Our Garden in 2017

It’s mid-November and I am JUST getting around to publishing this post about summer gardening.  What am I doing?!  I’ve definitely been telling myself that I could stretch it out until we used up the last of our butternut squash harvest (because summer gardening isn’t over until you use up everything you grew… or something), but I’m really running the risk of sounding tone deaf if I wait much longer.  In other words, this post has been a looooong time in the making and it’s about time I shared it with you.

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In 2016, we started our first garden.  Joey built us two beautiful wooden planter boxes (and I contributed by suggesting they be on wheels and staining the wood) and then, in a mad dash to start growing things sort of late in the season, we bought a bunch of seeds and sprinkled them all over.  Each seed looked so teensy that we thought “there’s no way we’re really supposed to place just ONE of these things into the dirt!”  We ended up with garden boxes bursting with veggies and by the end of the summer, squash had taken over on one side and chard and taken over on the other.

Not going to lie, it was THRILLING to see all those veggies pop up but they probably would have appreciated a bit more space, so this year, we did it right.  We started earlier, we plotted out what and where and when and Garden 2.0 was a smashing success.  I mean, our snap peas didn’t do great and we couldn’t get a single strawberry to grow to full ripeness before a squirrel ate it and we only got one pattypan, BUT our basil was beautiful, our tomato plants were alive and thriving and giving us the most incredible tasting tomatoes and we had beets and radishes and chard all summer.  Not to mention the legit pumpkin/butternut patch we had.

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I cannot even begin to tell you how delightful it was to go into our backyard and grab a handful or parsley or basil for dinner, or fill our colander with cherry tomatoes or radishes to use in a week’s worth of lunch salads or sauté a squash that I had harvested only moments before.  These are simple things that brought me the greatest happiness.  And just like last year, we’ll end this growing season having learned some new lessons — what we liked growing, what we could do without, how to do better next year — and it all feels so good and essential and life-enhancing.

Oh and we totally grew a little flower garden successfully!  It sounds backwards, but I think I’m better with veggies than flowers, so keeping that garden alive all summer was a major accomplishment.  AND, after saying we would do it for the past two years, we actually got our act together and planted tulip bulbs for spring!  I can’t wait to see them come up (fingers crossed)!

So here’s to you, Garden 2017.  We loved you so so much!

Weekend Things

This weekend was really really good.  The sun was out and it was just warm enough to sit outside for Friday dinner with Hannah and Josh, do a little bit of garden work and enjoy a park brunch.  It felt productive but relaxed, which means I cleaned out my closet and got lunches made for the week but I also got a Saturday afternoon manicure and took myself to yoga.  I want to relive it all again right now ♥

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I spent all of last fall trying to find the best Pumpkin Spice Latte in Denver and decided it was at Cherry Bean, so on Friday, Joey was adamant about driving over to get me one.  I’m so undeserving of this affection, but who am I to argue against a Friday morning latte present? 🙂

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After work, we headed to Erie for dinner with Hannah and Josh.  We got to see the beginnings of Project Nursery (Side Note: Hannah texted me a picture of the finished product on Sunday and I can’t keep looking at it.  SO CUTE!) before heading out to dinner at Community.  News Flash: That place is still REALLY REALLY good!  We also walked over to a little chocolate/gelato shop where I tried to convince Hannah she needed a chocolate baby carriage and then we listened to instrumental versions of popular songs while we enjoyed our dessert.

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Saturday was just perfect.  We woke up and headed over to the 16th Street Mall because: FREE BREAKFAST BURRITOS AT ILLEGAL PETE’S!!!  Sorry, we were just sort of excited.  We did wait in line for half an hour but so worth it because, turns out, walking around the Farmers’ Market is 100x more fun if you’re also eating a breakfast burrito.  Afterwards, we grabbed coffee from Pig Train and headed inside to do a little work.  Serious Question: Why have we never thought to hang out at one of the many tables inside Union Station??  I need to do that more often.  Plus, it was extra cute in there with all the fall/Halloween decor!

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Back at home, I unpacked our adorably small pears from the Farmers’ Market and then we harvested all the butternut squash from our garden and I am so genuinely excited to use them up this season!  Joey also cleared out everything but our strawberries and parsley and then… WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH… IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!  Clearly, we were very excited about this.  We’ve got those little pumpkins sitting out on the front porch for decoration until we carve them for Halloween and I love seeing them every time I leave or come home!

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I got myself a manicure later on and even though it was sort of chilly and windy on my walk there and back, it’s early enough in the season that that briskness kind of feels good!  Joey ditched me to go gamble in Black Hawk that night but it was actually fine by me because I got to finish The Night Of.  I sort of thought the series was just okay.  I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t love it either.  What should I watch next??

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Sunday started with brunch for Roman’s 1st birthday — actually, it started with me texting Joey three coffee emojis from bed, but anway… — and it sure was a beautiful fall morning to be out in the sun!  Roman really politely ate that cake and it was just the cutest.  Also, the park we were at was SO NICE.  I kept thinking “where was this type of park when I was a kid?!”

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We headed home afterwards to separately do some Sunday chores — made those Buffalo Cauliflower Salads with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing and am seriously excited to eat them this week! — and then I went to yoga for the first time in a long time and it felt so nice.  For dinner, we made Burger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy and it all felt so fall comfort food-y in a way that made me really really happy.

We’ve got a whole week of upper 70-degree weather to enjoy and I’m not mad about it.  Happy Monday!