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Stooper Trooper

September 16, 2011
by thenestinggame

So…how did we score such a fabulous quilt rack for our office/boys’ room?

Well, it came with the house.

More like barricaded the house. Because each time you stepped outside the front door…

BAM. A fence in the ovaries.

So one spring day in 2010 while we were doing yardwork…

[This is how I feel about yardwork. Also, I look really hot in shorts. And that t-shirt is from 1990.]

… I decided that this stupid gate was a huge problem. We have a GIANT front yard and in order to get to it from the door, you have to walk aaaallllll the way down the walkway and around the giant plant bed into the yard.

So, I took it off. Simple as that. Yeah, the screws were kind of stubborn, having been in place for 50+ years, but with a little elbow grease, we managed to pry it from the metal frame on one side and the brick wall on the other. You can see it leaning against the railing.

Now, you can walk straight out and into the yard. Much better. And after Taylor finished planting all those bushes–I was mercifully sent to Home Depot for 4,000 bags of mulch–he laid a mix of stepping stones and assorted rocks to form a path into the yard.

All of these were “found” items in our yard, which means FREE!

A much more welcoming front stoop, don’t you think!

RIP gorgeous Peonies who later got transplanted to the other side of the bed and later transplanted to plant heaven. I’m sure they’re chatting it up with my dead succulent. However the other plants are doing gangbusters! I can’t believe how small they once were. Plant kids, they grow up so fast.

Taylor is happy. (P.S. Notice how we rerouted the line of the flower bed? It used to be a big, boxy straight line–see the hot shorts pic–and now it’s curved, with more definition. And the grass grew back.)

*Sniff* Still not over the peonies.

Gator is happy.

And now I have a place to hang my quilt.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 11:10 am

    Love the shorts. Love the shirt. Love the yard. Feel super sad about the peonies too :(

  2. September 16, 2011 1:49 pm

    Thanks for getting ABBA in my head on this grey Friday afternoon! Love the gator. Making the flower beds curvier was a great idea, though you could have just fed them lots of cheeseburgers (rimshot!)

    I will say … you do need a picture of your neighbors’ gazebo to round things out.

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