First, the best thing I have ever bought. Most of the leaves have finally fallen off the trees and it's time for my least favorite chore ever -- cleaning them up. I was ecstatic when I left home for college years ago because it meant I would never have to rake an acre's worth of leaves again. I guess I never thought I would be living in a house with deciduous trees again -- ah, the ignorance of youth. $70 later, I have the greatest power tool ever created. You guessed it, a leaf blower/sucker/chipper. I played with it for 5 minutes at dusk this evening and I am actually excited to go out and clean up the yard. This is the wonder machine (sucker attachment and bag are on the other side of the living room):
There's snow in the forecast for Sunday into Monday so we have to get everything cleaned up and put away this weekend.
I've obviously completely lost it. VPH and younger step-son are looking at me out of the corner of their eye wondering what the crazy lady is going to do next. Why does she keep sticking gravel and glass pebbles in vases and glasses, throwing a bulb on top, and adding water? This is not normal behavior. Then she starts putting balls and sparkly snowflakes on the rosemary tree? Lunacy!
I need to find a star for the top of the tree. It's so cheesy, but it's fun! Did you see VPH's new coffee maker above? The old one died a horrible death and I couldn't see making him wait 20 minutes for a pot of coffee to brew twice a day every day until Christmas, so it's an early present.
I picked up this cute (but loud) wreath at W-Mart today originally priced at $9.98, but I got $2.00 off. Can you see why:
Did you find the snowman at the bottom with the missing blue metal hair swirl? I doubt anyone who is in my kitchen will notice it without prompting either.
Okay, I am officially crazy about forcing bulbs. Wait until I post the latest photo of the amaryllis on Sunday, you won't believe how it's grown this week. I've started a bunch of other bulbs now.
Two hyacinths are hiding in the cool, dark pantry. One in a forcing glass:
The other is sitting on river pebbles in a cute little vase:
The paperwhites have been planted in three distinctly different ways. In an upside down blue glass candle holder that I've always used as a vase packed in river pebbles:
So you can see how tall the vase is (I'm hoping that the tall vase will help prevent the flowers from flopping over, which I've read can be a problem):
A fish glass in the fish-themed bathroom in blue and green glass pebbles:
[I just noticed that I forgot to put water in this one, lol.]
And wedged into a pilsner glass (the bulb is not perfectly round, so air still circulates and I can add water):
I have two more pilsner glasses and you just may see a few of the hyacinth bulbs that I picked up today at 1/2 price appear in them in weeks to come. [Take that, Gina, you bargain shopper you!]
I like the element of surprise here too, will they be blue, pink, yellow?
Layanee, I love that you're so excited to read my new posts, you make me blush. I wish I could be disciplined enough to commit to posting on a specific day, but it's never going to happen!
You other new garden bloggers out there -- how are you coping with not having much to post about now?