craigslist: it’s not just for escorts anymore!

And this, my friends, is why I shop on Craigslist. (Please disregard my grainy iPhone photo- I was really anxious to show it off!)Solid Wood Bookself

A solid wood bookcase listed for $25 and talked down to just $18! I inquired, purchased and brought home this local find in under two hours. And they generously lifted it into my car for me! It perfectly fills a void in our guest room and houses all of our previously homeless books (yes, that is two different sets of Harry Potter and a bunch of Nancy Drews). I swoon every time I walk past.

This is my second Craigslist success in the last two months! The first really deserves it’s own post. In due time…

april showers bring april flowers.

Whiskey Barrel Flowers The warm weather last week sealed the deal for me. I went out and bought my flowers. Last year, I had my mom in town to help me make an arrangement for our whiskey barrel. She knocked it out of the park. This year, I had to go it alone, but I gotta tell ya- I feel pretty confident about where the barrel is going this year. All the perimeter flowers are trailers and will grow and dangle over the sides. The snap dragons should double in size. And everything else in the middle should sprout up and out into a tundra of lush green and amazing pinks, yellows and purples. A lot of watering and a little Miracle Gro, and this barrel will mean business in a few weeks. Bring on the sunshine!

I have plans to pull up our enormous, eyesore, taking-over, under-used rosemary bush, slide our rose bush over and put in a brand new Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea. I’m also going to choose a few hanging baskets for out front, as well. Tomatoes and basil will grow out back once I’m sure it will stay warm enough for them. Things are gonna get real pretty real soon. And it’s about time! I’m sick of brown grass and barren trees. April showers bring April flowers!
Make Your Own Potted Plant Arrangment

spring has sprung.

Tulips So I had a couple interesting things I planned to write about this week (after taking a little break when Andrew came home from the field last week), but then none of the things actually worked out when I tried them over the weekend.

I saw this cool use for baking soda as a tub drain cleaner. Awesome! My drain had just gotten clogged up. So I attempted to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. A volcano recipe. Yes. Except I couldn’t even get the baking soda down the drain. It just clogged at the top. I couldn’t even cram it down with my finger. So I just poured the vinegar on top and hoped for the best. There was a cool, cold foam that spread out at the base of the tub, but did not slide down the drain. I covered it with a wet washcloth and left it for a few minutes. When I came back, I ran some scalding water. Still clogged. Maybe baking soda and vinegar are a good drain cleaner for light build-up, but it did not work to unclog my massive amount of hair that I let go down, while I procrastinated putting in a plastic mesh drain cover. Boooooo.

Then I made a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie that I had high hopes for. Ovaltine, a banana, vanilla yogurt, ice and, instead of peanut butter, I used PB2. Turns out, I think PB2 is disgusting and NOT a good substitute for peanut butter (in powder or reconstituted form). My smoothie was almost undrinkable. It had this bizarre mineral-ly, tangy flavor that wrecked every sip and left a horrible aftertaste in my mouth. UPDATE: I made a revised version with peanut butter; it was much better, but still needs tweaking.

Can’t win them all I suppose. However, I did win when I bought myself these tulips today. Spring has sprung, friends. Get out there and enjoy it!