The Plan….Stan

This weekend was so nice to have time to sit around and do nothing, but I need more of it.  I finally put in time off for the end of August, but SO.FAR.AWAY!

I am clearly not one to focus on getting one room complete in my house at once, I have to roam from room to room.  That might annoy some of the residents, but it gives my brain a break from one particular space and wait for inspiration to hit me.  I am pretty far along with every room in the house, so its not like I have a wall painted and the other three are just hanging out.

This summer we decided we HAVE to work on the office.  Have to have to!  We have no organization anywhere and frankly I am quite tired of it.  Plus, Matt is going back to school so he needs a place to work that is organized.

I shared with you last week the raw space we are working with here.  There is a lot but not a lot to get this room where I want it to be.  Makes sense?

This room has been tough (haven’t they all???) because we both will spend a lot of time in here and it needs to be totally functional and a little more masculine (since I have light blues and light grays around the rest of the house).  My mind went from here to there on the inspiration of this room but I think I have found exactly what I was looking for!  I was glancing through H&M’s website for pillow cases and stumbled onto this one:

What I loved most is it says Barley (my cat’s name) but mainly the colors.  I love the mustard yellow!  I know, I know I am trying to get rid of the yellow in the room, but this is a small accent.  I haven’t bought the pillowcase yet, but the wheels in my head started turning.

I started thinking rich, deep, but not too deep, colors.  Reds, golds, greens, dark browns.  It sounds like Christmas may throw up in my office, but I think I could do those colors tastefully.

So over the weekend I did three things.  First, I restained that desk.

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Second, we finally installed a ceiling fan in this room.  For some reason the front two bedrooms get really stuffy, so we bought the last two fans we need for the house.  (If I can offer any advice, get a house with ceiling fans already installed.  Your marriage will thank you!)

Third, we planned our space out.  This space is big and for what we need to do in there, awkward somewhat.  It is hard to see where things will fit, so I measured EVERYTHING out and drew out a floor plan on Floorplanner.com.  I had a great, magnificent plan on how I wanted our room to look.  It was comfy, it was cozy, it met all the requirements that were requested by Matt (the tv had to be on a specific wall).  I showed him said plan and he did not like it because of the location of the computer.  I originally had the desk facing the room with your back to the front window.  He was worried someone would look in the window and see what we have….in a room where I leave the blinds closed…..but ok.  I pouted and we replanned.

Here is what we came up with:

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I will admit, I actually like this space.  The only thing I am still trying to decide is if I like the storage idea/location next to the window.  There are always solutions, so I am not going to worry until the time comes to actually build.  I may just buy base cabinets for the bottoms and do a floating shelf up top.  This will give the tv more breathing room and less blockage of the window.

If that is not an option, I may have to venture to IKEA and see what we can work with.  It is probably the only place I can afford shelving at!

 

Personally, I am thinking the base of the storage unit has to be a solid cabinet.  We have a closet full of tools that need to be organized and hidden!  I think glass would show too many secrets!

I am also scouring Craigslist for a small table I can use as a craft/sewing table.  My ideal table would be 40″ tall and on wheels (which I could install) so I could roll it around and stand up while crafting.  I’m not sure a table exists, but if you know of something.

The pull out loveseat is something Matt also requested in the room.  Yes, we have a guest room, but there might be a time when we have two people sleep over at the same time.  Or maybe our guests want sleeping options.

So that is where we are.  I haven’t pinned much since making my profound decision to go this direction and I may not.  I may fly by the seat of my pants on this one.

What do you think? 

 

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Guest Room-The Not Final Reveal

I hemmed and hawed about showing you the progress I have been making in the guest room.  I wanted to show you the final product, but that is taking just way too long and I am pretty excited.  I still have a ways to go, but it has come pretty far from its beginnings.

