May 28, 2009

Spreading the word...

I was checking out a great blog I read from time to time called get in mah belly, the author of the blog, Liz, was giving a huge shout out to a blog she has recently become "obsessed with" (her words, not mine). So after reading her post, I also wanted to let people know about the Queen City Discovery blog.

The cool thing this blog does is tell the stories of the old, often forgotten about, buildings throughout Cincinnati . The photography is absolutely beautiful. Check out their photo gallery.

I'm probably breaking some "blogger" rules with this post, but I do fully disclaim that I'm pretty much "copying" right off Liz for this one, but I found these pictures of Cincinnati to be sooo great, that I also wanted to share & spread the word about the Queen City Discovery blog.

May 16, 2009

Update on Projects

Awhile back, I laid out 3 goals for this summer for house projects:

*Fix garage ceiling
*Give the windows a good "spring" cleaning
*Plant new grass in back yard

So far, we've worked on project #3, getting some grass to grow in the backyard. If you'll recall from my previous post, our yard was torn apart by our loving and playful pup, Ella. Given the energy and rambunctiousness of a 2 year old lab mix, you can imagine how much she loves to run around the yard, chasing everything from toys, sticks and even her tail. With all this darting back and forth over the already not so green grass, Miss Ella managed to turn our back yard into an area filled with dirt and mud, leaving no grass to be seen.

As the weather warmed up here in the 'Nati and spring sprung, we headed out to Lowes to have a chat with a garden expert about a durable grass seed that might have a better shot up against Ella playful ways. (Because even though people say Lab mix dogs call down when they turn 2, I don't see that happening for us anytime soon with her!) We ended up buying some "Smart Seed" and got started by raking up the dirt lawn and preparing the area for seeding.

We sectioned off half of the backyard with a temporary fence, and got to spreading the seed with our new handy walk behind Scott's spreader. We also planted a nice Azalea bush in the corner to try to deter Ella from barking when she sees the neighbors. (Though I doubt this will really make much of a difference in that area, but it will be a nice pop of color in the backyard!)

So far, the new grass is growing great! It's actually time for a cut and we're going to work on sectioning off the other half of the yard next week. Miss Ella is one smart dog, because she managed to jump our temporary fence last week and has now made it a fun backyard game of jumping to the newly seeded side, and then barking at us because she can't get back over the fence! (We'll have to get some taller yard stakes this time for the second half of the project to try to keep her from hopping into the newer seed.)

Nothing like watching grass grow to get you excited for summer time! I'll leave you with a fun picture of my girl Ella. Here she is back in February, running and jumping across the backyard. You can see that she truly enjoys playing and not even snow can stop her from "flying" in the yard. I wish the new grass seed luck, I think it's going to need it! (HaHa)

Have a fabulous weekend my "blog checking friends"!

May 08, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

This coming Sunday is Mother's Day. I want to take a moment to wish my Mom, Carole, and all my "mom" friends a Happy Mother's Day. I hope you're all able to take a moment to relax and do something fun for yourself. Enjoy the Day!

May 01, 2009

Clean House

The Style network show was in Cincinnati recently taping an episode of the show Clean House. This is a guilty pleasure show of mine that I enjoy watching and I usually get sucked into watch many marathon hours of this show!

The premise of the show is a group of designers & organizers go into people homes and help them clear out clutter, and we're talking major clutter. Once the people go through their items, they have a yard sale to make some money to go towards organizing & redesigning their new "clean house".

I jumped on the chance to join some of my co-workers and head out to the "yard sale day" for the house in Cincinnati. (Plus, if you're a fan of the show, who doesn't want to seem some cast members in person!) The line was very long, we waited around 1 1/2 hours to get in the doors of the building where they had the sale.
The host of the show is Miss Niecy Nash, I think she's fun and sassy and everyone in line was hoping for a glance at her in person. Below is a picture of the real Niecy, and another shot of one of the many gals dressed up like her. (Now that is what I call some mayhem and foolishness!)I didn't get to see Miss Niecy in person, but I did score some other cast member sightings. I happened to be in the right place at the right time to watch a segment being taped with interior designer, Mark Brunetz, who is super hip & cool.
I also scored a pretty decent spot when the shows "go to guy", Matt Iseman signed some autographs on his way to film another segment. The 2 hour episode with the house from Cincinnati will air on July 1st on the Style network. I'm gonna check it out, maybe I'll show up in a wide shot of the crowd, you never know!!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend.