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Monday 10 May 2010 - Filed under Stores

back yard, lanterns, stool
Year by year, my back gets slightly more pulled together, and I can focus on more than just pulling weeds and trying to fill the empty space with new plants. Not that I mind that part, but sometimes I want to be able to sit back and enjoy all the work. I am inching toward my fantasy patio, where I can actually hang out. One small step toward that goal, I now have outdoor lighting. I picked up some
solar powered chinese lanterns at Ikea.
I didn’t know whether they’d really manage to soak up enough sun from under the canopy of a tree, but by golly, as soon as the sun disappears, they light up and cast the patio in a romantic glow. I feel so fancy!

In addition to the big lanterns, I got a set of smaller lanterns that I strung under the umbrella for more direct table lighting. All ready for warm summer nights.

ikea solar outdoor light
Now I just wish I got the post lights so I can see the plants.

garden stools
Bargain find at Target last weekend: I got the white ceramic garden stool I’d been eyeing, on sale for $45. Really good deal considering I’ve been coveting others for 3 or 4 times that price.

chihuahua puppies
In other new news, tonight I picked up a handful of puppies at the humane society. They were part of a rescue last month. The adults rescued were not well socialized, but the little goofballs I got seem happy and social, bouncing around playing like puppies should. The fluffy one in the middle is ridiculously cute although barely distinguishable from a kitten or teddy bear hamster. Good thing she’s to-die-for adorable, because she is a busy little bee, she is going to keep her new family active. The dark brown pup in the back of the photo doesn’t mug for the camera, but you quickly fall in love with him when he just wants to curl up in your lap. No puppy play for him, he’ll leave that to his sisters. I am in phase 1 of puppy fostering, which is “they’re so small and cute, how much trouble can they be.” It’ll be followed by the next phase, worrying. Then, exhaustion – early mornings, late nights, mid-day check ins and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Next comes relief when they go off to their forever homes, and the reminder that I really don’t want another puppy. The final stage of of the puppy fostering cycle is amnesia – forgetting how hard it was and wanting to do it again.

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2010-05-10  »  megan

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  1. Karen
    10 May 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    I could say, re the puppies, that it is much the same with children, except I have not got to that amnesia part yet and probably will not! They are adorable and lucky to have you as all your fosterlings are. Your patio, beyond fancy – mag-worthy! I want some better solar lights than the awful plastic faux-Craftsman ones we have now, I need to start looking. But with such an inviting patio, how will you get any weeding done?

  2. tina
    11 May 2010 @ 3:15 am

    I love those lights and the patio. The stone on the ground looks so well laid. Those puppies are so cute. I know they will thrive under your care. A can see the resemblance to a hamster too:)

  3. Loree / danger garden
    11 May 2010 @ 7:22 am

    Great score on the lighting! I doubt they have any left but if they do I might have to copy you, since I never ordered the glass globes I posted about. Excellent deal on the ceramic stool! I need one of those too…

    And as for those adorable little puppies! Too darn cute. I hope these little ones keep you in phase 1 for awhile…

  4. Grace
    11 May 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    Megan~~ You’ve got such a huge heart, taking in and loving these adorable, yet demanding little sweetie pies.

    I love your lighting and your seating area looks like it belongs in a magazine. More photos please!