Monday, June 29, 2009

Heil garden

Our front yard garden
Ok, when your in-laws are coming, everything needs a major do-over.
My house is no exception.

Our front yards was with non-existing garden, broken steps, ugly door, the concrete of the front was falling apart, because the very " handyMAN" that lived there before us tried to fix that ( yes, you know who you are, don't look at the ceiling!) et cetera, et cetera. For the record, I fixed that with my two on hands in 30 minutes. Unfortunately, you can't see this in these pictures because I took them before we painted and fixed the stairs.
Our front yard garden

Of course you have so much time in 24 hours, so I just gave up the idea of fixing all of it, but I could at least do something. I fixed the porch ( it looks like a French cafe now, minus the dog bowl of course), cleaned ( and put in order) the garage and i had only one thing left- the front yard.

Our front yard garden

So, my darling husband and I decided to fix that teeny weensy problem the weekend before my father-in-law comes to visit. You can imagine that none of us had actually and idea how much time and work it's going to take, because we thought we are going to be finished in a day. Well, almost.

And almost it was.
But the garden turned out beutiful!
And I finally had something to do with all these rocks we had in the back yard.
And we kept our budget under 300$( with the tools!) which was very nice indeed.

So, we dug, we scraped, we pulled roots and trimmed bushes and finally it was potting time. It was my first time but at least I got it that we had to buy some plating soil and kind of help the plants adjust go the new place better. Like a welcome present if you like.

So here it is, from left to right:
1.Our front yard garden 2.Our front yard garden
3.Our front yard garden 4. Our front yard garden
5. Our front yard garden

And they looked beautiful! The colors were perfect!
Our front yard garden

When you add that we painted black between the bricks on the front of the house, the garden looked so much better than it was before that I couldn't believe we managed to do that ourselves.
Our front yard garden

Our front yard garden

Until...the next day we had a terrible storm and enormous amounts of hail just leveled it to the ground.

And the heil that damaged it the next day And the heil that damaged it the next day
I could not believe my eyes!!! I cried of course and I was angry, but there was nothing I can do.
And the heil that damaged it the next day And the heil that damaged it the next day

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Twilight series

I am ashamed of myself and looking down at my shoes. Did this really happen to me?!
I was so against the whole hysteria with Twilight and I refused to read the books. I was very prejudiced that they would be corny and teenage-y and "not-good-enough-for-a Harry-Potter-fan" to read.

But...I hurt my back and I was aching allover and I couldn't move. I am a very, very energetic person and lying down for 3 straight days was something I couldn't take. I had to do something but in this position there was not much to do. On top of that I was so angry I couldn't get up that I wasn't in the mood for something very deep and inspirational. I just wanted to take my mind off things.

It so happened we were at the store, where I was buying a medicine for my back and I saw that "Twilight" and the second book " New moon" were $5 each and I thought how bad a book can be to be sold for $5 each and they were a lot of pages, so I was sure they would get me through the next 2 days.

* Remind me to post about why you should get a Kindle if you are reading flat on your back books over 500 pages.

I started a little suspicious ( well, maybe not so little) and was ready to jump up in every page and say " Hay, this is one crap piece of literature".
But I didn't.

At first I was surprised, then I was ashamed that I " gave up and gave in".
I am not sure what happened to be honest. Were my expectations too low so no matter how bad it was I would have liked it or it was really good? I wasn't sure and I had to check. I made my husband run to the store and by me the next 2 ( by the way the whole 4 books I read in 3 days) books- " Eclipse" and " Breaking Dawn".
Then after I read them I started the series again, just to check what would I think about the writing now.
It wasn't bad!

I think that Stephenie Meyer did her homework pretty well and the writing wasn't as bad as you expect from this kind of books. And it did take my mind off things, which was the initial purpose, so overall I think I like them.

"Twilight" was the beginning of the can't read the rest without it and it was intriguing.

"New moon"
I would say I liked the best. I could relate to a lot of feelings Bella had at this time and I really appreciate the way the author wrote about them.

"Eclipse" again, I had some moments I could relate to ( not the whole vampire thing but others LoL) and it was still keeping the suspense what would happen next.

"Breaking Dawn" is a whole other story! The first time I read it, it just fell flat for me. Splat!And we were drinking human blood from sippy cups with a straw! P-u-h-lease! It was nothing I expected, some parts were utterly ridiculous and I didn't like it.

However, after I started reading "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer again, I decided to give it a try again. I liked it better the second time and I think I know why I didn't like it the first time. She totally switched her style of writing on the last book! It went too much sci-fi and I blame "The Host"! :-)
Anyway, I haven't finished "The Host" yet, so I am going to write about it later.

I read a ton of books recently, I just need the time to post about them all :-)
Reviews to follow!!!

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