But also, I wanted to give y’all a little life update. In my last Pictures Of Things + Le Love List, I mentioned that I was experiencing a lot of change right now. Which is true – there is so much change happening that sometimes it feels like my head is spinning round and round! And one of the biggest things, one of the best and saddest and most exciting and also sort of heartbreaking things, is that I’m moving . . .
Regular readers may remember that for the past year and a half, Jeremy and I have been living side-by-side in a “Frida & Diego”-style double-house-compound, which we call Los Nidos. And side-by-side living is the best kind of living, if you ask me. It’s been such a blessing.
But, well, times is tough ’round here. And Harley’s recent hospitalization was a final straw in a pile of straws that was very, very over-final. And I know I don’t talk about my financial situation much here on the blog, but as I’m sure you can guess — I’m not like, rolling in the dough. You’re shocked, I know! But seriously, I’m a graduate student living primarily on grants and TA stipends, and Jeremy built (and continues to build) a small business entirely out of credit. So yeah, things are tight. I’m not complaining, of course — just trying to keep it real here. Authenticity, always.
I think it’s so important for bloggers, especially “lifestyle bloggers,” which I guess is what you’d call me, to be honest about their lives. Their real lives, behind the pretty facade. Because I work really, really hard to create a beautiful life, a happy life, a life that is uniquely mine. And the truth is that I don’t always have a lot to work with . . . but that’s okay by me. I am happy with all I have. It feels like a whole lot.
But with that said, we’ve decided to downsize. To consolidate. I’ll be subletting my wee little cottage, and Waits and I will be moving in with Jeremy. So far it’s been really fun combing our households! And Waits has been such a sweetheart about the whole thing. He’s all smiles.
So Jeremy and I spent this past weekend moving all the outdoors stuff. Luckily I always garden in pots and planters (I don’t trust the soil around these 100-year-old houses), so it was relatively easy to move my entire garden — in all it’s full-swing glory — from my yard over to his. And it all fit in quite nicely, I think. Nicer than I worried it would.
Aahhh, my little garden. All repurposed pots and up-cycled wine box planters. With scavenged trellis and baking twine, it’s got hand-me-down charm and broken china beauty. I hate buying anything new at the garden supply center, and much prefer to piece together my garden from other people’s discarded treasures (I once used an old mattress frame to trellis my snow peas), so my garden tends to take on a certain “adventure playground” aesthetic.
I dig it.
And that’s not even everything — I also have two dragon fruit plants, three wonderberry bushes, a whole hot pepper garden, the basil of course, and many more herbs as well. Plus the potted lemon tree. Plus the kale and chard. And I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting!
Needless to say, I pack a lot of food inside my tiny urban homestead. It’s such a labor of love and I have so, so much fun with it. California is in a drought, so I’ve forgone all my flower-growing for the moment. But growing food at home is such an eco-friendly, water-saving practice. I do it because I love it, but it sure does feel good to know I’m making an environmental impact as well.
Okay! Now it’s your turn. I want to know what you’re growing this year, and if you’ve blogged about your garden or posted pictures somewhere, I’d LOVE to see it! So please please share in the comments below, so we can all revel in the summer glory together!
Cheers, and happy gardening!
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