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When I am ready to do the FINAL FINAL reveal, I will add more of the before pictures (we just got a new computer, so your guess is as good as mine on where they are)

Anyways, I got 100% free reign of this room so I wanted to do something a little different in here than the rest of the house.  Something outside of my comfort zone.  I wanted an accent wall.  But what kind you ask?  I asked the same thing too.  This room is tough because it does not get much natural light with all the trees next door, so we couldn’t go too dark.  I browsed the great Pinterest (check out my guest room board) and I went into this knowing Coral and Navy were the winning colors for this space and one day I found a picture that made me jump up and down in joy…

Check out the link……the picture won’t display for me.  I swear it is safe!!  Inspiration for the guest room!

STOP IT!  Are you just in love with this wall??  I clicked the link for the wallpaper and it no longer exists.  WHAT!!!  I was sooooo butt hurt. I searched and searched and found the perfect alternative…a stencil

Pretty stinking close, right?!?!  I bought it and picked out all of my colors and waited for a day off to do it.  To be honest, I was scared to tackle this project.  A stencil is pretty intimidating.

I’ll save all the details for the next guest room post, but here is where we are as of this evening.  The pictures aren’t high quality because it was 7pm, but like I said earlier, I was dying to share.

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The cat wouldn’t move for the pictures, so I decided to leave him there.

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My IKEA hack lamp project that I need to share.  Im not 100% sold on it just yet, but I think once everything is done, Ill change my mind

 

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I almost didn’t want to show you the other side of the guest room because it is a hot mess.  Sort of the dumping ground right now.  Not sure what I want to do over there just yet.

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I haven’t put much thought into what is going on that side of the room, but curtains soon.  And the cat food dispenser will be out of there.  This was a temporary location since we cleaned out the office.

So…

Patterned curtains or solid?

Would you introduce another color?  I am thinking about it since Ive got enough coral and Navy of bringing in a gray.

And of course, I will have MUCH better pictures when I actually have the space complete.

 

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The Office Space

I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend!  It was a spectacular weekend for me.  I ran the Peachtree Road race and actually did way better than I expected and may have found out why my legs have been giving me so many problems.  Then we watched fireworks and celebrated my birthday.  Just one of the many reasons why July 4th is my favorite holiday, birthday weekend!!  More on all that later, of course.

Today I want to share with you one of the last indoor spaces that needs significant work done in our house.  I know I still owe you the updates in our guest room, but I am sort of at a stand still (story of my life with decorating) for now.  I am DYING to share with you what I did in there, but I am not sure I want to show the unfinished product.

So our office.  It is a very LARGE space for just two people.  And two people have to share this space, a boy and a girl.  What does that mean for me?  I can’t have pink and gold like I originally wanted.

Here is a look at the space right now.  I had so many other photos of the office when it was full of crap (this was the dumping room after all), but we finally cleaned it out to bare bones and I guess that is more blog worthy…..

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This is the room when you first walk in.  Im telling ya, it is a big space.  Big and long….that’s what she said.  It is also very yellow and warm.  I love the warmth of a room, but I think there are too many similar colors going on in here.  Plus, it is builder grade paint, so it totally sucks!!  I love that we have two huge windows that look out the front porch, but we don’t open the blinds much because people do not need to see the setup we have on the computer.

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Here is the view in the same spot only turned to the right.  Another great window in this room overlooking the empty lot next to us.  We are crossing our fingers someone bought this lot so they can take a few of the trees leaning over us down.  Our desk was something Matt found on good old Craigslist and tried to refinish but we sort of stopped.  The chair is also a CL item and I love it.  Of course, it needs to be redone.  Our storage is stellar as you can see and we have a cat that wants to eat dog food.

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From the side of the room with the desk.  We have a closet (ooooo ahhhhh) that is in desperate need of organization and blank space nook next to the door.

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Storage: we need it.  BADLY!!!  (And no there are no beers in those boxes.  Those are all my jars and vases from the wedding I like to keep on hand for anything that needs mason jars and bud vases).  The beer is in the fridge, duh!

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Here is a glamour shot of the desk.  At first, I wasn’t fond of it and the lines, but she has grown on me.  I wanted to refinish her with a Restoration Hardware style look, but I think I have something else up my sleeve

IMG_7641The filing cabinet is one we found in someone’s trash pile in the neighborhood.  Can you believe it??  All it really needs is a good cleaning and it is pretty much done.

