The thing about blogging…

The thing about blogging is that if you leave it alone for any period of time you feel like you have to catch up, and catching up can be a drag (especially if you’re translating the post!). The longer we wait to catch up, the longer the recap post gets and then suddenly several weeks pass without any posts. Well, we’re going to skip the summer recap. Suffice it to say it was awesome, the garden looks amazing, I got to spend a ton of time at home with the doggos while Javi studied for his summer semester, and now our summer is coming to a swift end. Lo que paso con tener un blog es que si no escribes durante un tiempo, sientes la obligacion de tener que ponerte al dia, y ponerte al dia no es muy entretenido (especialmente si hay que traducirlo todo!) Mientras mas esperamos para ponernos al dia, mas largo es el post y asi pasan varias semanas sin subir nada. Bueno, nos vamos a saltar la puesta al dia sobre el verano. Solo diremos que fue genial, el jardin y la huerta se ven fantasticos, pude pasar mucho tiempo con los perros mientras Javi estudiaba para su semestre de verano y ahora el verano se termina.

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we went canoeing! ^^Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

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we went hiking! ^^Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

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Humming House opened for Emmylou Harris – dream come true!!! ^^^

Humming House also played Forecastle Festival in Louisville! ^^ 

I leave this week for a 10-day stretch of touring; we are heading to Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago (where I get to see Gia – first time since Thanksgiving!), Pittsburgh, East Landing, Eyrie and then back to Nashville. I’m excited to hit the road again – it’ll be a jolt to the system after being spoiled most of the summer spending time at home. Javier got to come on basically every tour run this summer because they were short weekend runs – it was perfect! I’m still waiting for the day when we can afford an RV and he can come all the time. Pronto me voy en un viaje de 10 dias con la banda; vamos a Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago (donde podre ver a mi sobrina Gia que no la veo desde accion de gracias), Pittsburgh, East Landing, Eyrie y de vuelta a Nashville. Estoy con ganas de salir en tour nuevamente  – sera una carga de energia despues de disfrutar el verano en casa. Javier pudo viajar conmigo a casi todos los shows que tuve este verano poruqe fueron viajes cortos – fue perfecto! Todavia espero ese dia cuando podamos comprar una casa rodante y asi el puede venir siempre.


^^On Gasparilla Island before Humming House played for Garden and Gun Magazine in June

Back home it’s been dry, dry, DRY, so the garden was suffering a little until we took over giving the plants extra water to get them back in shape. The dry weather and heat did a number on those log seats we put in the backyard and all of the bark came off in big, whole strips. Javi saved the bark and decided to use it as mounts for orchids – an idea we got from the master gardening class we took last year. He dried out the wood in the oven and glued a little piece of the bark on the backside of each mount so it could stand, and then put the orchid and moss on the bark with some fishing line to keep it in place. We only had a couple of orchids good for mounting at first, so we went to Lowe’s and Home Depot and cleaned out their orchids on clearance. Once the blooms die, the orchids go from $20 to $5 (and the tiny orchids go from $10 to $1), so we went pretty quickly from 3 orchids to 21! The leaves and roots are still beautiful to look at and we’re excited to watch them grow. It’ll take some time to get new spikes for flowering but it’ll happen! We also ran out of window space for the orchids, so Javier started hanging the smaller ones from the ceiling. I absolutely love the effect – and I love having so many houseplants now. Leave it to Javi to find some use for the bark! En casa el tiempo ha estado seco, SECO, SECO!, asi que el jardin sufrio un poco hasta que nos dedicamos a regar mas seguido para revitalizar las plantas. El tiempo seco afecto los troncos que usamos como asiento en el patio y toda la corteza se cayo en pedazos grandes. Javi guardo las cortezas y decidio usarlas como soporte para orquideas – una idea que aprendimos durante nuestra clase de maestros jardineros el ano pasado. Seco la corteza en el horno y pego piezas para hacer un soporte, luego puso las orquideas y un poco de musgo en la corteza y sujeto todo en su lugar con linea de pescar. Solo teniamos un par de orquideas para montar, pero fuimos a la tienda Lowes y a Home Depot y compramos todas sus orquideas en oferta. Una vez que las plantas pierden las flores, las rebajan de $20 a $5 (y las mini de $10 a $1) asi que rapidamente subimos de 3 orquideas a 21! Las hojas y las raices estan intactas asi que estamos felices de verlas crecer. Se demoraran un tiempo en florecer pero tendremos paciencia! Tambien se nos acabo el espacio en las ventanas, asi que Javier colgo las mas pequenas del techo. Me encanta el efecto – y mas aun tener tantas plantas en la casa. Javi era el indicado para encontrar un uso para la corteza!

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So anyway, we hope to keep things more regular here, especially now that I have time to write from the road. Javi will be back in school for his fall semester in no time and Humming House continues with the tour – so keep in touch! Asi que bien, esperamos volver a escribir regularmente, especialmente ahora que tengo tiempo para escribir mientras viajo. Javi vuelve a clases este otono y Humming House continua en tour – asi que esten al tanto!

3 responses to “The thing about blogging…”

  1. Thanks for the update Leslie! I’m happy Y’s had a successful summer particularly on the home front but also on the touring side of things.
    See ya Sunday in Columbus at Short North.

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