first of the gladiolus’

We have many plants blooming in our gardens, including the tomatoes (finally!), but these were a pleasant surprise as we were not expecting the numerous bulbs we planted last year to come back. We have close to 100 glads total and the first two are … [Continue reading]


My new haircut! Feels fantastic in the current hot, muggy weather. … [Continue reading]

stupid “whimsical” stencils

Let's just say that we do not share the taste of the people we bought our house from. From the striped wallpaper in every bathroom to quilted valances, we've been slowly removing all trace of the previous owners. After removing the huge shelf and … [Continue reading]

Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

I'm in Sweet Briar, VA, attending a Computational Biology workshop. I had some scheduled free time this afternoon so I headed up to the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, where I revisited two waterfalls and hiked to a new one. Hopefully we'll get the full … [Continue reading]

Go ‘Canes!

I can hear the honking from the highway! :) … [Continue reading]

going through the trash to save money

Before Eric left for Kansas city, we decided on a paint color and picked out the drapes for the master bedroom; we bought two panels and a curtain rod at JCPenney. When I went back this afternoon to pick up another panel for the side window, it rang … [Continue reading]

for sale by co-worker

A co-worker of mine (the same one who lent me Wicked) is selling her home and asked if I could put together a simple and attractive website for her. Of course! Eric and I drove out to her place a few weekends ago, met the husband, pet the dog, and … [Continue reading]