Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Friday eve, y'all! It's Thursday and do you know what that means? It's time for Thursday Thoughts. Yes, the random, strange post of sound bytes from my week. I hope you can join in on the fun and link up below! The rules are simple: if you blog on Thursdays, link up your post. It can be about ANYTHING!!

Also, today's edition will include gifs...because....I'm obsessed with them. The end.

//1. I bought these to keep under my desk at work. I've actually been using them quite a bit, which is great cardio when I'd otherwise be just sitting at my desk. The two downsides: they sometimes make noise/squeak and I feel like I can just eat whatever since I'm "active" during the day. BAHAHA.

//2. I'm hosting my wine club this Friday. I'm excited but also a little nervous. I've entertained plenty before but this is a wine tasting so I feel like that automatically makes it more fancy?? The theme is California Dreaming (we're going through all the California AVAs and sampling different reds). Funk you, fancy tablescapes! 

//3. My (younger) coworker keeps me on the up-and-up when it comes to lingo and language. He's the one who taught me about the word "shade". I now use this almost daily...especially at work...when shade is thrown continuously. 


Watch Lohanthony interview the legendary RuPaul! 

//4. After our housewarming party, we are finally to a stopping point with house stuff. Now, we have a few big projects we want to tackle eventually, but every room has paint, art, furniture, decor, etc. Whew! 

//5. On a serious note, I've been following Leslie's blog, A Blonde Ambition for years and I found out that she passed away earlier this week. It's so sad. She has two precious girls and it's heartbreaking. Her husband set up a Go Fund Me page to help fund her girls' college educations down the road. I know Leslie was a believer, but that doesn't make her death hurt any less. I'm praying for her family and hope you will too, if you're the praying type. #rememberingleslie

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Worst Nightmare - The Tale of the Night Visitor

Last night one of my worst nightmares happened.

I opened the door to let Hewitt out right before bed. It was dark out and he just goes to pee in the bush and comes back in. I went into our bedroom and M came downstairs shortly after. Our bedroom light was on but the light in the living room was off. He came down and stopped at the entrance to our bedroom and told me to turn on the light. I did. Then he told me to close the door.

Now I'm freaked.

I close the door slightly but peek out and see what has capture M's attention. THERE IT IS. ON OUR COUCH! A DISGUSTING TREE FROG. Just sitting there for all to see. I almost peed my pants and squealed. I hate frogs so much. Well, I hate all things that hop and one of my biggest fears is that a frog will get loose in the house and we can't catch it.

Well, friends, that is exactly what happened. M is trying to catch it and it's hopping away behind the furniture. I'm alternating between squealing and gagging in disgust and yelling at M not to kill it. (if it were a cricket or grasshopper...which I equally hate, I would tell M to destroy it, but frogs are bigger and have faces...and thus, according to my logic, can feel pain.) I want M to catch it and take it back outside far away from our house.

After what seemed like 20 minutes of furniture moving, laughing (M), squealing (me), Hewitt barking and joining in on the fun and running around, M finally caught the little bugger and put him outside.

Needless to say, my adrenaline was at an all-time high and it took me a while to get to sleep. :(

I relayed the story to my sister this morning, who promptly sent me this meme and told me that it probably laid eggs in my house.

I relayed the story to my coworker who said, "That is worst nightmare? Really?". To which I replied that it was one of them. The others: dying in a house fire, dying suddenly so the paramedics find my body without cute underwear on. 

It's a legit fear. Frogs in your house. I don't know if I can handle another episode like that so I'll make sure to shut the door when I let Hewitt out at night and guard the doorway with my life.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hewitt's Thoughts V.5 aka Why I'm a Stalker

What's up bipeds? Hewitt here. I'm taking over Mom's blog again today. I've done it a few times before. (click here, here, here and here...yes, Mom had to help me hyperlink those)

Today, I want to talk about why I'm a stalker.

It's quite simple, really. I am a stalker...aka...a quiet and stealth observer of humans because humans are interesting and quite often have delicious snacks. In the picture below I am observing my dad on his cellular device. He's watching Youtube videos and since I have no thumbs or phone, I cannot unless I watch with him.

