Created some tomato cages yesterday evening! 🌱

Despite the cold snap a few days ago, our tomatoes persisted and started flowering this week! To prepare for the oncoming growth, and to satisfy my incessant need to find some use out of the bamboo I’ve been clearing in the back of our property, we built some bamboo tomato cages.

We also finally put a rubberband ball that I’ve been adding to for over a decade to good use. It does look a little janky but they’ll do until Melinda finds some twine keep everything in place.

All told, I think they came out pretty great! 🎋🍅🎋

We built some new raised garden beds and created some new growing areas in the front yard! 🌱

Quarantine has suited us as well as a dire circumstance could - for the most part anyways - providing some much needed inspiration (and, let’s face it, time) to accomplish a lot of stuff around our property that would constantly be back-burnered if the situation were back in the “normal days”.

We’ve gardened in the past and absolutely loved growing our own food. It’s funny how certain life situations can make you lose sight of those precious things that bring you joy. We’ve been grateful for the opportunity to bring gardening back into our life. Wish it didn’t take a pandemic to give us that push but, here we are! 😌

📸 Happy new moon y’all! 🌚🔥

Sweet baby jesus... the process for manually updating software on a HomePod continues to be a confusing nightmare!

Hands down - We love our HomePod. I alone use it for hours on the daily.

But whenever an update drops for it, I have to do the following:

  • Tap through settings into the Software Update screen from the Home app.
  • back out of the Software Update screen, because it states that the HomePod is up to date
  • tap back into the Software Update screen to have it refresh and display that there is in fact a new update for it
  • tap update
  • watch it download, with absolutely no progress bar
  • back out of Software Update screen again after guessing the download and install process is done.
  • hope that is installed after that window updates

Seriously, it’s a mess and has been since day one.

Added an aftermarket Sony head unit to our 2014 Prius C yesterday.

It went surprisingly well!

Doing anything outside of my own oil changes to our Prius has always been intimidating to me. It’s our only vehicle in the family by choice, so we rely heavily on it. To cause it to have problems by my own actions would be unfortunate to say the least. When the dash was all taken apart I definitely had a few Oh shit, what am I doing moments…, but I just took my time, read the instructions that Crutchfield sent and everything worked perfectly. Even the wizardry of the aftermarket steering wheel control doohickey that allowed me to retain volume, seek, and Siri control worked without any fiddling. And, to top it all off, the install itself came out super clean with none of it looking janky or out of place. (Biggest of the sighs of relief)

All told the installation took about 3.5 hours. With some more confidence I probably could’ve lopped an hour off of that total.

Aside from wanting to do more smallish projects in 2020, I swapped out the unit mainly to add CarPlay and wow what an upgrade that is! I never witnessed how CarPlay worked in earlier iOS versions, but with iOS13.1 its really solid. The sound (and control of the output of sound) is better, the interface is a joy to use, the screen is way more responsive than the factory unit, it’s got all the previous input methods and more! The only thing we lost was the CD player and we literally have never used that in the 6 years we’ve owned this car.

So if you are looking for a little project over the weekend I highly recommend it!

📸 Every neighborhood has that creepy old house… 🏚👻

Took a nice late autumn stroll to see the annual Duke Park luminaries all lit, warm and flickering, lighting our way home. 🕯🏠🌚

📸 Had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of our favorite bands, Sylvan Esso, this past Friday...

They are so damn giving and talented. I’m grateful and proud to call them neighbors (not next door, but Durham’s where they call home)! They sold out two nights in the biggest venue we have and they’ve definitely sold out much, much bigger spaces.

We saw them forever ago open up for one our favorite hip hop artists, Dessa, in Carrboro to a crowd of 40 people tops. To see them rise year after year, higher and higher has been a treat to say the least.

Holy crap… I am so happy about this… it’s nice to still geek out in my mid 40’s! 😁

I know they are not listening but... FFS Instagram

…if an account is public, and I go to said public account on the web, don’t put up your lame “sign up/sign in” modal in front of my viewing experience after scrolling through a mere 12 to 18 pictures. That is a lose-lose for everyone involved. That and it’s just a shameful and terrible user experience. At least try to be better

📸 Fortunate to have caught Bon Iver live this week...

It was our third time seeing him over the years and, man, what an amazing show! I really love how Vernon has evolved his sound over the years. There’s an underlying tenderness to his performances that has always resonated with me as genuine. It’s performance, yes, but there’s always this intimacy that he creates - no matter how large the venue/crowd is.

Oh and the light show was super unique and fun to try and figure out in real time. Hadn’t ever seen a band do that before! Elevated double-sided mirrors framed with dynamically colored LED strips. Moving up and down, tilting and undulating during the show’s entirety. Super cool!

Had the pleasure of finally being able to attend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this year…

After over a decade of being asked by my brother in law to come out to San Francisco to HSB, we finally made it out. It was definitely a memorable experience! The crowds on Saturday were definitely too much but Friday and Sunday were lovely.

It was a short visit for sure, but we love San Francisco so it was definitely worth it!

📸Just hanging here...

…with my god-given Gollum feet… watching the bats feast in this (finally) cooler weather. Hope y’all are doing your own lovely version of the same!

📸 That church I was talking about a post or two earlier? Well...

If she doesn’t need my help, one of my all time favorite things to do with my best friend is line up music for her while she prepares anything in the kitchen. I love watching her face light up and dance when each track drops. It’s beyond lovely and it’s also the least I can do.

📸 On the way home, before the hurricane rains blew in, I noticed a longstanding church I walk by every day was getting torn down 😕.

Took a peek inside and definitely got some #StrangerThings Upside Down vibes in there.

🎵 Been enjoying the recent Shredders release immensely today

It’s a no-brainer if you like the hip-hop collective Doomtree, as it’s basically the entire group sans Dessa and Cecil Otter.

Immensely fun whilst coding on deadline.

📸 Starting her 44th trip around the sun with 🥧!

So damn grateful you were born sweetheart! Love you so much. #pieforbreakfast #thisis44

📸 Damn Maine!

This evening hour light…. Our departure tomorrow is early, and even though our time here was short, it’s hard not to feel the echoes of something bigger reflecting back on us. No doubt we’ll be doing the same, in kind, on the long drive home.

📸 Just took a solar bag shower outdoors

letting my pasty white farmer-tan skin battle it out with the last few hours of coastal Maine sunlight. It felt almost as glorious as this place we are staying in. It’s been a shameful amount of time since @allthatmel and I have been to the rocky shores of Maine. Really grateful we made the trip. 😌

📸 The light in our home... for better or worse... 🏡❤️

📸 Our piggies combined....

📸 Thoroughly enjoyed this break from the heat (and the 🇪🇨 hammock we got on our 20th).

🔗 “Let’s Talk About Peeing In Space”

Probably one of the most entertaining and informative Twitter threads I’ve ever read. So, so, good..

🔗 “Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.”