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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Equinox!

Now I'm ready. I feel like I'm actually ready for what's ahead this season. Not like I was a little while ago.

Now I won't give you criticism for having pumpkin everything. I won't scowl at the fact that there's Halloween decorations up (though if I see some Christmas stuff, I just face-palm). I myself will now begin to bring some of my autumn decorations up and when October hits I will bring out the Halloween gear.

But besides what the Autumn Equinox means for societal reasons, don't forget that this is all because of our beautiful planet orbits our beautiful star, the sun. Since the Summer Solstice (which was in late June, if you don't remember), we have been getting less and less sunlight during the day. Now we're at the halfway point to the Winter Solstice where we'll start getting more and more daylight!

I know it's still a sore subject to talk about winter, but just trying to be optimistic!
To top that optimism, here are some photos I took while at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to see how nature is coping with the beginning of Autumn.
Mystery Pond has the most dramatic change of colors so far. Most everything else is still green!
 Oh, you know, just nibbling some greens!
I think my favorite thing about Autumn are the fall flowers! I just love Asters!!

Hopefully your beginning to Autumn was just as beautiful. If not today, there's always tomorrow! But get out there before there's snow!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My first year in my home.

As of yesterday my husband and I have owned our house for a whole year! It's a pretty strange feeling since I still don't really feel like a grown up.

My one suggestion for anyone buying a house:
Never buy it the same week you're getting married.

Yeah. That was our life last year. We closed on the house, had to move in a bunch of stuff (so some relatives could stay at my folks house where we were currently at), we each had interviews for the jobs that we currently had the day before the wedding, and topped it off by getting married!

Chaos has such a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Well, since last year we have done a few improvements, fortunately the inside was good because winter was right around the corner for us back then! The biggest improvement, and it's still a work in progress, is the yard. The guy that sold us the house did a good job on the inside but a really sucky one on the landscaping.

Good thing I have a few years of gardening under my belt. Plus I had my mom for good advice and free plants. She scolded me and told me that I was not allowed to buy plants since she propagates almost everything! 
So here is one year ago (roughly).
Come to think of it, I think this was a few weeks later considering we had been on our honeymoon and didn't really get to live there until mid-October. But anyway! As you can see there was not all that much and a majority of it was lawn. And I hate lawn. I think it's dumb, but I'll rant more about that some other time.

Another way to think of it was that I had a blank slate and could do whatever I wanted! And that is exactly how it turned out.

A year-ish later and this is what I have, so far.
 Here is a close up shot of the sedum that is now occupying my front yard gardens.
And here is my pretty veggie garden. However I'm scared I might not get that much in the way of tomatoes and beans since I planted so late! Curse you short growing season!! 

I also have a pretty dead looking apricot tree in the front yard. It was a tough transfer so I'm hoping that I gave it enough root stimulant and I'll actually see some leaves on it next year. If not, oh well!

So that's my little city home in Milwaukee. Nothing super fancy and definitely still needs a lot of work! Hope you enjoyed this peek into my life!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

My perspective on Autumn.

I keep going back and forth on this season.
I mean, I love the fun part of it, no doubt about that, but I don't think I'm ready for the "cold".

Wisconsin was hit with some storms mid-week and this caused the temperature to drop. And when I mean drop, it's like 50-ish out there. On Tuesday, before the storm hit, we were averaging 70-ish every day. This is obviously a big dip considering I was wearing capris and tshirts to work and now I'm digging for my work jeans and long sleeves. 

This does make me think about this one comic though:

And this is SO true. Let's just look back to this past spring!
Here was the official first day of spring, though it didn't feel like it. However, even after a few weeks I was raving about the temperature increase. I remember at that point I wasn't really wearing a jacket and trying to roll my sleeves up because it was so "hot". Oh boy!

So to conclude today's lesson folks, a lot of things in life are all about perspective! The above example was obviously a very plain simple thing, but you could take this into other areas too. Of course now I'm having a brain fart about any other examples, but if you have a thought about them put it in the comment section!