Soon we’ll be flying eastward, waaayyyyy eastward, to see our daughter, son in law and our grand dog, Charlie. It has been four years since I’ve seen him, and for sure I’ll be bringing his favorite snack, Cheerios, as they are not available in Singapore.
That in itself warrants them coming back to the states, don’t you think?
I’ve been super busy getting ready and working outside on the yard. A LOT. Though you’d never know it by looking at it.
When we had the back leveled off last year the back hoe did a number on the side of our house, reducing it to little more than a bowling alley of dirt. (You’ll have the displeasure of seeing a picture if you keep reading). We’ll be tackling that project this year, but first things first.
I was cautiously optimistic that I’d be able to show you our new stone steps, but it’s not to be. The contractor said he’d be able to do it before we leave, but we know that goes. But as I type this we’re expecting him to come over in a few minutes to discuss details, and hopefully sometime in June we’ll get things underway.
Now, since it’s Spring, how about some gardening tips and ideas?
It seems we have always lived in an area that has plenty of deer, but yet we have tons and tons of hostas. Go figure. A couple of years ago I wrote a post about shade loving and deer resistant plants. It’s actually one of my most visited posts but I’m pretty sure most of you haven’t seen it, so if that topic is of interest to you click here.
Do you know what your ‘yard style’ is? We don’t always think of our yards as having a specific style, at least not as much as our homes, but they do! It’s fun to think about, and if you’re not sure, or if you just want to explore some different styles and see some examples, check out this post.
Here’s what our old house looked like shortly after we moved in back in 1987. Pretty sad, right? A dried out lawn and overgrown shrubs were just the tip of the iceberg.
We lived with this ugly facade for way too long, but once I decided to spruce things up, I had a garden (and a house) I was proud of. This next picture is a sampling of the garden but if you’d like to see the changes in the house itself and more of the yard, go here.
Do you have a favorite flower? Mine are peonies. I just wish they lasted longer and didn’t require staking. (There are some varieties that don’t need staking and I’ll have to keep my eye out for some.) While relatively carefree, there are some tips that might prove helpful, so have a look here if you love them too.
In other news…
A few years ago I bought this pretty cradle at a church sale, but since then it’s been in our shed gathering dust. I think I was pushing my luck leaving it outside unprotected for a few months. I wanted to put a couple of coats of poly on it before I subjected it to being outdoors again. I finally got around to doing that last weekend.
I also started spray painting that sad looking outdoor bar you can see in the background below a bright shade of green. You see what I mean about the side of our house? Lots of work to be done here folks!
I’ve been collecting miniatures for a small fairy garden I hope to put together when we get back. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of things I’ve gotten so far. Sooooo cute! Something tells me once I start getting into it I’ll be a runaway train. I’ve always had a weakness for miniatures. It seems everything is cuter when it’s small ;).
Last but not least, sweet Poppy sent me more of her yummy Easter cookies! These are soooooo good with a cup of coffee or even tea. Perfect if you like treats that aren’t too sweet. Maybe we can convince her to share the recipe??
That’s it for now my friends. I hope Spring has finally arrived in your neck of the woods. It sure is taking it’s time here in the Northeast. Almost everything is still brown and dry.
I thought I might be posting pics to Instagram while away, but I don’t think I’ll have a phone while in Singapore, so communication will be tough except via my iPad. I’ll try to post some pics if I can, otherwise I’ll catch up when we return.