Other times, I feel it important to keep an eye on the humans in case they do something start running or bring snacks into the living room.

Often, you'll find me kitchen stalking. This is very simply done to remain as close to the food as possible without getting the boot out of the kitchen. Or, if not in the kitchen, wherever the food is. 

Sometimes, I stalk just because I'm creepy af. I want to keep my reputation as a weirdo and what better way to do it than to stare at you with only one eye or half of my head visible. I'm watching you...quiet as a mouse. Barely moving and an attempt to observe you and your behaviors.

Every snack you make, every dish you bake. Every single day, every time you play, I'll be watching you.

Peace out, jerks. H.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

//1. Never have I ever stayed up all night. Like ever in my life. I've always managed to fall asleep for least an hour or two. Tuesday night was the first time I've stayed awake. To start off, I had caffeine before bed (no-no!) and couldn't fall asleep. Then around 11:30 pm Hewitt woke us up whining. After multiple rounds of outside for bathroom, food, water, etc. we realized that he wasn't hungry or thirsty but was in pain/uncomfortable. He has a small cyst on his neck that he's had for a while (most old dogs get them) that has never been trouble before...well it either ruptured or he scratched it off last night and he was in pain. It was bleeding and such. Ugh. Poor thing was scratching and pawing and rubbing his neck/head on the rug because it was so uncomfortable. I spent the evening/morning alternating between hot/cold compresses (and wrestling a squirmy dog) and trying to apply antibiotic cream until my vet opened and I could take him. Never will I ever (hopefully) stay up all night again. Wednesday, I was a zombie.

//2. This week's rant will be about my work's wifi. WHY does it never work? We literally have like 4 wifi networks and none of them work. I can't connect my phone and I can't connect the iPod that I use to manage social media. Um, like this is affecting my job!?!?!?!

//3. You guys. I ate olives for the first time in my life this week. I had the Muffalutta cheese bread at Mellow Mushroom with the olive tapenade and it was actually good. Olives don't have much of a taste...just a strange texture...kind of like wet velvet.

And now for some GIFts:

when pop stars subtweet each other

When my coworkers start becoming heated in their opinions during meetings. :)

when it’s 100 degrees and I see someone who still looks flawless

On post-gym selfies on Instagram where you have your hair down and straight and no visible sweat.

me all summer

Ain't this the dang truth...

Me looking at a 92 photos of your child with their smash cake. Literally. 

Seeing drama erupting between friends ON FACEBOOK

Your turn! Link up below!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our New Home: Home Tour Part 1 - Main Living Area

So the original plan was to do an entire home tour in one blog post, but due to some camera issues (so many of the photos I took were really blurry...which I later figured out was because of fingerprints on the lens!) or lighting issues. Then I got to thinking that it probably would be a really long and detailed post if I did it all at once, so I'm splitting it up. Once I figured out the issue with the photos, I went back a took the ones of the main living area yesterday. 

So coming in from the front door is the main living room on the left. To the right is the master bed/bath and straight back is the kitchen. Today, I'll show you some pictures of the main living area and the accent wall in our kitchen. :)

Two slightly different angles to show you kind of how the room is set up. To the right of the bookshelf is the entrance to the kitchen. Also, the wall with the art is really, REALLY huge (like 20+ feet) so we will eventually want to do something different on this wall. We originally had our photo gallery here but the wall just dwarfed it. We'll probably need to do one big piece of art or a few more about the size of the ones we already have.

That Hewitt has managed to find himself in a lot of my house pictures. :) He kind of blends in with the floors. 

One of my favorite parts of the main living area. I sort of stumbled into it...I wanted to keep the mantle fairly monochromatic since I felt like there were a lot of colors right next to it (the bookshelf). The taper candle holders were wedding gifts and the one on the far left with the three balls on it was our unity candle at our wedding. I got the "vase" (not sure if that's what it really is!!) at Homegoods on clearance for $2 and the rest I just had around the house...including my hurricane lantern thingy that I just placed on the stand that came with my Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl. can't tell.

Yes, my bookshelf is kind of in color order and yes it was intentional. It gives me a sense of peace to see things in color order. And yes, I like owls. :)

This a close up of the side table in between the sofa and loveseat. I am obsessed with little "vignettes" like this. I haven't made a lot in the rest of the house yet but as I do I will share them. 

