Three Things

My amazing mom and dad came over this morning to help me install a humongous mailbox and post. I don’t know what I’d do without them! Visit my dad’s blog right here for the mailbox installation tutorial and photos of the process (and of me clumsily trying to use a post hole digger). Now I can ship out incoming Father’s Day card orders without driving to the Post Office quite so often! I’m going to paint the post to match our house and get some cute numbers for the side of it. Mabel was kind enough to try it out for me. That’s her “this is the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had” face. You’d never know it though, since all her faces look pretty much the same.

dog in mailbox

Daniel has been asking me to dye my hair red ever since I dyed my tips pink. Finally after almost 2 years of telling him no, I summoned all my courage and did it (all my courage was only enough for semi-permanent dye). Then, I showed up at Daniel’s work to surprise him. He had no idea I decided to go red, and his reaction was totally worth all the towels I’ve been ruining every time I wash my hair. Luckily I like the red too!

red hair

My St John’s Wort plant is completely covered in buds. It’s just about to explode into a tangle of sunny yellow blooms. I’ve had it for 2 or 3 years, and it has only ever produced a few flowers. Early this spring I gave it some fish fertilizer. That stuff smells awful, but I’ll learn to love the stench if it makes this big of a difference in my garden!

St John's Wort


  1. emily

    your hair looks great, and i love the fish fertilizer tip. my neighbor was just helping me and my kids in our garden today and told us all bout how fish were used by the pilgrims to fertilize. gotta try it out!

  2. Katie

    I really think your hair looks awesome! Are you thinking of making it permanent?

    Also, I really appreciate your gardening tips. We just recently purchased a house in Greensboro and I am learning to care for plants in the North Carolina climate!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks! I’m not sure if I’ll go permanent or not. I have to ponder it for awhile. :) Congrats on the new house!

  3. Louise

    Love your hair, red is still my colour of preference although more subtle now that I’m older :) I’d love to have had the variety of colours in my youth that my daughter experiments with now. She’s currently rocking the ombre look – and getting the same disapproval from my mum that she gave me all those years ago!! (Sunlight on my freshly henna-ed hair was quite a shock – lol!)

  4. Shayla

    I love the red, so cute and it’s nice to change things up a bit now and then. :)

    You also inspire me to be a better Gardner, I’m trying but I don’t really have much of green thumb but I’m working on it. :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I think it just takes practice like anything else. I’ve killed a lot of plants while learning, haha.

  5. Anke

    Couldn’t agree more with the ladies above. Love the red hair!
    The mail box is great too. Fingers crossed for lots of snail mail rather than ads:)!

  6. Chris Pridmore

    Mabel looks adorable. Fish fertiliser is amazing stuff… but I don’t know if it’s possible to ever love the smell of it! I have come to love the smell of many gross smelling things – most of them fertilisers – but fish fertiliser is not something I think I could love.

  7. Amanda T

    LOVE the haircolor! The bigger mailbox is wonderful–I had to do this too, though I long for the day my husband finally lets us move somewhere walkable and then the post office trip will just be a lovely stroll :)

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