Monday, May 25, 2009

The Yard...Almost Done!

We finally finished our front landscaping! I actually should say we finished ripping out the existing landscaping (about 40 bushes - and only broke 3 shovels in the process) and we simply planted some knockout rose bushes. We were so overwhelmed with all the different types of shrubs before that we just decided to go with plain jane and plant one type of bush all along the front of the house. This picture is actually just after we had a heavy rain shower, so everything is a little soggy, but you can get an idea.

We also have been working on our side porch. What a nightmare!!! Before we bought our house we didn’t realize what exactly was going on here. It was very overgrown and covered up. With the help of my family, we took out most of the trees last summer and Derrick removed a few more this spring. I have tons of pictures of this area to show true horror...

There is actually two air conditioning units under that mess...

Christmas lights...hmmm...this was July.

And the (somewhat) finished product...

Derrick and I love, love, love to cook so we decided this year we would try to grow our own herbs. We really just wanted to start small and try our hand at a few things, but I will admit I got a little carried away. I had to put back a few different items (one of which was a tooth ache plant – my justification was that I might need it since I am growing stevia). So here are a few pics on our side porch, which is now being used for herbs…

The other night we decided that we should make some pesto with our new herbs. We have basil, but we also have a newer type of basil called “Pesto Perpetuo”. We wanted to try both and see which we preferred. We were (as always) a house divided. We did agree that we liked the pesto with asiago cheese instead of parmesan for something different. Either way, we really enjoyed our fresh herbs.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bettin' the Ponies

So this is a little late getting posted but I have finally uploaded our pics from the first weekend in May. We headed up to Louisville to meet up with some friends to bet the ponies. Sadly, we didn’t win anything. The worst part is that I did place a bet on Mine that Bird for Derby but it was an exacta and I sure didn’t pick any other winners. We might have come home with empty wallets, but we had a great time.

Derrick looking sensational in his newly acquired hat (he’s going to kill me)

After the races we headed to Tony Boombozz for some pizza but had to make a quick pit stop for some ribs. There were tons of people grilling out and selling food in their front yards. We stopped off and had absolutely the best food I have ever had – ribs, smoked chicken, green beans, macaroni and cheese, corn salad, potato salad and more. We really thought about moving in with these nice ladies. We have marked this house and plan on going back next year. We love to eat, so this was probably the best part of our day :)