Thursday, June 26, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Paint and the veggie dog

Sugar enjoys garden veggies so much, I am not sure why this should be a surprise to us. We've watched her pull radishes out of the ground and eat peas off the plants, so we probably shouldn't have left 5 squash within doggie reach when we left for work this morning. We now have 1 whole squash and two halves.

In other news, the guest room is becoming yellow! Only two coats of primer and two coats of yellow to cover the hideous pink. It's not quite done yet, but here are the before (if the color hasn't been burned on to your brain) and intermediate photos.

You can see the final color of the room on Sugar's tail. She is helpful like that.

It's the yellow. The red came from our picnic table (with chess board).

Or Adirondack chair.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I just drooled on my keyboard a little

If you've ever thought to yourself "I'd like to visit Indiana, but I just don't have a reason," I'm about to give you two good ones.

1) We will have a guest room -- complete with bed -- by the beginning of July. Don't worry about the crazy pink and cookie monster carpet. We're going Wild Wheat walls with a something Thrush floor. It's gonna be awesome.

2) I just discovered my favorite restaurant in the hemisphere. Not just fav in Indiana. Or on the continent. In. The. Hemisphere. Better than anything in DC (Facia Luna, Carribean Breeze and Melting Pot included). Better than anything in NY or Iceland. Brugge Brasserie.

Oh. My. Gawd.

It's a Belgian place with amazing microbrews, and the best fries on earth. You might be thinking ...Fries. Seriously? You are writing a 7000 word post on fries? Listen up! They are cooked and seasoned to perfection and come with all manner of dipping sauces including horseradish, pesto and HOT CURRY. And if we are all honest with ourselves we would come to the conclusion that everything is better with curry sauce and ketchup is truly a sad, sad condiment.

So, here is the wrap up. Bill and I had three Belgian microbrews, enough cheese board (sorry Brickskeller -- your Pentagon board is shit) and fries to make us vomit AND a chocolate crepe with raspberry sauce FOR UNDER $40. I am not sure how they pack so much heaven in such a small little place.

In summary - guest room, bed, microbrews, enough fries to vomit. You'll be glad you visited!

Monday, June 9, 2008


It's a two post evening! When it rains...

Our pasture was previously full of very tall grass, allowing the deers and coyotes to play together and resulting in a few grisly discoveries on our part and hyper-alertness when walking the dog at night.

Recently, a neighbor with horses hayed (?) our field and then it looked like this:

After that it rained, and rained and rained, making the hay "icky" and undesirable for horses. Fortunately, our neighbor has a friend with cows. Apparently cows aren't as picky about their hay and will eat nearly anything. Now our hay looks like this:

And it stinks. It smells, I imagine, like moldy, wet hay. Can't wait till it's gone.

Bonus photo of our still incomplete barn:

A quarter million toads

Perhaps you have heard that it is raining in Indiana? It's not too bad up by us, and there are certainly advantages to living in the house that's survived over 150 years of floods. We got the only hill in the area. ;)

The rain has brought out gobs of these little toads. When they hop around it really looks like the ground is alive. It took us about 20 seconds standing still to catch all these in the bowl.

The Escape!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The One Where They Channel Mr. McGregor

shakes fist in air angrily.

R.I.P. Beans.
April 2008 - May 2008

A week ago we had 60 bean plants of various varieties. They were beautiful. Today we have 58 bean stubs and two kidney bean plants. :(