I’ve been busy! Last week my sister-in-law Laura got married and I was the maid-of-honor.  I also did her hair for the wedding.  I wish I would’ve taken some pictures, but I was just trying to be so helpful that I completely forgot about even taking a camera with me.  It was a really beautiful wedding though!!

The weekend before that, we had to go to Arkansas for a funeral.  Lance’s great-great-aunt (who was more like a grandmother) passed away.  She had been sick for some time.  She was a librarian, which is why Lance became one (or will become one….he does the work, just doesn’t have the official degree yet), so she will always have a special place in our hearts.

The weekend before that, my mom came to Nashville to see me while Lance went camping (for our new brother-in-laws bachelor party).  We had a lot of fun and went shopping and couponing a lot.  It was nice to have her here with me while Lance was gone.

Add all that in with my long work hours and several doctor’s appointments and adjusting to some new medicines, I’m ready for a quiet weekend.  Lance and I don’t have much planned which is wonderful!  I think we plan on going and seeing Inception at some point which we’re excited about.  I have two free movie tickets from some coupon deals I did, so it’s not going to cost us anything!

I also need to clean off my deck.  My balcony garden is done for.   My cucumbers got some kind of disease where the leaves turned splotchy and got covered in this web stuff.  Then the plants next to it got it too, until it spread all over.  I tried to save them and clip the bad leaves off, but it didn’t help much.  Not to mention, it’s been sooooo hot outside that I had been watering them several times a day.  I just decided to give up.  It was a really fun summer project and I was so proud of my garden, but it was clear that my plants were not going to survive.

In a couple weeks Lance and I will have a few days off.  We promised each other when we got married that we would take a few days off to spend together for our anniversary every year no matter what.  Our anniversary (3rd one!) was actually back in May but we couldn’t take time off then, so we pushed it back until August.  The plan right now is to have a “stay-cation”.  It’s crazy that we live in NASHVILLE and never take advantage of all the things this city has to offer.  We may decide last minute to go somewhere, but I doubt it.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately!

My Balcony Garden

Early in the Spring, I decided that I wanted to have a container garden on my balcony.  Because I work from home, I thought I would really enjoy it, and have plenty of time to work on it.

I ordered some seeds and a seed starter kit from Gurneys.  I tried to start probably 10 different vegetables with my kit.  My husband hung a grow light for me to help them to sprout faster.

And it worked!

I would say probably 95% of my seeds sprouted, but only about half did well and got big enough to put outside.  I have since then bought 2 tomato plants and a bell pepper plant.

I’m really loving my little balcony garden and everything is coming along quite nicely.  I can’t wait to have some fresh, home-grown produce this summer!

Here are some pictures of my balcony this week:

I already have one little tomato that I can see! My cucumbers and peppers are flowering so I know fruit is coming soon on those as well! We’ll see how it goes.