Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

It has been so long since I’ve blogged that I forgot my password and just had to reset it. Some of you have been asking if and when I’m going to blog again. You know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder so I expect your love for chez sharah has increased tenfold during my six month “sabbatical.”
So what’s been happening and why haven’t I blogged for so long? I learned the hard way that buying a house, ripping apart and reno-ing said house, selling current house, packing up all of one’s prized possessions in current house, moving and unpacking all of one’s prized possessions to said renovated house is a little bit time consuming. Oh and on top of this, working 50+ hours a week, training for a half marathon, and taking a few trips. Are you getting the sense that I don’t like to sit still?!
The last six months have gone by in a blur and it’s time for life to normalize. July is my month to breathe, relax, DIY, settle into the new home, and, of course, get back to blogging again! I spent the evening organizing all of my pictures of the renovation and I have decided to share them with you one room at a time, from demo to the finished product. I am too exhausted to get started on that tonight so I’ll leave you with with a few pictures of my outdoor pots this year. I stuck to my usual grasses and foliage but there are a few newcomers, namely the canna lilies and vinca vine (I love that name – sounds like a rockstar name – or, is that just me?!)
I look forward to getting back into blogging and I am grateful to all who still continue to be interested in my ramblings! IMG_2387 IMG_2388 IMG_2389 IMG_2390 IMG_2391

The Great Outdoors

It has been a quite a while since my last post. It’s been a busy few weeks at work and I was out of town for one week on a course. I am hoping to get back on schedule with my weekly posts (I give you permission to harass me if I don’t!).

With the arrival of summer, I spent a little bit of time this weekend sprucing up my deck. Here’s a few shots of the deck before:

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Pretty boring, and blah, right? This patio set is ten years old.  It was a gift from my mom in my first year of university and the matching umbrella was left behind in Edmonton three years ago when we couldn’t squeeze it into the U-haul! This year, I finally decided it was time for a furniture update.

I first removed the old patio furniture and gave the deck a thorough sweeping and washing (I was wishing I had a pressure washer as I had to put a lot of elbow grease into that baby and it still looks grubby!). I washed the railings and windexed the glass inserts. I then gave the BBQ a good scrubbing  Speaking of which, is that weird? Am I the only one that cleans my BBQ? In my defense, look at the unfortunate state that it was in:

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What if the Queen of England unexpectedly stopped in for a tenderloin?  How would I ever live that down?

Thanks to more elbow grease (good thing I had lots of that on hand), I can now see my reflection in the BBQ:

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The new patio furniture was set up and I added a few decorative accessories (I will introduce you to Oscar the orange bird in a moment). Finally, I hung a string of miniature patio lanterns for evening ambiance.

Here’s what the deck looks like now:



There’s Oscar!



And here it is at night:

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Finally, here’s what my pots on the deck look like now (they have really taken off):


One final note…

As I write this post, my province and little city are in the midst of a record-breaking flood. Alberta has already experienced significant property damage and displacement of many people from their homes as well as at least three deaths. My heart goes out to those who had to leave the comfort and security of their homes behind and those who have returned home to the wreckage. We are so blessed to live in a province of resilient, hard working, and generous people!

Thanks for reading!

My Favourite Kind of Pot

Every May long weekend (weather permitting), I plant my outdoor pots. I stick to all foliage – usually a combination of grasses, sweet potato vines, coleus, and ivy. I did two pots on my front steps and four on my deck.

Here’s the front:

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The plants in each pot are identical and are: Purple Fountain Grass, Ponytail Grass, Golden Millet grass, and Sweet Potato Vines (“Blackie” and “Sweet Caroline Green”  – who doesn’t love a plant named after a Neil Diamond song?!).

And the pots on the deck:

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The plants in the white pots are: Purple Fountain Grass, Ponytail Grass, Golden Millet grass, Sweet Potato Vine (“Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Purple”), and Variegated Ivy (“Hedera Helix”).

The plants in the tall black pots are Purple Fountain Grass.

One of the things I like most about all foliage is no dead-heading!

And here’s a “Behind The Scenes” pic:


I guzzled just a few beer while getting my garden on…just kidding – these are old cans of my Grandpa’s and I put some in the bottom of each pot for better drainage. C’mon now people, I am more of a Cosmo girl. Also, for those of you looking for a grammar lesson today – the plural of beer is beer – not beers!

Thanks for reading!!