Beginning to garden

While Zac worked typical 12-15 hour days, for 3 days straight, I decided to go to Jerry’s and dig in the dirt for a few days, which brought back glorious memories from working at the greenhouse.  Using just my hands and a little shovel, I took part in some garden therapy.

I’ve always adored lillies.

Dalias.  I chose pretty flowers and ground covers, we’ll see if that was the right decision in a year…

Our rhododendron is blooming!

And so is this mysterious beauty!

Another pleasant surprise was when this flower bloomed, not sure what it is, but it’s lovely.

 Our humble abode.

This year I just planted perennials, a few annuals, and one tomato plant.  Zac and I are hoping to build 1 or 2 garden beds in the backyard next year for vegetables only.

Sadly, this backyard garden shares a living space with Suki, so it looks a little bit beat up after being dug up daily.  Suki especially is offended by the azaleas, as she makes a greater effort to shred their roots everyday.

Speak of the devil, below she greeted me after work with this surprise of a mess. What a sweetheart!

In other news, Suki turned one year old yesterday, and got the present of a little stuffed hedgehog named ‘Baby.’

Poor Baby never stood a chance.  Within 15 hours he had the stuffing ripped out of him followed by Suki proudly running around with his heart (squeaker) in her mouth.

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Since we mentioned red room…

Before and after.


Before there was red carpet.  And a built-in vanity.  And sun-stained pink curtains.  No need to add dramatized adjectives, the subjects speak for themselves.

Inbetween before and after:  870 staples, 150 screws, 28 trips to Jerry’s, 1 sheet of 5/8 in. drywall, 1 sheet of 1/2 in. drywall, and then finally one actually-fitting size of 3/8 in. drywall.

Then, a little bit of mudding, a little bit of spilling compound on the floor, and a little bit of yelling at Suki to not drink the paint.


After.  Wood floors, free of red carpeted anxiety.  Light green walls, free of the haunting vanity.

Red Room Costs and Sweat Equity

Red Room Costs

Drywall $7.25
Primer $57.00
Paint $35.00
Paint samples $26.00
Trim (Floor)/ trim supplies $28.00
Mud/ tools $39.00
Sanding materials $11.50
Outlet covers $1.25
Bamboo blinds $35.00
Faux wood blinds $120.00
Lighting fixture/ bulb $34.00
Drywall mistakes $16.25
Guard tape/ patches $26.00
Door knobs/ hinges/ stop $25.50
Closet hinges/ knobs $12.00
Stain/ supplies for doors $21.25
Total $495.00

Thank you Jim for the idea to add a table calculating our sweat equity. This one may not be entirely accurate since I had to date back 2 months, but it’s a pretty good approximation:

Red Room Sweat Equity:

Timeline: February 1, 2011 – February 25, 2011

1-31-11:Carpet/ built-in vanity removal 5hrs
Night 1-31-11:Touch up and Removing floor staples 2hrs
2-5-11: Replacing drywall (3 tries to get the right size), mixing compound/ applying mud, sanding 7hrs
2-6-11: Priming 2x 7hrs
2-12-11: Painting 2x 5hrs
2-13-11: Touch up painting, replacing covers/ knobs, and cutting/ nailing trim 5hrs
2-19-11: Staining closet doors 2hrs
2-25-11: Customizing blinds/ installing blinds 1 hr
Misc: Sweeping/ mopping .5hrs
Misc: 3 trips to the dump 1 hr
Misc: 15 trips to Jerry’s 7.5hrs
Total 43 hrs
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