Category Archives: Design

My new ceramic knife!

My Christmas present to myself! A ceramic knife! It is very sharp!


They are suppose to be harder than steel and remain sharp! I am a bit frightened of it…


Filed under Design

Inspiration is everywhere.

As I walk around Downtown Raleigh and North Hills I see many things to inspire some Spring projects.

I love these low planters at NorthHills Shopping Center.


I also like the combo of wood and concrete on an angle. We see this often on the coast and most buildings are cheaply made for tourist and Northerners. I would like a short fence or screen along the patio inspired by this shape.


On my way back Downtown I stopped at Logan’s Garden Center and ran into the resident cats.


Back at the garden, Carolina Jasmine is blooming.


And back to the Art District around Moore Square for First Friday gallery crawl and the Morning Times Market on Hargett Street.


Saturday there was the plant sale at JC Raulston Arboretum. I left my wallet in the car… On purpose!


I rewarded my self control with a Chai Fusion latte at Cup A Joe!



Filed under Design, General Gardening

I am ready….

I am ready to plant the Spring garden! I have bags of garden soil to jumpstart the plants and freshen up last year’s soil.


We have a threat of below freezing temperatures over the next few nights and I am waiting until the weekend to actually plant cabbage, collards, and the seeds of lettuce and arugula.

Daffodils are blooming, though. They can survive the light frost.


My young buckeye trees are budding! They should survive the light frost unharmed, too.


The garden centers are ready and I am excited with the beautiful plants such as this tropical geranium or Pelargonium. I might have to plant a few of these!


And large clumps of fragrant hyacinths are beautiful!


Every morning someone wakes me up at dawn. It begins with quiet whimpering and wining. Then a paw or two under the door.


If he has to really, really go out immediately he will bark a few times!


Look at all that gray hair! He is now middle-aged. My sweet old man!


Filed under Design, General Gardening, Gus, Plants, Seasonal Maintenance, seeds, soul improvement, Vegetables