At last I am alive – An afternoon with dirt under my nails.

April 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, spring, vegetable | Leave a comment
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This winter was just too long, too grey, and too cold. Some people love autumn and the changing leaves, but it’s not for me. I’m a Spring-time girl. I love watching new buds grow on trees, waiting with anticipation for the tulips to bloom, and most lovingly planting the first seeds of my spring garden.

Well here I am in DC and it’s skipped spring all together actually and is feeling a bit like summer as the temperature is 90 degrees. But I’m not complaining. I gathered my bucket full of gardening supplies and headed out to the old raised bed that we hammered together many years ago. Since then we’ve moved it to a sunnier spot and it’s beginning to fall apart, which is fine as it’s only adding history and experience to my joys of digging in my messy city backyard.

As expected, I planted a bunch of greens including collards, some carrots, rainbow swiss chard (which I cannot get enough of), and peas of course. This summer I’m keeping it simple because the plan, which has been in motion since last summer, is to completely landscape the backyard so it’s actually a place we want to hang out. The hill will be terraced with a nice spot of grass for Jack to play in at the base. I’ll have two raised beds made of stone (yay!), and we’ll have a brand new wooden fence as well. All of a whopping price tag too. Eeps. We are just waiting on the District of Columbia to approve all of the permits — for the love of god…! But yes, I’m perfectly calm about that.

So here I am, feeling alive again, and more like myself. I’m breathing deeper and soaking up the rays of the sun. I feel relaxed and just happy to be in this very moment. I live for this time of year and want to meditate life through the feeling of euphoria I get when the weather is like this. Oh sun, you powerful one.

From the Archives:

Vegetable gardening lessons I’ve learned.

Spring Garden and a secretly pregnant me…! (circ. 2011)

Spring Garden and a little baby boy! (circ. 2012)

Spring Greens and Tiny Things

Retro One-Pieces and Groovy Bikinis — A Spring Bathing Suit Wishlist

March 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Posted in design, fashion, spring | Leave a comment
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I’m fantasizing about warm breezes, sandy toes and a new bathing suit for spring! What’s with the grey skies and icy chill in the air, DC? There are tons and tons of fabulously eye-catching bikinis with a retro inspired (more modest) shape. I am in love with one-pieces too, they’re cute and girly and super flattering. Do you have any vacation plans coming up? Daryle and I remain the worst planners-in-advance, but for the last few years we’ve spent time in Cape May, NJ the weekend after Memorial Day. Though I’m hoping we can get away at least once more before then.

Here are some of my very favorites: a nineties floral one-piece by Anthropologie, a striped and floral one-piece by Madewell, a polka dot one-piece by J Crew, and a groovy floral one-piece by Trina Turk.

Pictured above: floppy hat, groovy two-piece, anchors away one-piece, sheer cover-up

Spring Garden Grows!

May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Posted in gardening, homeownership, life, spring, vegetable, Washington | 1 Comment
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Collards, Swiss chard, beets, spinach, arugula and lettuce
This is how we dooz it.
Carrots (hard to see) and weeds.
Tomatoes — the red is an early bloomer “magenta” variety.
Peas are flowering and climbing!

It’s been about 50 days and like clockwork, the greens have filled in the raised bed. Arugula is such a quick crop that it is already beginning to bolt. Time to eat them up to make room for the tomatoes, beans, peppers and things to go in the bed next. The carrots are such an experiment this year. I eat carrots just about everyday and would love if they actually grow with my limited sunlight. I’ll report back soon!

Just yesterday the garden looked like this.

Adorable Spring dresses

April 1, 2011 at 8:13 am | Posted in $hit I want, spring, style | Leave a comment
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To combat my stress, I have been partaking in some major retail therapy. I’m a pretty good sale shopper (honestly who isn’t?), so I feel like I’ve gotten really good deals. It’s a shame money doesn’t grow on trees however, because my bank account is looking pretty measly. It’s so bad that when you think of me this weekend (not that you would), imagine me sitting around my living room, extremely well dressed, with perfectly applied lipstick (love-you-NARS!), hanging out with my cats.

Above, you’ll find super-cutie-pie dresses that I would love to buy, but am having restraint. They won’t break the bank either. 01, 02, 03, 04.

 

Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms 2011

March 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Posted in DC, gardening, life, spring, Washington | Leave a comment

Every year I make an effort to go to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry trees in bloom. The parking can be tough, but once you’re there, it’s such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon holding hands, people watching and lusting after super cute dogs. (I saw more than a few.) The mood is tender and sweet; and everyone smiles as they meander about because at this very moment, there are few places more beautiful. Washington, DC may not be the hippest place to be, but springs here are hands down the best with a bounty of staggered blossoms that emerge week by week through the summer. The air is still chilly, but the sky is true blue which promises warmth that is just around the corner.

A baby pumpkin plant

June 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, spring, vegetable | 4 Comments
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pumpkin plantAbout a month ago, I planted this pumpkin plant in my raised garden bed. Afterwards, I told my trusted friend with a green thumb the news in which he burst into laughs. It turns out, pumpkin plants need a lot of space. It could easily take up my entire garden bed being as it needs roughly six feet of space to grow. Instead it was suggested to replant it on the hill in my yard. I took his advice and did so. I actually couldn’t believe just how difficult it would be to dig a small hole for the pumpkin. We have really rocky soil that has chunks of clay. I managed to get the little guy in the ground and he’s doing very well. A couple of flowers have formed and it’s getting bigger by the day.

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