Greetings friends! So sorry that we’ve been a little out of touch lately. Due to some health situations, we have been preoccupied with getting better.
For starters, unfortunately, our pup is scheduled to have knee surgery on July 18th. Due to some wrestling with bigger dogs, his ACL is at risk of tearing completely and his knee cap is a little out of place, causing some limping. After consulting three doctors, x-rays and lots of tests, we finally settled on a great doctor at the Lynnwood VCA per the recommendation of a trusted vet tech and beagle-mom.
It’s incredible how much you would do and sacrifice for the health of your baby. We’ve sold a few items and skimped on a few luxuries to save quite a bit of money for his surgery without going into debt. But with the surgery date approaching, part of me is in denial of how sad I’m going to be to see my little guy in recovery. His quality of life is at stake, so we are doing anything we can to make sure Elvis can have the best years of his life
So any prayers and support are welcome! And if you know of anyone in the PNW who is interested in a motorcycle, let us know! It would help us out a quite a bit 😉
I also had some minor surgery myself, but without going into too much detail, I’m glad to be myself again and marching forward after a rough couple of months. In an effort to keep getting better–possibly even better than before–we decided to do a 10-day green cleanse, based on a book recommendation from a friend. If you’re ever curious about drinking yummy (like Ryan-approved yummy) green smoothies as your daily meals, check out the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith. It made meal-prep super easy, the grocery list pretty short and efficient for a busy schedule, and it resulted in clean bodies and better sleep, something we both benefited from over the course of the cleanse. The nutritionist author did warn that social events were to be avoided in some cases. Getting hangry for the bad foods we crave is bound to happen, especially when you go out to dinner with the whole family. While everyone is eating burgers, pies, and drinking beautiful beers, you’re having to peck through rabbit food and praying the pre-made smoothie in your car isn’t getting warm.
I’ve sold you on this idea, I’m sure. But I swear it’s worth a try!
Also, with the recovery I’ve gone through, I was very thankful for getting spoiled by a great husband who has taken the “Honey-Do List” to a whole new level. Our cozy little home is getting a lot of love!
1. The Firepit
One afternoon, I looked at the excuse of a firepit that was there before, which is the view from our bedroom bay window. Not a fan of the lack of aesthetic appeal in our backyard, I mentioned doing a new firepit in passing. Fast forward a few weeks later and this pops up! Cost us about $200 for everything including chairs ($15 @ Lowe’s), blocks ($120 @ Lowe’s), sand (free from our sandpit), pebbles ($30 @ Bremerton’s Soil Factory), leveler+spray paint for perfect leveling and circle cutting ($20 @ Home Depot). Full blog post on this to come, authored by the one and only beard himself!
Add s’mores, string lights and Billie Holiday Pandora… and you have a summer evening with the Wills!
2. Front yard cleaning
3. Gardening. Y’all. I GARDEN now. Here’s my pretty rhubarb that makes for a delicious crisp.
So that’s it for now! Like I said earlier, Ryan will breakdown how to do a fancy firepit on a budget. We will also introduce some images from a new camera we purchased. Stay tuned!