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Two Months In

Chong and I are having our house warming party on Friday, July 4th so it’s been hectic trying to take care of everything. We are finally unpacked although not all our stuff has found its home yet. I don’t know why I always end up throwing out a lot of things only to turn around and buy more stuff.  No more shopping! I’m pretty much done getting things for the house.  Next items will be to build Chong’s man cave in the basement and get me a KitchenAid mixer, which may have to wait until next year.

So as promised, here are some pictures to show what has been happening for the past two months. Here’s a peek in the master closet. There are rods on the right side and left side of the walls that aren’t shown and a small ironing board that drops down.


This doesn’t do justice to how big the room actually is.


Our trip to Duluth. We love the cabin that we stayed in. It’s huge and right next to the lake.

And of course, you’ve got to go to Betty’s Pie when you’re in Duluth.  Cherry berry crunch, 5 layer chocolate, coconut cream and French blueberry (which was REALLY good). I made a French blueberry pie for Mother’s Day but didn’t take a picture.

And since charcoal was on sale at Home Depot, we decided to get 7 packs.  I hope that’s enough for summer!





I bought a little ice orchid last year and after a week or two, the flowers started falling off and the stem turned gray and dried up. The leaves were still green and healthy so I chopped off the dead stem and kept watering the plant. Good thing I did because it’s finally growing another
stem-or at least I hope it’s a stem and not a root. I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.


My Mom’s Garden

I got the chance to visit my mom’s garden for the first time this month.  I wasn’t able to take pictures of all the stuff she grows because I was too busy harvesting all the goodies.  I love late summer because that’s when everything is in season.  And yes, her garden is located near a pond.  Here are some pictures of what she has at her garden:

Mom’s Garden

Chong and I went to help my mom at her garden.  Here are some random pictures of my mom’s Hmong garden that I took:

Pea pods

Pea (pod) tips

Mint+green onion/Green onion

Potato plants/Sweet corn

Freshly picked Chinese mustard green

Green bean plants/Flowering pea pods

Thai chili pepper/Cucumber (I think)

My Garden

I got my green thumb from my mom because she’s always gardening so when Chong and I got our own place, with a balcony, I just had to have my little container garden.  So with a little help, I ended up with a row full of plants and flowers.  These are the plants I grew last year:

Banana tree–I had 1 big tree (pictured) and two little babies but somehow, the big tree died and now I’m left with the two smaller ones and 1 baby tree.

Extremely hot Thai peppers

Cherry tomatoes

More cherry tomatoes (right) Grape tomatoes (left)

Close up







The only sad thing about my plants is that since we live on the 3rd floor, our balcony only gets a certain amount of sunlight for a certain time.  2nd and 1st floor gets full sunlight for most of the day.  I’m so insanely jealous!  Oh well.

Remember that beautiful container of lemongrass?  Guess what happened when it got colder and I moved it inside?  I over-watered it and it DIED!!!!  I was so sad!   All that watering and grooming and letting it grow only to watch it die.  No more lemongrass for me.

I got my little garden organized 2 weeks ago and for now, I have more flowers than anything else.  Just went out and bought a rosemary and thyme plant but I don’t have any dirt so they’ll have to wait a day or two until I plant them.  I’m waiting for my mom to give me some Thai pepper plants and basil plants.  No more tomatoes for me this year.

This is what I have in my garden so far this year:

Two banana trees + 1 hidden baby tree + 1 teeny tiny little banana sprout


I don’t know what kind these are but they’re pink

More petunias

I don’t know what these are called either

No idea what these are but they haven’t bloomed yet.  I don’t know how the middle one (petunia) got planted there

More petunias (light purple)

White daisies (just planted from seed 1 week ago)

Newest addition:  Thyme (right) Rosemary (left)

My sad sad ginger : (

I am thinking about uprooting my ginger and planting it at my parents’ house because for some reason, it’s just not growing.  The smaller one is somewhat growing but the bigger one isn’t.  Will update during late summer to see how everything’s growing.