Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.

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Happy Memorial Day

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.  It is now coming to an end and it will be back to work again tomorrow.

How about this year?  Is it going as quickly for you as it seems to be going for me?  Busy busy busy.  So here is the progress that I accomplished this weekend.

Spent Saturday painting boards, putting up fences, and moving earth, from one spot to another.  Our mower is broken and the weeds are getting higher by the day.  We have about 7 acres of tall weeds.  It is really beginning to bug me.  All the money that we have is going into the house now and there just isn’t room in the budget for another riding mower, this year.  Hopefully, between Lynn and Troy, they will figure it out this week.  In the meantime I am still working on the fence.

Sunday was about the same as Saturday.  Except that the light fixture in the other house blew the breaker and was smoking.  Not a good sign.  Oh, did I mention, I don’t do electrical.  That and skill saws.  Nope, I don’t do either of those.  Apparently Steven doesn’t do them either.  So this appears to be a job for Lynn, so on Monday (today) we headed to our favorite spot, Home Depot, for a new fixture.  We should have taken the old fixture off first to see what was needed, but that would have been too easy.  Got the wrong fixture, so it’s back to the store tomorrow.  Ugh, I hate taking things back.

On the plus side, I found a lucky penny, so maybe that will count for something.

So actually, my weekend was busy and boring.  I hope to have more to write about next week.  Take care and here are some pictures, I snapped today.

My first yellow rose.
My first yellow rose.

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This is a maple tree we grew from a sapling.  Getting big.

My first pinkish rose.
My first pinkish rose.
This is a big deal for me as I have never been able to grow roses.  Especially yellow, my favorite.
This is a big deal for me as I have never been able to grow roses. Especially yellow, my favorite.
5-24-15 some progress.  But I got them a little out of line.  So some will be a do-over.
5-24-15 some progress. But I got them a little out of line. So some will be a do-over.
A view from a different angle.
A view from a different angle.

Well, that’s all folks.  Hope to post more progress next week.

Annie, the crooked fence builder.

Productive Weekend – Burned and Bitten

Happy Sunday Afternoon,

I have been so busy with trying to get a bunch of stuff done on the house.  Painting boards for the fence and pulling weeds.  We don’t have anything remotely resembling a lawn.  So I am busy trying to level all the mounds of dirt and pulling weeds, and in the meantime trying to unpack a box every now and then.

Since the last time I posted, a couple of weeks ago, things have been moving at a snail’s pace.

Last weekend, I began painting boards for the fence.  They are 16 feet long 2X6’s.  Priming them with the Kilz, primer.  Yeah, I know my favorite.  But that is because it works.  Then putting a coat of exterior semi-gloss.  That sheds the dirt the best.  We live in a very dusty climate.  Especially during harvest in late summer and early fall.

Then this weekend it was pretty much the same.  I managed to go shopping in the morning then working out in the yard most of the afternoon.  Lynn had started taking out some of the arborvitaes that were in the way of the fence, but got dizzy bending over.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  That was before I came home of Friday.  Anyway, I finished the job.  I am always leery of using the chain saw, until I really get into it.  Not only did I take out the arborvitaes, but I trimmed the locust tree too.  Looks pretty good, even if I do have to say so myself.

This will be Kinzie's fence
This will be Kinzie’s fence

Today I spent the morning helping to put up the first boards on the fence, and physically digging down more high spots in the yard.  The fence wasn’t easy but I managed to swing that 20 oz hammer until my arm hurt.  I will be so glad when I can go back to doing girly stuff.  Seeded a little bit of grass, just to see if I can make it grow.  I grow weeds really good.

A closer shot of the fence.  Where all the dirt is, I hope to have grass by the end of summer.
A closer shot of the fence. Where all the dirt is, I hope to have grass by the end of summer.

Another thing I did was trimmed the maple in the side yard.  It is getting so big.  We planted it from a seedling from some maples that had gone wild on the back pasture.  Love the beautiful umbrella shape that it has.  We also have an American Chestnut that we planted about 4 years ago and it is taking so long to get started, hopefully, it will do us proud, as many of the things we have planted are, since we moved in over here.  It’s as if the house and grounds are coming alive.  I will show you the transformation of the Iris’.

Oh, my iris' are coming up.  Spring is right around the corner
Oh, my iris’ are coming up. Spring is right around the corner
My Iris' are a blooming.
My Iris’ are a blooming.
This will be Kinzie's fence
This will be Kinzie’s fence
Beautiful colors.  Really outdoing themselves
Beautiful colors. Really outdoing themselves
What a pretty peach color
What a pretty peach color

Then last but not least.  Our front door, and a side view of the house.  Keep in mind I will be cleaning off the front porch and it will look better in a few more weeks.

Front door.  The before the storm door goes on.  Maybe this week sometime.
Front door. The before the storm door goes on. Maybe this week sometime.
A side view of the house.  Again I hope to have grass there someday.  Wish I could afford to have it landscaped.  Someday.
A side view of the house. Again I hope to have grass there someday. Wish I could afford to have it landscaped. Someday.

Aside from getting sun burned and bitten (no eaten) by monster mosquito, all is well for now.  Hope to post more next weekend.

Annie, the novice chainsaw and hammer wielding girly girl.