I know things have been quiet around here. My computer finally died sooner than I had anticipated. Since our winter so far has been extremely expensive I had to wait to replace the computer until we recovered a little from the bathroom and the trip west. Then there were shipping delays due to weather. But now I am back to work. I’m still getting all my software installed and my files transferred, but I’m functional again!
I normally don’t mind winter. I don’t love it, but it doesn’t make me as grumpy as others. But I am so over this winter. Today will be -4 degrees before windchill (feeling like -20′s). During the last big polar vortex our furnace died and car battery got zapped. An adventure would be a gentle way of describing that day. We have been guzzling tea by the pot and limiting our trips out of the house. I got my seed catalog today and my rose catalog last week and it’s making me pine for spring. On a positive note, hand quilting is the perfect winter hobby. I sit in bed with my quilt draped over my lap and watch Netflix.
So back to business! I’m ready to start gearing up for spring gardening, style and home improvement! What are you looking forward to most when winter ends?
Like most, I’m pretty terrible about sticking too my resolutions. But I always try. Another year and here I go with another attempt. Only a few this year.
How about you? Any new resolutions? Any old ones to try again? Happy New Year.
I hope you all are having a safe and happy holiday today. We are just waking up on the west coast with my family. The weather is gorgeous and we plan on spending the morning exploring a secret beach while the turkey cooks. I’ll be taking a break from blogging until I return to Ohio, but you can follow my daily adventures on Instagram in the mean time.
Happy Christmas! -The Fowlers
Between enjoying the new tub, cleaning the house from top to bottom (holy construction dust!!), working extra hours and trying to get us ready to leave town, I have been overwhelmed this holiday season. I apologize for the quiet this week. I just finished a fun DIY post I’ll be polishing up this weekend. Next week I’m aiming to squeeze in a couple more gift guides. I’m still putting some finish touches on the bathroom before it’s ready for sharing. We’ll be back on our regular schedule next week. Thanks a bunch!
I’m currently working up the confidence and fine-tuning the technique to show off some of the new wardrobe I’m building. It’s not quite blog-worthy yet, but I’m making progress.
I bought this dress for Halloween and I love it so much I’m dying to wear it everywhere (but trying to wait until after Halloween). The blazer was a piece I added to my closet this autumn when it went on mega-clearance. It’s structured jersey, so its comfortable but still looks tailored. The handbag was another steal. It’s almost new (a little stain on the inside lining) but it was $38 on eBay.
Sources: Blazer via J. Crew (no longer available) – Clearanced for $39 // Dress via Modcloth – On Sale for $35 // Shoes via Seychelles (no longer available) – Similar for $29.99 // Bracelet from Hanjiun – Similar for $15 // Handbag from J. Crew via eBay – $38 // ‘Tart Deco’ Polish by Essie – On Amazon for $5.49
And now for an update. It’s Jared’s birthday week and he is sick as a dog. It’s not the flu, but he does have a pretty nasty cold. We are postponing his birthday dinner until he’s feeling better. Finn is also going to the doctor today. He is having a dewclaw issue. I’m not feeling great, but I am determined to not be sick. So far my head is winning and I’ve been able to stay on my feet.
We put in a bunch of new plants. We split some of my grandma’s coral bells and helleborus and some of Jared’s grandma’s peonies. They all look pretty shabby right now, but hopefully this spring they all come in nice and healthy. We will be putting in new beds around the front window in the spring. The yard is going to looks so much different than it did this summer.
We’ll be spending the holiday with my parents this year in Oregon. It will be my third trip out this year, but it will be the first time Jared has been out there in awhile. We are planning to spend some time at the coast. We haven’t been out there since our wedding. It will be nice for him to kick back a little and relax. I’m counting down the days.
We have done a lot to our little house in the past couple of years. But it still has a long way to go. This isn’t our forever house, but we are thinking we can get another 5-8 years out of it. There is still a long list of things we would like to do before we move on.
This list may grow, and as we knock things off the list I’ll cross it out and link to an update post. It looks like a lot, and in reality there is so much more. But we are trying to take it one day at a time.
- The Fowlers
Long time, no chat! Yikes! I feel like I’ve been running around all summer, but looking back I’m not sure where all the time went (do you ever get that feeling?). It’s hard to believe August is already well on it’s way. I figured it was a good chance to take a moment to catch up. Incoming wall of words…
It’s been a tough year for me. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues that I’m not quite ready to share on such a public platform. It’s caused me a lot of stress and I’ve isolated myself a bit. I’m trying to deal with things in a more healthy way these days and be more honest, but it’s tough. I apologize if I haven’t been keeping up with things or if you feel like your comments have gone unnoticed. I promise I will do better. And maybe soon I’ll be brave enough to talk more openly.
