Look what we got :) Our newest member of the family. This is Loki (god of michief, brother of Thor). He is a pure bred German Shephard.
I forgot how much work puppies are! He wants to play all the time. No more sitting down to watch a movie before bed. It is all fun and games. You can't resist when he brings you his ball waiting for us to throw it. And he loves to be chased around. Although he does take long naps at the wrong time, like an hour before bed time.
And everytime we go for a ride.
And even if we try to wake him up to play for an hour before bedtime, he usually just ignors us!
But it is all good. We do love the puppy phase because how can you resist such and adorable face :)
This past weekend was the Buffalo Garden Walk. It was a beautiful day for walking the neighborhood and getting great ideas for our home.
It was so colorful and so many people were out. Each year we go to a different neighborhood because it is impossible to walk them all. Here are some of the gardens we visited.
And we can't forget the Koi ponds
Here are some of the ideas we saw. You have to love the humor of some people ;)
I have to include some of the architecture of our area. We are not only known for our fabulous restaurants, or Chicken Wings, but we are an old city with beautiful houses and building. Here a few of the ones we visited on our walk.
It was a long weekend and we used every minute of it to get our garden planted and our driveway finished. We had the driveway cemented last month and had to finish the landscaping around it. We ordered 5 yards of dirt and began the process of spreading it around. We had to have them leave it on the front apron because the weight of the truck would have cracked our new driveway.
So moving 5 yards of dirt is a lot of work!!!! We have a gorilla cart, our preference over a wheel barrel. It is a wagon you can dump. We find it easier to pull the wagon to where we want to go instead of lifting a wheel barrel. We started moving dirt around 12:30ish and did not finish until around 7:00 pm. I was exhausted. It was such a hot and sunny day which did not help. By the last 15 cartful’s I was barely moving.
We got it all spread and raked out and then laid the grass seed. I will update you when it grows! :)
Time to tackle the planting of the garden. First we must remove all the weeds that have sprung up since the beginning of spring. Wow! That is a lot of weeds... where is Tonia? This a job for Tonia.
It was a lot of work to get the ground tilled and raked but we worked hard on it all day. Of course I am not a tiller so Tonia did all the tilling. She does look pretty professional there though.
After the tilling we raked it all smooth and removed all the stones to get it ready for planting. We added some top soil to the dirt to make it healthier for the veggies. Every year we try to add a few bags of top soil to our garden.
Planting the vegetables was the easiest part. This year I did not plant as many tomatoes because sometimes I go a little over board and they take over the garden. We put in zucchini, eggplant, hot peppers, green beans, beets and tomatoes. We also have some basil, parsley and chocolate mint planted.
It is amazing how fast your garden grows. I cannot wait to start picking and eating!
Every Sunday when the kids come for dinner we always find fun things to do. This Sunday our son AJ and our granddaughter Sophia brought a game, Dungeon Fighter. It was so silly and fun!!
The object was for all four of us to play as a team and defeat the villains and exit the dungeon alive. In the end, we prevailed and all was good :)