Steve talked to the guys that did the hill side about doing the back and north side of the house with the pea rock. They wanted way too much money so Steve decided to do it. It took him a day to clean up all the plants, mulch and “stuff”.Then the next day he borrowed John’s truck and hauled in the pea rock. It took three trips to get the 2 1/2 tons and many hours hauling it to the backyard in awheel barrow. Most of this area was done by Johnnie and crew but Steve had tofinish off starting just in front of the bird bath. This is the “potty” tent. We bought a camping toilet to put out by the pool sowe wouldn’t have to go into the house all the time. Steve uses the crystal blue kitty litter for the toilet, much prettier than the regular. Steve …
I bought this magnetic yard sign last fall and at the time only purchased a fall and winter cover for it. I went online to find something for the summer and found this one with the flags and daisies. I really liked them and thought this would be my theme for this year’s front yard.   I painted everything blue and red and found the white daisies at Wal-Mart.   This is the bottom of the old fountain we had in the front yard, then moved to the backyard. When the bowl broke totally we used it as a base for this flower pot. After a good coat of white paint it works well in the front yard.   Dee and I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some netting for Samantha’s dress and saw this wooden Uncle Sam and we thought I needed it.     This flag …
This is the walkway the way the guys did it. We thought the rocks needed to be closer together and larger.   This is the first part of the walk Steve and Rick did after the Watkins Mills Trip. Yes, they came home from the trip and worked on this plus took Suki and Jackson for a walk after they finished! They got in lots of steps in on this day.     Ok, so all I can say is that we were so excited about getting the steps and hill down we didn’t realize that Johnnie wasn’t doing what he told us they would do on the walkway. He said they would put weed block down, use sand that would bind after it was wet and that the stones would not move. Well, he used sand but just plain old sand. At the time we didn’t think about it …
These are from the Knockout Rose Bush in thebackyard.These are from the Peonies Bush by the frontdoor. They smell so good!
The other day I posted about the squirrel being in the Martin Bird House. This is an update on what we discovered. As we were in the backyard trying to decide where to put things back, we saw a squirrel’s face looking out of the Martin House. Steve stood outside talking to the squirrel. As he talked the squirrel stuck his head out of the little round hole.  The more he talked a second squirrel tried very hard to put his head out of the hole. with the other squirrel. So we have two baby squirrels in the bottom left side.   So here is a close-up of the squirrel. He really is cute looking out of the house. A black bird came along and tried to get into the “apartment” with the squirrels. All the tiny birds hanging around the house chased the black bird off. It’s funny to …
The last couple of weeks we have been watching the squirrel go into the bird house. First time it was snowing very hard and on this day it was cold and windy. I don’t think the birds have laid any eggs yet so not sure what he is after….just staying warm maybe? We had put out bird seed and of course, he came to eat before he climbed into the house. These two birds were sitting on top of the house watching the crazy squirrel.
The crew showed up to finish up the hill. The black pots are covering up the grassesthey planted. There are frost warnings for the next two mornings.We are hoping for a good rain to pack in the pea rock and sand.We’re not sure about the path, Johnnie says that the pea rockwill settle in and become firm with the sand. Will have to waitand see.We are very pleased with the way the hill looks and the small patio for thefire pit is solid, more like what we thought the path would be.Without the black pots the hill has a little more color to it.“The Designer” (guy in the black cowboy hat) called the look from the top of the hill “Angel Wings”. We really like the results for the hill, so much cleaner and much easier to walk on the hill.They took out the bush next to the house, now …
Darrel is showing where the final wall will go. The brush behind him was taken out.Once the digging was done down went the base.Final wall is up and know time for plants.Down below the other guys were putting down the walkway.The ran out of stones so another pallet had to be picked up.Putting down more stone for walk.After putting the stones down they had to be taken up so they could bury the downspouts.We had a small patio put down for the fire pit and/or a place for a small table and chairs.
The question is how many men does it take to place stones?And the other question would be, how many days of school do these kids miss? Two steps done.We purchased 300 stones then had to go back and get 300 more. The badthing about that was we had purchased the first 300 on sale and the next300 were not on sale.After doing a Volkswalk (3.2 miles) on Saturday we went to Home Goods and found a St. Francis for the hillside.This is the right side of the hill with plants but no pea rock.
The start of the first wall.Darall wanted it to be just right. With the stones going into place, the second wall was started.The steps weren’t working out so the “designer” got into the shaping. He had to work really hard to get it to look like he wanted it.
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