Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


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Starting spring early

I’ve had spring fever bad these past couple of weeks and I decided to start some seedlings early for my vegetable garden. The only place I can do that is in the basement but my basement’s awfully cold. So I built a makeshift heat tent to help hold in some of the heat from a space heater.


I planted seeds for eggplant, brocolli, cauliflower, and tomatoes.


Hopefully with the lights and the space heater they’ll be warm enough to germinate.


I hope in a couple of weeks I’ll see some little green sprouts. Fingers crossed!

If anybody has any tips, I’d love to hear them. I’ve never done this before, so if I’ve missed anything, let me know!

Our New Old House is coming up roses!

Well, two to be exact, and one’s actually at our OTHER new old house. But you want pictures, so here you go.

This is a small rose bush I planted last spring. It didn’t bloom then, but this year it mustered up enough energy to give me one beautiful red bud. I haven’t done as well as I should at keeping pests off it, so unfortunately the flower got eaten by a grasshopper soon after this picture was taken, but I did get a good sniff of the blossom and it was magnificent! Think of old fashioned rose perfume.


The second rose bush is at our house in Clear Lake. My grandparents built the house in the 60s and at some point planted this rose bush. I have no idea how old this rose bush is, but it’s been around as long as I can remember, and when we bought the house, it was still going strong. It’s had rough years and this year I was worried about it, but with a little care and pruning it came back like it always does. I’m so proud of this little rose bush! And caring for it is one of the ways I continue to feel connected to my grandparents. These flowers have a creamy, almost vanilla scent, kind of like butter cream frosting.


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