I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

Getting Ready for Spring

Although this spring hasn’t been completely ideal so far in Minnesota, it has definitely been the most exciting for Paul and I. This has been our first official year in our house – we’ve gone through a whole summer, fall, winter, and now spring. On May 1st, it will be the anniversary of buying our first house and we have so many wonderful things we are planning on doing to  our yard and house this spring and summer. Up until now, we have barely used our backyard. When we first moved in we discovered that the “adorable” man-made pond that was in the backyard was a haven for countless snakes. Our first project was to get rid of the pond and snakes. Apparently it’s a lot of work to drain and fill a huge pond so unfortunately, we are still working on it and were so close to being done until the ridiculous weather kicked in (I’ll be posting photos of that eyesore and its makeover another time).

While we have been waiting for the snow to melt and the weather to stay consistent, Paul and I have been putting more energy on making the backyard more livable in other ways. We have started our tiny vegetable garden of pumpkins, peppers, and watermelons in our house on the bay windows where they get an abundance of sun. We are so excited about this! We’ve never planted anything in our yard, nor have we ever planted anything before (except when we were little with school projects and such), so you can imagine what we were like at Fleet Farm picking up supplies and researching (yes, Paul did some researching) on how to start a vegetable garden – we were like kids in a candy shop! Our vegetables have led to much excitement in our household, especially the pumpkins! They’ve been growing so fast and we can’t wait to transplant them into our raised vegetable garden (it’s still in the box until the snow stops coming down).

Our pepper plants aren’t doing so hot. This is what they look like after two weeks. The watermelons haven’t shown any growth at all. :(Our pumpkins are coming along beautifully. The first picture was taken only 4 days ago. The last two are from today. We’re so proud of them. :)

We have also been creating a cozy living space on our deck and we couldn’t be happier with the result! I’ve been longing for spring and summer days when I can relax on the deck in a comfortable spot to read, work, or just watch the lake, Rusty play, and listen to the lovely birdies and geese. Now I can and I am so excited for the snow to go away for good! Paul and I are looking forward to sitting on the deck at night watching the sun go down and the stars come out. Cheap date night!

My absolute favorite thing that we have done to our yard thus far is building a log swing. My dream house has always consisted of a swing of some sort and Paul has been such a good sport with this idea. He’s been surprising me so much these past couple weeks by being so project-driven (is that a thing?). We purchased the swing at Fleet Farm (we love Fleet Farm) and Paul had it up within a day as he worked in the snow. Such a trooper! The swing faces a clear view of the lake and I can tell Paul and I will be getting so much use out of that swing for many years.

Although the weather has been bitter there is still so much to look forward to and I’m truly hoping – as I’m sure everyone is – that today is the last snow until Thanksgiving so I can fully enjoy our backyard beauties. :)

Patio Set – Menards

Log Swing – Fleet Farm

Pergola – Fleet Farm