My garden is growing

In our backyard we have a holly tree, we are going to trim down a lot of it because it like almost everything else is a little out of control but I love it! What great decoration! Come Christmas time I am going to deck my house out in Holly!!!!

Black Beauty zucchini has survived the transplanting process, I think 4 of my 5 plants are thriving, the 5th is still touch and go.

Sugar snap peas! Also doing great, we are going to grow them up the fence.

Our pear tree is starting to grow!! Look at all those little green nubs! I am stoked cause for like 2+ weeks it didn’t do anything and I was a little worried.

Just bought this to accompany the vegetable bible book my mom gave me. So now I know what to do and when then the book my mom gave me a few years ago goes in depth on each plant. They work great together!

And I bought my first gardening hat. Currently I am only outside like 2 hours a week so I am not wearing it yet ( I need all the vitamin D I can get) but come summer this will be my skin’s best friend!

Can’t wait to keep sharing more with you!

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Night in Box

This is the other date subscription box I bought called “night in boxes”

The theme this month was Blind Date

This box sends an email ahead of time with suggested menu choices (you buy and make it all yourself). It suggested small meat, cheese and bread like items and I added the mac and cheese in case we were still hungry.

 

Have I mentioned he hates taking pictures lol.

Once again I had a lot of fun but overall this date box was lacking in my opinion. It came with 2 blindfolds, a small dry erase board and some cotton candy (if you can call it that) and a link to a website with voice recordings telling you what to do.

The concept was great. You did some talking to each other, 1 person put the blindfold on and had to draw something then draw it again with directions from the other person and vice versa. Then 1 person put the blindfold on and the other created an obstacle course and led the blindfolded person through it with commands and vice versa so it was great for communication. Then there were 10 questions you both had to answer. Then there was a part that had the potential to get a little sexy or just really messy, you both put on the blindfolds and fed the (terrible) cotton candy to each other and put some on a body part, such as your shoulder and had them lick it off and so forth. But the cotton candy was TERRIBLE!!! it wasn’t light and fluffy at all, it was all compact and crappy and had no flavor………though maybe cotton candy has always had no flavor and I am just now old enough to recognize that.

Overall I had fun but this box was definitely not worth the $30 something I paid for it. But I will never think that spending quality time with my man is a waste. So far DateBox is winning over Night In boxes.

We will see what next month holds!

Progress on the house

Thanks to this plastic bag protecting what has not been sealed we now have a working shower!!!!! It was AMAZING to take a shower in my own house for the first time in over a month hahahaha.

I am so in love with the tile. It turned out even better than I hoped.

Oh yes we did, it will go perfectly with the other décor hahahahah.

One of my birthday presents from Brandon was a new memory foam cooling mattress!!!! My mattress is now 14 years old and though it was a really good quality mattress it is starting to kill my back so new mattress time!

It takes up to 48 hours to fully re-inflate.

Now that the house is slowly coming together a steady cleaning schedule is developing which means I need a halfway decent mop. I found this on amazon, it is all reusable and refillable so I think this will be my starter mop.

Welcome to home ownership, you are constantly cleaning and take care of your house. I am slowly building weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly maintenance lists. BUT I LOVE IT!!!! It is our HOME and I want to have pride in it.

Look at that face!!!!

Oh my god she is so flipping cute!

Potato leek soup

I need to learn to talk slower in my videos, but I was also all over the place in this video hahahaaha.

The finished product, minus cheese and sour cream garnish. It was simple but delicious. Like a giant baked potato with all the trimmings.

Paired it with an apple, onion and cheddar grilled cheese for an amazing dinner!!

Some Tidbits on a Tuesday

This is how broke people trim their hair hahahaha. I have actually done this for years, I only pay for a haircut like once every 2 years. Since my hair is curly you can’t really tell if I don’t cut it totally even!

Got in a little run yesterday with the pup, it was beautiful out! I did couch to marathon day 3. It was a 5 min warm-up walk, then 7X of run 3 min, walk 2 min then 5 min cool down walk. Of course someone who runs faster is going to get farther than the 2.36 miles I got hahahaha but it was good. 1 run of a minimum of 3 this week, done!!!!!!!!

