Sunday, April 12, 2015

Patio 2.0

Over the past few weeks I have been working on our patio with the hopes of making it a colorful, beautiful place to relax. I'm pleased to show the (semi) finished product:

 This wall houses a neat hanging piece that Dean and I found at a garden center nearby. He has it bolted to the brick. Underneath I've got one of my lighter Panacea plant stands.  I've got a hanging plant and my Arabella garden stool.

This area is my nursery and holds most of my best planting efforts. I've got a Panacea plant stand and a Pangea step style one. The 'lemon tree' is a metal piece we got from a local arts store.

Above the plant stand is Umberto, our favorite gecko. I've got 2 more hanging plants over the table and that's it.

I called the patio semi-complete because the final piece is a glass covering that we plan to have installed by June. It's supposed to block the UV rays but still let the light in so I'm sure by the installation date we'll be thrilled to have the some sun block!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My New Car! (Lexus NX200)

A little over 5 years ago Dean got me a brand new Nissan Rogue and it has been a gem ever since then. However, in the past few weeks I've been a bit.... Vehicularly restless. My first idea was to move up to the Nissan Murano so we headed off to the Nissan dealership.
However, I soon learned that the Murano was redesigned for this year and as part of that redesign the shape, which was the main thing that attracted me to it, had changed. Instead of sweeping curves there were now sharp lines and edges. I had also started off interested in getting something in red but found that most leaned more towards maroon. Frustrated we left the Nissan dealership and headed home.
The next day I decided to take a look at some of the Lexus models and, within a few hours, I was sold on a Nebula gray pearl NX. The cream and black interior has me madly in love. This is definitely my dream car!
In no particular order, here are the wow factors for me:
1. Sunroof
2. Built in navigation
3. Backup camera and parking assistant
4. Power tailgate (trunk opens and closes at the push of a button.
5. The ride is so smooth!
6. It has a remote app too!
7. The driver memory button
8. The exit mode. I'm not sure what the actual name is but everything moves out of the way to make room for you to get out. With my long legs I really need that!
9. The heated and cooled seats.  Yes, cooling seats!
10.  The promise of a new car in 4 years. I've never leased before and now I'm wondering why.
11. Wireless charger built in (although every time I use it I forget my phone in the car!)