When it’s the middle of November and the temperature reaches 60 degrees, us Minnesotans do not take it for granted because it only happens once every couple of years. Usually we are basking in the beginning of the winter weather by now. One year ago (yesterday) we were already blanketed by 8 inches of fluffy white snow on the ground. And from that we learned a few lessons…like don’t wait until there is a foot of snow and it’s 5 degrees outside to put up your Christmas lights. In that vein, we spent most of this past weekend outside knocking off chores getting our yard and house ready for the winter and my favorite holiday season.
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According to our local weather channel, yesterday was the last 70 degree day that we will see until the middle of next April. That was our cue to get outside and plant the package of 70 tulip bulbs that we picked up at our local Sam’s Club for the bargain price of $14.88. Because we talked about planting bulbs last year, but we never got around to it. So this year, we decided to not just be big talkers.
Ever feel like you married a lumberjack? I sure did on Saturday as I watched Dain whip out a chainsaw and knock down a forty foot tree in front of a small audience of onlooking neighbors. I was nervous about the whole situation and had visions of of the tree hitting something unexpected on its way down, but everyone else around (Dain and both of our dads) seemed to think they had a good plan. And sure enough, Dain executed the plan to perfection, and in a matter of minutes our last eyesore of a tree was down for the count.
In an ideal world, the majority of our outside work would be done by say…June. To make the summer that much more fun and not as tedious. But our yard did not get that memo this year. So we are still tweaking it even in October. We updated you on our tree removal on Monday, and Dain was back at it again today after a run to our home away from home, the Home Depot. But thanks to our procrastination, we scored a great deal on two new trees and a shrub to “spruce” up our side yard that leaves a lot to be desired in the aftermath of the big tree incident. And Dain had time to tackle two other small projects that have been on the back burner.
Because there ain’t no thing like a chicken wing. Ours just happened to be a tree shaped like a chicken wing that was mauled when our silver maple bit the dust. And unfortunately, we are still cleaning up after said treetastrophe. Mostly so our neighbor doesn’t try to break up with us. That would be awkward. So Dain took matters (and a chainsaw) into his own hands and finally took out our neighbor’s tree turned chicken wing.
Now that most of us here in Minnesota have already had a minor freeze a couple of weeks back, the color in all of our gardens has started to fade quickly. Which is exactly when Minnesotans head to our local home improvement stores and pick up a couple gallons of hardy mums to re-energize our gardens and give them a little more oomph as we go into fall. Continue reading →
Courtesy of that ridiculously large tree that took a jump out of our yard and into our neighbor’s yard. It’s never fun to have to do unexpected projects like these, but that’s the name of the game. So last weekend Dain repaired our neighbor’s yard, and last night after yet another Home Depot run for more topsoil, he went to town trying to repair our yard. It’s not looking so great after the treetastrophe and subsequent tree removal, but here’s to hoping we can fix it before it’s buried in snow for six months.
Of course our treetastrophe last week struck less than 48 hours before we were scheduled to go on vacation, which had us in even more of a frenzy since we knew we had to take care of it before we left. You know, so our neighbor could see out her back windows and use her yard. Unfortunately, the company we settled on couldn’t make it out until last Thursday, the day that we were scheduled to leave our house around 4:30 in the a.m. to catch a flight to Seattle. They told us that no one needed to be here, but we felt like someone should be in case a) they didn’t show up or b) there was some kind of problem. We basically just wanted the peace of mind factor so we enlisted a trusty assistant: my mom. Who was nice enough to drive up from Rochester for the day to be our house sitter/ blog assistant since you know we needed pictures. Here’s what went down (literally) in our absence.
I often joke about the joys of homeownership. Surprise. You have to take out a huge concrete staircase because someone attached it to your foundation (recap here). Surprise. You have sewer water in your basement (recap here). But the latest one circa yesterday was a doozie. As in surprise, the humongous tree in your yard cracked in half and fell on your neighbor’s yard. Seriously homeownership gods? What did we ever do to you? The theme of all of these unfortunate events we’ve experienced in our house is that they are not only very inconvenient but very expensive to take care of. This one takes the cake by far. Sad face. Continue reading →
Early in the summer, we did a lot of sprucing up in our front yard (with our landscaping, container garden, and front garden). Then we just kind of let it ride. With all of our rain and humidity, our container garden is overflowing, and our plants are loving life. There’s not too much more we needed to do, but given the opportunity to visit the farm of a family friend this weekend and pick out some rocks for our garden, we had to jump at it. Thanks to that, we now have three new additions that give our landscaping that extra something. Continue reading →