Thank you so, so much to everyone who commented on my last post. The kind, reassuring words from friends and readers I’ve never even met helped assuage the self-doubt I’ve been feeling. Nevertheless, I think sometimes it’s really great (though painful) to have a true, punched-right-in-the-baby-maker gut check. Thank you also for all the recommendations and things you’d like to see. I’ve taken each and every single comment to heart and stored them away for rainier, less happy days. I also have added some of your suggestions to my reading list. And by reading, I won’t lie. Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, I’ve been listening to books via Audible. I listen during my 1 hour commute, I listen while I walk for exercise… it’s pretty awesome. Because as much as I love to read, I just don’t have much spare time. I’m not going to make myself even feel bad about that.
And if for no other reason than I am most likely the most literal person you’ll ever meet (I promise – just ask Wheat)… here are some terrible iPhone pictures of my dogs eating apples. Complete with some corner of the photo cameos of my ever-lovely crocs.
Commence blog posts regarding whatever the hell I feel like writing about. ;)
Every apple I eat, I give one bite to each of them and then take one myself. So basically, I never eat more than 1/3 of an apple anymore. They line up and beg for apples. And then when they chew them up, they chew really big and crunch really loud and it’s hysterical when you’re working from home and they are the only other “people” you’ve talked out loud to all day.
I haven’t posted many posts about the random stuff going on in my life lately. I usually save Mondays for those types of posts, as they are usually iPhone pictures from the weekend… but I’ve been completely slacking in that department. So, I thought I would throw some together to update y’all on the random stuff that’s been going on. Warning: if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen all of this. Or at least, a lot of it.
As suspected, we cannot get enough of little Miss June. I mean, can you?
I just die. Wallace is such a great big brother. He is constantly playing with her, tolerating her, and giving her kisses. Harold is still mostly ignoring his new sibling.
I will spare all of you the selfies I took of my swollen-shut eye. Our very aggressive hive of bees kind of got really mad at us a couple weekends ago, and I ended up getting stung approximately five times on my left eye… not to mention the plethora of stings I got in my hair, on the rest of my face, and the rest of my body. I ended up breaking out in some serious hives, but nothing emergency-inducing. No pain, no gain, I suppose. We are going to re-queen that hive and see if a nicer queen makes nicer bees. The good news is, they make lots of honey. And uncapped honey held up in the sun reminds me of my other favorite hobby: stained glass.
We went to a wedding this past Saturday (Congratulations Logan and Clay!) and the neat lodge they had it at outside of Thomasville (Owl & Moon in Dixie, Georgia) had the most beautiful stained glass panels in it. I was obsessed.
Speaking of stained glass, I made my mom this hummingbird fan-pull. It turned out really well, and she really loved it. We love our hummers!
I also made this little hanging wall vase, and I’ve been enjoying these succulent flowers over my nightstand all week.
They aren’t currently for sale yet, but you could always email Marc and say pretty, pretty please…
And my friend Will of Heartwood Forge is making me a knife… with my initials in it. I am already so excited and cannot wait to start using it in my kitchen!
I’m constantly amazed at the skill and talent of so many of the people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, so many of which are completely due to writing this little ole blog. I’m grateful every day!
We took June and Harold home to my parents to have supper with my dad last Sunday while my mom was at the beach. June went for her first swim in the pond behind my parents’ house. She loved it!
And for your ultimate viewing pleasure:
All kinds of things are always blooming in my parents’ yard. This is a native plum azalea that I noticed blooming. My dad said it was the first time it had!
His night blooming cereus was about to bloom, too, but unfortunately we didn’t spend the night to watch the evening show.
I can’t wait for ours to bloom so Wheat can see it!
A few evenings ago, Wallace brought us a juvenile banded water snake, which was 1) weird because we don’t exactly live in a swamp, and 2) they are really aggressive normally, so it was odd that he didn’t try to bite Wallace! Don’t worry, their bites are supposed to hurt, but they are not venomous. They’re often killed because of their resemblance to a Cotton Mouth, though.
Catch and release in heels before work. ;)
Speaking of work, Maiden South’s location is coming along. Or at least it’s a bit cleaner and prettier! Exposed brick makes us swoon.
I stopped by a sweet gal’s house after work Wednesday to meet her chickens and learn a bit about them. We chatted birds and bees and swapped pumpkin for eggs.
Don’t you fret. I’ve got coop plans in the works! I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Any recommendations, tips, coop plans, etc. for me?
And to end on a flowery note, sweet Wheat sent me a beautiful orchid this week at work. It is gorgeous!
And here’s our exciting news of the week… we got a new puppy! She is a six-week old French Brittany pup and her name is June (or Juin, in French). She is adorable and spunky and pretty gosh darn feisty, and we are already completely smitten with her! I’d like to disclaim by making a note that she moves too fast to get a good picture! Once she got comfortable, she played and played, chased Harold and Wallace and our feet, and then retired to her new crate.
And because there is absolutely nothing cuter in this world than puppy hops, here you go: