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Friday, June 26, 2009

Photo of the day:

Baby bird behind the YS office:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I *heart* my family

Originally uploaded by LacyLu42.

This is my daddy, diligently fixing a big old chunk that was missing from the bottom of our French doors. I'm not sure he, or my mom, or my sister know how much of a gift they gave us coming to help us out at the house last weekend.

More to come! There were moose involved!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

This Our House: Episode Four "Taming the Jungle"

Oh, so much yard work.

So. Much. Yard.


We managed to mow all six feet (six inches) of grass on the forty acres (one-third of an acre) of yard we have. Then we used our machete (clippers) to remove ten cords (a big pile) of dead wood from the trees and bushes.

Then we found a snake. No parentheses on that one. I was opening the composter that the previous owners left, trying to see if I could move it, and there's a sliding panel on the side, presumably so you can get to the good compost at the bottom.

Only when I slid it open, there was a snake.

I swore loudly and ran over to Brandon.

"What's wrong?" he asked.

"You don't want to know," I said.

"Oh god. How big?"

Not that big really. Probably. I didn't see very much of it or very well. Brandon wouldn't go within ten feet of the composter without his weed whacker for defense. We didn't see it again.

But it could still be out there. Lurking.

Have some photos to distract you from that thought:

Poppies in the flagstones
Pretty poppies in the flagstones.

Lavender in the herb garden.

Herb Garden
Herb garden, all trimmed up, with the sage that plans to take over the world.

First Red Rose First Pink Rose
Our first roses.

Pretty Clematis, I think.

So, after mowing and clipping and pruning and yanking about a thousand thistles and other weeds (with about three thousand more to go), we called it a day in the yard when it started to get hot on Saturday and when it started to rain on Sunday. We moved into the house and we managed to FINISH the master bedroom. Thank goodness.

Master Bedroom
Look how happy he is to be done.

And, remember the weird closet of doom?

This is what it looks like now:
Master Closet

SOOOOOOOO much cleaner and better looking. WOO HOO!

So now, we're going to finish up the walk in closet (just needs a fresh coat of white) and move on to the small bedroom, which will be our office. And the first thing we need to tackle is...

Dino Wallpaper

...the dino wallpaper.

Stay tuned for the next episode, "Death of the Dinosaurs."

Saturday, June 06, 2009

This Our House, episode 3: Name That Plant!

Today is our first day of serious yard work. Brandon bought weed whacker and a reel lawn mower this week:

He mowed our postage-stamp-sized front lawn on Wednesday when he bought it. Today? We tackle the back 40.


Here are some plants I know we have:
  • grass
  • ginormous lilac bushes
  • a Russian olive tree
  • a Fuji apple tree
  • two little aspen trees
  • two big cottonwood trees
  • many various irises
  • tulips (no longer blooming)
  • grape hyacinths (no longer blooming)
  • many various rose bushes
  • phlox
  • mint
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • lavender
  • chives
  • TONS of cat mint
  • two columbines
  • a clematis (I think)
  • a couple of poppies
  • a gooseberry bush
Now, here are a few things I CAN'T identify!

This tree/very large bush:

According to the other photos we have, its leaves keep getting darker purple as the summer goes on. No idea what the berries do.

And we have an awful lot of this:

There are more, but I just realized they're on the computer at work. I'm sure I'll also find MORE things I can't identify today when we start working, but that's enough for now. Anyone know what these are? Anyone? Poppy? Mickey? I'm especially interested in the little pom-pom flowers because there are a TON of them planted (I assume) around the house.

Stay tuned for next time when I talk about (presumably) how hard yard work is and how foolish we were to want a big yard!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

This Our House, episode 2: Meet Stella

It's been a week today since we took posession of the house, and a lot has happened! We have (in no particular order):
  1. Changed the locks on the front, back, and garage doors
  2. Reprogrammed the garage door opener
  3. Went around and collected all the miscellaneous stuff that the people left that we didn't want (and threw it away!)
  4. Cleaned the two bathrooms to within an inch of their lives (my husband volunteered for this!)
  5. Vacuumed the rugs
  6. Swept the floors
  7. Swept out the garage
  8. Sorted through all the paint cans and other junk in the garage
  9. Took down all the ugly curtains we didn't like
  10. Washed the curtains we're going to keep
  11. Took all the nails out of the walls in the master bedroom (there were a LOT)
  12. Took down the ugly light fixture in the master bedroom
  13. Patched all the many holes in the walls in the master
  14. Re-caulked all four windows in the master
  15. Sanded all the trim and built-in shelves in the master
  16. Painted 3/4 of the trim and all the built in shelves
  17. Painted two big walls in the master
It feels really satisfying when I write it all in a big long list like that. (We won't talk about the fact that it is BARELY a fraction of the total list.)

We've been over there every single day doing something. Today, we're taking the night off. I'm getting my hair cut, and Brandon is going up to McGuckins to buy a lawn mower and a weed whacker before we get overrun by tall grass. Then we're going to take ourselves out to eat.

The master bedroom is coming along swimmingly. It's kind of an odd shape, so picture this: there is one long wall that runs the entire width of the front of the house and has four windows in it; that wall will be painted bright white. All the other walls will be "milk chocolate" brown with bright white trim and a white ceiling. (The carpet is a sort of blue grey, like the carpet at my parents' house.) We've got two of the brown walls done, and it looks really good!

Everyone told me to pick one room and make it perfect, so the master is that room. The downstairs doesn't need too much; we need to patch a hole or two and clean it really well, but that's doable. The other two bedrooms will be painted next, but I'm not sure if we'll get to them before we move in. The smaller of the two will be our office, and I want to paint it bright green, possibly with black and white pinstripes. We'll see how ambitious I am when we get there. Not sure on the color scheme for the guest room yet.

Last night we cleaned, and I don't know what it is, but something about the fact that it's other people's dirt and junk that we are cleaning really creeps me out. There are certain things I don't mind keeping — like a couple of shovels, a hose, some nice wood hangers that were left in the front closet — but other stuff just skeeves me out for no reason. The squeegee for the glass shower doors that they left is probably perfectly fine, but I think we're going to get a new one because it just gives me the heeby jeebies. Why? I have no idea.

I DO have plant photos from the back yard for playing "Name that plant!" but I can't upload them now. Next time!

On a final note, Brandon has decided that the house is like an abused puppy that we are rehabilitating. He has named her Stella.