Staying Stong

Yesterday was the official one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.  As a Bostonian, it’s hard not to be touched and hold a special place in your heart for being “Boston Strong” and being proud of how this city is memorializing that terrible day a year ago.

AP BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING PHOTO SHOOT A S RUN ATH USA MAOther cities may choose to reduce the event size or number of runners, but not this city.  The preparations have been astounding, beautiful and very well thought out.  The memorabilia and things left as reminders of love ones lost and struggle and heartache have been unboxed and placed on display at the Boston Public Library, near the finish line.

Shoes

On Monday 36,000+ runners will lace up their sneakers and join each other in making it up heartbreak hill and eventually turn the corner down Boylston Street, no doubt to a throng of cheers unlike any they’ve heard at the biggest of concerts.  Amazing stories of love, heroism, bravery, endurance, strength, trust, and charity have brought this city together over the last year – as well as joining people together from all over the country and the world.  It’s been a beautiful thing.

I only write to say that I hope it continues… this sense of community people are feeling and their willingness to help each other no matter the cause.  There’s so much to admire in so many people and that we can all be a little “Boston Strong”.

Camels, Parrots and Ferris Wheels

I went over to Home Goods on my way home last night and although I bought nothing there were some very interesting pieces that I just had to snap pics of and share with you!

Spring is here and fairs will be popping up in parking lots soon but you could own your very own Ferris Wheel!

Ferris Wheel

This iron Ferris Wheel stood about 9 feet tall, I’d guess and retails for a mere $799.  Actually, it was quite pretty and would probably be a great feature piece in a restaurant or antique shop even.

Polly want a box of crackers?

Parrot

Again it was huge!  I’d give this parrot about 7 or 8 feet tall and would take one mighty large pirate to accompany him!  And at $199?  Yar!

Got wheels?

Car

This car was seriously cool and if I had not been by myself I would have climbed in for a photo-op!  if you had the right sort of yard, I guess this could go in a garden, but I’m not sure the finishing would really hold up.  It reminds me of the car in Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang and did I ever tell you I saw Dick Van Dyke in a drug store in California once?  He danced with my sister-in-law…I swear.  Ok, he might have been trying to get by her in an aisle, but she has a better story to tell saying she danced with Dick Van Dyke.  He looks great and I’m sure he could afford this $1500 garden replica of ol’Chitty.

This last piece may not have been so odd or unique, but I found him a little generously over-sized enough to mix him in with this bunch.

Camel 1 Camel 2

He would not fit in my nativity scene, but look at those eyes… he’s just begging you to drop $40 and take him home!

What have you been finding in stores lately?  Ever dance with another celeb in a drugstore? A few months ago Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on and it’s actually a little creepy, don’t you think? I didn’t seem to notice as a kid!

Vertical Garden

Well this morning is just lovely, isn’t it?  Oh, wait… you don’t live next door to me?  Well, it’s raining cats and dogs in beantown this morning, but on the plus side it’s warm!  Yay for small victories!!

We met with our landscaper last night to get ready to install an irrigation system for our lawn in a few weeks. Needless to say I have got lawns, landscaping, and gardening on the brain big-time and feel so anxious to see green grass and flowers!  Considering my parents are only 50 miles north of me and still have 2+ feet of snow in their yard, I should be biting my tongue, but I can’t help it – it’s all things green and growing around here today!

One of the things we’re hoping to do this year is put in a vertical garden of sorts for vegetables and herbs.  We don’t have a lot of surface area in the yard, so I I don’t want to take up areas of grass for raised beds.  We thought maybe one of these options would work for us.  {click the image for links}

Vertical Fence Garden 1 Vertical Fence Garden 2 Vertical Garden

I’ve got the yard all sketched out and am trying to figure the locations of everything based on our sun exposure and other plants I’d like to get.  I’ll probably share that later this week after I scan it in and would love feedback on any of it.

We weren’t exactly successful in our gardening pursuits last year, but we weren’t total failures either.  We are learning though and love to hear any advice we can get! Do you have a green thumb and have any tips to share?