What is your IKEA name?

Ever wondered what your name would be if you were a Swedish furniture company product? Click here to find out!

Here is what Nick and Hanna translate to:

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*I came across this silly name generator at How About Orange. Fun blog to visit if you have a moment.

What is your IKEA name?

OK…enough of this time-waster. Back to work!


Volunteer Pumpkins

This winter, I wanted to use my kitchen scraps to add nutrients to our garden-to-be. Without traditional composting methods or contraptions in place…I simply dug a hole in the ground, dumped in the goods, mashed it up a bit, and covered it with dirt. To avoid answering to casual onlookers regarding what I was burying, I would dig these holes at night – when it was good and dark.

Needless to say, this method posed some interesting adventures in our garden growth. One area in specific houses pumpkins. I planted just enough  seeds to max out the mound. However, quadruple the amount came up! And they came up not only in the pumpkin mound but also in carrot land, beet land, and random other places many feet away. I was stumped and amazed at these prolific pumpkins!

I tried to dig up the extras and give them away to friends and neighbors. All kept saying they would love to have pumpkins – but only when they were orange and picked. A few people rescued some, but still way too many. I transplanted quite a few to the alley. The rest (with the help of my sister) we plucked out like heartless gardeners.

So why all the pumpkins? A few of my initials thoughts: birds transplanting the seeds, rain washing them all over the garden, weird seeds, umm maybe I spilled some? After much thought I realized: It must have been one of my late night digs in the garden – to bury a rotten pumpkin! Really?

So this must also explain the onions and peppers popping up in random locations as well. Some real troopers these volunteer vegetables are!

What garden adventures have you had?

Unfortunately, no pics of the pumpkin disaster patch before transplantation took place. Just ask my Aunt Marit about it – she got quite a chuckle from the “growth”. Also, she said if I plant squash next to pumpkins they can cross-breed and make undesirable “squashkins”. Guess what…I think I’ll have a few of those!





Garage in a Day

Last Saturday was a good day – a garage day! We enclosed our carport to make it a more functional (and secure) space. With the help of Nick’s dad, mom, and bro we got it done – well almost. Garage door will be in place next week.



Prep work: About a month ago, Nick and I poured the remaining concrete pad and stem wall. (When we bought the house, only part the carport pad was concrete, the other half dirt.) So we did this on a nice cool day – mixing one bag of Quikrete at a time totaling 72 (80lb.) bags. Yes seventy-two!

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 Garage party: Here are some pics of the day. Thanks crew for your wonderful help!

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What is your design style?

Here is a quiz I stumbled upon today that explores your design style. My results came back as Scandinavian Minimalist. Interesting. I always knew my Norwegian roots were strong (uffda!) and I think Nick’s bent towards modern architecture and design is slowly rubbing off on me. And I do like to keep it simple - although this is easier said than done!

Here are my results:

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Click here to take the 9-question quiz. I’d love to hear your results!


Moustache May and more

My sister is quite hilarious, interesting, and sweet. Topped with a bit of sarcasm and wrapped in random - this girl makes me laugh! She surprised me the other day with a few hilarious posts:

Moustache May (enough said – you’ll just have to go check it out and you may actually learn something about – yes – moustaches and their connection to May.)

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*This actually was my dear husband in May – Naaa! I hope he doesn’t grow one next year!*

Chairs. Highlighting the “Grandma Chair” with a digital twist.

And a “charming” portrait of me to match my hubby’s moustache pic. Wow – what a weird couple you must be thinking. You may or may not be correct.