After my run I checked on my peas, beans and zucchini I had planted on Friday before the crazy storm hit here on Saturday and turned our yard into a pond. They survived!!! Everything was still upright and growing, my spinach looked a little worse for the ware so we will see what happens with that.

I got the email notification and my tomato plants and herb plants have shipped so I will probably need to plant those this weekend and I think some of my other starts are ready to get in the ground so it will be a busy planting weekend this weekend.

I also made some potato leek soup which I have a pictures and a little video but of course they are on my tablet and not my phone so I will post those tomorrow.

The BF and I avoided housework and watched a movie together. Housework piles up fast. Today or tomorrow I need to get on that hahaha.

Monday Motivation**April 9, 2018

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I got in one run last week, my goal this week is 3 runs.

Apparently when it rains 1.25+ inches in 24 hours we get a little pond in our backyard. As we get settled we will be filling this in with more dirt.

My friend Amber got me this awesome map! it is so much fun to scratch things off it!! I can’t wait to scratch more!

 

Enjoying coffee on a quiet morning in one of the mugs I bought on my last trip!

Things are slowly getting organized and put away.

I did a little cleaning, also see the pretty flowers Brandon got me for my birthday!

The peas and beans started going crazy so I got them in the ground on Friday and Saturday we had to make an arc, I haven’t had time to see if they all survived, I will do that today after work.

Some of my food creations as of late. Packaged ravioli spiced up a bit with cheese, basil and fresh tomatoes.

Salmon with a mango cucumber salsa and a baked potato with all the trimmings.

Chicken with asparagus and shallots with an olive tapenade.

Weekend Wrap up

My birthday and the weekend!

I woke up to this awesomeness on my birthday courtesy of the BF

When I was 19 I wrote myself a series of letters to open every 5 years. They are pretty fun to read and see how my life plans have changed and stayed the same.

Birthday Dinner!

I shared a cocktail with Brandon. Hazelnut espresso or something like that

His dinner

My dinner.

Then we went to the movies, it is a movie theater/bar combo!

the movies are cheaper than a regular theatre but they get you will the drinks and food hahaha. I had 2 strawberry daiquiris (we saw 2 movies) big drinking day for me!

Brandon got me this for my birthday! He knows me so well! I am SOOOOO excited to cook some stuff!

Monday Motivation**April 2, 2018

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Got in 2 runs this week! Neither were major runs but I am pretty happy with that. Another one is in the schedule for tonight then we are heading to Brandon’s Brother and SIL house to shower!!!! I get to wash my hair again!

The walls are coming along pretty quickly! I am super excited about that.

Does anybody else do this? Regrow some of their store bought veggies? Green onions regrowing in some water for the win!

My mom bought this for me a few years ago, time to dust it off and put it to work!

Out toilet is in!!!!!! We have a working toilet!

The spinach, iceburg lettuce, peas, and beans are all starting to pop up as well as the onions and after I took this picture the zucchini started pushing through the soil! I am so excited!

How cute is my little girl?! With her totally messed up little bed hahahahaha! New one will be happening soon but she is still ok with this one for now.

She is helping me clear out some of the backyard for planting, and by helping I mean totally getting in the way hahaha! We actually had sun this weekend! It was a beautiful Saturday. There are soooo many worms in the ground in our backyard, is that good or bad for growing food?

Until next time!

April goals

April

The goals for the year broken down for this month:

PROPERLY train for and run a half, full and ultra marathon, Miles needed this month: Running the half marathon, a week off to rest then start training for marathon- 77 miles

Revamp my diet and STICK TO IT!!!!

Breakfast-juice and coffee

Midmorning snack– Slimfast or smoothie

Lunch– Soup or salad

Dinner– Anything I want as long as it is make at home

After dinner– tea or hot chocolate, popcorn is fine

 

Drop two clothing sizes, go from a 10 to a 6. Maintain size 8

Stop overspending!!!! Keep no money on you, put at least $20/month in accts and at least $75 in savings

Take a few minutes every day to sit in quiet reflection, meditate, and do something spiritual. Change 5 minutes a day to 10 minutes a day and celebrate full and new moon.

Plant 3 plants a week minimum.

Continue to work on and grow my relationship with Brandon- 1 weekend outing, 1 meal a week and 1 hour a week gardening together

Read 1 non-school book a month