As most of you are aware, I had a baby last summer. Between that, my lazy approach to gardening and a complete drought, I scorched a lot of plants. I haven’t had a really successful vegetable garden in years, but each spring, I approach it with plenty of optimism and hope. This year is no different.
I picked a mix of vegetables and lots of basil in the hopes that something will succeed. I read somewhere that marigolds help keep critters away, so I planted a border of them along two sides. The husband also used his brutish strength to pull up the mint that has been trying to takeover the garden for years. I like having it on hand, so I’ve decided to keep a small planter of it on our patio instead. My thought is that it could live in Ellie’s playroom during the winter, so I picked a bright pink pot.
Anyways, the whole thing is very hopeful, and three diagrams later, I settled on this.
That being said, I am becoming increasingly more aware of my shortcomings in the flower department and have decided to dedicate one of my beds to mostly herbs. They seem to be one of the few things I can grow. You wouldn’t believe how big my sage plant gets. It’s seriously the size of a bush (or, roughly the same size as the dandelions I grew in the vegetable garden). We have plans to expand our patio this summer, which means my little bed with rosemary and chives is getting the axe. So, those have been added to the larger bed in the back.
I know that’s incredibly boring to say, but it’s true.
I’m feeling very blah.
It might be because it’s February, but I’m finding it difficult to get excited about things.
Ironically, this whole feeling has me thinking about Beyoncé. And her half time performance. It was incredible. I look at her and think I bet even Beyoncé has her moments.I bet even she sits at her house, looks at Jay-Z and Blue Ivy, and thinks, “I am bored.” This, Sasha Fierce, glama-rama woman probably has moments where she is uninspired and uninterested.
Personally, I think these blah times are great catalysts. After a few days or weeks of it, I think, “Lane, pull it together. Let’s start having some fun.” Just like Beyoncé.
So, while I work my through this period of yuck, I’m trying to keep my eye on the weeks ahead. There are a few things I am excited about. Most of which are wrapped around spring. So, here’s my question. When you’re in a funk, what do you do to get yourself out of it?
This year, I made the resolution to read one book a month. I started with My Berlin Kitchen by the super talented Luisa Weiss. I’d been a huge fan of her blog, The Wednesday Chef and hoped her memoir would be as fantastic. It is.
She paints a beautiful picture of Berlin, and all the cities she loved along the way. Woven into her story are snippets of history and recipes that give you insight into each place she’s loved and lived. Continue reading →
Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times in Kansas City. In addition to benefitting a great cause, I love the excuse to try new restaurants. If you’re not familiar with the event, it starts on January 18 this year and ends on the 27. The event benefits Harvesters and is a great time to try some of the city’s pricier options. Area restaurants offer special, three-course dinner menus for $30, and some have multi-course lunch options priced at $15. To see a full list of participating restaurants, go here.
New Year’s resolutions have become cliché – high hopes that are meant to be cast aside within a week. For many years, I didn’t believe in resolutions and refused to make any.
Almost three years ago, I made one. I decided to “be bold.” 2009 had been a rough year, and I was looking for something new. That little resolution had me making big changes and small ones. I started this blog. I went white water rafting. I kept the resolution in the back of my head throughout the year and pushed myself to move outside of my comfort zone. It was tough, but 2010 was a much better year.
Since then, I’ve tried to make a few resolutions each year. And while my resolutions for 2013 aren’t as lofty as they were a few years ago, I’ve decided to knock five things off of my “life list” (and lose 10 pounds, but let’s face it, that one will probably be discarded by next week.)
You may have noticed my photography skills are not really professional. Based on that knowledge, you probably deduced that I did not take the family photo above. Another clue is that I’m in the picture. Anyway, I wanted to give credit where it’s due. The beautiful image in the header was taken by one of my favorite people, Miss Megan. She took the dreamiest photos of the fam, and I adore them.
Please don’t compare them to my own shots on here. I beg you.
When Keegan and I first moved to Kansas City, I had absolutely no money. So, when Christmas came around, I didn’t have the budget to buy beautiful stockings. I only had the cash to craft ours with cheap stockings, felt and lots of glitter (the cure-all for all crafts gone wrong).
Since that time, I have wanted to upgrade our stockings every year, but Keegan is not on board, because he likes our current ones. I personally think he likes their price. So, after having a baby, it was time to add a stocking for her to the mix. And, for less than $10, I made one. It is my favorite so far. Continue reading →