Garden Goodness


One of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh is spend a quiet morning in Phipps Conservatory, an amazing botanical garden/greenhouse/escape from an urban landscape. It’s especially amazing in the winter, since it’s pretty warm and snuggly inside, and the lively plants really cure the winter blues!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to spend my morning at Phipps–it is my happy place, after all–and snapped a few photos that I’m sharing here on the blog today.


Desert room

Of all the amazing rooms, the Desert Room is definitely my favorite. It may not be filled with ornate flowers, but those little cactus’ are poky and I love them. Everything about them is fascinating!


If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, make sure you check out Phipps! It’s a beautiful building filled with unique plants and flowers, plus they rotate the displays seasonally so the rooms are changing constantly.

One last photo of my morning–walking back from Phipps, I looked over the bridge and the view was gorgeous. This picture doesn’t do it justice (my iPhone camera isn’t working as well these days), but the lush trees with the Cathedral in the background…oh man. Pittsburgh is such a beautiful, old city. I’m really trying to appreciate everything about it before my time here is over.



Do Woodchucks Chuck Wood?

Hi, there!

Sorry, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been in the process of packing up my entire life and moving to a new city in a new state, all the way across the country (it’s a big deal for me!). I’m happy to say that, after a week of shopping and buying used furniture on Craigslist, I am finally settled in. Life is about to get really busy again: I start grad school this week, and the summer session is going to be an intense and challenging one! Hopefully I’ll be able to post here and there, but (as always) my blogging will be limited. Sorry about that ):

But for now, I want to give you all an update on my newest obsession: groundhogs (also called woodchucks). Yes, they are real. And yes, they are everywhere in PA! There was this little shy guy living under the porch at the house my parents stayed at while they helped me move in (my parents are the absolute best. I would have been lost without them!):

frick house

And, there’s this lovely little groundhog that lives in the shed in my new backyard. I’ve lovingly named him “Welton” because that just seemed like the perfect groundhog name. I love watching this little guy from my window every morning as I get ready for the day. He likes to sneak through the hedges into our neighbors yard to eat vegetables from their garden–he’s a hungry little dude! I think he’s adorable, and I have to say: I’m a bit obsessed with groundhogs.


That’s all for now. I hope you’re all having a great week–Happy June! Can you believe that May is already over?