Outdoors
Felling the Tree

Felling the Tree

The view of our house from the gravel driveway is very hidden to say the least.  The trees completely block the house with the exception of a tiny part peeking out.  While I love feeling “away from it all,” it is very secluded to me and almost too isolating. I had asked David if we...
Inspirational Orchard

Inspirational Orchard

Last fall we went to what will surely become an annual tradition: apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard!  We met up with our good friends there and had an awesome time. They have hundreds of acres of things growing for you to pick– not just apples.  You can pick pumpkins, peaches, pears, and other fruits...
Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

  On Thursday after work, I arrived home to a huge branch off a tree.  It was raining and I’d heard we were supposed to get 4 inches of rain in one afternoon, but I hadn’t heard anything about thunderstorms.  My first thought was the guy we’d hired to trim all of the trees did...
Moving the Spigot

Moving the Spigot

  When we bought the house, there was no backyard fence (we had one installed before we moved in) and the “lawn” tumbled onto what became the side field.  The side field had a little outhouse– see the above photo– and a wonderful water spigot.  We decided to build the fence with the spigot on the...
Planting New Dawn Roses

Planting New Dawn Roses

On par with feeling the baby’s first kicks a few weeks ago, our wedding day was probably the happiest day of my life.  It was perfect– our closest friends and family together with us as we said our vows under a beautiful arch made by my cousin May. Is my cousin talented or what?!  I...
Home Spring Home

Home Spring Home

For this Thursday’s post about something that inspires me, I’ll cut right to the chase: the weather!  It’s finally springtime here in Charlottesville and I LOVE it!  We moved to Charlottesville in May of last year (and to our house in August) so I have no idea what will surface and bloom at home… and...
Thinning Out the Front Yard

Thinning Out the Front Yard

  Our front yard has not only become a dump for the contractors (see the above pic with remnants of the old roof– which got replaced last November– still in our yard) but it was just so overgrown that it was really starting to bother me.  I don’t mind the contractor stuff because I know...
Must Save the Boxwood

Must Save the Boxwood

Between Sunday night and yesterday mid-day, we got about 6″ of snow.  (And we didn’t lose heat OR water once!!!!)  My sister happened to be here visiting and David happened to be in LA for work, so us girls had ourselves an awesome little snow day.  She had to leave at about 4 PM though,...
Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has been the bane of Lynne’s existence since we moved here last summer.  Every project we’ve done outside (which has involved a lot of clearing out overgrown bushes, trees, vines, etc.) has resulted in her getting an awful blistery rash.  It’s actually gotten so bad she went on steroids. The worst part?  Lynne’s...
Inspiring Garden: Monticello

Inspiring Garden: Monticello

If you’ve ever visited Charlottesville, chances are you’ve gone to the estate of President Thomas Jefferson: Monticello.  I had the pleasure of touring Monticello (for the first time ever– such a disgraceful Virginian I am!) last November with my family and fell in love with the beautiful restored gardens. Easy on the eyes, isn’t it?...
Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Many people every year decide to cut down their own Christmas trees.  This year, Lynne and I were one of those families!!  Well, I can’t say it was quite the “traditional” way of cutting down your own tree in a forest or anything.  Actually, it was more like yard-work 🙂 We had this decently sized...
Surprise Christmas Decorating

Surprise Christmas Decorating

With Lynne out of town for two straight weeks for work, I thought about how nice it would be to surprise her with Christmas lights for our first holiday season in our new house!!  The front porch, I thought, would look best all lit up with holiday cheer, so I went about devising a plan:...
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