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Rotten tomatoes

September 15, 2014


The tomatoes have overgrown the fence and the marigolds have finally bloomed. Unfortunately heavy rain caused a lot of vegetable bounty to go bad. What to do with rotten tomatoes? Practice suturing, of course.




I have to work on my knot tying.


August 6, 2014

Welcome the new feathered guests in our yard. Watching them has been a joy. They found the feeder almost immediately. Maybe it was because I distantly remembered hearing that they are attracted to the color red so I hung up my red clothes in the window beside the feeder and peeped through a hole (what do our neighbors think of us?!).

NYT finds Newfoundland too

August 2, 2014



Who else noticed the article on Newfoundland in the NYT Sunday Travel section last week? Thanks goes to my parents, who saved it for us so we could take a break to read it and reminisce about our time there.


Summer Gardening

July 1, 2014

Grisha’s tomatoes are already thiving, but that’s no surprise. The corn is knee high (this is our first go of it so we’re not sure what to expect). In its second year, the blackberry bush is thriving thanks to the addition of bird-proof netting.




I treated myself to some plants to celebrate finishing up my second year of school. Below are the new Eryngium Sapphire Blue, which we’ve managed to keep alive for two weeks and counting.


The liatris and bee balm are in full bloom and keeping the bees happy.


It’s been nice to garden and take Oliver on hikes every morning, but goodbye vacation and on to third year!

Soul Plants

May 5, 2014

It’s obvious that Grisha’s spirit plant is the sungold tomato, but now our family is complete knowing that my soul plant is allium. Yes, the Gladiator allium.


All seven in the front are blooming in full force and I am in love. There are now more pictures of the plants on my phone than photos of Oliver. One regret about their haphazard placement –  they are right next to the ornamental onions. But the happenstance adds to the feeling that we have a purple sphere family reunion going on, with the ornamental onions making up the kids table.


And your uncle with the crooked ties? He’s there too.


And what about the distant relatives who couldn’t make it because they were planted next to the house instead of in the side garden? Well, so far only one is blooming. But didn’t we all expect that?


Is it weird that I kind of want to give them names so I can more easily refer to them?

Study Break

April 11, 2014

I take my first board exam (USMLE 1) on June 17th. To prepare, I got an study carrel in the library. It’s about the size of a closet, but has a window and a lock and I love it. Believe it or not, but sometimes it’s hard to focus at home around Mr. Needs-All-My-Attention. The space is a little drab, so I planted some wheat grass. And now I take study breaks like this:



Big Sister Duties

April 5, 2014

Eitan came home from Ohio for spring break last week. Like a good big sister and an irresponsible medical student, I skipped class so that I could take him out for coffee and a haircut.


I took him to the new salon To the Woods for  his first “real” haircut.


He looked so stunning afterwards! We tried taking some photos for his website. Let us know which one balances nerdy-physics-student & hobby-coder & trendy-site.




Eitan’s new look was so inspiring, our house decided to follow suit. Look at how well that new do looks on the garage compared to that old roof on the left!


Two aesthetically pleasing and necessary upgrades.




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