So what’s the plan?  HAH Like I know.

I need a rug.  I need to paint.  We desperately need some lighting in here.  Once my two shows are done this summer, I am going to start on this room.  This gives me time to start planning, but I have no idea what direction I want to go in.  My pinterest board is no help either.  I have been picking things I like the most but a certain someone does not want to start his own or contribute to my so I can come up with something.

This happens in every room to me.  I get a decorators block for some reason and just don’t know where to start.  Once I start going though, I can at least get to the 50% mark.

Here is the listy loo of things that need to be done:

  1. Decide on a furniture layout – I have a good idea of what I want
  2. Paint
  3. Find a rug
  4. Refinish the desk
  5. Refinish the chair
  6. STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE
  7. New lighting
  8. Accessorize
  9. Organize that closet of mine.  It is nothing but a hot mess of tools
  10. Curtains?  We are at odds about this decision.
  11. Find a craft/sewing table different from the desk.  Preferably one that is tall
  12. Mount a tv in here.

Woof!  We have a lot to do.

Am I the only one that has a hard time getting started?

 

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Slurpy!

I am starting to lose track of my days.  It is getting busier and busier around here.

Last weekend was a wonderful three day weekend and the same with this weekend.  Phew….I need some long weekends before the craziness starts.

Friday, I mainly took the day off because I had a doctor appointment and she is all the way up there, so I did not feel like going all the way up there and then coming all the way down here to work.  Plus I needed the day.  IMG_20140620_101129I had such a long laundry list of things I needed to talk to her about.  She is super excited that I may ditch running and move onto cycling, as she cycles herself.

Speaking of which, Matt had to buy some items for a test he had yesterday, so he mapped out a 10.1 mile ride around town.  It ended up being 10.5 miles and it was so awesome!  We got stuck in a downpour, but it benefited us because it was so flipping hot.  I am itching to plan out a 15 mile ride and build my mileage up over time.  I think I am going to need some butt pads in my future!!

After the doctor, I headed to my favorite, Hobby Lobby.  I have a party to plan and needed some supplies on the cheap.

IMG_20140620_123533I was so sad to see Christmas already up!  Let’s not speed up summer.  I love it too much.IMG_20140620_143640This lovely lady was on clearance and I thought she was an interesting piece to add and hold my necklaces.  Now, I need to give her a sassy, southern name.  I’m thinking Blanche!IMG_20140623_103912In case you didnt know, my 30th is coming up (July 6th if you want to send cake).  I started making some fun labels for hopefully cake pops.  The party is going to be at my house, so nothing fancy and I cant go crazy on decorations.

Saturday I spent most of the day being pretty stinking lazy and cleaning.  My dad and sister are in town, so my messy house can be no more.

IMG_20140610_171159Look who decided to bloom on me.  This one is a temperamental little beast.  I have to constantly keep her watered to keep her happy.  Her brother from another mother in the back of the yard is not acting like this, but he doesnt have a bloom like her.

IMG_20140612_181243We harvested our first cucumber and it was a big boy!  I think we have picked 5 so far and there are more ready to go!  Just a few months ago I thought that plant was dead.  Our tomato plants have tons of fruit on them, but nothing is ripening yet.  Grrr

IMG_20140622_211312Sunday morning I had a little time to refinish some ugly candle holders I bought for $2 a piece.  I am in love with the two toned and sort of how it crackled.  I did not do that intentionally!

My dad and sister are in town, so Sunday we drove down to West Georgia and went on the Wild Safari.  I have never been, so I had no idea what to expect.

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Basically, all the animals are roaming and the more aggressive ones are caged up.  You get a bag of feed and follow the road through.  The emu was pretty boring and I worried that was what we were going to deal with for the trip.20140622_131630NOPE!  I was so wrong.  Once word got out that we had food…..people started coming out of the woodwork.  There were SO.MANY.TOUNGES. in my car.  SO MUCH DROOL!  One guy popped his big old head in my car and had the nerve to burp.  It took all I had to not throw up everywhere!  It was a lot of fun and we laughed the entire time.