And last but not least, here's a teaser for the kitchen tour. 

That dog again. :) No but the kitchen is the area that needed (and still needs) the most improvement. More to come later. For now, y'all will have to suffice with the living room and kitchen accent wall. 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Over the Weekend: Drop-In Housewarming Party

Whew this weekend was a little crazy. Saturday afternoon was our housewarming party and even though it was a drop-in...we seemed to have mostly everyone come around the same time. No complaining here though. It was great to have our house packed with a few close friends and family and to give everyone a chance to see the new place. Part of this was due to the fact that I didn't want to get 6 months, 8 months or 1 year down the road and people were still ragging me to come over and see the why not have everyone at once?

Thanks to my MiL's coworker's husband (or something like that) who made this P for the door. Yes, I am that annoying person with P monograms everywhere. More Ps on the house tour coming tomorrow. We got the P unfinished and I painted it white last week. 

Here's one angle of the food area. We set the food up on our island in the kitchen. All of the dishes (sans 2) were white and I acquired some white/tan/gray paint swatches from Lowe's to double as food labels. :)

These caprese bites were a hit! The top bowl had olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground Italian herbs.

These were my favorite thing. They were so easy and made a huge statement!! 

Another angle of the food. 

Overall, the food was a hit! Come back tomorrow for a home tour and see the progress thus far. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Housewarming Party Menu & Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

M and I are having a few people over this Saturday for a drop-in housewarming party. I wanted to keep the menu simple and easy and (most importantly) safe since the food will be sitting out for a few hours. I didn't want anything that needed to be kept really cold or a lot of hot foods.

So, I, along with the help of my good friend Pinterest devised this menu of healthy and not-so-healthy crowd-pleasers that are fairly easy to make.

Housewarming Drop-In Menu

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip* (as if I would have a party and not include it) with tortilla chips
  • Sliced veggies (red pepper, yellow pepper, celery, carrots) and hummus
  • Bacon cheese ball with crackers
  • Brownies
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers (I'm so excited about these! Visually, they are stunning!)
  • Lemonade

*For the life of me I cannot find anyone who uses my exact (tried & true) Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe so I will post it for y'all. It's easy and quick and you don't have to pre-cook any chicken. You're welcome! :)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 large cans of chicken, drained (I use 98% fat free white breast meat)
1/2 cup to 1 cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce (IT MUST BE FRANKS. I cannot guarantee the results using anything else!)
1 bag (2 cups) of shredded cheddar cheese
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch DIPS seasoning (not ranch dressing)
1 package (8oz.) of cream cheese, softened

In your slow cooker combine the chicken, cheeses and Ranch seasoning packet. Mix until combined well. Slowly add in your buffalo sauce until you get your desired heat level. We usually do about 3/4 of a cup. Turn your slow cooker on low and allow cheeses to melt and stir occasionally until you get the wonderfully delicious orangey-peach color that signifies the deliciousness is ready. It's ready to serve once completely combined and warm. Serve with tortilla chips, celery stalks or (my favorite) baby carrots.

Next week I'll post pics of the party food/set up and the actual house so stay tuned! And have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Thoughts [A Link-Up Party!]


And most importantly, it's time for Thursday Thoughts. Here are few thoughts for you...

//1. Lately I've been all over this delicious oatmeal concoction from The Oatmeal Artist. Even though it supposedly looks gross (according to my coworker) it's DELICIOUS. I add half a scoop of Quest chocolate milkshake protein powder and it makes even healthier with 26 grams of protein. Next up I think I'll try these: Fudgy Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal and Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oatmeal.

//2. Speaking of protein. I'm doing the IIFYM or macro calorie counting and I seriously can't ever hit my protein goal. I'm wondering if my goal is too high or if I calculated wrong? It says I'm supposed to eat 210 grams of protein...which seems ridiculous. I hit 110 on Wednesday and felt like that was a good number but then I realized I had 100 more to go!! Does that seem high?

