Thursday, June 7, 2012

May 2012 Recap

Oh wow, it's June 7th already.  Where is the time going?  It seems like the last 18 months has flown by.  I mean it's still sinking in that we own a house and we have for the past 18 months.  We are still telling people that we just bought a house.  I guess we've actually owned it for a while.  Weird.

Lets take a look back at some of our accomplishes in May.

J finished up his first year of grad school.  

Photo from the UW Madison website
He now has only two and a half years to go.  It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't.  In a few short years, he'll have is masters degree.  I'm so proud of him; working full time, taking classes, putting up with me and the house.     

We planted the garden.

This is not my garden, but I hope it looks like this soon.

We filled the second of our three raised beds with a soil combo that I read was better for the plants.  Then we filled our two finished beds with a bunch of veggies.  All of which I hope do well.  This is only our second year with a "real" garden.  And the first time that we're trying things like broccoli and garlic.  But I'm hoping for a full bounty and I'm hoping to try out canning this fall.  I'll keep you posted on that.

We planted flowers out front

Okay, "we" didn't do this, I did this.  I used some of my birthday money to fill the pots out front with lovely flowers.  We're trying not to plant anything permanent because we might paint the house this year.  This way, we don't have to paint around plants, we just have to move the pots.  But we first will see how the bathroom renovation goes before we will decide if painting is in our near future.

We got to see Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Memorial Union
One of the best things about working on campus is some of the speakers you get to see.  Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the best.  And I even convinced J to leave work early to come see him.  It was a beautiful day on Lake Mendota and it was a wonderful talk.  We didn't get to meet him or get his autograph because there were so many other people there to see him.  This guys is like a rock star.  Hopefully he'll be back.

We tiled our kitchen backsplash 

New tile
This one was a long one coming.  We've had the tile for months now.  I think we might have bought it back around Christmas, maybe Thanksgiving.  It was a little bit of work, but it was worth it.  I'm in love with how it looks and it really completes the kitchen.  This was possibly one of my favorite projects.

We didn't accomplish that much in May, but that's because J was still in school for half of it.  But now that he's done for the summer, we'll be cranking out a bunch of projects.  The next major project is the bathroom.  But I'm hoping that won't be as involved as the kitchen. We'll see, everyone that's done home improvement knows projects are never as easy as you plan.  But that's the fun part, right?!?  


Anonymous said...

It looks like you accomplished plenty to me! That house work is a big deal! I am also intending to take a crack at canning this year- farmer's market stuff though, not ours. The plan was to make a few different spagetti sauce recipes and can them. I think that's a good place to start!

EastCoastLife said...

Yes, you have accomplished lots! I am admiring your tomato plants, I have not succeeded in growing a tomato although I have tried 3 times. sigh...

I am going to move to a new house soon and will be going through the headaches of renovation. Hope I an design a nice kitchen like yours.

Happy weekend!

Lynne said...

Your kitchen tile look fabulous! you 2 did a great job and that's no easy task!