Raised Garden Bed

Sitting in the library, taking a break from scoring IQ test. It’s actually a lot less fun than it sounds ;). These pictures have been patiently waiting to be posted for a few days now, as it was a project I worked on over the weekend. This past weekend my friend Josiah drove up from WV to meet the Madison gang. I took advantage of his ability to carry large bags of dirt up three flights of stairs….something i’m not proud of. But together we made a raised garden bed, which my veggies have really been needing! I have been sketching what my garden bed would look like, and it was a pretty straightforward build:

1. 2 x 4 feet in diameter. 1 foot deep. Five 1.5 foot tall legs.

2. Make sure you don’t use treated wood, because you don’t want chemicals getting into your food (and belly!). Also use outdoor screws.

3. So first we drilled the sides together.

 

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4. Then we attached the bottom to the sides

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5. Then we screwed the legs onto the bottom

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6. Next I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom so that I could have good drainage. But I don’t have a picture of that, so i’ll just show you a picture of me demonstrating how strong the garden bed was.

 

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And here are my happy little veggies now. I’ve got kale, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, and chives currently in there. Fun, fun, fun. And yes, my back porch is weirdly sloped. Let me know if you have any questions about building one!

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Love,

Rachel

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Thankfulness Roundup Monday, Part 3.

Sometimes thankfulness is hard. Because I don’t understand what God is doing. I don’t know what’s around the next turn in life. I hope these thankfulness posts don’t come across as too “rainbowy.” Because sometimes life is hard and uncertain. But choosing to believe that through it all God is the same and that he is good, is essential. And that’s a little bit where i’m at this morning :).

 

650. Friends tIMG_20140427_180204hat are old and new

651. Z-O-O.

652. Best friends who drive 11 hours for a super fun weekend!

653. 80’s music, I mean come on.

654. Cuties during my observation

655. Teachers who are so invested in their kiddos

656. When my little NAKOMA reader remembers plurals!! And is on cloud 9 because of it.

657. Watermelon helmets.

658. Long car rides by myself, time to think

659. Super sunshiney days!

IMG_20140427_195942660. The Farmers Market is back open.

661. Big sister and Brother in law coming to Madtown.

662. Jessalyn, I love that lady. How did I get such an amazing best friend?

663. Fresh rosemary

664. Thrift shopping.

665. That Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

666. “Faith is reason gone courageous.”

667. A sister that is adorably crafty.

668. A beautiful younger sister that dances.

669. Weird/funny snaps fr om the brothers. Mostly of IMG_20140427_202200animals?

670. Sweet e-mails from parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,

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bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

(Psalm 103:1-5)

Love,

Rachel

 

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living in crocus season

In February I genuinely believed that I would never see grass again. The snow had been on the ground for about 4 months, and I just didn’t think it would ever be gone.  Everyone from Madison told me that this was the worst winter in their experience. Which is good because any Wisconsin Winter from here on out should be relatively easy. But we’ve had more below zero days in Madison than have happened in decades.

And here it is, April 20th, and I can see the grass.

Granted, it snowed twice this week, but it’s in the mid 60s right now.  During my 5 hour drive to Iowa this weekend, I listened to a podcast on faith. The pastor talked about living in Madison during the winter. About how the cold weather is, and how it is one of the most life sucking, monotonous seasons. The speaker noted that the crocuses are always the first flower to bloom. And there is a time in Spring, where the crocuses are in bloom, but the snow will still fall on them. And that time, with snowy crocuses, is where we are living in 2014.

You see, we’re in limbo. Jesus has died, and is resurrected, and we can see the evidence of him (and of hope) everywhere. But we’re still living in a broken world. And this state of living in a season where there’s snow, but there’s enough evidence of summer and warmth to put on our flip flops on. To trust in something bigger, to trust that winter doesn’t last forever, but that summer is promised. Those snowy crocuses, which give us the evidence that God is faithful should inspire us to live wearing tank tops, and eating ice cream out of cones, and putting on our sunglasses.

 

Happy Easter, dear friends.

 

Rachel

 

p.s. to listen to the sermon, click here: http://www.blackhawkchurch.org/sunday/this-weeks-message/message-archive/?sermon_id=192

Monday Thankfulness Round up, Part 2.

Trying to make a habit of starting off the week with thanking Jesus for the good stuff. Why thankfulness? Because God is always good, always love, always. But sometimes I suck at remembering that, and I never want to lose sight of the goodness of the God that I love.

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625. Snapchats from Truett. Pure sweetness.

626. 6 hour long skype dates with best friends. Just being.