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This guy walked right up to our car and stuck his head into the sunroof.  I guess he was happy he didnt have to bend so low to get his food.  He was pretty skittish and wouldn’t let us pet him.  Bummer

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The zebras were very bossy.  You cant feed them with your hand (mainly the picture below will tell you why) and when they showed up, other animals moved without question.

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FREAKS!

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Chair Flipping

As you know, my dining room hasn’t had much mention here on the old blog.  Mainly because I haven’t done much with it since getting our new table.  I did refinish a chair we bought at a consignment shop, but then the room sat.  And I will be honest….it is going to continue to sit until we have come up with a seating plan for that room.  I am going back and forth with ideas.  Bench seating, more chairs, build a banquet?  All these things I have been thinking about, but I have had so many other things, I haven’t moved forward.

My goal this summer is to at least replace all the black chairs I have with something lighter.  I could just paint them, but they were all cheapy chairs.  Two from IKEA, two we found in the trash (and wobble like crazy), and two that my mom gave me that just won’t work out.  Here is what we are working with:

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Every time we go out looking at anything Goodwill/consignment/Restore/etc, I am always looking out for a chair.  My mom happened to find a chair she was going to use for a flower pot, but thought it would look cute in our dining room.  I thought so too.

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It was cracked down the middle and while we tried to fix it, we have to refix it because the wood we used was too thick and is popping back out.  But in the meantime, I threw some wood filler in the crack and deglossed every inch.

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I didn’t have the exact color I used on the first chair (because it was an oops color) but I had white and that was close enough.  I toyed with painting it a light blue, but I got nervous!  Once it was done being painted, I stared at it for a minute and thought something was missing.  I grabbed any of the stencils I had on hand and played around.

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IMG_7598I have some fabric for a pillow I could sew for it, but I am going to wait until I decide what the future holds for seating in this room.  Hopefully this summer we will come to an agreement and create a plan!!

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98% Complete

Last week I alluded to some good news in my life and good news is what I need right now.  I have informed those that need to be informed, so now I can tell all of you.  Yes, BEFORE I facebook it to the world.  You should feel special!!

Late last week I was offered a new job.  It is a step up for me with what seems like a great company.  My work stress will hopefully diminish to much lower rates and my motivation in life will come back.  The last year I have been busting my butt at work only to find myself completely drained and depleted when I get home.  I would have no interest in much of anything.  Then the bad days started to take over the good days and I was miserable.  I would tell so many other people that you control your own happiness and now was the time I needed to listen to myself.

Anyways, can you believe it has been a year since we bought the house?  I can’t.  I have put a lot of cosmetic work into our sweet little abode and I have come to the realization that TWO of the rooms are almost 100% done.  It is crazy to think because I was so overwhelmed at the idea of being able to decorate and PAINT the walls.  All the rookie questions came into my head, “what if I pick the wrong color?, what if it looks too hodge podge?” Maybe I should stop rambling and show you one of my favorite rooms in the house, the living room.  It is a small and cozy room, but it has come a pretty long way since it’s birth.

Looking from the kitchen to the dining room and living room

Looking from the kitchen to the dining room and living room

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Here are the images from a month after we moved in.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with this room.  My mom came over one day and made me hang pictures one day just to give the room something. HA!

Then I flip flopped on which room I should start working on because I was overwhelmed and did not want to make the wrong choice.  I decided I would make some sort of novice mood board and see where that took me

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The room did not end up QUITE like the mood board, but at least it gave me ideas on what to experiment with. Here is the living room today.  The only thing that will bump it up to 100% complete is finding an end table and repainting my lamp

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As you walk into the front door you are greeted by a very comfortable loveseat and my Pottery Barn knock off wall art. IMG_7609

Our entertainment wall.  The cable is actually on the other side of the room, but there was a terrible glare on that side thanks to the window, so we had to have another outlet installed on this side so we could hang the tv.  I FINALLY got around to hanging a coat rack for our bags and coats.  I was thinking about adding a bench below, but I do not want to clutter things up more than they already are.IMG_7610

