Long time no blog, I know. It’s not like we haven’t been doing anything, just nothing really blog-worthy. The last couple of trips we’ve taken to the Bay Area have just been to visit with family. Over Easter weekend, we were in the Bay Area visiting with family and I never even took any photos. Tommy participated in an Easter Egg hunt at Logan’s house. Then we did spend the day in San Francisco where we had a delicious brunch at Mission Beach Café and spent some time walking around the Ferry Building. Michael was snapping photos with a film camera, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some of those photos once they’ve been developed and scanned.
In the mean time here are some random photos worth sharing:
Tommy tackled his first attempt at painting yesterday. He picked out a cardboard mailbox at a local craft store and I picked up some washable paint and let him have at it. The paint set only contained red, blue, yellow and green, so it was really fun watching him learn what happened when certain colors were mixed. He was especially proud when he managed to make some purple.
He also has his own kid-sized apron now. It says Chef Tommy on the front and he loves to use it when he helps Daddy cook. They made some snickerdoodles the other day. I was very happy to eat them.
This week we put up what’s called a rain gutter shelf in Tommy’s room. It is exactly what it sounds like, rain gutter mounted to the wall and capped on the ends. It displays books with the covers facing out. According to “experts” it promotes more reading. Whether it actually does or not, I just like how it looks.
Lastly, we have finished our vegetable garden for this growing season (assuming we don’t decide to expand it). Since we’re renting our house at the moment, we didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something that might get ripped out after we move. Upon a visit to Home Depot last weekend, we found this raised bed kit for only $35. It’s made of cedar, which I’m told has some natural bug-repelling abilities when compared to other woods. And it didn’t require any tools to assemble. Bill just put it together and filled it with dirt, really easy. Using the rest of the ten foot length of rain gutter from Tommy’s shelf, I attached it to the sides of the bed and planted some herbs.
In the bed we have a few varieties of tomatoes, jalapenño peppers, sweet peas and sweet basil. In the rain gutters are chives, cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, English thyme and rosemary. Then in containers we have three different heirloom tomatoes and some blueberries. In another part of the yard we have some more tomatoes and strawberries in two separate TopsyTurvy containers. This is our first time using these containers (purchased on uber-clearance about a year ago). Should be interesting to see how well they work. This is also our first time growing blueberries. We’ve already received a little advice from our neighbor (who has some extensive vegetable beds in their backyard) that we need to add a little vinegar to the water for the blueberries. I guess they need pretty acidic soil and the soil here in Utah is much more alkaline.
I’ll take some more photos of the garden in a couple of months to show the progress. I’m SO looking forward to having homegrown tomatoes again.