Saturday, July 27, 2013

Now, let me see you 1, 2 Step (in my Ciara voice)


A couple of months ago, I noticed I was starting to get "bald spots" due to high traffic. 

I purchased the steps weeks ago, and finally made the decision to "Get On That"

and it was "hot enough to fry fish grease, but I was in the shade" ....  still hot but not As Hot.
 
You know we always think it will less time than we could possibly imagine.  9 steps took me about an hour and a half (not including breaks to watch Rawhide and venturing off to clip limbs and re adjust flowers)  :)




to help myself to not over dig, because I've done this before ... 
I used an unused knife to trace my step
 




 
 
After some "strategic digging and adjusting of dirt when it "Wobbled"
 
I installed my Step and "Brushed" for Neatness .....
 
I felt like an Umpire
 


 

And my little path of steps is done!! 
 
(wipes sweat and lots of it from brow!)
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bricks in the Trunk ...

Mom came through AGAIN ...
Read all about Mom the Hoarder here


A Quick Before I had one more layer (Above and Below)


After!!!  Looks like I need one more row to the left
 
Another After Shot below
I'm going to install the walking path later this week .... I started getting a "trail"


 



 
 Finally a Close Up!  the Lily's have bloomed but I think I'll get another
one out of them

 
I don't know the name of this, but I love it!!
 
The Elephant Ears are tempermental ...  they come up Every Other Year
 

 
My Lovely Gerber Daisy

I signed up for a Master Gardner Class with the local County Extension Office.  I can't wait!!
The Class starts in September.  I may actually learn how to do more than just Keep them Alive! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Busy Body (me) and Mom, the Hoarder

My Blogs name is Keeping Busy and my initials ....  I keep busy because I'm Constantly Doing Something ... and Sometimes, Re doing Something

Hey, it's what I do.  Sometimes I'm working through a problem and I need to "work with hands to think" ....  and Sometimes, I'm JUST a Busy Body!  :)


and now for the second part of that Title:  Gotta visit my Mom (the Hoarder) this week and negotiate 50 Bricks to improve the look of my Oak Tree  flower  bed.  I love the Dry Stack Brick look. 

Of course every time I need something (which is at least once a quarter), she reminds me, if she wasn't a hoarder, I would be out hundreds of dollars (exaggeration).  Not to mention the times I've thrown out items that she Kept (drove down my alley (I think my kids are her Look Out) and put them on the back of her truck) and I've needed them BACK for another project.  Funny, but she's still a Hoarder. 

Enough Momma bashing (love her and her hoarding ways dearly) 

She's building a Storage Building with "Hoarding Scraps" to hold her Hoarding Loot. 
That's my Niece's car ...  Mom refused to let them to send it to the Junk Yard.  She's going to "fix it"
And Yes, she can. 

 Hey I just noticed she has a Pallet.  I think I need one of those.   hahaha
 

Yes, that's her on the Roof




Back to my Post


The Bricks ... I'm thinking about painting them .....  I'm thinking about painting every other brick ....  I'm thinking about re stacking them in a tighter formation ....  I'm thinking



You can read about more of my Backyard Adventures here

View from the Alley back in 2011



What it looks like Today ... looking up from the Alley

 
 View across the yard a couple of weeks ago.  I gotta get more close ups of the Flowers


Back in 2010

Back when I started ...  you may have noticed, I decreased the size
 


Another previous view from 2010

View a couple of weeks ago ... the ladders are damaged, so I'm using them for decoration.  I'm thinking about painting them ...  Yep,  I'm thinking

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Patio .... Re-Pattied


After!

 
 
Before
 
 
 


 

Removing my old sin ...  :)



 
 Working into the Night in June to Re Patty the Patio


We removed the old Patio Cover (while Painting the House ...  that Post is To Come).  I had a thought to paint the Panels, but decided to just remove them.  Earned $38 at the Recycle Center ...  $100  for Paint and a few plant pots minus the $38 = $62 for the Patio Makeover


Removing Panels ....  amazing how it Never occurs to me to get a Close up. 
too busy working 
 
the Panels removed and my new umbrella.  Wal-Mart .. only $98 for the one with the Solar Lights
 
 
 
 
 
I'm thinking about a Privacy Panel here ...  I come out here every weekend I'm home to surf the net and read ...  Reading "Murder in a Good Neighborhood" on Kindle (via my Samsung Notebook)



Shot from other side
 
 
Shot from my Bedroom ...  we grab breakfast on the weekend out here.  It's lovely

 
 
What it used to look like "out there" back in 2009
and check out those "Sliding Patio Doors" that could and would "break a nail!"
 
 

View from the Road

Another shot, just because ... I repurposed the old concrete and bricks to border my flower bed

 

 



 
 
 
 

 
Ok, Onnnnne laaaast picture