Sunday, April 22, 2012

Week 25 - Taking a Break

We have a signed purchase and sale in hand! Woo hoo! However, the closing is not for a few months. Oh well.

After spending 6-7 days per week for the past six months on the project house, the Mr. was ready for a short break before going down the final punch list.

I, too, am suffering project house fatigue and am disinclined to go back until it is done and dusted.

Last week, the Mr. spent his days getting things in order at our estate.

First up was a thorough clean up in the barn (including polishing and sharpening all tools). Looks spiffy, don't you think?

He built wheeled platforms for all the bulky tools that aren't used every day. Much easier than having to haul them out from under a bench and set them up. This way, they can be tucked in a corner during idle moments and easily brought into the work area as needed.

Jimmy Scooby Doo and his boys came over to help out with the landscaping. After greeting the pups, off to work they went.

When we bought this house 12 years ago, the property was, well, distressed.

Over the ensuing years, the Mr. has carved out magnificent flower beds in the front. Since they haven't had the benefit of mulch in a while, he ordered a gigantic dumpster of mulch which Jimmy and the boys helped spread.

The gardens have three main sections; shade, partial shade, and full sun. Here's the shady end where you can see the ground cover is coming in nicely.

The view down the length of the garden. It's an impressive piece of land to tend, but for the Mr., his flower beds are a labor of love and I certainly appreciate the results.

Down on the sunny end, the colors are starting to pop.

And he finally purchased and planted a new maple tree. We had a little maple at our old house that he had tended from a baby. My one regret was that we didn't take it with us when we moved, but now we have Jr. Maple Tree so all is right.

It's been very weird weather this year and I was concerned our flowering dogwood wasn't going to figure out that it was spring, but it's starting to get the idea.

There are still some inspections to check off the list and a few doors to hang, along with all the "this and that" of getting things completely finished. So, after a much needed and restorative break, it's back to work tomorrow.

Mango Momma


  1. My dad puts once-in-awhile tools on wheels that he wants to store out of the way too! Your flower beds are just beautiful!

    Love ya lots,

  2. That Mr. is definitely a keeper!!

  3. Lovely gardens, no doubt will be awesome when they are "mature" - but... where are your Rhoddies????

  4. I started the garden when I was 50, 12 years ago. I figure in another 38 years we'll both be done.

  5. Gorgeous! Is the ground cover hostas? I need to do that at my house.

  6. The ground cover is hostas,myrtle,euonimos,violets,and dragon tails.Please excuse my atrocious spelling.

  7. Hmm.. stopped by a couple of weeks ago and left a comment we thought had posted, but when we stopped by today in case of an update - no comment! Can't quite remember what we said, except mazel tov on the contract and we sure wish we had a Master Gardener in the family. Tres bien fait!

    Jed & Abby

  8. Oops! Just noticed the comment approval is engaged. Maybe our first comment didn't pass muster. Sorry!

    Jed & Abby