Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Monthly Archive:: August 2014

Hannah Sheflyand

Even though I wish to be doing this….

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Or this…. over the weekend,

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We have had a very busy summer filled with classes and small weekend adventures (some here & here), so we will most likely be spending the weekend at home, organizing, hanging out with Charlie and the foster dog (picture below) and just relaxing.


How are you spending your long weekend? Any fun adventures planned?

Hannah Sheflyand

We got our certification over the weekend! Now we just need to find some sailing buddies so we can get the opportunity to go out on the water more. We spent Sunday evening looking and admiring the different style and size sail boats and watching different videos of these boats out on the water.

I learned Brian and I have very different expectations for what we want when it comes to the ideal sailing day out on the water. Brian wants the experience of strong wind in his face, water hiting the deck and the thrill of the boat heeling over (turning to its side). He loved watching the racing videos (example above) and wants to go that extreme!

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Yikes, Im happy I have a strong stomach to handle it all.

I, on the other hand, imagine the perfect day out on a sailbout is to relax on the deck with a nice drink and the sun setting behind me.

This would be ideal for me...

This would be ideal for me…

Luckily we both enjoy each others company enough that we will probably compromise and spend our future sailing days indulging in both of our imagined perfect days out on a boat.

How about you? Whats your perfect relaxing day outdoors, near the water or up in the mountains? Or somewhere completely different?

Hannah Sheflyand

A few weeks ago I posted about the easy home care of a few of my favorite plants but then I never had a chance to post anything about the plants in my home. I wanted to share how easy it is to bring some green into your house with very little care. I used to not be able to keep anything alive for more then a few weeks, either by over or under watering and not putting them in the proper environment, but with just a little research everything in our place has been flourishing.


I love my ferns but it took a little experimentation on the watering schedule and the sunlight for these guys. If you look at the baby fern one side is all brown because the first week I had them I put the plants into too much sun. I have learned my lesson and once they were moved the ferns started flourishing. If you want more info on the care of these guys check out my easy how-to on them here.


I am also super proud of my herb box. I used to grow herbs out on the porch but this apartment doesn’t have one so I hoped that indoor direct sunlight would be enough and I got lucky! We now have lemongrass, chives, mint, thyme and many more growing at fast speed. We cant even catch up and use them enough in our kitchen. Have you grown any herbs indoors?


My aloe plant is by far the easiest plant to keep alive and it has been very useful. After my foot surgery I used the sap inside the leaves as a homeopathic spread over the wound to help heal it and keep it from over drying.


I am the most proud for not only keeping my orchids alive but for actually getting them to re-bloom. I honestly thought that once you buy an orchid from the store and the flowers finally wilt that the orchid will never re-bloom but that is definitely not the case. It takes a little extra work but these guys can re-bloom for many years.


Another very easy to take care of plant is the air plant. Just a soak once a week keeps these guys healthy and bring a great pop of green to the room. The beauty of these plants is that even if you miss a week all you need to do when you remember is to give them a little extra soak.


Easy to care for plants are really my trend. Its not that I dont have the time to commit for something a little more serious but it just seems no matter how closely I follow the instructions any plant that is fragile dies on me. Luckily the cacti are practically the opposite of fragile. We have one plopped on our table near the window.


And this one spends most of its time at Brian’s work. He has a special little light for it and its so easy to take care of that even Brian has kept this one alive for over a year.

I am hoping that all these plants stay strong through the winter, but I know that is doubtful with the little sun we will have for many months. The death of some will bring an opportunity and space to have more variety of plants into the house and I am excited to have a chance to play around with some hardier, less sun friendly, plants in the next few months.

What about you? Do you have any luck keeping plants alive through the winter?

P.S.- Thorough how-to on taking care of the following plants: ferns, aloe, cacti, orchids & air plants.

Hannah Sheflyand

Its finally here!!! Shovel & Rope album Swimmin’ Time is finally out. After work I will be running to our favorite record store and picking up the vinyl copy and will probably spend the next few days just listening to it over and over again. Shovels & Rope already released a music video for their new album as well and it just proves how awesome this record really is. They stick true to their southern twang rock music and make me love them even more.

What do you think? Have you listened to them before?

I am still truly in love with their song Birmingham!

Hannah Sheflyand

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. We have our final sailing classes this weekend and then have to take a test to certify us and the overall obsessive part of me has been studying every day. The classes plus the fact that we got a new foster dog (!!!!!!) has made this week too crazy for daily posts (I will do my best to get back in the groove for next week).

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and has some exciting weekend plans but before I say good bye until Monday I wanted to share a very cute photo contest that I found through Garden & Gun. One a year they have a GOOD DOG PHOTO CONTEST where anyone can enter and at the end there is a top pick and then readers choice picks and then highest rated pictures. This years winner photos are amazing and I wanted to share the goofyness with everyone so I posted the favorites below (Hint: some Great Dane pictures at the end). The full album of contestants can be seen on Garden&










How great are these photos? For the dog owners out there, do you try to capture lots of photos of your goofy pups?

