Monday night a pretty big storm blew threw. The wind came up suddenly and we had a tree branch get blown down. It broke into 2 parts with the bigger part landing on the house. It doesn't look very big up there... not to mention its a blurry photo taken from my phone while it was raining.
But once John got it down, it does not look so small anymore. But we got lucky because there was no damage other than a dent in the chimney. But with the winds, if the branch had hit the roof differently it could have been a very different story. So thank goodness for getting lucky!
Another fantastic blessing... We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday. I cant believe it has been 3 fantastic years since we said I Do! So many things have changed since then. We have probably grown up some, but we are still a couple of crazy kids :) We celebrated by going out to eat and then going for a long walk around Iowa State Campus. We like to keep it pretty low key, just taking some time to really appreciate some time together. And yes, I do feel pretty darn lucky having this man in my life. Marriage takes works, but I wouldn't want to be working on it with any other person!
Well, there are still cords, but now you can't see them. A few months ago I tried to go cordless here, and gave up when I found a big board running behind the TV and decided to just live with it. Then we got this and it wasn't going to work anymore. Its IKEA, which I am now in love with. Its the BESTA line if anyone is curious.
There is a glass top that runs across the whole top of the center 3 cabinets, so there is no going behind it without a HUGE gap and no securing it to the wall... not going to work for me. So I got out the big guns, aka jig saw and big drill bits to make this happen.
This is in the basement, the white bar is the edge of the suspended ceiling, and the whole in the middle is the start of the hole that leads right into the entertainment center where all the electronics go. And we are techies, so there are a lot of electronics. So my next challenge was powering all of said electronics... and with the outlet all the way down the wall, I decided I would power it all by moving an outlet and plugging the power strip in back here in a makeshift AV box thing. That is a technical term, I am sure of it.
So we took down another piece of the peg board wall, which I am grateful for not having had time to drywall yet, to move the cable down. You can see the outlet just under the cords that I planned to move into the box and the top board of the box already in place. I just used my dado blades to cut a pretty big notch into it for all the cords to come through. Next I made the bottom part of the box, the part that the outlet will live in. This is what I ended up with.
Next I turned off the power to the outlet to move it. And now we we have power to the box!
Now I need to get a lot of cords to fit in this little box. My favorite thing for cord organizing is scotch cord bundling velcro. I used nails to attach it to the sides of the box to keep the cords where I want them. Eventually there will be a door on the outside of this box, but unfortunately I didn't get that far. So this is where we end, everything is powered, and is hooked up and at least all the cords are behind the wall. Small victories.
Now I just need to finish putting everything away...
So June has come and gone. It started well with our vacation to Colorado (post coming soon on that). Two days after we got back, my mom passed away unexpectedly. She was only 57 years old, and there were so many things in my life I had looked forward to sharing with her and still so many things I wanted to learn from her. I will miss her so much.
It feels like the rest of June was a blur, mostly getting the estate figured out, clearing her apartment out, having an estate sale, and all the other things that go along with losing someone close to you.
So now its July, and I am working on turning over a new leaf and getting back to some sort of normal. The one thing that always shows me how much life there is to live is my garden. The last time I posted I had just finished my garden bed. Now it looks like this!
On the far left in a pot, I have my morning glories vining up the trellis with my convolvulus starting to flower in front. They have been doing really well, but I haven't seen any morning glories bloom on these vines yet. I planted a few along the chain link fence further in the back yard and had one bloom. I love how they add a little privacy to the back yard. I am hoping they will continue to move along the fence as they grow.
In the bed there are 6 tomato plants. Last year I made the mistake of planting 4 in a pot together. The look so tiny when they start out... but you live, you learn. I did not make the same mistake this year, and they are thanking me for it :)
I have several cucumbers that I have been training to go up the trellis at the back of the bed. I had an old pair of nylons that I have been cutting up to tie them up to keep them going in the right direction. It seems to give them enough freedom to move in the wind. I have already and pollinated several baby cucumbers so they seem to be doing well. Last year I killed all the seedlings as soon as they were transplanted, so I am feeling like this is a big improvement. Look at all those blooms!
In front of the cucumbers there are a ton of little green onions. The whole right half of the bed is zucchini plants. They are huge and unruly. I am trying to train them upwards as well, but that is easier said than done. At least they are flowering and seem to be doing pretty well.
I just added 2 hanging baskets with 2 tomato plants upside down and have a basil plant on top of each of them. I really wanted to see how they upside down tomatoes worked, so this is my first attempt. They were too heavy for my little shepherd's hook, so I stabilized it using a couple of boards and the fence. Its holding a lot more steady since I did that. Lastly I have some cilantro down in the pot next to the bed on the right.
So that's my garden. Green and growing and full of life. I can't say I really know what I'm doing, but I am learning a little bit every day and every year :)