I am in the garden everyday...without a camera. We've had quite a few zucchini and yellow squash. We've tried a couple new recipes, we've eaten some plain and we've put a lot in the freezer. We've had some tomatoes and several cucumbers - but they are on the weird side! They are kind of pointy and curly on the ends. From what we've read online, this could be due to heat. Or cold. Or too much water. Or not enough water. We have no idea! New this year - brocolli! That's been fun, though there hasn't been much. We've had lots of green beans. We're waiting on carrots, potatoes and eggplant. We even have a couple pumpkins.
We were at our oldest son's engagement party a few weeks back. The kids all played a game of giant Jenga (made by our son and his future father-in-law) while we were there and they loved it. When the end of the trip came and we decided to plan a surprise birthday party for our almost 16 year old daughter, I decided I'd make giant Jenga.
I watched a few videos on YouTube and thought, "This will be easy!" We went with a jelly bean theme for her party (her favorite candy), so I decided to paint the Jenga pieces different colors. My husband was going to be away the week leading up to the party, so it was up to me to get it done. (I hadn't told him of my plans anyway, so I HAD to do it!)
First, to the store for paint.
Next, a trip to Home Depot for 2x4's. I think I was asked about four times if I needed help. "Nope. I got this." The cashier asked if I needed help getting it to my car. "Nope. I got this."
(I was a hot sweaty mess by the time I got them loaded in the car! Maybe I should have accepted help! haha)
I got the wood home, brought the saw outside and started measuring and cutting.
I ended up with 16 stacks of three. I think there are supposed to be 18, but one of the 2x4's had a crack through half of it, so I couldn't use it.
Next came the sanding. It. took. forever! A belt sander of some kind would have been great, but I used what I had and they turned out amazing. (If I do say so myself!)
I painted/stained them with a watered down acrylic paint, then applied a wax to make them slide.
I've always loved decorating for Christmas. This year it has felt like a bit of a chore. I'm not sure why.
Maybe the weather?
We are in New England.
It is supposed to be COLD!
We should have had a bit of snow by now.
This weekend is supposed to be sunny with highs in the 50's!
Anyway...Here's the house so far.
I love that you can see the tree through the front door.
Here's the sun porch at night. (The entrance we use.)
Here it is during the day.
This is part of the kitchen.
The end of the dining room.
And our tree. AKA "Big Fatty". It is such a huge tree and really does not fit well in this space, but no one will let me get rid of it. It's become a tradition! (We will decorate it when college girl is home.)
There are still a few things I'd like to put up, but I like what I have so far. It's been a few years since I've made any major changes, so this year I'm taking notes. I think I'll hit the after Christmas sales hard for new decor!