Have you all been having fun visiting other blogs for To-Do Tuesday? I hope you’re learning something new about the guest hosts and getting to know other crafty bloggers!
The Mister and I have been super busy trying to get things done around the new house. (Disclaimer: I’m uploading unedited pics because it’s late and I’m super tired.) We were pretty disappointed to find that the previous owners acted more like renters than home-owners in that there are a bazillion little issues that could have been fixed with just a moment of thought and fixing things that go wrong as they cropped up. The Mister is pretty meticulous about fixing things before they become a problem, so he was probably the most let down by some issues. Our two major issues were finding that the electrical box has live wires just folded up in the bottom of the box and that other wires were spliced in with wire nuts. IN. THE. ELECTRICAL. PANEL. BOX. That’s a serious code violation if there ever was one! We’ve also got a kitchen faucet that leaks so badly I have to keep a towel behind it and wring it out in the morning. The cause is a cartridge in the faucet that went bad. It’s got a lifetime warranty for the original owners (which we are not) from Delta, but Delta graciously offered to send a replacement cartridge for free. The upstairs bathroom faucet? The nuts were put on backwards, so the entire faucet moves back and forth about half an inch every time you turn the water on and off. Those kinds of issues have driven the Mister a bit crazy lately. All fixable, but unnecessarily so if they had been addressed in the first place. And those are just the big issues (big because the contract had a “No” next to the questions as to whether there were plumbing or electrical issues in the house).
Anyway, on to better things. I have lots of pictures of the yard around the house to share! Some things are a bit overgrown and I have been working my hind end off (I wish it were literally!) to clean up the yard. The Mister’s son used to do landscape work, so he came over to teach me how to prune the rhodies out front. The picture above is the before and after.
I also tackled the north side of the house. This area had a lot of ivy crawling up into the bushes and pulling it all down. There was also a lot of dead wood in the bushes here that we cleared out. It ended up looking a lot thinner in the pictures, but it’s all much healthier now. You can see the Hosta on this side of the house now too!
Plus, there is the weirdest, but coolest, looking hydrangea I’ve seen. The flowers in the middle are blue and super tiny, while the outer ring of flowers are white and a lot larger. I’ll have to do some googling on this variety of flower.
The north side of the house also has some herb garden beds (that also have rhubarb and garlic growing in them) right across from the rhodies, hydrangea, and hosta. They’re way overgrown, so I’m cutting those back this week.
This is the back of the house (west side) and we love sitting on the deck. There’s a gorgeous breeze that blows through there and we enjoy watching Ginger and Mugsy romp around the yard. (They literally romp. It’s adorable!) When we re-side the house we’ll be putting french doors where the big window is so we can walk right onto the deck from the dining room, rather than through the garage/laundry room area.
This apple tree is the best part of the back yard. It’s one of the original trees from an orchard that was here in the 1920’s. It’s been spliced several times, so we have a couple different varieties of apples on it. Since neither of us are arborists, and the tree has not been maintained for at least 10 years (BIG surprise to us…not), we’ve hired an arborist to prune it in the fall. Hopefully we’ll get to figure out the variety of apples by then.
We’ve got two raised garden beds that are back behind the workshop (that’s behind the tree in the picture above). There’s also a Marionberry bush and Raspberry bushes (that I’ve already trimmed back). The previous owners left us the composter too, so that was a great surprise!
We’ve also got a gorgeous blueberry bush. We just picked about a quart of them on Sunday, and we have so many more still to ripen. So many berries, I just love it!
There’s even a bed of strawberries against the house and just off the deck area in the backyard. They are the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever eaten. And that’s not hyperbole either. The first strawberry I tasted was like I had just prepared the strawberries for shortcake. As in sugared up. That’s how deliciously sweet they are!
There was a bed of raspberry bushes against the fence line to the neighbor’s property when we bought the house. They looked great then, but when we moved in they looked like this. And the grass in front of them was dead too. The Mister, our realtor, and several other people agree that it’s a chemical burn. If that’s true, I’ve no idea why anyone would RoundUp these bushes, and it makes me sad. I’ll be cutting them back to the ground this week and see if maybe they come back next year. I keep giving the previous owner’s the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to the big heat wave that hit right as we moved in. Who knows.
Well, I think I’ve blabbed on long enough about the yard and all the growing things. It’s been overwhelming for me to get a crash course in all of this gardening. I am enjoying some of it, but I am seriously missing my sewing time. I have no idea how people who garden have time to sew! I’ll have to get my sewing fix when I run around visiting your blogs this week!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Continue working on the house
Don’t forget that next week, June 28th, will be hosted by Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen.
The To-Do Tuesday Summer Schedule:
June 7th: Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
June 14th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
June 21st: Here – Stitch All The Things
June 28th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen
July 5th: Here- Stitch All The Things
July 12th: Bernie of Needle and Foot
July 19th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
July 26th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen
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