Outdoors
New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

As you walk up the front walkway to our house, the two-story front porch greets you, and if you walk along the porch, there’s a beautiful (albeit a bit overgrown) brick walkway that leads to the sweetest little brick outbuilding. I love the picture above Claire Pieron took back before we moved in.  Sadly, since...
Water Line to the Garden

Water Line to the Garden

Progress has been made on our quest to have a vegetable garden!  I’m so excited! We thought there was a water line going there, since there was a spigot next to the garden shed when we bought the house, but somewhere in the history of the the house that water spigot got disconnected to any...
Freshly Painted Garden Shed

Freshly Painted Garden Shed

The weather cooperated and last weekend David painted the garden shed!!!  It’s all done now, and I love how it ended up. The trim color is called “Tempered Sage” by valspar and we picked it out because, well, it was on the same paint chip as the main color we chose.  And the contractors were...
New Garden Shed Roof- Part 2

New Garden Shed Roof- Part 2

Lots of things have been happening in the past two months!  Where to begin… Okay, the garden shed.  Our goal last year was to get the garden shed in order so that we could put in a garden fence and then garden beds (and a chicken coop!) and then… garden!  (And have chickens!)  Those plans...
Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and check out how the front of the house used to look when we bought it: And how it is now: It was a little bit overgrown, huh? Walking up to the front door you used to brush aside the bushes and every morning would run into...
Beauty in the Chaos

Beauty in the Chaos

I will be the first to admit my life has been kind of insanely busy as of late. But in the best, best way possible. I used to try to write on a normal, frequent basis about what was going on in my life, going on with our house, going on with the theme of...
Decking Over the Pool!

Decking Over the Pool!

Remember that time we got a tree trimmed and the whole tree ended up being dead so the tree trimmers put it in our dilapidated pool for us as a “favor”?  And then we decided to burn the branches, resulting in a bunch of scorched charred trunk sitting in the bottom of our pool? Here...
Yardwork

Yardwork

  Now that the weather’s warm, we’ve started doing some yardwork in our mess of a front yard. I can’t really garden in any of the existing overgrown garden beds because they have small touches of poison ivy throughout.  This is a huge disappointment to me because I gardened a lot in Alexandria and found...
Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

With the porch bed swing hung, we were close to getting some use out of our new furniture…but something was missing.  I couldn’t quite figure it out until I tried to give Lynne a glass of wine while she was hanging out on the bed.  There’s no place to put your wine glass!  Unacceptable!! So I set...
Hanging the Porch Swing

Hanging the Porch Swing

So the swing is constructed, but there are two problems- 1) it’s unpainted (which apparently isn’t ideal) and 2) it is hard to swing on it when it’s sitting on the floor! Thankfully, I have an amazingly talented wife to help me with problem 1.  Remember, I am the guy who wanted to “just grab...
Porch Bed Swing? ... Porch Bed Swing!

Porch Bed Swing? … Porch Bed Swing!

What in the world is a porch bed swing?  Well, it’s pretty much what the name implies – it’s a porch swing that is made with a twin bed mattress.  Kind of nifty, but not super popular; only a handful of companies actually make sure swings, so we knew if we wanted one, it was...
New Garden Shed Roof- Part 1

New Garden Shed Roof- Part 1

  Our goal this spring was to get our garden area ready for a garden, and while that might not quite happen, we’re at least working toward it!  First things first: fixing the garden shed.   Here are some photos I snapped a while back of the garden area with the shed.  (Note: the tall...
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