I had the perfect basket to hold some of my bike gear.  This was in another room, but I like to have it near my bag and the front so I can grab and go.  IMG_7611

There is something about this corner that makes me feel so cozy.  I found the most perfect end table for next to the loveseat at consignment that holds the lamp originally made for the guest room, but the lamp I had in here did not fit the space.  IMG_7614

The other side of the room.  I am still in love with my little vintage trunk and all of it’s imperfections.  The brown chair was a steal at the store and is the perfect looking recliner.  I personally cannot stand recliners because to me they look like a pile of poo.  IMG_7615

This room is so warm, I can’t help but smile when I walk into it.  Plus, it has AWESOME lighting.IMG_7616

Here is the lamp and the end table that need a change.  I am going to spray paint the lamp soon and I need to start looking for an end table.  Of course, now that I have told the universe this, I will not find an end table anytime soon!IMG_7617This room will never make it into the ranks of being magazine worthy, but I love just how cozy I feel in it everyday.  The best part: it is almost done!!

Is there anything you would add/take away??

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Next Week

My heart is so full of happiness right now.  Even though today is unlucky Friday the 13th, two great things have happened.

 

But I cant share until next week!

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I REALLY Miss Weekends

This year I made one small goal for myself, create a better work/life balance.  That has gone out the window.  I have worked every other weekend this year (with the exception of three) and I have worked myself so hard.  This of course means I am really far behind on things I want to get done around the house, personal life, etc.

My running mojo is completely gone.  I have had nothing but bad runs lately and I just can’t get as excited as I was a few weeks ago.  I still have to train for the Peachtree Road Race July 4th, but after that, I am not sure.  I did not run a single run last week because I was so busy with work.  It isn’t a good excuse, but I am on my feet all day when it is show time (and we had two this weekend I had to run) and going for an actual run seems like torture.  I hate this feeling.  I was DYING to run a marathon this year, but right now I cannot imagine even training for a half.

I have a few fun house updates to share with you all, but everything is sort of at a stand still because we spent too much on springtime fun.  I also have some really fun plans to share with you once I finally get around to brainstorming them.

In the meantime, I am getting ready for ANOTHER busy month (wait, it really hasn’t slowed down), but I am getting down to planning my birthday.  It is indeed a big one this year, 3-0!  I haven’t done anything for my birthday since my 25th, so I thought it would be a great idea to do something for this one.  Here are some images from my Pinterest board showing the direction I want to go:

Gold spray painted ikea or thrift store frames with chalkboard painted inside or b photos   #adult party cute decor for adult birthday party   Black and Gold Paper Straws 25 Stripe by LetsPartyCreations, $4.00   300 Sunny Days: 30th Birthday Party   NEW YEARS EVE :: GOLDEN GLAM DINNER PARTY   Glamour, trendy holiday party design style Black. White. Gold   Black/white cups   Black And Gold Party Theme | edible glitter   Antique Gold Garland - Caramel Brown - New Years Garland - Christmas Garland - Party Garland - Festive Garland   That sign is the theme for my 30th   gold balloons | Balloons   Pink & Gold Bubbly 30th Birthday Party // Hostess with the Mostess®   Made from inexpensive gold party fringe found at party stores, this sparkly backdrop has an especially glam look! Get the how-to at Wood & Grain   Black, white, & gold dessert bar   Grammys

 

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Our Yard: The 10 Year Project

I am so looking forward to a three day weekend so I can get a few things done in our yard.  Wouldn’t you know it that on the week of our one year house (and wedding) anniversary, our lawn mower decided it just didn’t want to work anymore.  And of course the grass knew what was up and grew like crazy with some of the rain we had a few weeks in a row.  Needless to say, we are THOSE neighbors.  At least we do live in the city where HOAs do not exist and there are other yards worse off.

Right now the yard is actually irritating me because I dont really know what to do and it is EXPENSIVE!  I’m about to bombard you with pictures and hopeful plans for this current jungle of mine

IMG_7574Here is our yard looking out from the backdoor.  It is a really awesome sized lot for living in the city.  Very naturous (yes, a word) and very quiet!  Notice how TALL the grass is.

