Sunday, April 23, 2017

A break in the rains..


Last weekend Randy worked very hard to get the gazebo roof completed.  It’s been a long time coming but I love how it turned out.  We pressure washed it to get it ready for some quality sitting time this summer. 

I didn’t get a lot of time outside this week the rains came and hung around making it to wet to weed or plant.  The one day I did get out though, I worked all around the pond area trying to get the work done before the plants exploded in growth, I barely made it!  I did however manage to get the topsoil, leaf grow mix added to the pond walls and leveled out the stones.  I also managed to get the weeds out and the mulch down.  I still need to attach the stones but that’s another day when it’s dry out.


Today with a break in the rain we moved quick tackling a bunch of little things; moving some outdoor furniture, spreading mole repellent, cleaning out under the deck, mowing the front lawn, moving a massive pile of pots to the front for recycling, spreading some pine straw under the azaleas in the back and installing the water canon in the back flower bed.

Several years ago I bought some metal frogs that were brightly painted and I wanted to mount them to the gazebo.  I asked Randy to drill holes in them and he eventually did but they hadn’t gotten mounted.  Today he mounted them only the way he did it is leaving me with a really gruesome feeling.


Those nails were not quite what I had in mind and while he doesn’t understand, it’s freaking me out.  I wanted a smaller nail, much smaller that I could put a dot of paint on so the frogs would just look like they were hanging, not like they’d been, nailed.  Yeah, we gotta do something about that.

In other and much less gruesome news, the azaleas that were planted to hide the heat pumps are doing very well, even though the deer ate them last fall when they broke in to the backyard.  They don’t all bloom at the same time which is not really a bad thing, because it means lots of flowers at different times, but I bet they would be amazing blooming all together.  I  guess I need those guys that do Amen corner to come take care of mine!


Speaking of blooms, I’ve been waiting years to see this bloom,


It’s been eating by deer, mowed over multiple times and now transplanted to a safe spot behind a crepe myrtle.  Maybe one day it will even manage to climb into the crepe myrtle but for now, I’m so happy to see all these beautiful flowers!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A day in the yard..

Living where we do has a lot of perks, it’s private, usually quiet and there is a lot of wildlife around.  We are free from any homeowners association (which I will NEVER be a part of again!) and we are surrounded by trees so we typically don’t feel the blazing heat that people in concreted areas do.  Plus leaves and sticks well they make great mulch.

There are some downsides though, the wildlife can be destructive, all those trees drop a lot of leaves, cast a lot of shade and drop a ton of sticks.

It was a beautiful day and so I decided to forego inside stuff and move to some outside stuff.  What should I tackle first?  Ah, I know…

My very neglected area around the gazebo and pond, the sticks, the leaves, the weeds, oh my!  I needed a plan and so I started by collecting all the sticks and hauling them off to the stick pile.  Then I raked leaves, and raked leaves, and raked some more leaves.  When I started it looked like this.


When I finished it looked like this.


I ended up with 2 large and 1 huge pile of leaves that will need to be removed.  I also decided that I’m going to spend a lot of time over here this year.  I’ve got a lot of weeding to do and I want to concentrate on making this area heavily planted and easier to maintain.  The leaves are a blessing and a curse, they make great mulch but the problem is they encourage ticks.  Woodchips and shredded mulch ticks don’t like so I’m thinking of getting mulch for closer to the pond and using the woodchips in the ‘woods’.  It should also make leaf removal a little easier.

I found some things that made me very happy while I was over here.


I have been nursing this holly along for years!  It started out as a 2 leaf sprig and I have taking care of it and hoping it would grow. I was so happy to see how much it had grown!  I love hollies and would love to have more evergreens in our wooded areas, there is very little cover for the birds in the early spring and winter. 


My mom gave me this lungwort and I didn’t think any of it had survived so I was delighted to see this little clump blooming away.

My helpers had a great time outside, but Cooper decided that the shade cast by the gazebo was the place to be!


My final project before coming in was a temporary fix to a problem that I’m blaming Tucker for, as prior to him, Cooper never did this!


Tucker feels why walk around the outside when you can cut through the middle and better yet, why go into the grass to pee when you can pee right here.  So I put up some fence and put some stakes in the ground when I ran out of fence in hopes it will deter him until the water Scarecrow arrives.  Yes I’m setting up a motion activated water sprayer to spay my dog.  He is trampling plants that it has taken me years to grow and he does it out of sheer laziness I think.  Hopefully he will only have to get wet a few times before he gets the hint, the flower bed is off limits to big feet!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Still here..

