April 28, 2014

plant a container garden for you and me and other weekend things.

well, we were going to wait until mid-may to start our little container garden again, but this weekend seemed like a good time to start. so we picked up some containers and soil and sowed us some lettuce, green onion and perilla leaf seeds. i also picked up a pretty pink petunia that we transferred over to a pot. last year our container garden didn't do so well but this year we're hoping for better results. i remember my parents had a little garden in our old home in ridgefield, new jersey. i have such fond memories of that garden. 

on sunday we also hiked along one of the trails over at riverbend park in great falls, virginia. it was so pretty with lots of flying bugs that went up our noses and buzzed next to our ears. 

i was also reminded of something really good this past weekend. i met up with a couple of former colleagues for coffee and really enjoyed their company. i realized how many good people i've met in my life. i may not see them on a regular basis but when i do it's as if we were picking up a conversation we had the day before. that's always a good feeling to have. 

well, there are so many things to "look into" this week. for one, flight tickets to korea and japan for this fall. we've been planning this trip forever and it still seems like any second it'll get called off or canceled for another time. you know that feeling when something doesn't seem right? this trip has that feeling all over it, and it's such a horrible feeling to have for such a big trip. i think for one, leaving piri behind for such a long time gets us worrying {his age, chronic ear infections, etc.}. a few of our friends think it's silly to worry over a dog. but oh well. call us silly if you must. 

hope you have a great week! we're heading in may! 

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  1. I totally understand about worrying about Piri. Do you have someone close by to look after him when you're gone?
    And you know, I've tried doing this container garden so many times, but have always failed....sigh....

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    1. unfortunately we don't have close friends and family near us. we do trust the facility that we usually bring him to - a cage free facility where they are always with dogs and people and get to sleep on dog beds and futons, etc. they also get play time in a large grassy area. but i guess i still feel a little nervous. :)

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  2. Yay for container garden, Jane. I have never grown lettuce but that sounds really great. I remember the days when my husband and I lived in an apartment, having a few containers of herbs and flowers in the patio was quite a luxury and joy. I was hoping for a house with backyard so I could grow my own veggies.

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    1. we hope for a large garden one day too! one of these days! :)

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  3. Looks and sounds like a good weekend! I have always wanted to have my own garden, which was another reason for getting a house. I just have been procrastinating. Maybe you've just inspired me to actually start! -And I have to say that I would love to visit Japan again! Lucky you! -Jess L

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    1. oh we're really hoping the asia trip will happen. maybe the planning of it seems so complicated and that's what's making me feel like it's just going to not happen.. we'll see! :)

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  4. I think any pet parent is nervous about leaving their dog or cat behind. But as long as you leave him with someone responsible or a good kennels with clear instructions then I'm sure he'll be fine.

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    1. thank you for understanding. we do trust the facility we board piri at but still when it's for a long period i get so nervous! but you're right! i'm sure he'll be fine playing and hanging out with other dogs and people :)

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  5. Sounds like a marvellous weekend. I should do a container like this really, would be fun!! I hope you're able to get all the things done this week that you need to, the trips sound wonderful :) Thank you for your very sweet comment, that made me smile, so kind Xxx

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    1. thank you! i'm so glad there is an alternative to a backyard garden. really hoping that our veggies turn out ok!

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  6. Oh I so hope I have an out door area in my condo and I am totally going to have a mini garden out there. And ok ew bugs up your nose ah!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  7. Good luck with your little greenies Jane ^___^
    Thumbs up! Xx

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  8. I love your container garden. I'm a terrible gardener, but I keep trying to grow things on my balcony/coffee table. So far my oregano is still alive and I recently planted some dill that seems to be doing ok.

    And it's totally normal to worry about your pets!

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    1. i was thinking of growing my own herbs as well! it would be so great to have some rosemary and basil on hand!

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  9. Oh jane!!! Loving your spot for a container garden!!! This is just fantastic!!!! And you know it's a special relationship when you can just pick up where you left off!! Wishing you a lovely week friend! Nicole xo

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    1. thank you! i love your garden and seeing all the lovely work you put into it! hope you have a lovely week as well!

