My baby is not an actual baby (yet) or a pet (sadly). It is my new balcony garden.
Without our dog, Callie, here to keep me company, I find myself having a very difficult time entertaining, well, myself. Callie is the quirkiest, most lovable and sometimes the most frustrating dog. Still, we adore her and were heartbroken when we could not bring her to Japan. She is now living with Brad’s parents in Colorado and is, from what I can tell, deliriously happy playing with their Yellow Lab, Sarah. It is comforting knowing she is so well taken care of, but still very difficult being so far away from her.
Nap time with Brad:
On a walk at Garden of the Gods in CO:
I think it is evident from the pictures that she is a very close part of our family. She’s kind of like Marley, from the the book/movie Marley & Me. Just as crazy and wonderful. That being said, I obviously had to find something to take care of in the absence of Callie.
After buying a plant here and a plant there, I have developed what can finally be called a garden. I even had my first ripe cherry tomato (which I promptly ate the moment it was ready) and have made basil pesto. My little garden is quite modest, but I love it and am proud that everything has survived! Here are a few photos of our little sanctuary in this busy city.
Purple basil and petunias.
Lemon thyme, chives and cherry tomatoes.
Flat leaf parsley and basil.
On a separate note, another thing I am missing while living in Japan is my grocery store. Yep, that’s right. I miss my grocery store at home. I long for my favorite natural and organic foods, especially. That’s why I was THRILLED when Kori from All Things B. left a comment on one of my posts informing me of a great give away she is doing at her sight (you’ll have to go there to find out what it is). Of course, I participated immediately! Please check out her blog if you have a chance. It is fabulous!