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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...
Stamping Our Paw Print

Stamping Our Paw Print

The little flagstone landing at the bottom of the stairs got damaged by the contractors working on the back porch and we asked them to repair it.  They agreed, but when we got home from work, we saw they had only repaired it by pouring concrete and not replacing any of the flagstone.  The stones...
My First Pool Fire

My First Pool Fire

Yes, a pool fire is quite a strange concept, but that is only because you are probably thinking of a normal pool… You know, with water!  Our pool was not so lucky and was actually filled with tree instead.  (Our pool) So after a little over a year of trying to figure what to do...
Inspired to Take On the Pool?

Inspired to Take On the Pool?

The first time we came to look at this house, the sellers had a photo album of the house in its glory days and this is one of the photos from the album:   Aaaaand here’s what the pool looked like before we moved in:   We did a ton of clearing around the pool area...
Clearing Out the Driveway

Clearing Out the Driveway

  When we first moved in, as our photographer Claire Pieron so aptly captured, the growth along either side of our driveway was pretty thick: Lots of stuff going on, right?   We have since spent a LOT of time clearing out bushes, trees, and vines from this area.  We did a lot last fall...
Harvesting Our Compost

Harvesting Our Compost

A few weeks back, I shared that something was growing out of our compost bin! We got a lot of suggestions that it might be zucchini or yellow squash, and lo and behold– look what it’s grown into! It’s a weird kind of squash I don’t recall seeing before– like a yellow squash but “pimply”...
Name That Weed!

Name That Weed!

Remember last year when we made our own compost bin for free?  We’ve been faithfully using it and adding leftover fruit and vegetables to it ever since.  A few weeks ago, we noticed something growing in it.  We decided, out of pure curiosity, to let it keep growing and see what happened… and look at...
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