Today we were supposed to go buy light fixtures and then work on installing them for the rest of the day. Instead, we slept in, Matt went to the garden and then the tool rental place to return the rebar cutter he’d rented for the paths project at the community garden, we played with the dogs for a while, did who knows what else around the house, and finally hit the road at 3pm. Then we...
Wacky pregnancy dreams
A week ago, I dreamed that the baby was at home with us, even though I never went through labor/delivery and was still pregnant. Since there was no birth, I was confused about how the baby got there, and also what I should do with him. I was concerned he hadn’t been fed yet, but since I was still pregnant would I make any milk? I decided to go ahead and try breastfeeding. That’s...
Wow. 37 weeks is term, which means that that in less than a week, this baby could be ready to go! I’m hoping we make it to 40 weeks (due date), because I got stuff to do. And then let’s not dawdle after that. OK, I know I can’t control it and whenever it happens will be fine, but I can hope for the timing I like best. The baby is getting very strong. Occasionally he kicks...
Do It Together: Community Garden Renovation
This is where I’ve been. And in the attic; and crawl space; and yard; and garage— you get the idea. Last September I was asked to participate in the renovation of our community garden (P-Patch). The year before, forward looking volunteers at the garden had applied for and received a $20k matching grant from the city. The “match” part requires that an equivalent amount...
Home grown oyster mushrooms
One of Matt’s buddies from the P-patch (our community gardens in Seattle) grows mushrooms. Together they made some mushroom growing kits: a substrate and oyster mushroom spores in a plastic bag. Cut a few small holes in the bag, spray with water and keep it moist, and the mushrooms just grow out the openings. Matt has three of these bags and keeps them in a plastic storage bin. He...
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This Old House: How to prune & divide plants →
Matt does a lot of moving plants from one place in the yard to another. Lately he has been dividing many of our ornamental plants that have been growing for a year or more, and getting so many more plants to spread out. I will try to remember to snap some pictures because the front yard is really transforming from the boring old lawn to a landscape filled with color and variety. Check out...
Caine's Arcade →
Happy Friday! If you haven’t seen this video yet, I think it will make you smile. A 9-year-old built his own DIY arcade from cardboard boxes and random objects. When he finally gets some customers, it makes his day. -Kelly image from cainesarcade.com
It’s hard to believe we are only 6 weeks from my due date, or scarily enough, 3 weeks from term. I’m not afraid of childbirth or even of having to take care of a newborn. We are doing what we can to prepare, and while I can’t say we are really ready for either event, I know we can handle it and everything will be fine. I just need more time to get organized, finish some...
Eagle cam (again)
Seriously, are you watching the Decorah Eagle Cam? Because if not, look at what you are missing: Yep, sometimes the father eagle drops by with some fresh fish or small mammal (maybe even the occasional smaller bird?). He helps feed the eaglets, and then he leaves. The mother stays in the nest most of the time. OK, I won’t bring it up again. -Kelly
Last weekend we had an amazing baby shower thrown by our wonderful friends and family. It was co-ed (and child-friendly) and well attended by a large contingent of Matt’s family from Oregon and Washington, the few members of my family who live within a reasonable traveling distance, and a whole bunch of our Seattle friends. So much fun! And check out this spread: Taco bar, all kinds...
Decorah Eagle Cam →
Are you watching this live webcam of a bald eagle nest? I am mildly obsessed, checking in a few times a day. Sometimes the mother (or father?) eagle is sitting on the eaglets to keep them warm, other times feeding them bits of small mammals or fish. -Kelly