Wednesday, June 6, 2012

one month.

sooo we made it! one. whole. month.  paid a round of bills, first regular mortgage payment, first rent check from basement tenant (hooray!), first party... yes, we already had our housewarming. and, in the words of phil the next morning, that was fun but let's never do it again : )

the house has great flow for entertaining - i think we had over 50 people here, maybe as many as 75!  it was a lot of work. we had a GREAT time, but it is so much more fun to go to the party than host it. we made fajitas and my friend elisa was the guacamole champion - seriously seriously good (and fast!), but our friends are wolves : ) i learned a lot about having a big party, though: don't set yourself up to be a short-order cook, keep the drinks going, good music is helpful, check on the bathroom to make sure it's well-stocked, don't forget your manners... i kept forgetting to introduce people, or interrupting a good conversation with someone to say hi to the next person. how rude! (stephanie tanner voice, hehe) i'll get better : ) the plan is to entertain a lot this summer, but on a smaller scale.  we are so appreciative of all of our wonderful friends, though - it is such a blessing to be able to be surrounded by so much love and excitement at one time!

our flowers were blooming so well, too. the peonies were already done (the photo above is from last week - they are too quick!), but we have mounds and mounds of daylilies. and the hydrangeas have started. they are my favorite!!! they're blue and gorgeous. flowers are so wonderful and joy-inducing! i went to meet sweet new niece hannah in college station over labor day and brought her pink peonies like ours. she is a living doll, by the way. just beautiful. anyway, the point was i love having a cutting garden in addition to an edible garden. i can have cut flowers for the house and for giving to friends : )

i hope to have a project to post about soon... we've been refinishing some patio furniture that phil found on craigslist. and i'm going to experiment with some different freezing techniques for strawberries that i saw on a blog. maybe after my crazy work deadlines i can paint the guest room, too... so many projects!! but i love it : )

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