Just a girl with a hammer
My 1938 pre-war ranch was a foreclosure I bought in 2009. It had been vacant for four years and neglected for at least ten. There was half a garage door, a non-functional sink in the bathroom, a mildewing basement, the original furnace (which no longer functioned), a new roof but no gutters, and a cracked kitchen floor.
I'm fixing almost everything myself but my real passion is gardening.
- Published on Thursday, 04 February 2016
Authors: HeatherBack in 2010 I had the fireplaces professionally cleaned specifically so I could light a fire for Thanksgiving. We have two fireplaces: one upstairs in the living room and one in the finished portion of the basement. They have separate smoke chambers that run side by side in the same chimney.
Our basement room started filling with...
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day January 2016
- Published on Friday, 15 January 2016
Authors: HeatherHappy new year! I've been pretty content that it's winter. I know a lot of people hate winter and I know the weather sucks, but do you know about butter and parmesan? Cooking rich, satisfying food and watching a lot of TV? Hot toddies and snowshoeing? Going for long walks when it's very cold and feeling very virtuous? I don't think...
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day December 2015
- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Authors: HeatherThe Meiji shinto shrine in Tokyo
Sneak peek: HPSO and Garden Conservancy Open Day Tour
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Authors: HeatherThis weekend I was able to preview three of the gardens to be featured in this year's Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) and Garden Conservancy Open Day Tour. The organizers did a great job of choosing a variety of styles of gardens. There's something for everyone.
Random personal updates
- Published on Monday, 24 August 2015
Authors: HeatherDo you know what happens when you have a busy spring and summer and then your laptop dies? I don't know either, but you sure as hell don't blog. Many of you know this already from Facebook, but Greg and I got married in June on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Getting to have all of our closest friends and families with us for a week was...
Garden bloggers' bloom day May 2015
- Published on Friday, 15 May 2015
Authors: HeatherGood lord, this is a bloomy month. Everything is blooming right on schedule, so I'll just show new plants or ones that I missed last year (or we'd be here all day).
Akebia longerracemosa 'Victor's Secret'
Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
Camassia leichtlinii semiplena, Allium christophii, and Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer'
More gravel. More grasses. More sleeping.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 May 2015
Authors: HeatherI've been an insomniac my whole life. Last fall everything got way worse and I basically stopped sleeping. Things are a lot better now, thanks to a light box, melatonin, and what they refer to as "sleep hygiene." At night I cut out blue light which means for the last two hours of my day I live in a world without the internet or TV....
Garden bloggers' bloom day April 2015
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2015
It's April, which means it's camassia month! Huzzah!
Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Danube'
Iris x pacifica 'The Eyes Have It'
Geranium phaeum 'Darkest of All'
Epimedium grandiflora 'Red Queen'
Tulipa 'Flair' with a bird-planted Cotinu...
Hardscaping is hard.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015
Authors: HeatherWe haven't been very good lately at taking it easy on the weekends. Last weekend they were calling for rain but then on the Thursday before the forecast changed to sun and I was like, "I guess there's no reason not to tear out the lawn in the backyard."
This was back breaking and it sucked so hard that I'm glad we may never have to...
Toiling in the basement. Again.
- Published on Friday, 03 April 2015
Authors: HeatherBack when we had our earthquake retrofit, they had to cut into the drywall in our basement. That happened almost two years ago and yet I haven't wanted to patch this area because I hate drywall repair.
At some point in 2014 Greg screwed the old pieces back into place and I threw one compulsory layer of joint compound on top. It sat...