Thursday, April 30, 2009

April Goals Revisited

So I didn't do so well this month. Only got two of the seven goals accomplished (two of the easier goals). Oh well!!! I will have to make sure to do better next month.
  • Finish painting one set of french doors - I currently only have one set of doors almost complete and the other set still just primed. I think if I go out and find the new door handles it will get me motivated again to finish.

  • Fix light in bathroom

  • Install molding in bathroom - I bought the molding I just have to get the saw out and cut it. If I do anything this weekend, I am doing this!!

  • Complete spring cleaning on all upstairs rooms - What was I thinking with this one. I haven't even started it. You know what's going on May's goal list.

  • Prime window in master bedroom - Again something that I just have to get my butt into action and do.

  • Start a good book

  • Finish clearing out gardens - I didn't cross this off yet, but I really should have. I cleared out most of the gardens but the stupid weeds keep coming back...grrrr.
I hope you all got more done this month then I did. May is going to be one busy month :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pepsi Throwback

Pepsi launched a new soda (or pop) that is pure sugar cane instead of high fructose corn syrup. I picked some up at the store today to try it out and it actually tastes very similar to regular Pepsi. I do taste a slight difference but it's not bad. Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback will be available for eight weeks only so go grab it while its available.

I like pepsi but I wouldn't call it my favorite drink. I think that my favorite all-time drink, which they don't sell around here anymore, is Clearly Canadian. I don't know what it is about that stuff but boy is it good. I really should fine somewhere online that sells it and buy a bunch. I don't know why they stopped selling it here, I thought I was keeping them in

A new member

The pear tree in the back yard has finally bloomed and joined the rest of the flowering trees. The only tree left to bloom is the lilac tree.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jazz up the Deck

The back deck just lacked some color so I was off to home depot and lowes to pick up a few supplies.I grabbed two clay pots and a few paint supplies.

First task was to paint the pots white. I also sprayed the inside of the pots with Thompson Water Sealer so that the paint on the outside doesn't bubble. I learned this from my favorite blog thisyounghouse after they painted a bunch of pots for their back deck (Click Here for their project).

I then taped off stripes on the pots with masking tape and spray painted the whole pot black.

Remove the tape and....... VOILA. Two beautiful pots that add that touch of color the deck was screaming for.

I love the black and white and the boxwood just pops. They are very Mackenzie Childs without the price tag.

Flowers Galore

With all this warm weather that we have been having the trees around our yard have been exploding with beautiful flowers. Some trees have started flowering that I didn't even know were flowering trees. It's so fun to find new surprises in your new home.

Here are the two cherry trees in the back yard. They have a really nice little white flower.

My second favorite tree...the cherry in the front yard. My favorite tree is the lilac tree in the backyard that hasn't bloomed yet.

The bush on the left side of the picture was a surprise flowering tree. A beautiful yellow flower that is also great cut in a vase.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Who Smells so Good!

I have declared Wild Honeysuckle by Bath and Body Works my new favorite fragrance. I had purchased the soap awhile back and really liked the smell. So yesterday I went out to buy the air freshener in the same scent. While I was at the store I sprayed myself with the Wild Honeysuckle perfume and went about my business. Totally forgetting that I sprayed anything on me, I left the mall. As I was walking I could smell the perfume and kept thinking "Man someone smells really good." I got in the car and could still smell it and then it hit me...IT'S ME THAT SMELLS SO GOOD! This stuff really is the best and I therefore have placed it at the top of my Top 5 fragrances.

1. Wild Honeysuckle by Bath and Body Works. Discovered it after I sprayed myself in the store with the purfume.

2. Happy by Clinique. Discovered it after picking up one of my sisters friends who had it on. Has been my go to perfume ever since.

3. Love Potion by Victoria Secret. Discovered it because my sisters boyfriend bought her the lotion and I fell in love (I guess it really works!) with it.

4. Cucumber Mellon by Bath and Body Works. I can't remember how I found this fragrance. Probably just found it in the store and liked it.

5. Romance by Ralph Lauren. Discovered it after walking through Macy's and being sprayed by the Perfume girl. I think I liked it because it reminds me of a very good friend.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


The lineup is finally out for the lollapalooza music concert in Chicago. We went last year for the first time and had such a great time we are going back again this year. I am really excited about the lineup. There are going to be some really great bands that I can't wait to see.

The Killers
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Snoop Dogg
Rise Against
TV on the Radio
Vampire Weekend
The Decemberists
Arctic Monkeys
Coheed and Cambria
Ben Folds
Silversun Pickups
Kaiser Chiefs
Peter Bjorn and John
Passion Pit
The Airborne Toxic Event
Ra Ra Riot
Los Campesinos!
Manchester Orchestra

With any luck I will get to see most of these bands. But there are so many this year that I want to see, I just know that there are going to be conflicts. Check out the rest of the lineup here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Started My April Book Finally!

So, I finally went to the Library to pick out a book to start reading. After reading a review on another blog, I chose "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff. A fictional novel about Brigham Young's (the leader of the Mormon Church back in 1875) 19th wife and her crusade to end polygamy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Two little visitors

So I looked out the window the other day and who do I see....two ducks swimming in our pool. I first thought "ah how cute" but then I realized "I don't want duck poop in my pool." So I headed outside to shoo them away. When I tried to get them out of the pool they just looked at me and kept on swimming. I was ignored by DUCKS!!!!! I gave up and went inside for a little bit. The next time I looked outside, thank goodness they were gone. After the swimming ducks, I realized that there was a little to much water on top of the pool cover. So, the next day I went out and bought a pump to remove the water. That will teach those ducks!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh deere

Sorry that it has been awhile since my last post. We have had a couple of very busy days. Thursday, we went up to Toronto to see a Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers game and Friday the family came up for the weekend and Easter. But the biggest news of the whole weekend was on Saturday our new lawnmower arrived!!!!

We got our new Deere used but it only had 16 hours on it so it's practically new. Can't wait till the grass grows a little bit more so I can take it out for a spin.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Home sweet home

The other day I came across another blog that caught my interest. bowerpower spoted some art work that inspired her to create her own montage of her home town. This of course inspired me to do the same for my new home town.

Inspiration piece number #1
Inspiration piece number #2

My master piece

  • Finish painting one set of french doors
  • Fix light in bathroom
  • Install molding in bathroom
  • Complete spring cleaning on all upstairs rooms
  • Prime window in master bedroom
  • Start a good book
  • Finish clearing out gardens

Where did you go Spring?

So apparently winter doesn't want to be over yet. This morning when I woke up and looked out the window, this is what I saw.
NOT COOL!!!! I liked the 66 degree day we had a week ago better. Hopefully, this won't last long and we can get back to the spring like weather we were having. Fingers crossed.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Signs of Life

Things are starting to come to life around our yard. Flowers are popping up from the ground. Trees are starting to show little buds. Grass is starting to get a little greener. Yesterday was our best day in a long long time....66 degrees!!!!! I can't wait till it's like that everyday. Today is 53 and raining :( However, I did reseed the front lawn yesterday so now I don't have to drag the hose out to water it. Yesterday, I also checked the "lilac bush" it see if I could get a definite answer on if it is a lilac bush or not and

Drum roll please..........

IT IS!!!!!!!

I was so excited!!!! I can't wait till they fully bloom. It's not the best picture. But you can start to see the purple flowers come to life. YEAH!!!!!!

Here is a picture of one of the flowers I planted last fall. They are also starting to grow. It's so rewarding to plant something from a little seed and see it grow. Next fall I will have to plant some more flowers then I did this time.

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