Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Know. I Know.

I really don't have a good excuse.  Yes, I have been busy.  Yes, I have been doing a lot of little projects around the house, some of which I can't tell you about because they are for Christmas.  But really there is no good reason for not doing a very good job of keeping up with you guys.  I will try to get back on track, in fact, I have started a list of posts I would like to do in the near future.  As for right now, let me tell you about my carrots (note the bluebonnets in bloom behind my garden).

Can you even remember that I planted carrots?  It was way back at the end of September and the "harvest in 75 days" label was a little off.  168 days later I picked my Danvers Shorts.

Did I mention they were Danvers SHORTS?

Not sure they are worth the time and space in my garden, but that is what this year of experiments has been about.  Finding what does well and what I enjoy.  And the importance of thinning the seedlings.  Look what happens when you don't.

Carrots are on this list of "glad I tried it, but maybe not again."  They cleaned up nice . . .

and tasted good, but 168 days?

My green onions are doing well.  These were grown from the roots of some I had purchased at the grocery store.  I just planted the roots in the garden and they sprouted right up into new onions.  Just like my celery.

But back to the bluebonnets, ya'll.  Happy spring.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Project: A Snowball

We thought it was time for a change around here on the outside of the house.

I know it seems like a small thing, but the little things can make a big difference.

Of course those little things, like staining cedar posts, can also become snowballs rolling downhill.

That is true of this project as well.  Because obviously if the new stain looks that good in the front . . .

It needs to be done in the back as well, right?

Rhetorical question.  Of course you do the back.  Now the ceder looks great (except for the screened porch which we will do another day).  Can you tell a difference in the posts in front?

What began as simply staining our cedar posts a deeper brown is turning into door painting and house painting.  The red tone above the door has got to go and the door needs a fresh coat of paint.  I used chip it (upload a photo and it creates a paint pallet for you) and came up with some possible colors.

I really like Cardboard to cover the red and mahogany for the door.  I think I'll paint the rocking chairs and table while I'm at it.

No stopping now that we have started, so expect more exterior updates soon.  Oh, and please excuse the plants.  It was a very hard winter and everything died back to the ground.