Well, howdy, it’s been a while I know.  We took a much needed break from big house projects and just did some quiet living for the last few months.  I’d say that we were hibernating for the winter, but we didn’t really have winter here this year.  Randy is diligently working on a top secret project in his workshop and I have to admit I’m glad his creative side kicked back in. 

I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ideas on everything related to home.  I like things organized and efficient.  I want like things together, all the baking, coffee, tea, storage, etc. should be together it saves time because you aren’t looking all over the kitchen for something.  We did a little mini project that involved some inexpensive hobby wood and some adhesive from Lowes.  Custom drawer dividers and let me tell you, it’s made me all kinds of happy.  No more stuff sliding into the darkness of the back of the drawer and no more cramped little spaces for the forks and knives.  As I took everything out of the drawers I also sorted it out and tossed a ton of stuff into the give away pile.


We’ve done several other drawers in the kitchen but you get the idea!

I’ve been on the ‘urge to purge’ road the last several weeks.  I hate clutter, I mean like seriously, I can’t stand piles around me, I can’t stand knowing that my closet is a disaster hidden behind a door. It stresses me out!!  We’ve got this closet in the laundry room that ends up as a catch all for everything and typically it looks like this and you can’t even see the floor!


I pulled everything out of it and started going through it.  I ended up with some stuff to give away and some stuff that just need to be better organized.


So I already had one of these Iris containers for my wild bird food that can’t go in the garage.  I got two more, one for the dog treats and one for the cat litter.  The little wooden box I had and it holds trash bags perfectly!


I’m still working but it’s getting better!  I’ve labeled the stuff that is in there now so that you can put your hand on what you are looking for without digging.

I’ve got bigger projects on my radar, a redo of the laundry room, an upgrade of the kitchen and a makeover for the closet (shudders!) in the foyer. For now, I’ve got plenty of sorting and boxing up to give away to work on. 


Of course I’ve also got my high energy boys to keep me on my toes!


Have a great day!

Sunday, November 6, 2016


The master bath project is now completed!  Actually, it’s been done for a while, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting about it.

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Here is the backsplash and niche, complete with grout and fancy edging.

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Here is the outside of the bath, all that is really left is to white wash the paneling.  I love everything about it and honestly that shower is so awesome  I could stay in there for hours!

Now maybe we will finally get the rest of the trim and painting done in the powder room…

Monday, September 5, 2016

Where we are now..

When we last checked in, the floor of the shower had been grouted leaving the walls and the floor.


Next came the spackle, sand, spackle, sand, spackle, sand and paint but you don’t need to see those pictures.  The ones you really want to see are from this weekend.


Here’s the vanity, mirror and light fixture.  We still haven’t settled on a top it has to be custom whatever it is.  The space on the wall next to the light switch will be a small niche with a shelf.


Here’s the linen cabinet it fit perfectly in the little corner and left plenty of room for hooks on the wall for towels.


Here the shower fixtures have all been installed and yes that’s water raining out of the shower head!

The toilet is also installed and useable but you don’t really need to see a close up of that.

So what’s left before we are done?  Well I’ve got to get the glass panel for the shower ordered.  The vanity top obviously and a little plumbing to hook that up.  We are in the home stretch for this project!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Grout, wood and tile…oh my!

Progress continues on the master bath, lots of things that you can really see.  Plumbing and electric aren’t anywhere near as exciting Winking smile


Here’s the shower floor, all nice and grouted!  We worked really hard on this tile, when putting down the sheets as they were, it was easy to see the pattern of the sheets.  We wanted it to be more random so we actually pulled tiles off the sheets and pieced it together, all the edges are random tiles cut to fit.  The grout is called mobe pearl and it pulls from all the colors pretty well.


The ipe wall is done, Randy has some plugs to make to cover the screw holes and we will most likely seal it to maintain the rich color. I love how it looks next to the blue tile.


Last weekend the in floor heating went in.  This weekend the tile floor is in, it still needs to be sealed and grouted but that’s for next weekend!


Cooper and Tucker were exhausted from watching us work this weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2016

We have tile…

So the new bathroom project continues to move forward.  All the tiling is done in the shower and most of the Ipe is up on the wall. 


This week we plan on getting the floor tile down and grouting done. The weather is insanely hot and humid so having an indoor project is actually a good thing!

Cooper and Tucker are going a little house crazy with the heat, they can only run around outside early in the morning or late in the evening.


They spend their time playing a little to rough and sleeping.  Lots and lots of sleeping!