Saturday, May 26, 2012

Busy being domestic

I figured I might as well post about SOMETHING since I haven't been reading much lately. Though I have to say I've finally found a few things that seem to be holding my attention. I just have entirely TOO many books right now that I'm in the middle of. I hate it so much when I let that happen. I end up never finishing any of them. But I'm focusing on three for now! Of course there's The Stand by Stephen King that I'm reading for Trish's Standalong. That's what's going on on the Nook right now. Then I finally found a print book to grab me..that one is Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer..love her! And this one is really good. And then Heather convinced me to listen to the audio of Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened and OMG it's hilarious!!!

Aside from reading, I'm making my apartment a home right now. Matt is coming in this week!!! For good!!! I'm so freaking excited about this that I can barely contain myself. There won't be any goodbyes this time. He's staying for good! I still don't think that's really sunk in for either one of us. I think we're still both in the "this is just another visit" mode. But it's starting to hit us now I think and wow it's an amazing feeling.

My mom's coming up tomorrow to spend the day with me and go shopping and go eat and go visit the local nursery. Yes guys, I have a nursery literally WALKING distance from my apartment!! This is SO dangerous!! But wonderful. I'm going to go pick up some herbs tomorrow. I have some vegetables planted in containers outside. I'll try to get some pictures this weekend. But no herbs...I took some herbs from my mom's house and dried them and put them in these wonderful little jars that have shaker tops. Love them!


I also made my own tea!!! Yes!! It's so good guys!! I love the idea of growing things and taking it directly from the ground and turning it into something you can cook with or drink. Yes, I know this is what we've done for centuries, but it just never becomes less amazing. The tea I made is a mixture of lavender buds, various mints and lemon balm that I dried and then mixed together! I made so much of it! I put some in this little jar and it just looks so pretty :)
I got myself a couple of houseplants too :) I wanted a tall plant for this one corner in the living room and found this dracaena with ivy around it's base for an incredibly low price and couldn't pass it up! I think it's so pretty!!
And while I was there, I found a little potted calla lily that I couldn't pass up either. Calla lilies are Matt's favorite flowers/plants, so I picked this one up for him :) It's putting out some beautiful little lilies right now.
What's everyone else been up to?? I've missed everyone SO FREAKING MUCH!! Tell me how you've all been!

16 comments:

DesLily said...

lol as soon as I saw the Lily I knew it was for Matt! lol I hope (know) you and mom will have a great time at the nursery and dinner...no doubt she's missing you alot! it's not easy letting go when you love someone so much.

I hope Matts trip down goes well.

Beth F said...

Awesome news all around! Yay!!!

I love your herb jars! And you're own tea? Very cool. Do you mind if I link this post up with Weekend Cooking?

christina said...

Chris I love that you are making a home for you and Matt. I'm definitely envious of some of the things you've got going on. Like that amazing feeling when you first realize a place is YOURS and you are making it a HOME. *le sigh*

You must (a) tell me where you got those jars and (b) post the recipe for your delish-sounding tea.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

That is so cool, I would never think to make my own tea! Sounds delicious and fragrant. Your Calla lily is very pretty.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Your plants are so beautiful, I wish I had a green thumb. And I love your herb jars too.

Libby said...

First, I must get a copy of 'Let's Pretend this Never Happened' because I keep hearing about it, and I LOVE a funny book...

Secondly, I think it is so cool that you dry your own herbs and make your own tea, and I love the way the containers look :)

Third, like the lily!

Kailana said...

You really have been domestic. That's great, Chris. I hope everything is wonderful for you and Matt!

Daphne said...

So lovely! I love that dracena. I make my own tea too -- I use a couple different kinds of mint and lemon verbena. I'm hoping to have enough lavender this year to add some of that too. It's fun being domestic and setting up your place, and yay for Matt arriving soon!!

Uniflame said...

Making your own tea, that sounds very exciting :) Thanks for sharing :)

Amanda said...

Calla lillies are our favorite, too! So pretty! And I'm so excited for you that Matt will be there soon.

Carole said...

You are brave and creative - making your own tea! Have a great week.

Jeane said...

How wonderful you're setting up your place. I have that same kind of dracanea! I really love just eating stuff that grows in my yard, too. Just today my daughter and i discovered mulberries in the local park and they grow all over my neighborhood too. i'm thinking of making a mulberry pie now...

bermudaonion said...

It sounds like you've got plenty to keep you busy besides reading. I didn't even know people could make tea. It makes sense, but it never occurred to me.

Becky said...

Yay! Such exciting stuff. :)

I haven't been online much thanks to work, fatigue, and some medical stuff going on that has had me down. Visiting folks though is making me feel so much better today. Thanks for sharing! I love seeing your garden and hearing your great news. Good luck to you and Matt, and enjoy settling into the apartment. Such fun stuff. :)

softdrink said...

I am FINALLY playing catch-up on blogs, so a very belated congratulations on your lovely new apartment! I am SO happy for you and Matt, and I love that your happiness is just bouncing out of the screen right now (if that makes sense).

Susan said...

It's so wonderful to see you happy and excited, Chris. I love that you are in your new apartment, and making it a home. Wait til it feels like home - there's nothing quite like that feeling, for a Taurus! herbs, plants and flowers, and homemade stuff from Pat that is gorgeous - your home is already taking shape. Thank you for sharing all of this with us!