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  10. It'll be awesome when you get to eat what grows out of your container garden :) Piri is family. Of course it's not silly to worry about him!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. yes! totally! i am really hoping we can! and thanks for understanding re: piri! :)

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  11. not silly at all! It would be crazy if you didn't have any concern for leaving behind Piri!

    What a bummer to have that feeling for such a much anticipated trip ahead of you. But, I have a similar mindset when it comes to things. Of course, all things do work out so I wish you the very best trip for fall!! =D

    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. thanks for understanding nancy! i think it's because the trip is huge and there is so much to plan that it just seems really overwhelming.. and there is still some uncertainty to some aspects of the trip so i automatically think it's going to get called off... i know i just need to sit and start planning from the beginning but it's hard to start! :) hopefully i'll wrap my head around it soon and feel less jittery about it!

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  12. congrats on starting your garden! can't wait to see the results. and yeah, your cocker spaniel kinda does look like he/she runs the show! haha

    also i totally know about planning big trips and how quickly things can change. we've been *planning a vacation* since we got married three and a half years ago! good luck though

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    1. thank you! ah those big trips. :) hopefully i'll be able to plan it out soon and it'll seem less overwhelming and uncertain!

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  13. I've always wanted to start growing stuff. are they cheap?

    Katrina Sophia Blog

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    1. yes! it was around $30 to start this container garden (seeds, containers, soil)!

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  14. Jane, I hope your garden is successful. My grandfather grew a number of things in his backyard. I never had a green thumb, but with something small I just may enjoy it. I may give it a try (next year hahaha). Glad you had a great weekend. You know this year, has seemed funny (not so funny) to me. It's an uneasiness that I have. I can't describe it. There seems to be so many bad things happening. All I can tell you is to listen to your inner voice. Pay attention to it. If it doesn't feel right to you, don't pursue it.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. so true kim! i always try to follow my inking and intuition! i am thinking for now that the trip seems overwhelming and there are certain factors that we have to figure out so it just seems like the trip will fall apart. i'm starting to do step by step planning so hopefully i can wrap my head around this and feel less jittery!

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  15. I wish the best for your garden, Jane!
    A trip to both Korea and Japan this fall? That sounds like a lovely adventure! Make sure to have lots of fun and foods, and fall photos too!

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    1. thank you! oh we can't wait for the food!!

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  16. ooh so excited to see where this container garden goes! hope the plans for japan/korea goes well!! sounds like it will be a good trip. It must be hard to be leaving piri behind, it's not silly at all!

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    1. thank you! really hoping that the trip happens :)

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  17. That photo is so sweet, family portrait :) I hope your thoughts are merely thoughts about your holiday. I often get that feeling before amazing events, I think up worst case scenarios. As a kid they were more extreme, I remember thinking about dying in a car accident before getting to make it to our town's fair and I realise I still do this to a certain extent as an adult but hopefully not so extreme! We're all sending happy and healthy thoughts to you guys and Piri :)

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    1. thank you! i'm so glad that i got the moment when piri looked up and held steady enough for me to snap a photo. and i am with you on the thinking of worst case scenarios. it's so funny because i will do it so much to the point that most of the scenarios ended up feeling ok because i had imaged them to be so so terrible! but oh man - accidents are scary! super super scary!

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  18. I don't think it's silly to worry over a dog, especially when they're such a big part of your family life. i think it would be a bit heartless not to think about that. wishing you and your planters some good luck this year! Nice to catch up with old friends.

    Oh wow, did you see the statues being moved like that way then?

    Buckets & Spades


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    1. thanks matt for understanding! and re: the statues - they were doing some experiments on how they think the statues were being moved and had worked with volunteers to try out the rope theory! it was a fascinating documentary but kind of tough to watch while running! :)

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  19. Oh how exciting a trip to Korea and Japan!!!! and in the fall!!!! I can already imagine your pictures, it will be awesome to virtually follow you guys around. I understand a lot what you say about being worried, we love travelling but there is not a single day that I don't miss Juno, during our honeymoon I cried every time Dani's mom sent us a picture of her reassuring us that she was perfectly fine (it may sound silly!). I bet with Piri being older is harder, but we are all sending the best wishes for him so everything will be fine, we've got his back covered ;)

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  20. Oh that sounds like it'll be such a wonderful trip. Don't worry too much and just move forward with your plans. Vacation should be something that you look forward to (not stress about at night)

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