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  1. Vacation Photos: Tulum, Mexico!

    April 8, 2013 by Jocelyn

    Well, the boyfriend and I just got back from our first real vacation in about 7 years.  We went to Mexico for a week, spending  time in the cities of Tulum, Akumal, and Cancun.  The warm weather and sunshine was much needed, and now we’re back in Minnesota and very ready for spring!

    While on vacation we toured around a bit, and I got to check an item off my bucket list!  On our third day, we traveled up the coast to Akumal beach. Once there, we rented snorkel equipment and began exploring the ocean.  Sure enough, just a few minutes out we saw a few sea turtles eating sea grass. This one was only a foot or two away from me; he was swimming to the surface for air.

    Sea Turtle

    If you ask my close friends, any of them could probably tell you that my favorite animal is the turtle. I was so excited to see these guys up close, and just floated above them for quite a while. It was really incredible, and I’m so thankful that I got to have the experience.

    Fern Leaves

    Two Hibiscus Flowers

    Obviously there was a huge variety of flora everywhere we went. Many of the plants that were growing wild in Mexico can only be grown indoors, and with a great amount of care, in Minnesota. It was refreshing to see so many flowers in bloom, and got me excited to start my garden at home.

    Early Waves

    Flowered Archway

    These last two photos were taken in Cancun, the night before we flew back to Minnesota. IF you’d like to see some of my other photos from the trip, just head on over to my Flickr page.

    Overall, we had a great trip! It was a much needed break from our cold and snowy Minnesota weather. Now that I’m back, I’m ready to dig in the dirt! I’ll be posting my Seed Starting guide in a couple days, so check back soon! Thanks for reading!

  2. Well, My Garden Didn’t Need THAT Much Water…

    June 21, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I’m sitting in the Duluth airport, getting ready to fly into Detroit.  I planned this trip to visit my family months ago, and it was almost ruined by the flash floods we had the night before last.  Yesterday was extremely chaotic, and the entire city was pretty much shut down.

    If you haven’t heard our stories about the flood or escaped zoo animals, you can read more about it here, here, or here.  Other than the poor little zoo animals, we were quite lucky that no lives were lost.  The damage to the city however, is major.

    Even my garden on the rooftop could not escape the damage caused by the heavy rains.  Our drainage on the roof is good, but still not quite good enough.  Here’s a shot of my garden from yesterday afternoon after the rain cleared up a bit.

    Garden after Duluth Floods

    Luckily, I was able to drain quite a bit of this water thanks to a loose board on the side of the garden bed.

    On my way down to see my garden, I took a few shots of the runoff and the damage that was done do our streets.

    Rushing Water!

    This was right by my house! The road was completely destroyed.

    Flood Waters

    You can’t see it, but there are HUGE holes in the street as you go down. The pavement was completely torn apart.

    No one I know sustained any major damage to their homes or cars as far as I know, but it’s still sad to think of all that was lost with this huge storm. I know that we’ll be repairing damage from this one night for at least another year or two, possibly longer. It makes me realize how easily disaster can happen, and I feel very grateful for what I have.

    On a more positive note, I’m really looking forward to my time in Michigan! We’re going to the Balloon Fest this weekend, and I’m really excited to see a hot air balloon! I’ve NEVER seen one before. And yes, I did grow up in the middle of nowhere, thank you very much.

    I won’t be at the computer at all until I get back to MN on the 26th. Until then, I hope everyone has a great weekend, and good weather!

  3. Rainy Day: Some Photographs

    May 28, 2012 by Jocelyn

    Another thunder storm is rolling through this evening, after several days of dark clouds and heavy rain. I kept myself tucked inside where it’s dry and warm all weekend, but I’m starting to feel the need to get outside. Unfortunately, the forecast doesn’t look too promising, so I spent this afternoon distracting myself with PhotoShop. It kept me busy for a few hours, as I’ve been neglecting all of my images taken within the past few weeks. Here are a few of my favorites.

    Botanic Beauties – a collection of leaves I picked during a hike last weekend in Minneapolis.

    Yellow Ranunculus
    Romance in Yellow – Fresh Ranunculus flowers that I found at Bachman’s while in Minneapolis. They’re one of my favorite flowers.

    Espresso Time
    Latte for Your Thoughts – my espresso latte from Sun Street Breads. It was so yummy I almost drank it all before I got a picture!

    Sail Boats
    Sailboat Races – several sailboats parked on their trailers just off the shore. The Duluth Sailboat Races started a few weeks ago.

    I’m back to work tomorrow, so I guess I’m okay with this yucky weather continuing for a couple days. I just hope it’ll be nicer for the upcoming weekend, as we have a wedding in Rochester, MN to go to.

    Also, I added more photos to my Flickr photostream, if you’d like to take a look. I have yet to add any new prints to my Etsy shop, but feel free to contact me if you see one that you’d like to have available for purchase!

    Thanks for reading, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

  4. Weekend Warrior Edition – New Camera!

    May 11, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I’ve been a busy bee this month, and while I haven’t been posting much recently I have many projects in the works. So don’t fret! I have a LOT of good posts coming your way soon!

    In recent news, the most exciting thing I have to reveal is my new camera! I recently purchased a Canon 5D Mark II, and I’m having a ton of fun taking a crazy amount of photos. My weekend is already packed full of photo-shoot activities!

    Here are a few, just for fun:

    This one’s on Etsy
    Colorful Sewing Thread


    Vintage Fishing Rods

    Moonrise over Lake Superior

    Mason Jars all lined up

    I’ve been snapping so many photos, that I’m falling behind with PhotoShopping them. They’re all in RAW format, so I at least have to convert them. I’ve just been plugging away at it during the evenings, and hopefully you’ll start seeing more of my new images being listed in my Etsy Shop!

    In other news, I’m kind of a big deal. 😉

    I was on the news! I was a little nervous, but after watching it I’m happy that I came across as less awkward than I thought I would. As you can see, my community garden plot is a raised bed on top of a building, which is awesome for me since it’s within walking distance of my job. Here’s the video:

    Since our last average frost date here is May 31st, I have yet to actually plant anything in my garden. When I do, I promise you’ll all be the first to know! 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

  5. My First Landscaping Design

    June 3, 2009 by Jocelyn

    I just got done moving into a new house, and wanted to show you what I had done to the gardens in my last house. The landlord was fine with paying for all of my gardening supplies, which is understandable since I was increasing the curb appeal of his home.


    Here is a before (more like middle) photo of the back yard garden. There actually wasn’t even a garden there at all when we moved in. I had our landlord come over and cut the branches of that pine tree up to about 4 feet so I could put in a nice shade garden.  I framed it and added a bunch of dirt and perennials.  I used hostas and a bleeding heart, both of which are shade lovers.


    And here is the after photo of the backyard garden.  Every plant came back this spring, even though I neglected to cover them last fall.  I pulled all the weeds out, added weed liner, and some brown organic mulch.  Viola!  I think they look pretty nice!  It’s just too bad that I won’t be able to live there when they are at their peak.  I guess I’ll just have to be a creeper and drive by to look at them.

    It’s so nice that even the simplest outdoor landscaping projects like these can make such a big difference in the look and feel of your yard.  Putting these gardens in was surprisingly easy, but I think that they really added a lot to the house.

    Now that it’s finally warming up here, I’m on to finishing my containers and my vegetable garden!  I’ll keep everyone updated!