More planting

26 04 2009

I finally planted the new flowers I bought last week.  I also dug up some of the daffodils and moved some of them to a different area.  I’ve pretty much decided to not do much else with the garden areas but maintain what we currently have.  With the exception of this garden area…


I want to plant a rose bush in the back part of this area.  It’s hard to tell in the picture above but this is one area I dug up some of the daffodils.  I moved some from the right side to the left side to help fill in the bareness of it.  I hope the daffodils don’t die but if they do I’ll just plant some in the fall for next year.  Here’s a better picture of what I did.  The moved one don’t look near as good but hopefully they’ll look better in a few weeks.  The other daffodils I moved last month are looking much better than they did when I first moved them.


Here’s some pics of the new flowers I planted.  I may also put a rose bush in the back of this area but probably not until next year.  




New kitchen

26 04 2009

Almost.  Minus the counter-tops everything is new and looking fantastic in our kitchen.  So exciting!



My Dad was a huge help installing the dishwasher, which was a huge pain, and took the longest.  The stove and microwave were easy to install.  It took almost 3 hours to get the old appliances out, install the new and clean up.  Daws is so excited about the dishwasher (his chore) and I am in love with the stove.  I wish I could afford the counter-tops.  We’re hoping by next year we’ll be able to upgrade them.  Steve thinks we could do it in stages-doing the sink counter then the other side.  I’d prefer to do them all at once.

Spring has sprung

24 04 2009

Most of the trees are sprouting leaves, many things in the garden are growing like crazy and it’s beginning to look very nice around our new home.

Check it out…


This shot shows the grass issues we have in the front yard.  I’m crossing my fingers all the seed we’ve put out takes and something starts growing soon.


Work is never done

23 04 2009

Neither are the addtionals costs.  Lat night I once again had to water the lawn/plants/gardens.  I’m still working hard on the lawn and trying to get some grass to grow in the many bare spots.  The outside water situation is a huge pain the ass sometimes.  Bad enough it doesn’t come until you turn on the water inside but the last couple times I used it, it stopped working and wouldn’t continue without the water inside being on.  What kind of crap piping that is I have no idea, what I am sure of is it’ll probably cost a fortune to fix. 

Steve managed to get all the kitchen cabinet handles on.  It looks good.  But after looking at pictures today I am leaning towards changing up the hinges as well.  In person it doesn’t look so “off” but today I’m thinking it was just because it was dark when he was done and I was too tired to notice.  Another thing that’ll cost too much.

What do you think?  Here’s some before and after shots…




22 04 2009

In preparation for the new appliances I decided it was time to change out the kitchen hardware I’ve wanted to replace since I bought the house.  The kitchen cabinet handles were these ugly things…


My first and second choices in replacement handles were way too costly.  The first $8 the second $6.50.  Which would have cost way too much (since we needed 28 total) so I went with the best option.  It wasn’t my 3rd (or 4th or 5th) choice but it was the best option since all the cheaper other handles I liked better wouldn’t have fit correctly.  So here’s what we ended up with…


And now I just have to decide what to do about the hinges that now don’t match.  Replace them (which will be costly), try to paint them or leave them be.  The handles do look much better and I’m happy with them…


I’ve also realized just how bad the counter tops are going to look with everything new.  Although I can’t do anything about it for awhile I’ve decided they too must change.  One thing at a time and the list keeps a grow’n!

New views

20 04 2009

My new view after furniture rearrangment…


Next project…finding and installing new hardware  for the kitchen cabinets.  I figure if everything else is brand new they should be too.  Then it really will look like a brand new kitchen.  And you know what both boys said when I said this?  “Well, after we get new granite countertops”.  Two seperate conversations at different times yesterday and they both said the same thing.  I think Steve has been talking about those countertops for awhile if Daws is now talking about them.  It’s not my priority.  The new appliances are.  And they’ll be installed this Friday!!!!

I’m so excited!!  I will have brand new everything and it’ll all match.  The range gives me the most joy – although the new dishwasher is the nicest of the bunch.  Any improvement in a stove is major.  I hate/loath/dispise my current stove.  I started to hate cooking because of it.  But in 4 days it will be gone.  Yes!

Now I just have to go shopping for some cabinet hardware.  Aw, darn – more shopping.  What a pity!

New growth

19 04 2009


The back right garden area has seen much growth. However I’m not sure about some of it.  This looks like weeds to me.  Besides all this there are indeed a ton of weeds which I tackled yesterday afternoon.  I’ll be going out there soon to see if any of the stuff I sprayed made a difference or not.


The garage area  also has something popping up.  I’m pretty sure the new growth isn’t weeds since it’s coming up in a few areas. 


I’m anxious to see what it will look like in a month or two.  And I’m annoyed with more work with all the rocks settling in this area from rain.


I found one picture of the colored lights taken earlier this week.  I had to move these two lights to the side garden since they wouldn’t turn on with the outside lamp.  There are a total of 6 of these lights (2 blue, 2 green, 2 yellow) around the yard.  2 seperate sets that each turn 3 colors.  I love the lights!