Fence Me In, Yes!


The Lovely picture above is my view from the deck in my back yard. I love my little house, but there were issues with the back yard.  There was NO privacy. A neighbor on one side of me has junk galore in his back yard and mows his yard 2 or 3 times a year, whether it needs it or not. 🙂  Then I have very nice neighbors behind me that just put in a swimming pool.  They have teen aged kids.  I know this will mean a lot of activity in their yard, which is completely exposed to my yard.  It was time.

Below are a couple of before and after pictures. I’m sorry the quality is so bad in the before shots.  But you can see that the fence has made a HUGE difference! There was a terrible, falling down, ancient, chain link fence in place.  The new fence just went right in front of the old one.

                                                                                                                   

For Christmas, my brother and sister in law gifted me this awesome hammock swing!!  See below.  I got this hung up on New Year’s Day.  Yes, me.  By myself. 🙂

I had been wanting a swing just like this for some time and I guess Santa told my brother that I wanted it.  I didn’t.  But this is what he got me for Christmas!

Here’s another shot of my swing on my back deck.  The swing is where I was sitting in my first picture of this post.  My back yard was in terrible shape when I moved in.  I’ve pulled hundreds of weeds.  ALL the grass was dead.  So it’s come a long way from where I started.  I need to stain the fence and the deck. So there is still a lot of work to do.  But my back yard is becoming my little sanctuary. I love spending time out here with my little dog, drinking coffee, writing, etc.  One the weekends, I take my bowl of cereal and my cup of coffee out there and enjoy my little slice of heaven.

My little homestead still needs lots of work. This last summer I had the attic insulated, I put a new floor in the bathroom, now a new fence.  Next?  Maybe new gutters.  I’m not sure.  Of course there is still TONS of painting that I need to do inside the house.  Slow but sure, I’m making this little gem shine! 🙂

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Kitchen Cleanup


I woke up to 27 degrees and freezing rain this morning!  So while I was waiting for the roads to clear, I finally got the cabinet in the picture above out of my living room!

This is an update on the post that I did yesterday about this cabinet and a Weekly Smile prompt from Trent.  If you’d like to read it, you can find it HERE.

Having a couple of hours to kill before I could drive to work, I couldn’t stand having that cabinet sitting in my living room any longer.  So I set to work cleaning off the eyesore of a shelving unit in my kitchen.  The eyesore in the picture below.  🙂

I had to free up this space before I could move my cabinet in.  You can see what a cluttered mess it turned into!

So after emptying the shelves and finding room for it in a spare bedroom, I then slid the cabinet into place.  The fit was perfect.  BUT, this meant I now had to find a place for everything that came off of that metal shelf!

This was no easy task.  I had to do some major rearranging of my dishes to make everything fit, but I did it.  A couple of things ended up in the garage.  I think I only use my George Forman grill once a year. 🙂

I think that all of the effort was worth it.  Below is what the space looks like now.

I’m MUCH happier with the look of the space now!  I don’t know how long it will STAY looking this nice.  We will see.

Thank you for joining me on this journey! ❤ Penny