Monday, May 24, 2010

Working on the Yard

I honestly dread peonies, always have for some reason. I am sure it is because I can not stand any type of bugs and they seem to attract ants of all sorts. Well of course there 4! Yes 4 Peonie plants our yard at the new house. lol
This one is planted beside the garage and has already started to bloom. Strangely enough it does not have a scent at all and is a very dark shade of pink I have never seen before. Much darker then I was able to capture with the camera.

We had a yard crew come in the last week and clean up the back of the yard. It was so over grown with heaven only knows what. They left the berry bushes alone at our request. Sadly the overgrown grape vines had already choked out and killed one tree. (The one the far left side)
I did not get a chance to snap before photos since they showed up a day earlier then expected.
We had been able to avoid the neighbors awful backyard behind us until now. We for see a fence going up sometime in the near future.

None of the fence we able to be seen before.
We also had the area that was previously used as a garden tilled for us.

Sadly I think when the yard crew took out the overgrown weeds and grape vines at the one corner of the lot they also might have torn out the nest belonging to this dove and her babies.
Thankfully the baby shown here with the momma has survived and a second baby has now shown up too.

Work has Begun!

We planted some wave petunias in containers on the stone and int he hanging baskets. I hope with in time they will be over flowing.

Things were taking a VERY slow start with the new house. As we were waiting on a large check to come to help pay repairs and updates from our loan. Well it finally arrived and now work has begun in full force.

Today electrical service is be switched over from 60 amp to 200amp! Yes I said 60! Having 60amp has been very scary with all the old tube and knob wiring. I am so thankful that electrical will all be updated with new wires within the next couple of weeks.

Last week we had all new Pex piping, taking out all the old galvinized pipes. The water before with the old pipes was so bad we could not even drink it.
For the new piping we had to cut a whole in the bathroom wall. We found out our ugly pink tile was not ceramic. Rather it was metal tile with a enamel overlay! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Our great plumber suggested we put in a new shower head at the same time, instead of using a head on a hose as the previous owner had been doing.

Before - with shower head on hose

After New plumbing - need holes and tiles replaced/repaired then shower head installed

We are trying to be thrifty and salvage as much as we can during the repairs. So we are keeping the old tub for now. We would ideally like to find a claw foot tub in the future but this vintage tub will have to do for now. We both loved the cool oval shower curtain holder. So here is my hubby unscrewing it from the wall to save for future use.

My hubby got the idea to why not redo the entire bathroom now since we both hate the pink tile. So off to the paint department we went.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Need Your Help & New Finds

I have been struggling all week to find someone to come out to our middle of no where town to do our lawn mowing for the summer. I think I might have finally found someone to come out. They said they would let me know in a few days a quote. That was happy news to my ears.

We have been digging through cupboards and shelfs. Oh my goodness there is more in this house we bought then we realized! Here are some pictures of items we have found that we are going to be keeping. I hope you don't mind all the photos. :)

Two old farm photos of the ancestors or the previous owners. We are going to go search for them as we know they are right outside of town.

Ok and now I need your help desperately. We are starting on some yard work this week. We have some wonderful flowers in the flower beds and some raspberry bushes in the side lot.
One thing that has us puzzled is something that is in the front flower beds though. Does anyone know what this is? Don't mind the tulip popping it's head out.