IMG_7575My plan here is to start over.  The first third of the yard is planted with bermuda sod that died and the back two-thirds has everything and anything growing.  It is really hard to walk back there, so we have to have it grated, tilled, and flattened.  I think you read the same thing I did, $$$$.

Another view from the back door.  The dreaded hill that I hate so much.  I can’t begin to tell you how much trash is start to erode out from under the depths.  IMG_7576Here is a few of the side yard.  There is absolutely NO sun over there and it really irritates me that the seller placed bermuda grass over there.  If you do not know anything about grass, bermuda is a temperamental little bastard.  It died after last year and thanks to the grating of this spot, it floods, bad.

My plan for this section is to essentially turn it into a shade garden.  I want to kill all of the grass and extend the path from the gate to the back.  I will plant shade loving plants and maybe even place a fire pit over here. First though we have to add some drainage to stop the water from poolingIMG_7577The patio.  I decided to leave it the hot mess that it is because I am being lazy today.  My plan here is to update the pillows, clean the cushions/dye them a darker color, buy a rug, lighting, add more character.  IMG_7578What a mess!!  Can you see the line of what was sod and what was seed?  It was a pain it is right now because it is essentially mud when it rains!!  We are going to sod the whole yard, but we need to save up for this venture first.  
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The hill.  Sigh.  I never knew this hill would bother me so much.  I am trying to work in sections just so I am not so overwhelmed with what I need to do with it.  There have been signs of erosion, so I have a few years left to act.  The section in the picture I planted everything you see.  Two tall bush trees (ugh I forgot their names), three azaleas, one hydrangea, rosemary, and a few creepers.  I need one more azalea bush and a few more creepers in this section to hopefully slow the erosion down. I also need to build out the bed with stone

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Check out our garden!  I am so proud of this.  We dug the tiers out with our bare hands and spent a lot of time prepping these beds to move up from the crappy clay we have to work with.  The tomatoes are still green, but the plant is about 3′ tall and have 14 maters growing.  I just pulled all the lettuce because it reached it’s mature age and need to replace it with something else.  Our cucumbers came back strong, but our strawberries aren’t really producing.  We also have peppers, tons of onions, blackberries, kale, and spinach

We have to finish out the path between the tiers and build the back wall to the top tier to hold the hill up.  I have the wood for that, just need to actually do it.  Then we would like to build steps going to the second tier. IMG_7581

There is talk about building two more of these, but that will be my limit.  It was really hard!!IMG_7582

This is the wall to our bedroom.  If I had my way and unlimited money, I would build out a porch and install french doors from our room.  I dont have all the money, so I will have to settle with mulching the bed and building a stone wall around it.  IMG_7583

The other side of the house.  This is where I pushed all of my leaves to.  Nothing is growing back there and I dont think anything can.  I toyed with installing  a putting green there, but I dont know if that would hurt resale. IMG_7584

Our little shed.  This was a week project in the heat of August last year, but so worth it.  We do not have a garage, so this has been a life saver.  I’d like to build a bed around the side of the shed and extend it along the fence.  First, I will need to chicken wire the space under the shed to keep my kitties out.  IMG_7585

I transplanted the plants next to the shed from my mom’s yard.  Apparently they reproduce like crazy and I could use some vegetation over there.  The biggest problem is the magnolia tree in the lot next to us.  The leaves are a PAIN and stink when they start rotting. IMG_7586

This is the other side of the shed.  NOTHING will grow here either, so part of me wants to extend some outdoor storage over there so we dont have to deal, but I have no immediate plan.  We also need to build out the bed where I have planted my creepers and jasmine.IMG_7587

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The hill seems to collect a lot of kudzu, so I have to keep on top of keeping it rounded up until we get things planted on it.  I would love to tier it off, but that is a costly project.  IMG_7590

IMG_7591The fence on the wall (which I do not think is ours) has a bit of a gansta lean to it, so I would like to tighten that up and it would be super awesome to put a smooth, top coat on the wall.

First and foremost, we need to mow the dang grass!!!