//3.  Ladies and gentlemen, I am 30 years old and I just, in the last couple of weeks, have opened my very first store credit card. Now, I've had a bank credit card since I was 20 but never a store card because I always thought they were dangerous/bad and had high balance rates. The latter is still true, but I now have gotten into the habit of paying my credit card balances off each month. There are some insane extra savings/deals for store card users on top of clearance/sales and since I usually buy things from certain stores at least once every other month, it makes fiscal sense. But only since I pay my balance off each month. Carrying a balance on a store card is dangerous because interest rates are insane! My store of choice: New York and Company of course.

//4. Since purchasing my first home in June, I've been on a mad decorating/DIYing/home stuff binge. Things that normally wouldn't have bothered me before will, all of a sudden, send me into a rage. Some of those things: the entire process of measuring, shopping, purchasing and hanging curtains; painting over a chalkboard wall (eff me); wall art that no longer goes with the room's decor; duvet covers that make the insert bunch at the bottom. SERIOUSLY. Do any of these ever bother any of you? Or is it just me?

//5. Speaking of my weirdness, a coworker and I were recently chatting and it became very apparent that a few of my anxiety triggers or neuroses are centered around this "first come, first served" mentality. A few of the things that are guaranteed to get my nervous colon a'tremblin: buffets, open seating at concerts/shows, boarding on planes, flash sales, etc.

//6. A brief ode to Old Navy's Pixie Pants:
Dear Old Navy Pixie Pants - I love you. You are so comfortable and work appropriate. I love the length of your hem on me (which keeps them from being classified as capris...which I can't wear to work). I love the choices of colors you come in. And most importantly, I love that you can fit around and somewhat contain Judy. (aka Judy the Booty) Please never cease to exist, Old Navy Pixie Pants.

Now it's your turn! Link your post up below and spread the love! :) Remember, it can be about anything because it's your thoughts...on a Thursday! Original explanation post is here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Just stopping in to remind you that tomorrow, YES TOMORROW is my first ever Thursday Thoughts link up party. Please, please join me and link up your blog post. I love discovering interesting and fun blogs to put on my daily list and I'm sure you'd love to peek into the randomness that are Thursday Thoughts posts, right?


So, here's my plea. Please join and I'll be the happiest little April in the land.

Gracias and thank you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Show Us Your Books: What I Read in June

YES! It's time for one of my most favorite blog posts of the month. I'm linking up with Steph and Jana to share with y'all what I've been reading lately. 

June was vacation month so typically that means I read a lot but it was also moving month so that drastically cut down on my free time. I also re-read 2 books...because I'm weird like that. 

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
Okay, here's the skinny. I'm growing tired of Jodi's books. Everything has a pretty predictable plot...sure there are different characters and circumstances but the writing style is the same. Event happens, back story, current story, back story, current story, trial play-by-play, surprise verdict or twist ending. Now, some people love her predictability but I've grown tired of it. This book was good, but overall very long (almost 600 pages!) and too heavy/serious for a beach read. I regret reading it over vacay and wish I'd have started something lighter. 3 out of 5 salted caramels.

How Sweet the Sound - Deborah Heal
This is the 3rd book in the Rewinding Time series that I've followed. Basically it's marketed as a "Christian fiction" but I would hesitate to call it that. It's got scripture and prayer references but it's not about Christianity. The basis is about a college professor who has a software program that allows her to rewind time and visit historical places and actually see the historical events that happened there. I love the juxtaposition of historical and the present...which is my main reason for continuing this series. I am obsessed with history. If you're not a history buff or not into vaguely religious novels, pass on this one. 4 out of 5 salted caramels.

Lavender Morning - Jude Deveraux (re-read)
Jude Deveraux is one of my fave authors. She writes about love and romance in quirky and fun (and often historical) locations like small towns or Regency England. This is book one of the Edilean Series that I really enjoyed. It sets the tone for the whole series in which each book is the story of a citizen in the small town of Edilean, Virginia. It's a great light read with some mild romance and a bit of a mystery as well. 5 out of 5 salted caramels.

