In Our Backyard

Our backyard extends beyond the area behind our house, it includes the places we frequent, the places we visit, the places where we live life. This blog is all about the things we find in our backyard and beyond.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nostalgic Water Pump

Something old and interesting can serve as a centerpiece even when the plants have started to die off. This old well pump was a great find and we hope to create a water feature with it one of these days. In the meantime, it's an eye catching memorabilia all its own.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Returnees in the Garden

It has been a really strange spring this year. Too wet, too cold and generally just not conducive to getting out in the garden. So far, the only things growing in our backyard are plants that come back year after year without much coaxing. Them and the weeds.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

White Flowers

It's almost time for the gardent to wake up again. Soon, it will bloom again. Welcome Spring!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our Perch

Time to dust off the chairs and dig up the yard! We have been busy planting the garden early this spring and now it's time to sit and enjoy the warm weather and watch things grow... from our perch.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weeds and Dandelions

Since my husband is building new storage sheds our backyard has been looking more like a junk yard for the last few months. Needless to say we hadn't planted anything in our garden this year. We're hoping than when he finishes with the construction and finally has our backyard in order again, that we will still have enough growing time to at least plant a few things.
"I find a person whose life is full of genuine dandelions and ditch weeds to be far more compelling than the person whose life is full of plastic roses, and I’m far from alone in that conclusion.

In other words, you’re better off being proud of being a ditchweed than trying to be a rose and merely being a plastic imitation of one. Stop caring what other people think. Be passionate and proud of who you are and what you enjoy and stop spending a dime of your money or an ounce of your energy trying to be something you’re not."
~ Plastic Flowers from The Simple Dollar

Friday, March 25, 2011

Seeing Brighter Days


The seasons are just flying by! It will be spring again before you know it. At our house, spring is not just the time to spruce up the garden, it's also time to spruce ourselves up. Wake us up from the slow slumber of winter and get revved up for the brighter and warmer days ahead. So it's time for our annual physicals, check ups, and what have you.

Two of my three girls wear glasses and so does my husband. This year, it seems I will be joining them. My husband had to have his prescription refilled so I decided to go with him and have my eyes examined also. Well guess what? I need glasses now too!

So armed with our prescriptions, I decided to go to Zenni Optical again to have them filled. Yes, we've used them before for the girls' eyeglasses and saved a ton! The great thing about it is, our new optometrist does not mind including the pupil distance in the script. It used to be that the optometrist would not include that measurement in there, and only the techs who make your glasses could do it and this also forced you to use their services rather than just ordering stuff online. Well I guess enough of their customers asked for the pupil distance measurement that they just started doing it. I sure do appreciate it.

Zenni has great customer service and they really don't mind walking you through the steps of interpreting the numbers on your script and they used to coach you on how to take the pupillary distance measurement. Thank goodness I don't need to do that anymore! But it was a great service when our old opthalmologist wasn't so cooperative.

If you've ever had to pay for prescription glasses you know how expensive they can get. But try out Zenni Optical next time you need a prescription. They can accomodate pretty much all your needs from bifocals to progressives. The great thing is, their prices are discounted as such that you may only need to pay as little as $6.95 eyeglasses prescription eyeglasses!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Winter Casualties

We had papayas in our garden last summer that even bore fruit this time. Of course, the fruit didn't have time to mature or ripen and when the first snow of the season came, they immediately succumbed.