Can You See It?

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Just beyond my lilac bush, which has bloomed beautifully despite the horrible winter and crazy spring.

What about now?

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Just a few short steps past my lilac bush which sends a wonderful scent of fragrance thru the air.  If I open my kitchen window, the scent wafts into the house.  Ahhhh!!!

Now I know you see it.

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I finally have a new clothes line!!!!  I had one many years ago.  It wasn’t the best, but it worked for a couple of years until we finally took it down.  It wasn’t installed property and began to sag, posts tilting in and the cross-bar loose and falling off.  A few years later we replaced it with one of those umbrella style clothes lines.  That one served it’s purpose for a few years and when it kept collapsing under the weight of clothes, I knew it was time to go.  Finally, over the weekend, hubby (with the help of Lili) installed my new clothesline.  I’m in laundry heaven!!!  Clothes flapping in the breeze.  My dryer getting a rest.  It’s awesome!!!

And I am probably in the minority of those who gets excited over a new clothesline 🙂

Landscaping

Slowly, but surely, we’ve been working on our patio landscape project. It’s come along nicely and my hope is that by the end of the weekend, it will be complete.

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I put grass seed down as well and we are due for another spring shower tomorrow, so hopefully new, beautiful green grass will fill in the bare spots around the new landscaping.  I also have a new hydrangea bush arriving any day now.  It will make its home just on the other side of my new Mock Orange bush.  Granted, it will take a couple of years for everything to really fill out, but I think it will look lovely.

The other empty space will house pots of fresh herbs.  My goal is to not only have wonderful herbs for cooking, but I will learn how to make my own salves, teas and tinctures.  I’m so excited about the possibilities!!

Once the project is completed, I’ll make sure to post before and after pictures.

First Fire

We lit our first fire in the new fire pit while sitting on the new patio tonight.
There were hot dogs for roasting, marshmallows for toasting and the roaring fire kept us warm from the cool night air.

For 3 1/2 hours, we sat by the fire enjoying the moment.  Okay, the girls didn’t do a lot of sitting by the fire, but they sure enjoyed our evening around the fire.

I see a lot more evenings like this in our future.

 

Our first fire in the new fire pit.
Our first fire in the new fire pit.

 

Project Pictures

As promised, here are the before and after pictures from our big deck and patio project.

 

Our newly built fire pit, sitting all alone in a pit of sand.
Our newly built fire pit, sitting all alone in a pit of sand.

 

The old deck, partially torn down.
The old deck, partially torn down.

 

Supplies for our deck and patio project.
Supplies for our deck and patio project.

After weeks of deck tear down and preparing the ground for the patio, our projects were complete.

Our rebuilt deck leading down to our new patio.  The fire pit is lonely no more!!
Our rebuilt deck leading down to our new patio. The fire pit is lonely no more!!  (Please excuse the bike, bucket, and construction material.  They were picked up and put away shortly after this picture was taken.)

Next, is landscaping around the deck and patio for that “Pièce de résistance.”

More pictures soon!!