Can You Keep a Secret - Sophie Kinsella (re-read)
This is a favorite of mine. I love the vulnerability of the main character but also her tenacity at times. The book has a lot of funny moments and the main character sometimes is a little ditzy but that's typical Sophie Kinsella. Unlike a lot of her books, this one isn't predictable and surprises you with some of the plot changes. This is one I like enough to own an re-read again and again. 4 out of 5 salted caramels

Monday, July 13, 2015

Our New Home: The Weekend Before The Housewarming

Next Saturday (18th) M and I are having a little housewarming get together in our new place and we've invited a few people over to see it.

So basically, that has set the tone of house projects over the last few weeks and it kind of all came together...sort of...this weekend. In an effort to spare you the tedious details, I'll sum up the projects with bullet points and share some pics. A full house tour will come after the housewarming next week. I wanted to get as many projects done this past weekend as possible so that this coming weekend (pre-party) could be reserved for party prep and cleaning.

Here's what we accomplished on our to-do list:

  • Paint over chalkboard wall in the kitchen
  • Plant flowers in front flowerbed
  • Move Christmas decor from outdoor storage to attic
  • Pull up mint from flowerbed
  • Fix doorbell
  • Fix ceiling fan in living room
  • Hang drapes in living room and kitchen
  • Spackle/paint holes in wall: master bath, living room, kitchen, man cave
  • Get decor for accent wall in kitchen
  • Purchase baskets for under the stairs
  • Take down vertical blinds in kitchen

Here's what we still have to do before the party:

  • Finish accent wall decor (it's halfway done)
  • Match master bathroom paint and touch up (we used the paint the previous homeowners left us and it's not the same color in the master we need to go buy some)
  • Clear surfaces and organize
  • Food prep
I also mastered the art of returning things this weekend. Usually, I'm not one to return things but I bought about 17 sets of curtains before I decided on the final ones and I bought a shelf that I do not love so both of those went back! 

I purchased and planted some beautiful Vinca along the front walkway. The rest of the flowerbed will just have to wait. We have a ginormous Juniper that I want to get rid of but that's a full-day's project.

The accent wall (blue) is up! I need to finish accessorizing and then I'll post a pic.

We scored this little canvas on clearance at Homegoods and put it in the guest bath (also M's bathroom). We wanted to put it over the toilet because we are 7 years old and love toilet humor but there's a window over the toilet. So we settled for NEAR the toilet and over the towel rack.

More pics to come later in the week! Come back on Thursday for my VERY FIRST EVER Thursday Thoughts link up party!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Join Me for a Weekly Linkup - Thursday Thoughts!

I've been thinking about hosting a weekly link up for a long time. I love linking up with other blogs so why not host my own?! But it's hard when a lot of them are themed because my writing inspo doesn't always tie in.

Enter a weekly link up that only has the day in common. (basically it's genius, right?)

Starting next Thursday, July 23rd, join me for the inaugural Thursday Thoughts link up party! Here are the details:

When: Thursdays, starting July 23, 2015
What: Blog about anything! As long as it is your thoughts/musings/ramblings/ideas, go for it!
Why: To find more awesome blogs to read. And to interact more with other cool bloggers.
Where: Here on TSF (

Now, here's the plea...

Prettyprettypleasewithsugarandcherriesandsprinklesandhotfudgesauceontopwillyoupleasejoinmeformyfirstbloglinkupnextweek? Iwillbeyourbestestfriendifyoudoandwillthankyousomuch!


Today's Thursday Thoughts:
1. Yay SC. Finally.
I'm about as authentically Southern as you can be and my family has lived in SC for almost 300 years. I'm all about history, but I'm also for progress and moving forward. Let's not keep these hurtful and often anger-inciting reminders of the past on government buildings. Put them in a museum where they belong. #proudtobefromsc

2. I'd pretty much decided that I wanted to stain (not paint) my cabinets until M gave me the bad news that only the fronts are real wood. Sigh. Back to the drawing board. However, Ikea has a different idea as to what kitchens in the future will look like.

3. HAHA, these ridiculous captions on photos of the British royal family had me snickering at work.

4.  Isn't this the truth?!

Happy Thursday, or as I like to say, Friday eve. :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Our New Home: The Closing Process

We closed on our home June 8th. Since it was our first home-buying experience we weren't exactly sure what to expect when we went to closing. I'm not a professional closing don't take my word as gold...these are just based on my one experience. :)

Buyers, Sellers, Agents and the closing attorney person. So, it was M and I and our realtor, the seller and her realtor and the attorney. Sometimes a mortgage loan officer is present as well.

