When mowing the lawn becomes a neighborhood affair

Just before Brett and I left for France it rained (and rained and rained)…as you remember from this post, we had some issues with water in our lower level.  Then, when we were in France, the weather warmed up and everything started to grow…and grow and grow!  The grass in our yard that I returned to was almost a foot tall in places!  I think Inca actually liked romping through the grass that went up to her belly 🙂


Brett offered to mow it when he returned but by then the rain was supposed to start again and I just couldn’t leave our yard looking like it was so mow the yard I did  🙂  I mowed the back yard the first night until it was dark…leaving the tallest spot that the mower had trouble handling…in that battle, mower and Mallory vs. the yard, the yard won.  The next morning though, I attacked the front yard.  All was going fine until the mower died…just like that!  I stopped the engine to empty the bag full of grass and the mower refused to start back up again.  Our next door neighbor watched me fighting with the now dead mower as he was leaving for work and actually got out of his car to come over and help.  He even let me use his mower to finish up the yard!  (it was seriously supposed to start raining that afternoon and was going to continue for the next 4 days…)  So, with a new mower in hand I kept at it.

Well for those of you who have mowed foot tall grass, it takes quite a bit of gusto and the self propel feature doesn’t always like working in such conditions which leaves you with a heavy mower that you now have to push.  As I was fighting my way through mowing the front yard, our neighbor across the street (with a riding lawn mower) started mowing his yard.  After about 15 minutes he drove that mower across the street, waved me out of the yard despite my protests, and mowed the rest of our yard.  As he did this I was able to finish combating the millions of gumballs that had accumulated over the fall (yes I know, I didn’t deal with them in the fall so they were still in the yard!) and bag up everything to haul to the curb.


When the neighbor finished mowing he drove his mower back across the street, finished up his own yard, and went inside.  🙂  Such a wonderful act of kindness from neighbors on all sides of our house!  The yard would not have been mowed completely without them before the rain started.


I think some ‘thank you’ muffins are in order 🙂  Have you experienced acts of kindness from neighbors?  Do you have any fun or clever ways of thanking them?  🙂


Sometimes you just have to eat in the museum café!

Brett and I ate some FABULOUS food while in Paris…seriously, I do not think I ate anything that I didn’t like while we were there.  I’ll write more about some other things we tried though in the weeks to come.  We tried our best to plan our days such that food was available when we needed it and that we were mostly well hydrated.  I, for one, am completely miserable when I’m hungry…and I tend to get a little grumpy too 😉

When we visited the Musée d’Orsay, we had plans to meet up with friends in the afternoon and to go to the Louvre after that.  In the museum, we spent the extra 5 Euros on the audio guides…seriously, such a great investment.  It was Brett’s idea and worth every, stinkin’ Euro!  (a travelers hint though…figure out what the audio guide looks like and whether you can share it before you each pay for one!)


After about an hour and a half of wandering through the museum we realized that it was lunch time.  We could either leave the museum in search of some food and lose access to our wonderful audio guides….or we could tough it out.  Well, those were the two options until we decided to just go ahead and have a sit down lunch in the Musée d’Orsay at their Café Campana.


Our guide book suggested that the larger museum cafés tended to have amazing food…good enough to warrant just going to the museum for the food!  🙂  We each ordered the Quiche Lorraine and a much needed coffee…so amazing.  The service was friendly, the food was fantastic, and we got to keep our audio guides for a little longer!


Brett and I were both in better spirits after having eaten too.  The lunch pause was definitely worth it, and while the quiches weren’t as cheap as a crêpe bought off the street, the prices weren’t that awful and the food was so yummy!


Photography on the Go (a.k.a., What can’t Brett attach his tripod to?)

Brett carried his camera all over Paris (and Compiègne for that matter).  🙂  He took videos for research (the only work that was allowed haha) and lots and lots of pictures.  We even carried 2 of his lenses around the city for ALL photography needs (I say we because I carried the extra lens in my purse haha).  His gorilla tripod is so versatile and seriously allowed Brett to attach his camera to almost anything…. take a look 🙂























Girly Wednesday ~ iv

I have always had trouble with getting eye shadow to stay in place.  One of my favorite daily make up items is Mary Kay’s ‘eyesicles eye color’ in Vanilla (the color, not the scent haha).  While they don’t make this anymore Mary Kay does have a line of cream eye shadows that I have yet to try (but will have to!).  If I use only cream eye shadow though, the color ends up traveling up into the crease of my eye during the day.


If I use only powder eye shadow, the color dissipates and fades throughout the day.  Mary Kay offers an eye primer that is meant to extend the life of your eye color but I never seem to find the time to add an extra step to my usually very simple make up application.

While searching through the archives of thebeautydepartment’s blog I ran across this article.  All of our eye shadow problems are solved!  haha 🙂  Seriously though, just by combining the two, thebeautydepartment claims that the color will better stay in place.  I thought I’d give it a try!  I used the cream eye shadow that I had (that I mentioned above from Mary Kay).  I apply this all the way from eyelashes to eyebrow.  I like it a lot because it lightens up my eyes and adds a bit of shimmer.  I was pretty subtle with the colors, but I then applied a pink shimmer eye shadow that Mary Kay no longer carries (similar to this one) and a purple, matte eye shadow that Mary Kay also no longer carries (but is similar to this one).  I also used their Lash Love mascara in black and their eyeliner in deep brown.


Layering the cream eye shadow underneath the powder eye shadow worked like a charm.  After a whole day of sightseeing my makeup was still in the same place where I had applied it hours earlier 🙂  Do you have any fun makeup tips or tricks?