Plans for the immediate future:

  • clean up and spruce up the patio
  • add outdoor lighting
  • replace back porch lighting/replace burned out bulbs
  • add a border to the back and bedroom flower bed
  • finish quadrant one of the hill

Plans for the future:

  • Till, level, sod the yard
  • build a shade pathway on the side of the house
  • add two more garden tiers
  • plant on the hill to stop the kudzu and erosion
  • add a border to the hill
  • build out a bed around the shed
  • hope someone buys the lot next to us so they have to remove some of the trees to build
  • remove the tree stump on the hill
  • build a path on the side of the house

Plans for the not forseeable future because we wont be in the house long enough:

  • extend the patio
  • build another seating area in the yard with pergola
  • replace the wall
  • do something with the dead side yard on the other side of the house

So it looks like we have our work cut out for us.  Anyone have a landscaper friend?!?!

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My Midwest Travels

Hey hey!  I seriously cannot stand jet lag.  For some reason going North to South kills me every time and I am still somewhat exhausted.

Last Thursday, my sister, Matt, and I headed off to Chicago for my cousin’s wedding.  In case you lost count, my dad’s side of the family still lives there and I lived there for the first 14 years of my life.  We arrived pretty late on Thursday, but it was an uneventful trip in.

Friday we had plans to take my other sister to the Cubs game since that was one of Matt’s requests, to see Wrigley Field.  When I woke up (which was early because the sun was up at around 5:30 am) I looked out the window to see if it was raining like they said and sure enough….it was SNOWING!!!!  May 16th and there were huge, fat flakes falling from the sky.  I was in total shock.  I cannot remember a time when it snowed in May up there, cold yes, but not snow!  Needless to say, I was poopy pants for sure.

We headed downtown and froze our butts off at the game.  Thank goodness for the hot chocolate vendors in the stands!

We decided to call it a day after the 7th inning stretch and meet my dad back downtown for dinner.  We were cold and wet and no one was really interested in the Cubs (Braves fans in my house).  We jumped back on the train, had an amazingly filling dinner at Miller’s Pub, and then headed down to Navy Pier.

With the weather being as poopy as it was, I was surprised it was as clear as it was.  We jumped on the Ferris Wheel for a few photos and decided at 9:30 it was time to head home.  My legs needed a good rolling after all!!

Saturday my dad, sister, and I woke up early because I signed us up for a race.  This was my sister’s first ever race and chose to run the two miler.  My dad and I opted for the 8k.  First mistake: letting a 13 year old pace my first mile.  We were flying.  BUT….BUT I may have figured out the leg cramping issue.  Dehydration.  At mile 1.2 I noticed my legs were going to give me issues, so I started drinking the water bottle my sister did not want.  I felt so much better.  So I kept drinking every time there was even an inkling of tightness until I stopped feeling pain.  Of course, I was VERY full of water and wanted to barf everywhere.  I made it 5.02 miles in 1:05.  Must work on that time!

Photo: It's not that great of an idea to let a 13 year old pace your first mile! Way to go Karli for running your first race!

I was very exhausted after and wanted to nap, but napping is not something I can do after a run.  We all laid down for a little bit and then my sisters and I went to get our hair done for the wedding. Once done, we hopped in a limo and headed downtown to my cousin’s wedding at the Sears Tower.

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It was a nice wedding and had spectacular views like this:

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Photo: Beautiful sunset over a beautiful city at a beautiful wedding

Photo: Looking straight down from the top floor of the Sears Tower

Yep, you are looking 103 floors down to the street.  Those Sky Boxes are crazy scary!

Sunday we were on the go again!  My best friend from growing up lives in Milwaukee and it was high time we saw her and met her baby.  I must say, Milwaukee is a very cute town.  We drove around a bit and saw some of the sights.  I also threw her daughter a small surprise cupcake party for her first birthday.

Monday we headed back to Atlanta and I am still trying to catch up on sleep.  I am feeling very lazy and useless.  Oh, and broke.  Very very broke.  It was a fun little trip, but reminded me yet again about how I would never move back.  Let me remind you why….SNOW ON MAY 16TH!!!!!

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