Saturday, June 13, 2009

I have the best neighbors!

About 4 weeks ago I fired the guys that mowed my lawn. They were terrible. They used the weed eater to cut down my cucumbers, mowed grass into my flower beds and the big orange bucket (that caused lots of grass to grow in places it shouldn't grow) and now find out they nearly cut through my air conditioner wires with the weed eater. I was so frustrated.

Two summers ago my neighbor did my lawn and asked me about the same time as I was firing these guys if I would be interested in having him do my lawn again. I jumped at the opportunity because this guy is awesome! Today he removed all of the weeds from my flower beds and mulched everything. Oh my goodness...I am in heaven! It looks so perfect. Now if I can only keep Honor away from the mulch...she likes to eat it for some reason (see her standing in the door wondering what I'm doing?)

Look....

OMG...isn't it to die for?? And look at the orange bucket with my herbs...

Oh my...excellent...EXCELLENT!! I am such a happy girl, you just don't even know how happy.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I can already taste them...


A couple of weeks ago I planted four tomato plants. Two were cherry tomatoes and two were big-boy tomatoes. They are really coming along. LOOK...I have one cherry tomato that is ripe!! I love homegrown tomatoes. Richard will tell you that there is absolutely nothing better than a homegrown tomato sandwich, unless it's a BLT. Seriously, I love a BLT!
I should have enough tomatoes to last all summer...come on over and I'll make you a BLT or tomato sandwich...your choice!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

It's been far too long....

I needed a Firth-fix. My God but that man is lovely...delicious, even!
Truly, he is a very, VERY good obsession!!

Monday, June 08, 2009

This Sounds Like Fun!

I love my new camera and I love taking pictures...just ask the boys and Roxanne (seriously, I think they cry a little on the inside when I say "let's take a picture.") With my new camera I am trying to learn to be more artistic in my photos and see things through different eyes. Think of the previous post, the picture with the lion, I think the technique of having the closest thing in focus and the background out of focus is awesomely cool! I also love architecture and looking at how things are built. I want photography to be a bigger hobby in my life and not just a past time. This leads me to what's behind today's post.

I was stumbling along through my normal set of blogs when I ran across information about Scott Kelby's Second-Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. Here's the premise - photographers all around the world gather in groups on a specific day (July 18th this year) and walk around together taking photos of wherever they've chosen. From that point each group chooses a "best photo" and submits it to the website. Then there's some judging that goes on (but since I'm still learning how to use my camera I figure my photo won't be chosen so why bother reading/understanding the whole contest part of it.)

I checked to see if Knoxville had a group that was going to participate and found two! So, I signed up for one. On July 18th I'll meet the group (max 50 people) at a little coffee shop and at 9:00am we'll head out to take photos of the historic Knoxville downtown. At noon we'll find a place to eat together and share photos. What I think is really cool is that you are with a group of like-minded individuals that offer you the opportunity to see how THEY saw the same exact thing as you. I think this will be an opportunity to stretch my creativity and envision things in a whole new way.

Anyway, I encourage you to sign up HERE. It's a 3 hour committment and no expensive camera is required. A simple point and shoot will work. Plus, it will get you outside for 3 hours and you may just meet someone totally great in the process.

I think it's such an interesting concept...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Day at Biltmore...

I love looking at homes, especially Biltmore Estate. Richard and I used to go to all of the open houses when we lived in California. I just love to get ideas on how to decorate, etc. Anyway, Biltmore Estate is located in the hills of Asheville, NC where it is always cool and green. This is the largest home in the United States. Be assured, it is magnificent.

I met my mom and sisters last Thursday and spent the day wandering through the house and the gardens. I took a LOT of pictures, but then again, I always do (right, Roxanne?).

I love this picture of the house. Notice all of the gargoyles protecting it (see the one hanging off the side of the house over the chimney).

Two large marble lions guard the entrance to the house. I love how this picture came out. I *might* enter it into the fair.

The conservatory was filled with lillies and the air was sweet with their perfume. Notice the gungle-bee (that's what Richard used to call them) on this one.

I think the best part of the day was spending time with my mom and sisters. Family ties are really important to me. We all lead such busy lives. It was good to spend a "girls day" together. We're talking of doing this now once a month or so.