First Fireflies of the Season!

Trust me – they’re out there. Didn’t do a great job catching them with the camera, but I just mowed the backyard for the first time in months and they’re here! 

We also have a robin nesting under out back patio.  The fourth one in four years! And I was even able to save this one from being knocked over by accident.

Now if I can just get these Tī plants to grow….  

Then I’d really feel unstoppable.  Happy summer nights!


It’s Porch Season!

Cool mornings of coffee and the paper on the front porch. The sound of lawn mowers and neighbors walking their dogs and strollers.

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have sacrificed for us to have mornings like this.  Thank you.

Summer plans are shaping up, crab feasts and bbqs getting on the calendar. May finally even inaugurate a fire pit this year.

If a tree falls in NW, DC – does it make a sound?

Crazy winds this weekend cancelled our Batala performance at the Cherry Blossom Festival.  It also brought down some branches from the tree outside out front door!  

It was blocking the side walk and laying on top some of my bushes so I collected and moved them all to my walk way.


So while I was scheming on ways to chop and burn it, a friend (holla Steve!) reminded me at DC services were just a tweet away!  Sent them something this morning, they replied asking if it was still there.  Will see how long it takes them to collect the damage.  In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for an ax and backyard fire pit options. 😈


Whoa. That was quick. Spring is here!

Quickly pruned back the grapevines as well!
The roses, veggie garden and compost bin will just have to wait until…well, another day. Read: When mom gets back.

So many plans, dreams and aspirations for gardening this year!!!  So little time.

Theophilus, the sago palm, did not make the winter.  Despite our attempts at coverage and protection.


You live, your learn.  You win some, you lose some. So sorry, Theo.  Will try to revive you, in case your base and roots are still alive, but I should have never put you in the ground.  I will not think of your life as a metaphor of my existence in Washington, DC.

Any Day Now…

The iris bulbs have sprouted – spring is coming!!!!  One day.

Mischief Managed

We’ve taken on some wonderful movie marathons over the years here at Casa Mison Fulay.  Some obvious ones – Twilight.  Die Hard.  Lord of the Rings.  The Hunger Games.  Indiana Jones.  The Cutting Edge.  (Yes, there were four of them.)

But given the Harry Potter saga was a monumental eight movies long, we had broke it up.  With a viewing of one every few months, interspersed with other marathons and activities, it took us about 3 years.  Well as of last night, the quest is now complete!

Many thanks to my partners in crime, Alisha and Jeff.  Looking forward to making our way through the remainder or our movie marathon ideas!

Twelfth Night 2016

Mussels. Fries. Lumpia. Pancit. Boozy punch.  Glow in the dark animals. Mission accomplished.