This post is about:
Work, Yard Work to be exact.
But before I get into all of the details about that, let me take a little step back and tell you about our new house. We moved in as renters to our future home on June 1st while lawyers worked overtime to clear up a $35,000 lien on the title. I would love to explain everything that happened but seeing how I only understood about 3% of it all, I will simply skip this step and tell you we are official HOMEOWNERS with a clean and clear title. Adam and I closed on our first house over our second anniversary weekend, talk about a great anniversary gift ;) The Lord has blessed us with this house we now call our home. You can read about the journey here and here.
Since our closing day, Adam and I have been busy. Not on house projects or work, but with life. We have been living life together to the fullest taking advantage of precious quality time with our friends and family. Weekend trips have been taken, hugs and kisses have been spread, fellowship dinners and cookouts have been shared, babies have been loved on, and it has left us:
Adam and I have been feeling the joy God is placing in our lives at this time. In life, God gives us different seasons and Adam and I are rejoicing in the season He is blessing us with. We are trying to think on the positive side, seeing that glass (you know which one) half full. We are figuring out our budget for our house and working as one to accomplish our goals..our goals to make this house a home, our home..goals to continue getting our bodies strong and healthy for our Lord..goals to have savings for children in the future..goals to allow us to give more to our church..goals to be young, happy, and living for Christ.
The past 3 days have been spent working hard and working together to complete: Yard work. Because we have been away and busy for the three weeks we have been homeowners, our house began to act out for not receiving the attention it deserved. Let me show you in pictures after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Did you notice:
- the weeds
- the old and pitiful mulch
- the dead azaleas
- the dirty walk way
- the tall grass
- the random flowers
- the barrel (?)
For those of you who do not know me or the lovely parents that raised me..let me tell you one thing:
1. We are "particular"..especially when it comes to our property.
My parents taught me about curb appeal at a very young age and had me weeding and planting for years. I remember shrugging my shoulders at my father when he would wake me early on a Saturday morning and rolling my eyes at my mother when she asked me to help her de-head the petunias. Even though I acted as a punk kid when these small tasks were asked of me, I always had a secret deep down inside..I liked it! That's right, I actually enjoyed getting sweaty, sunburned, and bitten by bugs because yard work left me with one thing:
1. Instant Gratification
Yes, I am all about this. There are so many forms of work in our lives and only a few leave you with instant gratification. Yard work is a big one friends! I highly suggest you take pictures before, during, and after working in your yard. It may seem silly taking off your gardening gloves to snap a pic, but it is so worth it!
This past Saturday was a hot one here in Virginia but the hubs and I were up early. We had our tools ready, more waiting in garage:
We had our yard work outfits on! Consisting of: Old but comfy sneakers, old jeans, high socks, and a large (very old) neon camp shirt (great color to see if creepy crawlers are on ya!) and lots of bug spray and sunscreen:
I'll admit, I was a bit dorky and 90's looking, but I am happy to report not one bug bite, sunburn, or ticks! Thank you very much ;) Adam looked a bit cooler than I did:
Any guesses why? Let me bring you back to a picture from early Spring when we visited the house, pay close attention to the front bed:
Lots of them.
As pretty as they were, only a few short weeks later they were so big that it was hard to see and walk on our walk way. They had to go..therefore, I dug..and dug..and dug.
I was about to "bulb" my mind! Thankfully, my sweet mother-in-law was excited when I offered her some bulbs and she took all of them..ALL OF THEM!!! :) I filled up two large buckets of these white guys:
I like to..
1. Rake out old mulch
2. Weed, weed, and weed
3. Rake again and level out bed
4. Spray weed killer
5. Sprinkle bug killer
6. Lay out weed paper
7. Add fresh mulch
8. Spray everything with a drink from the hose
I stuck to this routine with the front of our house and added a few tasks, like digging up those darn daffodil bulbs, and removing dead shrubs and replanting the living shrubs to form some sort of pattern. Our main goal was to spend as little money as possible, even if that means our front beds are rather bare. Next Spring we have big plans for landscape design, this Summer was simply clean up mode! After completing steps 1-5:
Adam and I are thrilled with the results. A little work goes a long way! We are thankful some of the shrubs are still alive and plan on giving them extra loving through the year. Our total cost can be broken down like so:
Bug Killer = FREE (Purchased last year)
Weed Paper = $20.00 + some Purchased last year
Mulch = $100.00
We know there is plenty more we could have done but our goal was to clean it up, use what we were given, and work hard! I think our work paid off, what do you think?
To view photos of the interior click here and the exterior click here.
Thank you for reading and
HAPPY YARD-WORKING ;)
P.S. Our shutters are a deep navy but they continue to look black in photos, oh well!