Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm SO doing this!

BooMamaBeforeAfterThis year is the year of tying up loose ends at the Hairdryer house. Because of that, I have several projects that need to be done before we can say we've settled in to our now over a year old house.

In the Spring we hosted The Great Office Makeover, which by the way, I'm still loving. The only drawback is that when I open the blinds on my huge window so I can enjoy the natural sunlight while I blog, this is the view I'm greeted with:

Yes, it's our backyard. It's ugly, dirty, weedy, and overgrown. Not exactly an inspiration or a pleasure to behold. And when it rains, we can't take the trash out for a day or so because our dumpster is right behind that fence, just beyond the great chasm of mud.

Here's another view. Our yard is small, but homey. Or it could be if we'd get it cleaned out and get some grass planted. Compared to the 1/2 acre we left behind with the old house, this is just a couple of hours of hard labor away from being in Better Homes and Gardens. But we just haven't gotten around to it yet. So here are the goals:

  1. Clean out weeds and debris.
  2. Clean off porch.
  3. Plant 1 or 2 trees to shade the house from the evening sun.
  4. Lay sod.
  5. Weed and mulch vegetable garden area so it will be ready for planting next year.
  6. Buy Honey a new grill so we can enjoy our favorite summer fixin's.

That's it. That's all I ask. It's very doable. We just have to find someone to level our dirt and get us the sod when we're ready. See you in July with the makeover results.

If you want to see more before and after projects, head over to BooMama's.

And don't forget about the Bloggy Book Game I'm hosting


Misty said...

it really is incredibly doable!

Amy B said...

We have a backyard full of trees and I love it! #6 is a good one too!! Nothing like grilling in the summer while the kids play!

Rose said...

That's a lot of work to do in a little over a month! Your yard will look so lovely and you will be able to enjoy the rest of the summer in it.

Trixi said...

Looks like a great list. I can't even think about the outside yet, but I wish I could

Colored With Memories said...

You're header takes the cake!

I'd much rather have a gardening project to do! Wanna switch?

I can't wait to see the results!!

Oh...and the treadmill is going bye-bye!

Katrina said...

This will make a great before & after! There's so much potential there.

Valerie aka Mamalovelock said...

You have a lot you want to do, but you all will have a lovely backyard when you're done--not to mention great food!!

Thanks for visiting my blog!! I love your page.

SJ said...

Oooo that will be nice once it's finished! Cant wait to see the final product.

elena jane said...

doable but a lot of work imo....but it will be well worth it in the end. what a nice place to spend the summer...good luck!! :)

OhLookADuck said...

Thanks for visiting, Jenni! I also have twins--11 years old now. Isn't it awesome to have twins! I always dreamed of it and thought my mind was playing tricks on me during the pregnancy with them. Nobody else thought I was having twins until after I delivered the first one. It was hilarious.
Anyway, I love the potential of your backyard! You don't have a lot to clear out and get rid of, just a little bit of dreaming to do. I *love* gardening. Best advice I ever got was to put 90% of your investment in good soil, the rest in plants. Before we hauled in topsoil I killed enough plants over the years to be recognized as a one woman ecological disaster. Got great topsoil and now I can spit and it would make a pond. Or something. Yuck. But I'm telling you, get good dirt and anything grows.
Blessings on your project and I will be back to see your progress!

Tracey said...

Yay! I can't wait to see the pictures of your yard. I love landscaping and gardening! There are two payoffs - the immediate beautification and the long term. Have fun and make sure to wear sunscreen! ~:-)

Mommy Cracked said...

It will take a great deal of effort, but will be so worth it in the end. Looking forward to the "after" pics.