I was poking around here and realized I haven't posted since January. What a slacker!
On the house front, we finally finished the floors in the bedroom portion of the house. Well, everything except for the quarter round in the sitting room. We don't really have a good excuse for not finishing it, we just got sick of doing the floor stuff so we haven't gotten back to it yet. We also now have coverings on the windows in the two front rooms (thanks to the shopping trip). I spent my first day off between jobs organizing the pantry, and I planted three flower beds. One is full of garlic, onions, chives, dill, lettuce, and mache, so I guess technically it's not a "flower" bed.
I do have some new pictures to upload, now that I found my camera. It went missing after a weekend shopping trip to Chicago (I love St. Louis, but we don't have an Ikea!). I thought for sure I left my camera in the minivan we rented (hey, it was a trip to Ikea after all, we couldn't just take a car). Turns out I had actually put it away in my office cabinet when cleaning up the house. I suppose that's one reason not to pick up!
I continue to be amazed that gardening up here isn't as much of a chore as it was in Texas. There are several reasons:
1. Lack of Bermuda grass (the most awful weed ever invented, although people happily sod their entire lawn with it)
2. Clay soil that's easy to dig. I suspect that's due to #3.
3. It sometimes rains here. If we go more than a week or two without rain, it's considered a "drought." I know that's because the farmers count on the rain, but for a gardener who is used to North Texas, it's a luxury. Bonus: our yard also has a sprinkler system.
4. It's relatively cool here. We've had highs in the mid-to-upper 80's, which is near-record for this time of year, but it's still relatively cool in the morning, and it cools down in the evenings. I dug up a new spot for some scarlet monarda this morning and barely broke a sweat.
I also have a new job. Well, I will have one as of Monday since I'm taking a week off between jobs. Needless to say, I've been a bit distracted for the past couple of months.