Thursday, December 03, 2009

Our Hummingbird Place

Not much time for crafting or fishing here these days though we do manage to fit in a little of both occasionally.  We have now painted the whole inside of the house except for the master bath.  It is suppose to rain this weekend so that will be a good time to tackle that room.  Yesterday however we tackled a few huge junipers that were in a bad location.  They we creating a block to the sidewalk that leads to the front door.  They didn’t come out without a struggle, but I think all the struggling was worthwhile.  We planted a little Korean fir tree that we bought from the nursery.  It will only get about 10 ft. tall and not very wide over a long period of time so it won’t be blocking the sidewalk any time soon, if ever.  The fun thing about doing projects like this at this time of year is that you just build a fire and burn the mess.  This juniper was going into the fire right from the ground and the rate that it burned was a little scary.  Had there been a fire that close to the house the house would have burned in a flash.  So we are relieved to have it gone and to be able to see the path to the front door.

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                              Before            and          After


The whole hedge burned in just about an hour or less.  You can even see through the breezeway because we removed the lattice that was blocking the view.  It’s been nice having it all open to the beautiful views we have here.  There are still lots of projects coming, but nothing urgent at the moment.

IMG_1295I was able to spend the rest of the afternoon working on setting up the little green house.  It is a funny looking little igloo thing, but it seems to be staying quite warm inside.  I had to chase out a few black widow spiders and I can see that a gopher has discovered his way in, but I am making it a useful place again.  It seems that there must be an issue with getting water into the green house because there is broken pipe going to a sink, but that will take a little more instigating.  There is a working faucet really near by so for now that will do the job.  Soon we will be starting little seedlings and have a real vegetable garden near by, that will be the day this house really feels like “home” to us.  Michael got his beebee gun yesterday and some gopher traps so let the gopher hunting season begin!  We are tackling all the obstacles one at a time and are well on our way to growing a big beautiful garden here at our Hummingbird place.  Now I believe some well deserved sewing and fishing time are in order…more on that soon!

I am getting the urge to get down the Christmas decorations and have been accumulating some cookie recipes and looking forward to all our kids coming to visit.  Michael wants to get out his train set and run it through the house.  It’s beginning to feel like Christmas.  Now all we need is snow!

Happy Holidays!



Karen said...

What a huge difference just removing those junipers made!! Sounds like you still have a lot of things you would like to do in order to make this feel like your home. One step at a time! Looking Good!

Mom said...

It's beginning to really look like a home already, Ferne. I am so proud of both of you!