Sunday, November 27, 2011

The leaf blower

A few weeks ago I bought an electric leaf blower. I got an electric leaf blower because they are more powerful than the gas powered ones. This weekend we decided to try the vacuum attachment. Actually, Anna did all the work. She got covered in "leaf dust" (her words) and sucked up 10 bags of leaves!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Japanese Maple

We have a Japanese maple tree behind our house. Most of the year the leaves are a deep purplish color, but with the coming of Fall they turn a fiery red. It's really beautiful. When the sun shined through this afternoon, I couldn't help but get out the camera.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Indoor plants

We bought a pothos plant yesterday. In addition to adding a natural splash to your decor, indoor plants are a great way to keep your home's air clean. I found this list of the top 20 air purifying plants. Number one is the Boston fern. Pothos isn't on the list, but I read somewhere else that it's also a pretty good purifier. From what I've read, you need about one 6'' plant per 100 square feet to keep your air clear. One down ten to go.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ada-bo-bada's Blessing Dress

Last Sunday, Ada received her infant blessing in church. Both sets of grandparents flew in for the occasion (whirlwind trips of 24 hours for my parents from Boston and 36 hours for Richard's parents from San Diego), and we were so busy with a tiny house full of people that we didn't get around to taking pictures of Ada in her blessing dress until a week later. Unfortunately, she was in the mood for a nap, not a photo shoot. Nevertheless, Richard managed a few pictures without her screaming. My mom made Ada's dress out of the skirt of my wedding gown, and Ada's bracelet was a gift from Richard's mom.