Happy Earth Day!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

With the beautiful weather we had in the San Francisco Bay Area this past weekend did you manage to do anything that made you appreciate the great outdoors and this magnificent planet a little bit more?

I sure did.  It was a weekend full of chores, but to my husband and me it’s more of a dream come true we are still trying wrap our heads around.  You see we just purchased our first home.  We moved in last weekend and are still trying to get settled (not sure that will happen anytime soon, but we keep ticking boxes off the to-do list so it feels good).

We moved from a one bedroom apartment with a little outdoor patio into a 3 bedroom home with a great sized backyard.  One main reason for the move, besides needing more space for us, was our 2 dogs.  We really wanted to have a yard for them to play in and run wild.  And of course I wanted a space to garden and entertain in, beyond our little patio and our tiny one bedroom.

 

Our two pups checking out their new yard for the first time!

Our two pups checking out their new yard for the first time!

Little lawn,  little happy dog!

Little lawn, little happy dog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our weekend started with our maiden voyage to Ikea for lamps and curtains, some essentials.   Of course you always find more than what you are looking for when you head to Ikea.   For us it was a positive though, we picked up an outdoor table and chairs for the backyard.  It was a STEAL and now we have a place us to sit outside to eat dinner and enjoy our new backyard and this lovely weather we’ve been having!  It also forced me to organize the patio a little bit more.  I had all my plants in containers at our apartment and now I find myself with a plethora of containers to organize and succulents to put in the ground!  My plan was to plant some in a planter outside our sliding glass door this weekend, but time disappeared and the afternoon sun seemed a little too hot when the time presented itself.  But there’s no rush, I know there will be time in the weekends to come.

 

Our new table and chairs from Ikea

Our new table and chairs from Ikea

 

One item high on the to-do list for this weekend was mowing the lawn, which meant we needed a lawn mower!  Everyone in our little neighborhood has been so welcoming – I don’t want to be the neighbor who doesn’t cut their lawn and ours was getting out of control!  We have a small front yard lawn (and a small one in the backyard) so we opted for a simple, classic push mower.  That way we don’t have to worry about having gas, or running over an electric wire, we can just use strength.

 

Getting ready to mow the back lawn for the first time!

Getting ready to mow the back lawn for the first time!

 

It’s definitely a chore, but it felt good being out there together, him mowing and me raking and picking up debris, on our own little plot on this planet.  I felt so proud and accomplished at completing this task.  Being outside and doing work just got me excited that we actually have this house. This yard –  It’s ours to take care of and cultivate and that feels really good.  Our own little piece of Earth.

I hope you had a weekend full of outdoor activities and I hope you take some time to appreciate all we have around us today and every day.  The San Francisco Bay Area is truly a unique place and I hope you do something to celebrate it.   Plant a tree (an item on my to-do list), eat outdoors, cut some flowers and bring them inside to enjoy, appreciate your plot of land, and this wonderful place we live.  Happy Earth Day.