Last month I said goodbye to one of my part time jobs. I’m slowly transitioning into another position and it was time to consolidate my life a little. I’ve had a foot in about 3 different jobs for awhile now. It feels good to clarify things a bit. As with all change, it’s caused some adjustment, financially and mentally. But overall it’s a good thing and will help in the long run.
We are busy planning our next big home renovation. We just have to wait to cross some T’s and dot some I’s before I can show you the full plan. I will tell you it’s our bathroom! FINALLY! Ever since we moved in, the bathroom has been my arch rival. And we are finally going to do something about it. I’m really looking forward to being able to relax in a tub and have enough storage to hide all our products (we only have one bathroom, so all of our personal hygiene products are right out in the open). I cant wait to show you more! I’ve been buying some little things here and there and saving them for a fresh bathroom. It’s going to be a huge makeover. It’s a pretty bad ‘before’. If budget allows, we may do another small project, but we’ll have to see.
We don’t have any firm plans for the rest of the summer. Maybe another backpacking trip if we can sneak it in. Otherwise we just have some tasks around the house I would like to achieve before the weather gets cold.
How has your summer been? Any fun trips planned? Or were you swamped like me?
Photo from my Instagram. This gorgeous hydrangea was a parting gift from my former employer’s garden. Perfectly thoughtful gift.
Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! I was in Portland visiting family last week for the holiday and may birthday. I ever since I’ve been busy busy playing catch up.
I had a great week. I dragged my brother along to the Zoo and OMSI (I love museums) and a (super warm) evening at the climbing gym. I did a ton of shopping with my mom, grandma and aunt. I took the summer heat with me from Ohio. It was a blistering 95 degrees at points. I lived in skirts and dresses and spent a lot of time on the deck. It was so nice to see my family healthy and happy.
But now I’m BACK! And ready to get some fresh and beautiful posts up for you! I’ve found some great deals to share and lots of new summer stuff on the way! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday last week!
We are starting to save up for some bigger projects on the house, so lately we’ve been cutting back. A big area where we have chosen to save, rather than spend is Date Night.
Instead of a movie or dinner out, this week we had a Date Night In. I made a dinner and after we ate, we gathered some fresh herbs from the yard and had a tasting. We have a few different mints we put in last year that (pineapple mint and chocolate mint) as well as some pineapple sage and lemon balm. Jared has been wanting to try some fresh herb teas (or as he calls it “survival tea”). So we got out our little tea cups (this set from Ikea) and put the kettle on. We made a cup with each type of leaf and gave them a try. 3 out of 4 were OK, but nothing special. The tea made from our fresh chocolate mint was the clear winner.
We also harvested the lavender I have been drying in the kitchen. I have a few projects planned for my lavender. We are also planning to make some mint oil. We are trying 2 methods. One with a carrier oil (in our case olive oil) and distilling out the oil with vodka. Both of these take some time, but we have them started.
It was a lot of fun, and in the end didn’t cost us a penny (other than the groceries). Stick around for more Date Night In posts over the course of the summer.
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Finnick has officially been a part of our little family now for over 3 months. And it feels like it was always meant to be. I figure it’s a good time for an update and share our experience as a 2-dog household.
Finn and Logan get along like brothers. They disagree on occasion, but are learning how to tell each other when they have had enough. They are learning how to play with one another and finding each others limits (though we still sometimes have to intervene when things get too rough). Meal times are getting a lot better. They are sharing toys. Things are really coming along beautifully in their relationship.
Finn is fully crate trained now and it’s really made him so much more secure and confident in the house. We switched to a large plastic crate (from a wire crate) after a break-out when we were at work. The people at the shelter were wonderful and helped tremendously with suggestions and support. He loves his crate. It’s become his safe and cozy place.
He’s still not sure about strangers, especially out in the world. He’s doing better when we have guests, but still avoids people for the most part. On walks he really struggles if a stranger approaches us. It’s going to take time.
We took him backpacking last weekend. Logan went to the Pooch Palace since our tent is only big enough for one dog (not that he minded… he got to flirt with girl dogs all weekend). Finn did great! He found a new “safe spot” in the bushes and spent the day basking in the sun and nights curled up with us in the tent. We did find out he gets a little car sick when we were on the curvy back roads. A messy lesson learned. We’re working on finding a bigger tent so we can take them both next time.
All in all, things are going really really well. I already can’t imagine life without him. He is the best cuddler and is so grateful for every morsel of attention. We really couldn’t have asked for a better addition.