Memorial Day Goodness by stegaliu
May 24, 2009, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

We rung in Memorial Day with a lovely picnic at Resevoir Park with Marty and Taylor.


Patrick made some yummy ciabatta (his best yet!) bruschetta with two of the basil’s from our garden to go along wit the pasta salad, strawberries, hummus, wine and beer.


T and Marty played hide and seek. T was a good counter for hide and seek.


And he learned how to climb a tree.  Well, Marty climbed and T watched.


Patrick lulled us into our food coma’s with some guitar.



Girls Weekend! by stegaliu
May 16, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Friends, PA

So this blog is tracking about 2-3 weeks behind real life for reasons unnecessary to list.  To keep in that vein, here’s some delightful tidbits from my girls weekend with Libby and Nell.

I treated them to a hearty Saturday breakfast of eggs, pork roll and toast.


Never heard of pork roll you say?  It’s sort of like canadian bacon but tangy-er.  Please don’t ask what makes it tangy.  It’s delicious breakfast meat and we all would prefer not to know.  See, Libby, doesn’t want to know.  Let her eat in peace.


(Terrible) Bowling ensued…


as did recreating obnoxious hipster photos ala Last Night’s Party, Cobrasnake, et al.


Followed up by pedicures


and capped off with CHIK FIL A!!!


Now if anyone out there doesn’t think that 1-girls don’t eat fast food because they are watching their figure


2-that we are the only people making a big deal about a “stupid chicken place”,



you are sorely mistaken.

Saturday night we celebrated Erin’s birthday with yummy margarita’s!


Sunday we were supposed to go to a Phillies game but the beginning of what would turn out to be 9 days of rain (and a major failure of our roof’s part) started and rained us out.  Instead we did what any self-respecting Phildelphians do on rainy Sunday afternoons…eat cheesesteaks!


Hopefully this will all be repeated shortly when the girls come back to the rescheduled game.  Love you guys!…I mean, girls!


Robe!!! by stegall
May 9, 2009, 1:54 pm
Filed under: Family

A big thank you to Helen for sending me the official Stegall family robe!  I finally feel like one of the family!IMG_4404

I can’t tell if I look like I am about to karate chop someone or serve them tea in the moutains of Japan.  Either way this robe ups my asian-ness by, like, 10 points.  It also ups my shortness by, like, 100.

Vegetation by stegaliu
May 9, 2009, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Home

When we moved into our house it had been vacant for at least a year, possibly 2.  This led to all sorts of joyous discoveries of things that had not been checked up on, previously chronicled here and here.  Additionally, the various gardens and plots and not been tended too and Patrick and I, not being much into flower gardening, had no idea what was growing.  The beds in the front were literally spilling over with long green leaves of undetermined origin as well as some really ugly bush things.  We pulled out the bushes and cut back all the leaves to the ground.  Mind you we had no idea what we were doing or if anything would grow back but we were more concerned with getting it out of there and figured that if it all died them we would dig out all the root systems and start anew with things we liked.  The one thing we did leave were the daffodils, the only thing I was able to recognize from the leaves, as they hadn’t bloomed yet.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the daffodils but mere weeks later all those thick green leaves had grown back and for weeks that was all they were.  But just last week I noticed a long shoot and a bud and after all the rain we had they miraculously bloomed into this:


On the side of the house we also have a rose bush that just started blooming:


And the tree in the front is filling in with ivy and these little beauties:

IMG_4413_2Anyone know the name of those?

Also if anyone can help we out with naming these it would be much appreciated:IMG_4406_2



I’m pretty sure these last two are just a trees trying to sprout because they look just like the giant oak and Japanese maple we already have so let me know if I should just pull it.

Next up – Vegetable gardening!