627. A Jesus and a faith that makes sense when I reason.

628. Phone calls with the mama.

629. So many packages in the mail this week, yay!

630. Dad and Josiah on a Saturday date? haha. Glad that he’s in our life.

632. Bets. Always bets.

635. IMG_20140414_104537That when I abide in Jesus, he’ll make my joy full.

636. That I built a shelf, yippee!

637. Time to read and slow down.

638. Chatting on the phone with the little broseph. That he won a 70’s costume contest. Haha. Classic Ben.

639. Catching up with Sarah, that she is blogging and Etsying so hard. Get it girl.

640. That all men will know that we are his disciples, when we love one another (John 13:35).

641. That he alone is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)

642. Saturday baseball games, for freeee!

643. Encouraging IMG_20140414_104701texts from Carly.

 

 

He is good.

Love,

Rachel

$5.00 Raw wood shelf? Yes please.

Do you ever just have epiphanies about the sort of person you’re becoming? Last Saturday I was in Home Depot, and I realized, “Oh my gosh, i’m totally turning into my parents.” Growing up, Saturday projects were their thing, building chicken coops, clearing brush, gardening.  And there I was, in Home Depot, on the hunt for materials for a raw wood shelf.  I love the look (and smell!) of raw wood, and more industrial furniture. So for this shelf I bought 2 brackets, screws, and a 6 foot piece of wood. Using a stud finder, level, and measuring tape I figured out where to put my brackets, then screwed those bad boys in, and then screwed the wood into brackets.

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I’m ridiculously pleased with the look of it, and it took only about 20 minutes. I’m slowly dipping my toes into the process of building with power tools (AMERICA!). So you get to follow me in the process of figuring out how to make things!

 

Happy Saturday,

 

Love,

Rachel

Thankful Monday, Part 1.

It just seems like a good idea to start a week out with thankfulness.  So here are a few things that I’m thankful for this week.

 

Sharing Netflix with siblings. Having too many people on Netflix for it to load.  For some reason, having a Netflix that’s overloaded warms my heart. Haha. And it probably only warms my heart because I played the “i’m sick, let me watch” card on them.

 

Having a dad who I spent a lot of Saturday on the phone with, as I was navigating through Home Depot. We’re pretty sure i’m going to be skyping him when I start my next project. He’s seriously the bees-knees. And his Birthday was yesterday, so if you see him, tell him happy birthday!

 

Having people to do life with. Sam and I have the beginnings of a tradition for when life is not as sunny as we’d hope. I storm her apartment (perks of living close!), and we drink a glass of wine and watch an old chick-flick. Yesterday was one of those days. I’d like to think it’s a solid coping mechanism, but either way, it’s nice to have “go-to” people.

 

What are you thankful for this Monday?
Rachel

a little baby green thumb

This Saturday has been my jam. Pharrell’s song “Happy” played 4 (yes, 4!) times when I was driving today. It’s in the fifties with a cloudless sky. This morning I stumbled upon a beautiful greenhouse that wasn’t open yet (few more weeks), but the owners were there and they let me meander through endless rows of plants. It was glorious. And the badgers are in the final 4. Really, what more could you want out of life?

 

But down to business. Last summer I tried my hand at container gardening. And I completely wung (winged?) it. Not too successful, so this time around i’m applying a little more discipline. I read two books on container gardening, and i’m following the rules this time.  So this is a post about learning to garden. completely beginner style, since that’s where i’m at.

Mini greenhouse

 

First of all, you gotta start small. So I bought this itty bitty green house, that contains dirt pellets. You soak the dirt pellets till they’re nice and moist, then drain the water.  You put 1-2 seeds in eachpellet. I drew a chart to help me remember what’s what once they’re big enough to transplant. Cover those puppies up, and let them sit in for 5-6 weeks, making sure they have ample light and moisture, of course. Fingers crossed that in 5-6 weeks I’ll have a post about transplanting these guys outside. If not, you’ll know they didn’t make it ;). That leads me to my final step: buy a few veggies that have already matured a bit, to double your odds of success :).

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I’m sitting at my desk writing this, and I can’t stop glancing over at my window sill. It’s seriously the cutest, happiest window sill ever.

 

Hope you’re having a happy, projecty Saturday!

Love,

Rachel

My corner of the world.

The top floor and back corner of a three story (old) house. One block from the lake, two minute walk from Wisconsin’s state Capitol. Red carpet, with a view of the tippy-top of the Capitol all lit up out of my window at night. That’s where my corner of the world located for now. Today the wind was whipping like crazy and I was feeling a little under the weather, so  I didn’t think it was fitting to leave my third floor perch.  Instead I went into “full on” productivity mode.  I did a good amount of cleaning, and since i’ve changed my room around a lot lately, I figured I would share the new look with you. Last semester everything was black and white, this semester it’s more of a vintage country look. I made the quilt over Christmas break, and that basically lead to a complete remake of the feel of my little room. So there are now both chicken wire and vintage seed bags occupying my room. That’s normal, right?

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Good night, world.

Love,

Rachel