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D Is For Dogwood

April 15, 2015

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…& for Disgusted…

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…& for Discouraged…

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…& for Depressed…

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Is the rain ever going to stop & is this house ever going to come out of the ground?

Building A Berry Bramble

April 8, 2015

Planting berries are like making an investment, kind of like planting trees.
I started with the blackberries my friend Joni gave me years ago from her mom’s garden. They have lived in a plastic pot, producing lovely berries & lots of nasty briars.

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Then store-bought blackberries, some thornless. Hurrah!

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A trellis will help prevent the bramble from becoming…well, a bramble!

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On this day, the 3-lb hammer was my favorite tool. Kudos to my trainer, Greg, for all the weight lifting, pushups & kettle bell swings.

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Then unrolling & placing the fencing wire. That was a challenge.

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After the wire I unrolled black plastic sheeting to limit weeds.

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I am still trying to find hardwood mulch to cover the plastic in both the garden & the berry patch. Most companies add dye to mulch – yuk! I just want plain, old, regular mulch.

Gardening From Scratch

April 7, 2015

Before gardening could begin, raised beds had to be built. I found a fabulous supplier of “Royal Soil” who shared his recipe with me. Woo Hoo! I’ll be making my own from now on.

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Remember the ice, snow & cold of winter? So does Lucy. She was wrapped in 2 coats & a towel most of her days in the barn.

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Dear husband dumped tractor bucket loads of the good organic dirt in the areas I had prepared with layers of cardboard & paper grocery bags to minimize weeds/grass from infiltrating the beds, then I spread the dirt over the 8 foot x 4 foot beds.

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9 of them. The one that is set sidewways will be the asparagus bed. I was tired a the end of the day.

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Covered them with heavy plastic drop cloths to prevent weed seeds from finding a new home.

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Surveying the Lot

April 3, 2015

Hurry up! Wait. Hurry up! Wait. I had no idea that building a home was all about hurry up & wait.

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Dirt was pushed. The building site has been completely cleared, ready for someone to dig footings, pour concrete & back-fill. But no! Since we changed the house plan, a new copy had to be filed with the county Department of Building & Zoning. Everything is at stop until the county employees decide that the new house plan meets their standards. The footprint of the house hasn’t changed; the square footage has decreased, that’s it!

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What a lovely surprise – trucks coming up the driveway! Johnny our builder & the surveyor! I guess Building & Zoning gave the go-ahead.

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Measuring. Looking through the measuring thingy.

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Lots of talking.

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Looking at the house plan. Comparing notes.

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Then they were gone.

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The front door location & the view out the back of the house.

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The “back door” at the side of the front porch will go into the mudroom.

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The garage from the mudroom.

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The view from the Keeping Room where I will read my Bible every morning, the eastern horizon. I love seeing the sunrise. I watch it every morning, in fact, I don’t remember ever not being awake to see the sunrise…ever in my whole life… That makes me smile.

Now we are waiting for 3 days in a row that are above freezing & with no rain. I think the freezing temps are gone till late next autumn, however, it’s springtime which means there will be rain…often. Hurry up & wait. Here we go again.

Mute Monday: Dew Drops

March 30, 2015

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So, Where Was I?

March 25, 2015

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Having to re-learn how to use my blogging software/site after all this time…

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Looking at my Post log, I had almost forgotten the trips DH & I took last fall to escape the frustration we were feeling with the lack-of-house building.

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So, where was I when we hit DEAD STOP with the house?
We hit dead stop because the house plan had to be redrawn. Our initial non-architect who drew (literally drew it by hand – no computer) failed to mention a number of little extras he had included (heating the entire basement floor!) & didn’t explain how a full basement was going to send our budget into a dumpster, especially with the current high cost of concrete.

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Our builder recommended that we have his best friend, a tenor in the choir of the historic Methodist church in Columbia with Carole, redraw/redesign the house plan. Michael was an experienced builder until he developed severe Parkinson’s Disease. He still designs houses using his computer with a clear understanding of what a builder must have and great advice for the hopeful property owners.

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The redesign was delayed because ML had to have the battery of his brain implant replaced just before Thanksgiving. The implant stimulates his brain to reduce his Parkinson symptoms. They are supposed to last 3 years; his lasted 2. The plan was finished Monday before Christmas. Well guess what? It’s hard for a builder to put together a price estimate when everyone is celebrating the holidays.

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Delay, delay, delay. Grouch, grouch, grouch – DH, not me… :0)
Is this thing ever going to get started, much less finished?
Talk of selling the property and moving to a condo, already constructed, in Florida!
Warmish January…nothing.
February – we have the price estimate! Hurrah! Let’s do it!
Snow, ice, rain, cold – ARGH! I hate winter! I hate February! I hate this!

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Could anything make this worse? So glad you asked! Poison ivy. DH & I pulled vines off the giant Poplar in the front pasture on Valentine’s Day. I worked in a short-sleeved T-shirt. Big mistake! I have just finished my 2nd course of high-dose Prednisone after it went systemic. (Always does!) Poison ivy is still visible on my ankle, but with Tagamet & Benadryl twice a day it seems to finally be drying up. Excuse me while I yawn…again & again.

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All this to say -WE BROKE GROUND ON THE HOUSE!
There is nothing like the smell of good dirt & I have been enjoying watching the backhoe & bulldozer turning up, pushing aside & clearing the way for our house to be built. Finally.

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God is good. All the time.

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Mute Monday: Tired Lucy

November 3, 2014

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