Something I really love reading about is how people design & manage their backyards. I like to see the transformations. I love how plain backyards become quaint spaces for family gatherings or a home to tomatoes or chickens. One backyard that I just drool over is Drea’s from ohdeardrea.blogger.com. If you’ve been following her since the beginning (like I have), you know that her backyard was so overgrown when she moved in but holy freaking crap. She has done some serious damage over there and her yard is now beautiful.
Actually, she was the person who inspired me to start gardening in the first place. Now, I’m not currently growing anything besides the citrus trees that came with our house and the potted lemon tree we brought with us from the last house. But do I have dreams.
For one, I love her raised garden beds and it’s a definite must for me. We were growing peppers, but a little red dog that loves to dig (and taught the other dogs how to dig) tipped the pots over and dug everything out (bad dog). So no more peppers for us. He also dug up the whole side of the house and now it’s just a pile of dirt (bad bad dog) . Even in the picture you can see that mischievous puppy creeping up with his white little feet that look like he stepped in paint.
Raised beds would eliminate the dogs getting into the plants. We eventually also want to put flowers along the side of the house where Tank (little red) dug up to cover up the ugly bottom of the house and exposed the cable cords that run along there.
There’s also a medium sized flower bed over where the clothesline is that needs to weeded out and have something put there. I’d love to grow sunflowers, but there’s not really a place for them that I like and the the flower bed doesn’t get a whole lot of sun.
But seriously, I really want to get my gardening on. I don’t just want pretty flowers. I want food. I want to be able to run out to the yard and grab some basil and cherry tomatoes to add to dinner. I want to be able to gather oranges off my tree instead of pick them up at Publix.
Right now, my priority is getting my citrus trees to produce healthy fruit. Last month we did some tree pruning and now we need to start fertilizing. I read that citrus trees need to be fertilized 3 times a year and I doubt the previous owners ever did that. The trees don’t look that bad (I’m lying. They look terrible) and the fruit looks even worse.
Another priority for me is to set up an herb garden with our most used herbs. We had pretty good luck last year when we did it. We use cilantro almost daily, however, the big bunches at the grocery store are too much and half of it ends up going bad. I’m not 100% sure where I want to put this. Maybe in the kitchen window? Not sure yet. I really don’t want to put them outside unless they’re in raised beds. Or maybe I can have Chris put hanging planters on the fence so that they’re out of reach from the dogs but still are outside.
There are lots of things I want to grow. I want to try to grow onions (all varieties), cherry tomatoes, herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley), leafy greens (spinach, kale), peppers, broccoli, & cauliflower. Chris had awesome luck growing green onions when we lived at Southwinds, so I know we’ll at least have those.
As for aesthetic purposes, I’d like to get a climbing vine flower/plant to grow over the pergola in the corner of the yard. I want to move the plastic chair that’s underneath there and put a bench or swing.
Fun fact, my grandpa made the pergola and it’s the same one that Chris & I got married under many moons ago. Chris and I painted it and my mom stored it in her backyard until we had a yard for ourselves.
Another thing we’re doing is trying to get the grass to grow (without completely resodding). As you can tell in most of the pictures, the yard is patchy. Chris has laid down seed twice since we got here. The first time he just used a bag and sprinkled it all over the yard which we got decent results. However, there’s still spot that need some TLC and just this past weekend, Chris did some heavy seeding in the sparse areas.
Another thing I want to do is get a new firepit. The one we got handed down is super rusty and gross looking. Don’t get me wrong, it works but I kind of want something not rusted looking. That’s really low on my list though.
If you have any Central Florida gardening tips, leave them in the comments below. I’m an amateur gardener so any advice is welcome!
My alternate title to this was – 7 Months: Hello Outie
I originally was going to post about this in four days or so when I actually reached 7 months (and take the big leap into the third trimester), but the post I was planning on putting up today was about my backyard and it’s been raining every single night after work this week, so I haven’t had the opportunity to get the pictures. But that’s life. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and get over it.
Anyways, on Tuesday I will be 28 weeks pregnant. Addison will be the size of an eggplant and is starting to pack on the pounds. She likes to move… a lot. If you didn’t see the tweet after that appointment, here it is:
Yeah, she’s feisty and doesn’t like to be bothered.
As for me… WARNING TMI INFO UP AHEAD SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH TO AVOID:
I’m starting to get those pregnancy symptoms that most people have but never want to talk about (i.e. leaky boobs, peeing while sneezing). Yeah… Karla AND Chris laughed awhile about the leaking… It’s normal but definitely not something I want to have out in public! I’m not super sick feeling all day, every day. I don’t have any cravings. I haven’t had the need to “nest” yet… at least I don’t think. Sleep, even with going non-electronic at 9, has become non-existent. It takes me hours to fall asleep and I get tired easily during the day. I’ve become a sleepy, zombie mom already. Other than that, everything is basically normal, just getting fat and happy!
Things I’ve/We’ve Done This Trimester:
-Karla, Anthony, & Chris painted the nursery
-I preregistered at the hospital
-We had one (surprise) baby shower & got the stroller on our registry (thank you to the Venue family!!)
-I had to take my belly ring out. It closed over the next day. I’m still mourning the loss.
-I officially have an outie
-I took the glucose test
-Found out from my glucose test that I am slightly anemic (unofficially found out. perks of working at a doctor’s office). Now I’m just waiting for my OB to get the results to tell me where to go from here.
-People are finally noticing I’m pregnant… even if the conversations are along the lines of “Oh my goodness, you’re pregnant! 2016 will be a big year for you!” or “winter babies are great!”
-I’ve reached the appointments-every-two-weeks mark
-I saw the baby move for the first time. It was like a ninja was trying to break out.
-I can no longer shave that well… if I do I usually miss 80% of my leg (sexy right??).
-Getting off the couch/out of bed has become a workout.
-Peeing every 30 or so minutes is my new normal
-Put together our baby shower guest list
Can I just say the ONE thing I wanted during pregnancy was the table-belly?! I still can’t successfully use my belly as a table and it’s really killing my mood!
I’m really excited to meet my baby. I was telling one of my coworkers earlier that I feel like I’m playing pretend. Like this is all fake and just a dream. I want to hold her so much. I want Chris to hold her. I’m so tired of being pregnant. I’m nowhere near prepared to have a baby (a small dog bed is sufficient for a baby bed, right?), but at the same time I am so ready. Part of me feels like I’ve been pregnant forever and there’s also a part of me who feels like it was just yesterday the pee stick said, “yay! baby time!”. Also, holy freaking cute clothes!
Happy Easter from the Sorokas! Hope everyone is spending time with family and remembering the awesome miracle of Jesus coming alive again!
Not only is Spring my favorite time of year, Easter is the holiday that perfectly embodies the season. Easter day always reminds me of how fresh and new everything is around here. Churches and homes are always adorned with lilies or eggs. People walk into church dresses up from head to toe in their Sunday’s best. I honestly think people wake up on Easter feeling refreshed and ready for a new and brighter day (I know I do).
I hope that today, you take a minute to yourself to breathe in the fresh air and smile at the fact that our God is beautiful and living. Today is the start of a beautiful week. Embrace it and look for the beauty in the every days tasks.
Let me know in the comments below what you did today or if you saw/experienced something beautiful!