Sunday, July 7, 2013

- Everything & Nothing

Admit it, you've missed me.  I've missed me.  I've had all these ideas for posts flying around in my head for months now and yet, no inspiration to make them a reality.  And the ironic part is that I've probably had the most going on since I last wrote - but when I sit down to tell you about it it feels like nothing really at all.

My family visited in May.  That was a HUGE deal.  I spent most of the month trying to find the balance between preparing to host them, and trying not to get too excited because I couldn't allow myself to actually believe they were coming until they were here.  And now that the visit has come and gone, I can hardly believe that it happened.  And it's already over.

My brother was here for almost two weeks and my parents spent a long weekend over Memorial day.  My mom flew.  On a plane.  To visit me.  For the first time ever.  We missed Trevor, because someone had to say home and take care of the homestead.  We ate some great food.  We fought about cheese.  The crazy thing is - I've never actually hosted any of my family members on an over night stay before.  And I know that they love me and think I'm great and that I don't have to do anything special to win them over...but they came 2000 miles to see the place I call home.  And that is special.  And I wanted everything to be perfect.

It was.

And since then...nothing.  Because when something so monumental happens, everything afterwards feels so small.

Small like these baby plants I bought at the farmer's market the weekend before my family arrived.
Then we planted them while my family was in town.  Because not taking advantage of their green thumbs while they were around would be insane.
Pretty much every time Mams and I are together we go fabric shopping.  It's our thing.  So, while she was in town we really needed to address those sun faded cushions in my balcony chairs.  Mission accomplished:
As an added bonus, Joann fabric had biodegradable planters on sale for 70% off, so that's what all the potted plants are in.

Here are some plant close ups for your viewing pleasure:
Little baby tomato plant.  Petunias.
Dahling Dahlias.

Here's the best I could do at a wide shot because at the time I forgot that my iPhone takes panoramic shots because sometimes I just forget obvious things like that:
Those pictures were taken a month ago and it turns out that I have a bit of a green thumb of my own.
Look at that same tomato plant now!
Why yes, I did pick fabric that would match the flowers I planted.

Here's a close up for you to appreciate the size of my petunias - which may lead you to think that they needed to be planted in a larger pot.  They are one of my favorite things ever because - hello!  Look at that color.
Herbs are in the planters behind the petunias.  Mams and I found these tables on her maiden voyage to Ikea - for $20 bucks each they were a lot cheaper than other comparable options and provide some great height.

Here are the planters I have hanging on the rails.  They are mirror images of each other, so there's an orange gerber daisy, sweetpotato vine (as a reigning sweetpotato queen it's no surprise that's one of the best growing plants I have), a filler plant called "Snow Queen" which is appropriate based on where we live, and a hot pink geranium. In the planter on the right the only difference is the sweetpotato vine is a midnight purple variety.  And smaller, it's hiding behind the snow queen.
Here's my Mommy and baby Nasturtium.  The baby was seriously like 3 stems and 6 leaves when I planted it.  It's like a preteen now with it's own flowers!
And finally - these are the first signs of my grape tomatoes and anaheim peppers.
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This was one of the top goals I had on my 30 for 30 list.  Remember that thing?  I've been quietly working away on checking some things off the list, but this balcony oasis is one of the best things so far.  This is where Emma and I pretty much start every day.  I drink tea while she lounges.
I water the plants and she lounges.  At dusk I turn on the Christmas lights and enjoy the ambiance.  On July 4th I sat out there and could see the firework shows from 3 nearby neighborhoods.  I pick cilantro for tacos.  Mint leaves for my water.  Arugula for salads.  Chives, sage, rosemary, basil...and soon I'll be using tomatoes and peppers a lot more since every plant is loaded with flowers.  Now that I have started the growing of the things, I can't believe it took me so long to do this.  


Mams said...

Oh La...what a sweet post about the ole parents...and bro.

We so enjoyed our visit and sight seeing!

And yes I did fly .. just to see my one and only daughter. Who by the way was a wonderful hostess.

We may come just never

Dad said...

The balcony looks really good. I was a little worried after we helped you do everything that it might not do well but luckily that was not the case. You said some really nice things about our visit and we really had a good time. I am glad we came. We had some really great food both in and out. Hopefully we can come back and stay longer the next time. Love you, Dad