Raised Garden Bed

Mary and I finished building a raised garden bed in our yard and planted some vegetable seeds. Some of them are just starting to sprout.

garden bed - before

garden bed - after


garden buds



A Yard For A Garden

Now that we have a little yard, Mary and I have been waiting for it to be nice enough to start a garden. Neither of us have much experience with it, but we’re excited to maybe try a few of these ideas in our little yard space.

pallet garden
Vertical Pallet Garden from Home DIT

pallet compost
Pallet Compost from Curbly

hanging planter
Hanging Planter from Gypsy River

raised flower bed
Raised Flower Bed from Garden Design


Over the Cold

Every March I instantly become ready for spring, even though I live in Michigan and I should know that it’s going to be another month or two before anything resembling “warm” happens.

Until then, I’ll just be daydreaming of the spring/summer.

Camping from likheter

Tennis from MOJOmercantile

canoe picnic
Canoeing from Canoe Bay

Bicycling from What Good Have I Done Today?


Picnicking: Mad Men Style

It’s nearly May and it’s been terribly cold here in the Midwest. I have been curled up in a blanket inside dreaming of warm weather and spring picnics. Whenever I think of picnicking, a scene from an early Mad Men episode always comes to mind. I think it was the first glimpse of the show I ever caught.

Here are a few Etsy picks for a Mad Men-esque picnic of your own (minus the littering).

vintage picnic in a suitcase
Vintage picnic in a suitcase via the fox & the spoon

1950s garden dress
No dress could be more perfect for a picnic with the beau than this vintage vegetable print dress from Thrush.

plaid picnic blanket
Plaid picnic blanket from epoch co.



Part of springtime beginning means the start of the baseball season. I’ve been watching the Ken Burns’ documentary¬†Baseball for the first time and have been really into the old images of baseball in the early 20th century. Only two more weeks until I can ride my bike downtown for the season opener.

old tiger stadium
from mlive

from Sports Memorabilia Museum

from Pictures Depot

comerica park


Urban Gardening

Spring is just around the corner. I bought some oregano and rosemary plants at Whole Foods yesterday and repotted them this morning. Each year I start an herb garden and it’s never a great success, but I do hope one day to be able to grow some of my own food. I found a few neat DIY apartment gardening projects from around the web. You never know, maybe I’ll be so inspired that I become a master gardener. One can dream.

pallet garden
Pallet Garden Tutorial from Life on the Balcony

mason jar wall planter
Mason Jar Wall Planter from Not Just a Housewife

verticle vegetables
A shoe organizer upcycled into a vertical vegetable garden from Instructables

Maybe I just need to read up on my Backyard Skills. I love the clean, high graphic design of this DIY handbook from The Ecology Center.

backyard skills book

backyard skills table of contents


Springtime is Coming

Now that our winter vacation is over, I’ve had to begin finding new things to look forward to and motivate me. Here’s to springtime.

bicycle from ecovelo

comerica park
baseball at Comerica Park from Trevor

belle isle
Belle Isle from Belle Isle Conservancy

shamrock shake
Shamrock Shake from Serious Eats