Our closing was at a local attorney's office. The closing appointment (day/time) was coordinated by our loan officer and her team.

Usually during normal business or office hours. Yes, I took the entire day off work. But the sellers only took a few hours and went back to work. It's your preference.

Basically, you present proof that you are who you say you are (driver's license) and then they take you into a room where everyone sits and makes small talk while the attorney and notary (unless they are the same person) brings in piles and piles of paperwork. Then you get started.

The closing attorney (or delegate) walks you through everything you sign and explains what you are signing and then you sign. Some forms just you sign, some just the seller signs and some are signed by all parties including the realtors.

Once you have signed everything, they give you some copies of papers for you to keep and you exchange any closing monies. We brought some money to closing for our down payment, but we used the attorney's wire instructions to wire them the money the day before. This is a lot easier (to me) than worrying about getting a certified check and waiting on them to cash it. We ended up getting some money back from closing so after we signed everything we waited in the room for our difference check and took a bunch of selfies with our new house key. (don't judge me) We got our check, house keys and then left. The entire process took less than 90 minutes.

My husband isn't named on the home loan so we didn't think he needed to be at closing. He came really just for moral support...however, it was good that he came because he needed to sign some documents. I think for the title. Or something. If you're married and your spouse isn't listed on the loan they still may need to be present during closing. Check with the attorney or your mortgage loan officer if you have questions.

As I mentioned before, if you have the option of doing a wire transfer, I would do it. It's much easier and the bank will provide you with the paperwork you need to document it. We transferred our money to the attorney the day before (business day) and had no issues. You can't bring a personal check to closing so it must be certified funds or wire transfer.

We had a really positive experience at closing with no hiccups. (I've heard horror stories!) The whole house buying process had its stressful moments but was pretty easy and smooth overall.

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th Weekend Recap

This weekend was a doozy, for sure. Let me first apologize for the duplicate photos that I posted on social media. I tried to save some for the blog, but I couldn't save them all. :)

Friday morning, I drove down to my second favorite city in the country (Charleston, SC) to visit my older sister who lives there. Friday was a day of sister time with some shopping and thunderstorm dodging thrown in the mix.

Our honorary sibling joined us on Friday evening. He's my sister's half brother...but not my brother. My older sis is technically my half-sister, so he's my half-sister's half brother. In no way blood related, but an honorary sibling nonetheless. You know how we do in the South...

This is when I decided to bring out the selfie stick. I got a new one that is wired and has a button on the handle...much easier to use than the remote one I had before. (it took forever to connect to my phone via bluetooth) You'll see the progression below of us getting used to the selfie stick. 

The rest of the evening pretty much included music, conversation, wine and food.

Saturday was a day to celebrate our country's birthday. We decided to celebrate in a very traditional Southern way...which was going out on my brother-in-law's boat and anchoring near a bunch of other boats behind Sullivan's Island, SC and people watching, of course.

These fools. 

The weather was beautiful and the water was a bit choppy so it was a fun boat ride. We went under the Ravenel bridge, passed Fort Sumter and even saw this old school schooner boat!

This is the repeat from Instagram. It really captures the day well so I included it.

We saw a guy dressed sort of like Uncle Sam on one of those water jet ski in the air things. I have no idea what they are called but he was fun to watch. 

I drove back home on Saturday night in time to comfort my pitiful dog-child as he cowered in terror under a bench in fear of the fireworks. Poor thing. 

Sunday was church, a little shopping with a friend, and then this...

Yes, that is a huge pile of mint that I pulled up from the front flowerbed at our new house. The bed was overrun with it. Whoever decided to plant it directly into the ground...curse you. I did take a few sprigs and plant them into a pot. For later. :)

I'm also attempting to pull up a huge juniper bush...aka the subdivision-developers-favorite-cover-all-for-yards so that I can plant some flowers. It's huge though so more pics to come later.

Whew that was a packed weekend. What did you do over the long weekend?