April 7, 2014

Weekend Basics


Despite the rain today, I think we can officially say (and hope) that spring is finally here to stay — and boy, are we glad to be home. We spent a good part of the weekend unpacking from being in NYC, settling back around the house and spoiling this long legged friend...

Saturday we hit up a couple yard sales here in the fan, stumbling across this particular alley sale made up entirely of one man's Mid Century Modern furniture collection:

It never ceases to amaze us the secrets hiding in the alleys and garages of the fan neighborhood. And yes, that's a bright yellow Eames chair and ottoman peeking out from the lot! No bargains to be found here as these folks were true collectors!

We later took advantage of the plant sale going on at our local Lowe's — 2 for $5 starter plants, filling up our basket with fresh herbs, flowers and taking a chance on a cucumber plant.

We spent the majority of the day cleaning up our pots and trough planters with garden soil and compost, trying to figure out the best placement around the space for growing each of our new plants.

I even got up on the garage roof to sweep off all the debris from winter and trim up some lingering tree limbs:

While outside, I also updated the worn down insulation around our HVAC pipe with a new foam insulating tube:

We'll share the full roundup of our time outside and planting progress in a gardening update later this week.

Yesterday morning we ravaged the kitchen for all the natural ingredients we could find on hand for Easter egg dyeing:

That's beet juice! We've got a post with all the details coming up this week in our eHow series, which we'll share here on the blog this Thursday.

Later in the afternoon we drove up to Charlottesville, meeting Stephanie and Brandon halfway between Richmond and Harrisonburg to celebrate Stephanie's birthday. There's a restaurant called Duner's I've been wanting to take them to ever since Stephanie first started at JMU (can't believe it's already the end of her last year).

I love this place since they change the menu daily based on seasonal ingredients — and they don't take reservations, so it's a bit of a chance as to when you'll get in to dine.

This was a great chance to get to spend some time with the kids, share a meal and catch up. It's amazing how time flies — it feels like I blinked and my daughter is now 22. Funny how life is like that.

How was your weekend? Did you get out in the garden also?

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