Knock on Wood

Know where the saying “Knock On Wood” comes from? I don’t either but I have heard a theory.

The theory I heard one time is that it comes from some ancient religious people with lots of gods, and one of them was the tree God. When they needed a little extra luck or blessing or whatever you call it, they would tap some wood to summon the tree god and they’d get a little lovin from the guy with the power. And so now, when we do or say something that makes us nervous or superstitious feeling, we too summon the wood god by knocking on his wooden door.

Trying to figure out if this theory was right I used mine and Maven’s BFF, Google, to see if he knew. He wasn’t sure either. I did find this site that offers five theories, one very similar to mine (the one I heard that I have claimed as my own). I like mine best though.

Anyways, this whole rant came about because I was thinking about how my allergies have been very mild so far this spring. Then I thought- Knock on Wood!

The original intent of this post was to be a very generic, feel good, read about the arrival of spring. You guys know how great spring is though… You really do. Depending on how old you are, you have probably experienced very many springs. I was going to tell you how cute it was when I took the little twins I babysit to the park. I was also going to tell you that I am on a hunt for an 1)affordable 2)effective 3)easy to purchase 4) organic 5)feels good on your skin SUNSCREEN. I don’t think it is possible to find a product with alll of these amazing qualities, but a girl can dream right? Also, a girl can ask everyone who reads her blog if they have suggestions, right? Right.

I’ll take this time while I am avoiding being corny about spring (it is often very hard for me to avoid being corny) to mention that I found something about the gym I don’t like:

I don’t like seeing people I know there!

I mean, really. It’s like, what am I supposed to say to you?

      -I’m not going to ask you for an update on your life- I am trying to work out here and so are you! Also, I probably already know all about your life because of all the over sharing we are guilty of on social media. I literally introduced my boyfriend to an old high school teacher yesterday at the gym and his response was “Yeah, I’ve seen him on Instagram.”

    -I’m not going to ask you what you are doing here. You are either working out or trying to appear like you are working out. So I’ve got a 50/50 shot just guessing.

     -I’m not going to talk about the weather.

     -I’m not going to say that we should hang out sometime and that you should contact me and we’ll make plans. Because, well, we probably won’t.

So this is the end of my unorganized, non-corny, non-generic, post that mentions spring but also mentions other very loosely related topics such as the gym, sunscreen, allergies, and theories about a common saying. Next post will have more structure- I pinky promise. It’s just that today I didn’t feel like structure.

Knock on Wood.



Gardening the Imperfect Way


Yesterday was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! To celebrate, (my boyfriend’s mom and my friend henceforce referred to     as-) Maternal Maven, (My dog hence force referred to as-) Theodore, and I worked on a garden. Maven and I had some experience, but Theodore was a complete novice, so we needed to show him the ropes. He is featured in the photo above inspecting soil quality.

So a few weeks ago, a very nice handyman crafted these raised beds for us. It took some very careful calculations (We looked where there were no shadows on the ground and plopped them down) to decide where in the yard to put them. Once the location was decided, we used a very high tech and fancy weed repellent paper to line the bottoms and keep out grass and other weeds .


After the cutting edge paper was added, we developed a drainage system that we felt was extremely efficient.


We carefully added (dumped the bags of) soil into the beds, and then began the tedious process of deciding where the seedlings should be placed (Mostly random)


We chose plants for a variety of reasons. We planted tomatoes, bell peppers, chives, sweet basil, and cilantro for cooking. We planted lavender because it smells delicious, and we took advantage of the shaded part of her yard with lettuce for fresh salads!


So far the plants look beautiful and happy. We’ll have to keep you posted as the season progresses.