THE IMPACT OF TRIM

After two head on collisions this year, I’m not too eager to hop in the car and go exploring. Extra time spent off of the road has let me spend more time in the yard.

A couple weekends ago, my little bother came over to help me take out some shrubs and move some plants around. Once everything was pulled out of my flower beds, I was able to paint the trim on the downstairs windows. It made a massive difference!

I painted the trim on my front door also. I’m super happy with the way it turned out.

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Next item on my to do list is to paint the trim on the second floor windows… wish me luck!

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I’VE BEEN BUSY!

Lately I have been spending a little more time outdoors.

For a while now I have been frustrated with the way my yard looks and have been wanting to make a change. The mood to finally do something about it struck in the dead heat of August… of course.

Sometime in the spring, my water went out due to a ground line issue. To restore water to my house, the yard was torn to pieces and never really put back together. I moved my walkway and created space to park my car closer to the house. My new path ran right through a couple dead trees that were full of spider webs and dropping sticks all over the place. I am thrilled with my new path. I need more pebbles so until, then I’m making do with some step stones. Now I park where a tree is laying in the photo below.

The cabin was looking very tired. In the springtime, the flowers made up for it’s drab appearance, but during the summer everything was very very brown. I slapped a new coat of paint on the shutters and VOILA! I painted the panels next to the doors the same green as the shutters and it made a really big difference.

Now that the shutters look fresh, it has become very apparent that the window trim needs painting also. I certainly have my work cut out for me, but I’m enjoying it!

THE GREAT PUMPKIN

I picked out my first pumpkin of the season last week and placed it carefully at my front door. No sooner had I turned my back was it toppled over and being rolled around by the dogs. They LOVED it and probably thought I had brought it home just for them.

These pups are not yet one year old and it hasn’t occurred to me that they had not seen a pumpkin before. They were completely fascinated!

 

MY HOME: CACTUS GARDEN

I rarely go into a store and come out with what I went in for. In this instance, I went into Lowe’s Home Improvement for batteries and came out with eight cactuses. I just couldn’t resist! I spent about $80 on the cactuses, pots, soil, rocks, squirt bottle and gardening gloves. (I had to go back to Lowe’s for the rocks and gloves because I didn’t think to google cactus care while I was in the store.) My impulse purchase made me realize how little I know about cactuses. That’s when I looked to Amazon for guidance. I bought The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents and was blown away! They are such interesting plants! I can’t wait to figure out how to make cuttings and grow more from the ones I already have.

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I painted the rims of the pots with craft paint.

A photo I snapped in Germany in 2007.