Thursday, July 31, 2008

Locusts Falling from the Sky

I was just outside at work getting something out of my car when something hit me in the head. It wasn't hard and it didn't hurt but it slightly freaked me out. There was nothing there so I went about my business figuring it was probably an acorn or something (even though it isn't fall this made me feel a bit better). A moment later I looked at the grown where I previously stood and what was there on its back trying to flip itself over? A locust. (Did I mention where I was there are no trees and this insect literally fell from the sky?)

What could this possibly mean? I'm dying to know.

P.S. In case you're wondering what became of the Locust (even though I'm a firm bug hater - we flipped him back on his legs and he left). Besides, he was too big to even think about squishing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Baby Thoughts

Baby Thoughts

I feel like I’ve become a blogging slacker. As always, work and the life on the homefront has been keeping me busy, along with catching up with old friends now that I’ve finally had the time. Which brings me to the latest. I have four friends who are currently pregnant. Two are due in two weeks, including the fabulous Sasha, and two friends – both carrying multiples who are do in a few months. And I couldn’t be happier for all of them. I also must admit, I'm a tad bit jealous.

My friends from childhood all have families, but they started them long ago when I was in my early 20s. So it’s been a while since I’ve been surrounded by the excitement of those close to me preparing to have their first (and in some cases, second) child.

Two of my girlfriends are in my age group and I’m beyond excited for both of them. One is having her first in two weeks, the other fraternal twins in matter of a few short months. You might say I’m living vicariously through them since I still haven’t come to the point in my life where I’m a mother – but man I’m counting the days. I’m scooping up baby clothes at every store I come across, along with toys, blankets, you name it. My nephew is even benefiting from my obsessive (you all know I am right?) desire to outfit other’s children – he has a slew of new super cool stuff only a 2 year old would love waiting for him when I see him at my mom’s house this weekend. I can’t wait!

But it’s all a bit bittersweet for me right now. I really want a child. I always have. If you asked me 10 years ago about it I’d tell you that by my mid-30s I’d have at least two if not three. Yet here I am – two weeks from my late-30s birthday (gulp) and I’m still not at that point in my life. Yet. There is nothing I want more than to have a family with C. And while I used to hope for at minimum two children of my own, depending on how the universe favors this position for me, it may only be one child and I’ve finally come to accept that. Of course most of this is due to the age-limit I set myself a long time ago (the age at which I determined is too old for me personally to get pregnant).

In any case, my biological clock has been ticking for years now and I think that’s what’s been keeping me up at nights lately. And while on some level I always thought I’d be a mother by now, I know I wouldn’t change a thing because it’s with C I want to raise a family and he wasn’t on the radar until a few short years ago. We have the new house with a white picket fence (I know, cliché, but it came with the house) and in the next year or two I hope together we can fill it with a child of our own.

In the meantime I’ll continue to spoil my friends and their children and be grateful they have included me in the journey toward motherhood. I love you all!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Look what we have - we officially have a bunny here like we did at the other house. I couldn't be happier, now it feels like home! Check him out:

Craig came home from work the other night, called me from outside and told me to come out and be quiet and I saw this happily laying in the grass:

So I decided to get a better look:

He didn't move at all:

I think he actually liked having his picture taken:

Ah bunnies. Did I mention he's one of a group of 10 we see frolicking in the neighborhood? Who knew living in the "country" could be so entertaining? Not this gal.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Yard Update (Making Serious Progress)

I made it a point to use my time off to make some serious progress on my yard, and do some repair work to flooded flower gardens thanks to all the rain we've had in the northeast the past few weeks. Here are some photos (Kristi, I know you've been waiting):

This is what happens when you have a great garden and it rains for three weeks. The weeds took over and the rose bush kicked the bucket.

And here it is after I cleaned it up, removed the dead rose bush and planted another Hydrangea!

This was a big project I was putting off forever. The area along the fence. Full of weeds and things that looked like plants that really weren't.

Another before shot.

Three hours later and a giant bag of lawn trash later we have this! I also added the brick border - I found a pile of them behind the house from the previous owners. I have to admit I'm pretty darn impressed with myself right now.

And a shot of the staircase. More flowers damaged from the rain.

As well as some up close photos of my new blooms.

This is the next project. Then the yard is complete. I'll have an update as soon as I find the energy to finish this.