pipe and plastic and I think it turned out pretty well, don’t you?

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