School is starting. Summer has just flown by. For the first time in my life I don't have a child starting school. No college anyway. (Does Grad school count?) It is a strange feeling. Strange but like... GOOD STRANGE. Am I right, those of you paying college tuition? Amen, sister! I can hear you out there. So, now what? I mean besides being a mom of 4 dogs, being a wife, cooking, painting, pottery, and mowing, etc.. I have been thinking it's time to TRAVEL some. Believe it or not, I've talked my work-a-colic hubby into taking time off and enjoying this season of our lives. We sat down and booked two trips about a week ago. I am still just shocked that he's agreeing to all of this. They are just basically long weekends but still it's a fine start. I'm very pleased.
A couple of weeks ago we planned a weekend in Branson, Missouri. It's a quick drive for us, just a couple of hours, and is very scenic. It was a nice warm up to the new vacationing us. Nothing went according to plan, but that's quite alright. I'm pretty flexible. We got to town and there was a major storm producing lots of lightening. When it lit up you could see sheets of rain. Traffic was a mess so when we got to our condo we got our stuff inside and decided it was not worth it to battle the traffic again or the weather so we stayed in. Luckily, I'd packed a couple of bags of microwave popcorn and so we had that for dinner along with a cold beer. We sat on the deck of our high rise condo and watched the storm. It was a pretty cool moment actually.
I think it's so important for us to unplug, Be completely unassuming, and let life show you little adventures. You'll find them if you just look. My plans for a nice dinner at a restaurant were bested by bag of microwave popcorn and a show from mother nature. It's nice to just sit, smell the rain, and see a simple smile on the person's face that you love so very much. I do indeed love the simple life. Trish
We had an unexpected offer on our lake house and we took it. We had 30 days to be out. Our world just turned upside down. But it all was worth it. It's just taken us a while to be settled. I found a house for us which was way too big for two people. The price was great, it was a solid home but had been vacant for a couple of years. The house needed a little work inside and a TON of work outside. We literally spent thousands of dollars taking out dead trees. This picture above is what you call a BEST FRIEND. A real true pal that comes to you rescue when after 30 days of packing you are almost too tired to function. This girl cleaned out the new kitchen, unboxed, and put away everything. I see this picture and my heart swells. She's a keeper. But the inside of this house isn't what we're going to look at. Today we're going to explore the back yard.
The backside of the privacy fence. It was messy. There was evidence of snakes, poison ivy, and also there were lateral lines running back here.
Here's some de-forrestation going on.
That clearing was going on behind these trees. I could see dogwood trees out there and I threatened the lives of the tree men if they touched one of my dogwoods. They just said "Yes Ma'am" and humored me.
The dogwoods are so beautiful in the fall. It's almost as beautiful as they are in the spring. Almost!
Here is the inside of the privacy fence. It's not too bad. The ivy was growing everywhere and the evergreens were suffering from insect infestation, drought, and ice... who knows. But the main problem here was we wanted a house with a pool. And instead we have a house with a privacy fence set in the middle of 15 acres. Do we really need a privacy fence here? I voted no. And I won. So here are some photos of what came next.
I'm seeing HUGE progress, but we still have to dig up the septic tank at the top of this photo and move it out away from the house. One of the things wrong with the property was the septic failed inspection. It wasn't big enough for a house this size so we fixed that while we were out destroying the ground everywhere. It took another few months. We couldn't get any fencing businesses to go with our idea.. We didn't want pre-fab vinyl fencing, or privacy fencing, or chain link. We wanted something the breeze could move through yet hold our dogs in. In the end we put up hog/cattle panels (my idea) and my husband did it himself. So, it took a couple of years to get EVERYTHING back there done. But it's finally done and it's done the way we envisioned it.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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