This has inspired me to work a little harder at understanding my camera so I can capture some great shots of Charlie in all her glory.

Hannah Sheflyand

While looking for ways to organize the closet I came across Ikea Hackers. I am amazed I have never found this site before but I am happy I finally did. Our studio apartment is filled with Ikea furniture and we have had to do our own minor hacks to fit our furniture into the small spaces. I will have to share our apartment furniture pictures some point soon but in the meantime how cool are these hacks to make dog beds, I am putting Brian on a mission to make one for Charlie soon.


This bed only requires 2 Ikea pieces, a dog mattress and some paint.


I love the simplicity of this bed and Charlie would love having a little cave space of her own and its just 2 pieces of Ikea furniture drilled together.


This bed is not realistic for the space in our apartment but I hope we can build something like this for Charlie once we get a bigger space. It also doubles as a guest bed for visitors, though I doubt anyone would want to sleep over a stinky snoring Charlie all night 🙂

Do you have ikea furniture in your apartment? Have you used the Ikeahackers site before?

Hannah Sheflyand

I grew up in a big house with my own room and a lot of closet space, and as a girl, I always strived to have that closet packed to the brim. Now Brian and I share a studio apartment with one dresser and one small closet to split our clothes between the two of us. It was a challenge at first but after donating a lot of unnecessary clothing and then some reorganization we have been making it work for about a year now.


However I looked into our closet earlier this week and realized it was in need of some reorganizing. There were hangers tangled everywhere, clothes falling from the top and shoes all over the floor. I was in shock when I realized how bad it had become without me doing something with it before.

SONY DSCI was looking through to find how I could make our closet a little easier to navigate and everyone recommended some Ultra Thin Velvet Hangers. I bought the one above and donated all the ones below (just the size of all these plastic hangers took up too much space).


After just an hour of cleaning up and putting in the new hangers, it felt like we had a new closet (and some extra space for more clothes)!


I always feel like I need to do some more clothes shopping as a reward gift for myself after tackling small projects like this.

What do you think? Have you done any clothes purging or closet organizing recently?

Hannah Sheflyand

Yesterday was our first sailing class! It was definitely an overload on new terminology but I have no doubt that some prep work and studying will do the trick. This weekend we will get to spend time out on the water on a 24ft sailboat and then hopefully be certified to sail on our own by Sunday evening.

The first thing we learned in class is that our wardrobes need a little boost when it comes to sailing. This week Brian and I will be on the lookout for a good amount of items we need before we hit sail.

Regulars shoes or going barefoot is really not preferable. Deck shoes have razor cut soles, which are special slits that open as the foot flexes and allows the shoe to grip on a wet deck, and keeps you from busting your ass. Most shoes also have dark soles that can mark the deck which is a no-no. I thought it would be pretty easy to find but I think both Brian and I are pickier then we thought.

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Henri Lloyd shoes look great and they have sizes for both men and women. These Valencia Leather shoes are my favorite and are highly rated.


Another great variety that steps away from the typical deck shoe look is the Octoskins. I like them because they are a little more feminine then the shoes I was considering before.

Both Brian and I wear glasses and see pretty poorly without them but on the boat there is a fear of having them fall off, so as dorky as they look, we will both be wearing glass keepers on all our future sails.


Chums makes a very simple and cheap glasses keeper and it comes in a variety of colors which I think is a perk to such a goofy look.


I think Brian will prefer a pair of Croakies since they look a little more macho. Which do you think will look better on us?

Most of your time on the sailboat is spent looking up at the sails which also means looking up into the sun. Hats unfortunately are not flattering on me or Brian, but it is a must when you are out on the water.


I don’t think Brian will agree to wearing a visor, but I love the Gil Visor, especially with the little cord to hold the glasses keeper.

And last but not least are sailing gloves. The sailing classes list these as optional, but with my little frail hands I am not even considering going without them. Brian thinks the opposite of me regarding the gloves and is going to go without them for the first weekend and just see how he feels.


There are companies that offer more feminine version with pink or purple, but every sailing blog out there has mentioned how amazing the Gil Deckhand Gloves are and I will be picking the perfect fit later today.

I feel once we have these items figured out, and I pick the outfit and the shoes (or these shoes), we will be ready to go.

We are both very excited and cant wait to share our adventures, as long as we pass :)!!!

Hannah Sheflyand

I have only recently heard of Deer Tick even though they have been around for a while. They are labeled as a rock band however I feel most of their music has a quality of folk and country just without the country twang mixed in. Deer Tick does a lot of great covers in their live music but I am also really fond of their newest album, Negativity. This video for Dream’s in the Ditch is a perfect example of the kind of music throughout the whole album, and its a cute idea for a music video.

What do you think? Have you heard of anything new music wise that you can share with me?

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I just came back from our trip to Woodstock, VT. We had a great time with Brians family and many opportunities to just sit back and enjoy our beautiful peaceful surroundings. My next weekend getaway post (last one here) will definitely be about all the great things to do when visiting Woodstock, VT.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy some of the photos we took on our vacation.


This is the house we stayed in.

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