Archive | April, 2012

My Bleeding Heart

29 Apr

The yard is blooming and changing every day. When we first bought this house we had two sad shrubs in the yard and a rose-bush that didn’t bloom. Other than that the yard was barren.

After being cash strapped from buying a house, we wound up getting lots of plants from the yards of friends and family. One of these is the Bleeding Heart that we took from my Mother in Law’s yard. I always thought Fuchsia’s were bleeding hearts, but I have learned so much about plants in the past few years. This is one of my favorites each spring and it started as one small plant – and four years later this baby is in 3 places throughout the yard. 

The Scotch Broom is also blooming. We purchased this and several other Perennials last fall when Lowe’s was selling plants half price. It got bent when we had that snow in October but we recently straightened it out and now it’s giving us quite a show of thanks.

I played with some settings on the camera and I don’t know what I did but I hate what its doing right now. I really need to get educated. Here is the Scotch Broom with some Columbine.

I love spring, I’m so glad I’m documenting what is going on in our little corner of the world. The first Peony bloom is finished, and the second will go any day now, but the photos will stay for a long time.




New York, New York

29 Apr

This weekend was the hubby’s birthday and we took a trip Saturday into my friend’s bakery in NYC. On the way back we got stuck in traffic, so I broke out the camera and took some pictures…

Mellow Yellow

18 Apr

Have I mentioned I’m obsessed with this yellow Peony? I’m a weirdo and i’m ok with that. Anything that makes me this happy this easily is just amazing. I came home today so excited to take photos of the Peony. I stuck my nose in and inhaled deeply like I was taking a breathing treatment or something. I don’t know what it is, but its better than a million things other people snort so whatever, leave me and my weird peony obsession alone.

And incase you haven’t developed an obsession with it yet, here are some pictures to entice you.

Mr. Man

18 Apr

While this blog is named for the brown dog… there is another who steals our hearts. This sweet boy came to us later in his life, and puts up with a lot of crap from the brown dog, and remains so sweet and innocent.

He sat there today practically voguing for me. I love that I got to capture his crazy coat on camera. I gave him a bath last Friday and he dries curly in some places, straight in others. He looks a little like a lion to me!  He is a Golden Retriever even though his coat is more red and curly.

I love every inch of this crazy boy! His elbow has a lump but no worries, its just fluid build up because he dives down on it for his favorite part of the day – butt scratches. Look how straight his belly hair is! People ask us if he’s an Irish Setter or try to tell us that he’s not a golden.


I don’t really know, he could be something other than a Golden, but his heart is pure gold, and so are his modeling skills. Look how he maintains his pose while the Chocolate One is pushing him away.

You Can Smell It

17 Apr

Quick iPhone pictures… Better photos to come!



Something is coming…

16 Apr

It is ridiculously hot here today! When I got in my car to leave work the temp on the car was 93. Gross. I’m not a fan of Summer. I AM a fan of what this warmth did to the precious peony! I see YELLOW! We’re getting close to bloom time! I was so afraid I’d miss the bloom while on vacation and all of this waiting and all of this photo documentation would have been in vain!  Nope,  we’re on bloom watch around here!

There is a smudge peeking out there! I swore I smelled its deliciousness when taking these photos but I am pretty sure that was just a hallucination. The second bloom is looking good but I don’t see a third yet. Keep cheering for #3!

There’s the little second bloom! This plant has really gotten quite substantially large. I don’t know how many more years we can keep it in this planter. It will need to go in the ground soon! I’m so non-committal about where it should go, and I don’t want to transplant it if we are thinking of moving in the future! For now, it greets me when I come home every day. I may or may not talk to it. That’s between me and the plant, and the neighbors annoying yippy dog. Who I can still hear, and is why I’m writing this post from inside the house on this warm night and not from the Hammock. I must remember to call the police before opening a beer next time.

Next time is like… tomorrow, because this goes on every night.

Freshening Up

16 Apr

We bought our house in January 2008 and shortly thereafter we installed the shelves from the kitchen in our apartment along the wall in the center of the new houses living room. I did a rushed job of painting them and could see the paint drips every trip I took up the stairs for the past 4 years. We also put them too high (because we are both tall and can’t help it) but we didn’t want to put more holes in the wall and had so much to accomplish in the house that we left it as it was, until now.


Fast forward four years, and leave me home alone for a few days while the hubby goes on a business trip and I finally get to tackle some Pinterest inspiration. I pulled a few frames from around the house, some items we already had, and purchased a few frames from TJ Maxx and Target. I printed some photos, framed an item from the house’s past, typed up the words to Our Song and we have quite a transformation, or at least a little one.


The vase is from Crate & Barrel and the Bleeding Heart  was clipped from the yard. Please excuse the wrinkle in the rug. The dogs were standing there wondering what was worthy of the Camera other than them.ImageI’m quite pleased with it if  I do say so myself. The husband thinks its random stuff but I love each item, and plan to replace the random items with pictures of our upcoming vacation.