21 June, 2008

small town

My dad's mailbox.

Notice the custom Hoosier tires on a neighbors truck.


Taking the canoe out on the pond in front of my childhood home.

09 June, 2008

allen & jamie

Our good friends Allen and Jamie left yesterday for the "other" coast, sunny Cali that is. And I miss them already.

This is a shout out to some of the best friends Keely and I have had since we met. Al and Jamie are road trippin' it for the next couple weeks before they settle in to their new digs in the Bay area. I'm sure Al won't stop updating his music blog, Soul Spectrum, but we'll miss having our own personal DJ to take over the job of spinning soul whenever we all go.

Jamie has a rockin' new job at Stanford so we can't really begrudge her that. So, Keely, Oona, and I are already planning our trip out to San Francisco to meet up. Naturally we'll have to do a little wine tasting, so I'm thinking we will coordinate with the fall harvest and/or the 2007 Pinot Noir releases. Mmmm, this move is getting better all the time.

Drive safe you two and we'll meet up soon.
And for a little nastalgia:

"One more please?" at the beer fest in Colorado with Al's brother Charlie.

Stylin' last summer at the Dickies before jumping off the cliff.

With our good friend Josh. When is the Dickies redo?

With our good friend Michael, visiting when we lived in Hastings-on-Hudson.

My last bachelor night on the beach.

DJing our wedding party.

And, of course, picking out records.

03 June, 2008


We've been doing a lot of gardening this spring, trying to turn the land around the house into a layered garden with hiding places for little kids and herbs and flowers.

This stump sits on the edge of a small parking lot next to the house. It's been full of weeds and gravel. I'm fairly happy with the transformation, as are the neighbors.

The most work has been creating this raised bed herb garden. It took me a couple days and nearly 3000 lbs of Pennsylvania field stone to form a half circle rock wall to hold the soil. Jack and Shannon from Stone Barns supplied most of the herbs for us (3 kinds of basil, 3 kinds of thyme, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, sage, rosemary, and more). This spot gets maximum about 4 hours of good direct sun, so we've hesitated to grow actual fruiting vegetables. But Jack brought us a hardy tomato from the farm to try out and we are also experimenting with a small pepper plant.

We lined the edges of the stone with wild violets dug up around the property and moss from the stream behind the house. So far everything is healthy and growing.

Oona too!

02 June, 2008

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