A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.- via soulemama
we have been working on our version of an art studio. The kids and I both wanted somewhere we could leave unfinished paintings, drawings, projects and have a place to go and create. The best place for this was part of the third floor, the unfinished part of the attic. The downside the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, but we will figure out a way around that. The pluses outweigh the minuses in my opinion. Lots of space so everyone can have their own area, exposed rafters which fill me with joy, and a window in the back that swings inward and lets you have a nice view into the trees. It is not finished yet, we still need to put together a large table in the middle, I need to get some string lighting and bring in some more supplies that are still scattered over the house, but here is a sneak peek. It doesn’t look like much now, but I see a lot of potential.
We have celebrated the first week of school, worked in the yard, built a new fence, worked inside the house and started soccer practice…
This evening we are going to work on a new fire pit area for the backyard and possibly pitch our tent for a backyard campout.
So far all of my plants, except for the bee balm, have survived. I have been weeding and watering, and chasing sunlight around with the potted plants. Here is what’s growing:
I also put a plant in each of the kids room, Isabella picked an asparagus fern, Vita picked a small succulent and Blackburn got a Croton “Lauren’s Rainbow” for his room. Any house/outdoor plants that you have had a good experience with (especially ones that love the shade) let me know. I am always on the lookout for new plants.
I planted some stuff today. I’m a 50/50 gardener. I start out with grand plans and then at some point just forget to water and eventually I am left with a stick (I can’t keep orchids alive) or a brown plant in a pretty planter. Lowes had some plants on sale so I picked up a few. I love buying all types of flowers and ignoring the directions which causes Ben to frown and give me an “I told you so” look when they die. This time I reigned in my desire to purchase plants that needed full sun. We get shade, a lot of shade…so I bought some ferns, some Scottish moss and coleus plants and put them in planters on the front porch. I also bought a violet for fifty cents, a banana pepper plant and bee balm (which does like sun and I will find it some even if I have to cut down the neighbor’s almost dead tree). I bought two inside houseplants also.
Last Thursday, Blackburn’s preschool class visited the University of Cincinnati’s greenhouse on the roof of Rieveschel Hall. The kids were shown different types of flowers, herbs and toured the greenhouse which was 101 degrees that day! His class is currently sprouting seeds which they will be able to bring home soon.
These were Blackburn’s favorite “the flowers that eats”.