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What Ripping Out A Fence Will Get You

A couple of weekends ago Alex got the great plan to rip down our fence after having a discussion with our one neighbor.

He didn’t inform me of this decision until I pulled into the driveway with my mouth agape.

So on Easter Sunday after he found his Easter Basket we made a quick trip over to my parents’ house to grab their trailer and came home to finish ripping the stinker of a fence out. (Well Alex pushed and pulled the fence until it came down while I made sweet tea. Inside.)

After a while the entire thing was down and I went outside to help load the mess of remains onto the trailer. When something fun happened.

Loading the Old Fence

We moved into our house over a year ago, and in all that time our neighbors on the one side have only hesitantly waved at Alex and I. The man of the house has spoken to my father, but that is it. Easter Sunday as the fence came down so did the walls of unfamiliarity.

First the dog ran our way, then the Mom came strolling over. Then her daughter and son-in-law joined in the conversation from their back porch. Then her other daughter and finally her husband all made their way over to our house. Where we all stood and chatted. We talked gardens and shrubs, we spoke over cooking and plans for that evening. Before right before we (Alex primarily) got back to work and they left, the Mom looked at us and said “Don’t move for a long time. You are very nice.”

Well, thank You for that Easter miracle. If this is what ripping out a ratty ol’ fence gets us I can’t wait to see what the front porch will garner us!

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My Husband’s Logic

Alex and I have been together now for a little over three years. We’ve been married a year and half of those three years and living together for 2 and half of those three years. (Yes we moved fast. But not compared to my parents!)

So in all that time I’ve learned some of my husband’s “quirks” if you like, such as his desire to always stir butter. And cream cheese. And yogurt. And pretty much any slightly soft food item the minute after WE FIRST OPEN IT.

Or his incessant need to straighten things on shelves. From books to pictures, and even little figurines things have to be aligned just so for him to be content. (Yet his laundry ends up in a  pile beside our bed. Every time.)

So you would think in ALL of this time that our conversation last night would have been completely unnecessary, but sometimes I have to look at him and go “Really?” It’s almost like I’m an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but not the musical because that would be a tad odd.

On the phone:

Me:  “Do you want me to meet you at Home Depot or should we go pick up the trailer together?”

Alex: “Why do I need a trailer? I’ll just put the boards in my Jeep.”

Me: “But they are twelve feet long? You’re Jeep is only five feet long?”

Alex: “And?”

REALLY?!

Then later at the store after we manage to find ten feet long posts that we now needed to fix our porch(along with the fasteners, the new mailbox, and the sink parts that I was NOT expecting to buy) we head out to the Jeeps. Where Alex loads the boards into his Jeep. And then they immediately proceed to over-balance and tip out.

Me: “So how are you going to secure these so you don’t cause a traffic accident?”

Alex: “With this!”

And with that he pulls out STRING! Really?!

Securing items in a Jeep

I should know better, I married the man after all. I know that sometimes his logic and my logic go in opposite directions. I also know that he considers directions, asking for help, and oh I don’t know….CALLING A PRO to be heresy. What I didn’t realize was how far he was willing to take this. So I left him in the parking lot with his string and boards while I headed home. I didn’t want to be behind him while he drove home.

If you were, I apologize now.

Do you ever have those “REALLY?” moments throughout your day?

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Free Fun Sunday

What would you do if you had next to no money for “fun” and couldn’t stand the walls of your house much longer? Alex and I had no idea that we would find a person that shared an interest like we have, but dang we lucked out!

Antiquing is such a fun way to spend an afternoon. Alex and I love to do this at least once or twice a month if we can. The kicker is we rarely spend any money.(Yes, our entire dining room came from antiquing…we’re not ALWAYS good.) Sunday was the perfect day and we ended up driving to three different stores just exploring.

The coolest part of our trip was the last store where we hit a treasure trove. Country Living magazine recently published articles on what is southern. Well one of the things they talked about are Frogs.

Tennessee Aquarium

No not the frogs you can find at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Glass FLOWER frogs. There were so many I was practically salivating. I wasn’t able to bring any home, but I am going to save my pennies and go back to get some. I will use them for their actual purpose and then for the Country Living idea of a make-up brush holder. How nifty is that? (And country too!)

Alex, he found Sleigh Bells. Yup, Christmas, Santa, Reindeer….bells. He has great memories of both his mother and grandmother keeping bells on the front door (and isn’t that the best idea ever?!?) so that they always knew when someone was walking in. Alex has been very particular in what he wants so to find these was superb for both of us!

Lastly, we both found the one item we only wish we could bring home and use every day. An old gas pump. Price? $1.05!

Antiquing

Don’t you just wish that was real?

What do you do for fun and FREE activities in this lovely economy?

A Man and His Hammer

Home Depot is the best store, but at the same time I’m pretty dang sure that store is its own dimension. You walk through those front doors and what you’ve actually done is walked through a portal that takes you to a land where time moves much more slowly than the real world.
Black Hole, Vortex

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At least if you’re a home-owner that is!
As we continue to work on our house we have found that we have priorities on what all we want to get done. Sometimes those priorities make sense (such as our roof) and sometimes those priorities make very little sense. Today I came home to a priority that makes very little sense.
We have a very ragged yard. The previous owner rented the house out and while there are remnants that someone cared and TRIED to do good things. The yard is um, unattractive. So we’ve discussed how we’d like to remove our sway-back fence and redo the front shrubs. Little stuff, but stuff that makes it more our home on the outside as well as the inside. Ya know?
Well today I came home to this.
Removing our Fence, Fence Removal
And this:
Replacing the front porch
Evidently we’re moving forward with the bush removal, fence removal, and front porch replacement a tad quicker than I realized. Which I love….and Home Depot will love more! The great news is the house looks wonderfully different already and like we actually CARE about it. The bad news is there is a time crunch here because Alex’s birthday is next month and we’re talking about having a house party at some point.
Are there any “projects” around your house, apartment, dorm, what may have you that you’d like to do or at the very least come home to see being worked on?
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Easter Decorations Have Sprouted

Clearly I need to get back to writing my posts on a calendar schedule since this is the second day that I am posting quite late. Luckily Alex is watching a History Channel special regarding snipers.

Which means I control the computer! Temporarily speaking at least.

Well despite the weather (and Mother Nature, I realize you may be having a slightly off day but I do believe temps should be 74 degrees, not 47) not appearing too “Spring” like, I decided it was time for our house to look like Easter!

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