Weekend Rewind – Time Apart, Tulips, and Walktober Edition

By | October 6, 2014

I know we’ve been boring you with all our talk about tile, and I hate to say this, but there are still a couple posts coming on the subject, but one of them will be our reveal post (with all the grout and glory), but I wanted to take a break out of that and do something we haven’t done for awhile, a weekend rewind.

First of all, my Friday afternoon run included a stop to say hello to this tiny snapping turtle. (No, I didn’t pick him up and bring him home with me, as Wyatt suggested I do, but I did see his twin brother about 5 blocks away.) They were so little! Not little and cute…just little.

Baby Snapping Turtle

On Friday night, we got all dressed up and went to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. We watched the Cardinals win, the Royals win, and Sporting KC tie while chatting with friends we don’t see as often as we should. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos. 🙁

We also ate 2 BBQ chicken pizzas.

Then, on Saturday, we did a little around the house before Wyatt had to leave for an afternoon of golf with some guys from church. His outing took like 5 hours, so I had the house to myself.

I spent a lot of time in the garden, thinking I was going out to clean it out for winter and instead finding all these treasure. I couldn’t believe how much was out there, and still going strong! I can’t hardly describe how happy these bright, beautiful garden goodies make me feel. There’s something so wonderful and magical about growing something so beautiful and healthy and delicious.

October Harvest

Then, I did some canning, and a some freezing, and some cooking, trying to get some of this goodness used up. I can’t stand to waste any of our hard-earned garden produce, so I’ve been canning and cooking like crazy this summer, even with a torn up kitchen.

I also made a family recipe as part of our Family Recipe Friday goal (it was a day late, but still counts. I’m working on a recap of our yearly goals, but I’ll give you a hint and say we’re a little behind on this one. It’s just hard with no kitchen!)

Zucchini Pie Family Recipe

Then, on Sunday, we had a good morning at church together before we spent even more time apart. Wyatt went to a friend’s house for some home-brewing action and I hung out at home working outside. I planted a few clearance perinnials we found at Home Depot. And since we’ve totally neglected our flower beds, I also had to weed them. You can’t tell all that much from the photo (because it still needs a LOT of work), but I got all the weeds out of this little section before I planted. No comment on the rest of the flower bed.

North Flower Bed Progress 3

In our defense, we’re still planning to re-do all the beds around our house so we haven’t wanted to spend time making them look nice before we know what we want to do. We’re planning to make them smaller and I’d hate to pull grass from a flower bed, only to plant grass back there next year. But, we found these plants for a great price at Home Depot so I cleared a space and stuck them in the ground in hopes that they’ll grow and be happy there.

We can always move them if we decide we don’t like them, right?

North Flower Bed Progress

Then, in the front of the house, I planted almost 60 tulip bulbs.

Planting Tulip Bulbs 2

I had to move the mulch back, then fold under the weed barrier we put down last fall.

Planting Tulip Bulbs

If you tuck it nicely, it should stay just fine and not get all bunch up. Especially if you reuse the stakes and tack it into place.

Planting Tulip Bulbs 3

In case you didn’t know, bulbs should be planted in the fall (Sept-November for our area) and placed about 4-6 inches deep with the pointy end up.

Planting Tulip Bulbs 4

It was a lot of work all on my own, but not hard to do, so just took my time and enjoyed the nice fall weather. I’m pretty excited to spring to sprout these beauties in our front yard.

Planting Tulip Bulbs 5

And you can’t really even tell I tore up the flower bed we just built last year, right?

Planted Tulip Bulbs in Front Flower Bed

I also roasted some eggplant and peppers Sunday afternoon to use in recipes later this week.

Smoking Vegetables

I already made baba ganoush with the eggplant and wasn’t all that impressed. The smoky taste is almost too strong for me, really, which I wasn’t expecting.

Oh, and now that is has stopped raining, we’re officially started on our #Walktober goal of walking 31 miles together in October. We’re behind since it rained so much the first few days of the month, but I’m sure we’ll get caught up. We’d love for you to join us in this 31 mile challenge and enjoy the outdoor fall air. Use the hashtag #WalktoberMiles and we might share your photos on the blog!

So, that’s what we did this weekend. Tell me how you spent the glorious fall weekend!



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