Monday, June 13, 2011

Hicksville Happenings

Lately, I've kind of been taking a blogging break. Not really intentionally, but it just kinda happened that lots of things were going on all-at-once and I just didn't know what to write about. Because there was too much to write about and not enough time. I like to write, but I can't usually just whip something out and press "Publish Post." But I'm going to make myself do that. At least today. We'll see how it goes.

I like to read other people's posts with random lists of their thoughts or what they're up to or just...whatever...that day. So...I will be a copycat.

1. I am OBSESSED with our plums trees in the yard. I've been composing a whole blog post about them. I promise, it won't be as boring as it sounds. There will be plum jelly and plum cobbler involved. And lots of crazy adjectives, like "glorious." And gratuitous plum tree photography. I might frame some of it. I love the colors!

2. Our kitchen sink (and dishwasher) had some major problems last Wednesday night. When we had friends visiting after church. (Hello, Bethany, Brittany, Ian, and new baby Owen!) And people staying the night with us on Thursday night. I was going to cook for them, but I could not. The plumbing situation didn't get resolved until Saturday, but the glue on the new pipe fitting wasn't cured until Sunday, and though I slowed down with the cooking, I didn't completely stop everything, and we didn't use paper plates, so we had a truckload of dirty dishes, and even though I usually hate washing dishes, this conundrum drove me CRAZY. But I'm just glad that Jeremy was the one who fixed it. He ran a new line and tied it into the separate washing machine line, and how did I get so lucky to marry a handyman?? Amen.

3. I've just figured out how to spend less time on a blog post. More commas and conjunctions. Less full sentences.

4. This weekend I made individual blueberry peach crisps, following this recipe from last year. I used to always prefer chocolate over fruit desserts, but times, they are a'changin'. That stuff is excellent, especially when the fruits are squarely in season.

5. Jeremy and I got new smart phones. We actually stepped out of the Flip-phone Stone Age (seriously, we both had our phones for four or five - or six? years) and now have Droids. It's taken a little while to get used to them, but I think it's safe to say that they're working out quite alright. I love taking pictures with mine (8 megapixels!) and Jeremy has discovered Angry Birds. And we've both started playing Words with Friends and I'm not really even a game person.

6. This HOT weather is so stinkin' uncomfortable. I have been longing to visit a milder climate. Until September maybe.

7. Our little gardens (you may remember the cedar garden and the cardi-garden from last year) weren't doing too great. Again. Enter the addition of nitrogen, which was recommended from various sources. Here's what Jeremy came home from the Co-op with.

Phone picture...sometimes they're great...
sometimes I can't figure out how to turn off the flash.

Dried blood. Isn't that sweet? But the plants loooooooove it and want to marry it. It smells kinda like a dead animal.

8. Our Rose of Sharon has started blooming. I love those trees (or bushes?) for several different parents had one outside their bathroom window years ago in Picayune, MS. So when we moved to TN when I was a baby, they planted another one outside their new bathroom window. They have several around their yard now and we have one big one and a few smaller transplants to find places for in our yard. 

I love the idea of them because of their name, too. When I was taking these pictures last night, I kept singing, "Jesus, Rose of Sharon" as I played with the last light of the day. (I just learned a few things about that song that you might be interested in, too.)

Doesn't this little branch look like it created its own corsage? It's so crafty.

Well, I have deduced that I need to limit my random lists to about three items in the future. You live, you learn.

Happy Monday!


  1. I loved your random musings post! The photos are wonderful. You've almost convinced me to trade in my flip phone!! We went straight from cold to hot and muggy. Our yard looks like a rain forest. We need to do some serious cutting back and weeding. I'm looking forward to your plum post.


  2. You are hilarious and awesome.

    I'll take random posts anytime. I, too, know what it's like to have a ton of "huge" things to post, but having the pressure of representing them sufficiently intimidate me from posting at all. Hear hear.

    Now for my list:
    1. I love the plum trees. Plums are a fruit I hardly ever eat (don't think of them off the top of my head), but always enjoy them. Maybe I need my own tree so I'll think of them often.

    2. Less full sentences. Yes. Who needs grammar? It's your blog. Love it. Do it.

    3. Brad just got an iphone, and I have no idea how to use it. I'm still using a flip phone. His camera is pretty decent (and oh-so-convenient), but he has yet to get addicted to Angry Birds. I feel as though it is only a matter of time. However, He does play Words with Friends, and is awful at it. I'm not much help...

    4. I miss mild weather. Where's the mild weather? Boo.

    5. Dried blood is gross. But I'm cracking up about your plants loving it and wanting to marry it.

    6. Those Roses of Sharon (Rose of Sharons?) are so pretty! Just like a corsage! Crafty indeed.

    7. Living and learning is what blogging is all about. Three item lists are good in theory. Let's see if you can ever hold up to it. ;)

  3. I have missed you!!!!! YAY, for a new blog post!!!!

    I have to have chocolate. My husband has to have fruit in his deserts.

    There was something else I was going to comment on, but alas - I have forgotten.

  4. Yes - words with friends - I am addicted - lbcwelchmom is my name - let's play!

  5. I always enjoy reading your posts, Kristen. And I absolutely love the photo of the plum branch! You have many talents, young lady!

  6. Thanks so much, ladies! I have missed you all, too. =)

    Bonnie, I forgot to note that the plum pictures and the Rose of Sharon pictures were from the regular Nikon...but I do need to post some more camera pictures - it does fantastic with natural light!

    Mindy - you're too funny! I love your list you wrote back to me so much!! And I didn't say we were *good* at Words with Friends. Ha! I'm maaaybe getting a little better, but not great.

    Becky - I'll find you in WWF! I need some more people to play. I'm Kristen 4815.

    Ann - thanks!! Hope you guys are doing well in the new place. If you need to grow any plum trees, I know where you can get some seeds. =)


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