Saturday, April 25, 2009

Grab a Cocktail & Buckle In...It's Another Long One, Bitches

Yo, peeps! Things have been PERKING around Casa Bunny. You know how it is--feast or famine, and we have been feasting away the past 36 hours, fo' shizzle.

Yesterday morn dawned way too early, but there was lots to be done. First, I had an interview--don't get excited, not for a job-job, but a freelance-job. Then, I had about a million errands to run, including dropping off my 401K rollover check (I am sure THAT will just do great!) and my annual eye exam. And guess what? Something about the Bun is getting better with age--my eyesight has improved! Dramatically! Here's the irony--my eyesight has improved because I am not working all day on the computer. Ha! Job loss = healthier. See? Working is not good for you. Case closed.

The BIG NEWS yesterday, however, was we FINALLY had the rock installed on the foundation of Casa Bunny's addition. Behold:


It's BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL! We loves it totes! So, so tres excited! We also gots the stoop done, too. Here is the before and after:


Stoop before--plain and fugly.


Stoop after with 1.5 inch flagstone. Things are finally coming together. Now we just need to finish up the painting and gutters. Maybe in the next three months things will be finally, finally done. Then, we party. :) Here is our great little contractor:


This is Kevin Flack, contractor extraordinaire and owner of Treadstone Construction. Kevin worked for a $$custom-home builder$$, but like Bunny, was let go due to economic conditions. However, Kevin is a hard worker and started his own gig. And he? Is good, peeps. I would def recommend. Young, talented, good follow through. He's got it going on. Indeed. One last house pic:


This is our foundation we painted a couple of weeks ago, all prettied up by the hubs. I thought it would be too dark but the hubs had faith. Good job, hubs!

So, I rounded out Friday with groceries and walking (yes, again! no, I don't know what is wrong with me.), then, today, the hubs was off and we decided we would play in the dirt. Wouldn't you know, it was the 'effin HOTTEST day so far this year? It was hot enough out there to make Bunny want to cut a bitch. Seriously. But, LOOK! My garden is all planted!


First, last night, the hubs and I went to Lowe's (don't EVEN get me started on that! I have "officially" converted to Home Depot, peeps. Lowe's DOES NOT know! But that is another rant for another day) and got manure and soil amendment. I am not sure why they spell it "Kow"--trying to be hip?? It's manure. It's not hip.


Here's the "before" garden--ready to work! So, work it girl!


Here's hubs turning the garden, with amendments. We were pleased to find the soil is actually getting quite nice. Damn skippy! See, enough shit eventually makes things better.


Here's the turned garden. Admire the dark brown soil. Oooooo! Ahhhhh!


Here is the papered garden--newspaper is a great weed block. Water goes through it, but weeds won't. Put it down, wet it, and lay mulch on top. As it wears, it disenigrates into the soil and makes it richer. Love!


And, here, is the planted garden, which was first mulched, then cages set up, then planted. 4 cuke plants, 6 bell pepper plants, 2 cherry tomatoes, 4 heirloom tomatoes, 4 regular tomatoes, 2 roma tomatoes. Whee!

Funny mulch story: The pile of mulch is in front of the house, the garden is in the back. There is no easy way to get from one to the other, in part because of the slope of our lot. So, here I was this morning, out there toting mulch, and the Hispanic workers are finishing our stoop. After several trips, one of them offers to help me. I decline (after all, that was not what he was here for and I am not one to take advantage) but then, of course, as I am taking around my load, I practically trip and fall right into him. Bless his heart, he swoops in and takes over the wheelbarrow and, in 5 minutes, totes two loads of mulch around to the garden. He was probably thinking, "silly fat gringo girl," but I don't give a shit. I have never been so thankful. BTW, the hubs had went off to get pine straw, if you're wondering where he was.

Here's some more garden porn:


Our neighbor's azaleas. Huge and lovely.


Our blueberry bushes, finally planted. Then, the hubs reminds me he does not like blueberries. Oy.


My basil planted. The two "empty" looking pots are four varities, planted from seed--lemon, lime, Marseilles and Italian.


The oregano (still going to town!), the sage (making a fabulous comeback!) and the newly planted thyme.


Hubs, cleaning out the pond, arse in the air. (snort!)

What I'm Cooking:
Thursday night, we had leftover taco skillet. Sorry. I, too, wish it could have been more exciting. Last night, we went traditional and had Frozen Pizza Friday with a Publix pizza and salad. Tonight, the hubs is taking me for cheap Mexican. Can't lift a skillet. I am sore. Worse than Stone Mountain. And I need a beer to hydrate me. So, in lieu of proper food, I have a few favorites, old and new, to mention:


I bought this salad yesterday at Publix--it is so good. It is spring greens, blueberries, apples, other dried fruit. I made a blue cheese viniagrette to go on top. Yum.


Dudes, you know I love me some creamer, and this is the newest flava--Almond Creme. MMMMM! Tas-tee.


These tasty little crackers are from Trader Joe's--if you love Everything Bagels, you will love these Everything Crackers.


OH, HELL YES! Publix has back the Yellow Corn Chips! I am SO excited! I bought two bags. And told the manager (who looked at me like I was a crazy woman) that I was excited. They haven't had them for, like, 4 months. Whee!

What I'm Listening To:
Ok, I have had Time (Clock of the Heart) by Culture Club in my head all day. Why, you ask? Well, because everytime I work with thyme (the herb), I always think of that song. Shut your piehole. It may be corny but I can't help it. That is a GREAT song though. Say what you will, but Boy George has a beautiful voice. Word.

What I'm Reading:
Still reading Bright Lights, Big Ass. Getting close to the end.

What's on My Mind:
Tomorrow, I am going to W-S class again--Frittatas & Stratas. Yum! The hubs hates eggs (sorta) but he may have to endure. Anyway, sorry to shoot my load in one big post, but I hope you were able to bear with me. Have a good one! Bun

3 comments:

Sonay said...

First, if the hubby doesn't like blueberries...never fear, I think I can help you out with any surplus crop....YUM!

Second, why didn't I know about the pond? How can I overlook something like that? Is it hiding somewhere, or am I blind?

Third, I'm inspired to plant some herbs, but I'm afraid it's too shady here. How many hours of sun do basil, oregano and parsley really need? I may give it a try on the deck and hope for the best.

Sonya said...

It's really not all about me....the house and garden look great! :)

bunny said...

1) Glad to know I have a blueberry buddy!
2) Um, don't know?? It's right off the deck, in the middle of our back yard...
3) Herbs do need a fair amount of sun (remember, the ones you mention originate from the Mediterrainian), but not as much as vegetables. Maybe 4 hours a day minimum?? Also, parsley is harder to grow and really grows better in cooler temps/climates. You may not have success, but you can try. If growing them in a pot, purchase one at least 12-inches in diameter for best growth.