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Spring backyard tour 2013 part 1

7 Apr

Spring has started!  I’m typing this as I sit outside in the warm sun.  It will be in the 70s today…don’t be too jealous. 😉  Spring and fall are my favorite times of the year here. Even though it seems that spring seems too short and blazing heat quickly moves in.

We moved into our new place in the winter so we really don’t know what type of vegetation we have going on.  Right now there are surprises  of color all over the backyard. It’s great! I know for sure we have Camilia bushes/trees around the house and in the backyard that were blooming (and are still blooming) throughout the winter. We have several huge azalea bushes in the back that are gorgeous.  I also think we will have a few dogwood trees but these haven’t started blooming yet.  I’m trying to keep an eye on what types of plants grow well  and where the sun falls so I can put in a small garden at some point next year, maybe?  We have a ton of rocky red-clay dirt so it will likely have to be a raised bed.

In other news, the semester is wrapping up for me. I have three more weeks of class. I’m very, very, ready for a break. It’s been a fun run, but I am going to savor the summer months of Saturday morning freedom.  I’m not sure what the plan is for fall yet.

ImageThree large azalea bushes in the back. The one in the middle hasn’t bloomed yet but it looks like there are small white buds on it.


Light pink Azaleas.

ImageTo the left of the backyard we have this little garden-ish area. It needs some TLC. I think this tree might be a dogwood and there are some azaleas grasping on for dear life.

ImageWhite Azaleas holding on..

ImageWe FINALLY got our fence!  We are all much happier now–especially the doggies.

ImageHUGE magnolia tree to the right of our house. Can’t wait until it blooms and fills out. Supposedly these are get climbing trees. The house in the background is the neighbor’s house.ImageAnother angle of the fence and backyard.  That tree in the middle is a huge holly tree. The berries are poisonous to dogs..so it will be a fun adventure to get them to not eat them!



18 Feb

Well, it’s mid-February and 2013 is in full swing.  We have been settling into our new place. The move went well, we had a handful of our beautiful friends to help us out.  We couldn’t have done it without them.  I still have room full of boxes and things to put away.  I think we exhausted ourselves and now I’m just staring at the boxes hoping to get the motivation to unpack the stragglers. It’s odd moving in the middle of winter because everything is hibernating.  The trees, the flowers, the people!  

We were a bit worried because the first month we had a few things to repair–the shower started leaking (just angling the shower head a different direction now), the garage door crinkled up on one side and jammed (fixed) the screened in porch apparently leaks when it rains really hard (haven’t fixed yet), oh and our dishwasher broke around Christmas time (replaced).  Apparently this is the reality of homeownership. Everything sort of comes in waves.  After 10 years renting, we don’t have a landlord we can call anymore.  There is something nice about that regardless of the hassle of the repairs.

Right now I’m working on painting the kitchen a nice dark grey (pictures to come).  I have sanded the walls a bit, wiped them down, and am now taping the cabinets and window frames.  Well during that process, I took down a wall hook the previous owners had up.  I definitely pulled the paint off the wall and it’s down to the drywall paper…So I will be learning how to repair that now. :/ I think it’s going to take me awhile to actually get to the painting!

We hope to put a fence up in the backyard for the dogs (something we budgeted for during the homebuying process) because we have to take them out 3-4 times our on a leash.  We are spoiled after having a fenced in yard, because this stinks!  I know the dogs will be happy to be able to run around soon.

ImageHere is a picture of our kitchen before–there is a streak of the new paint sample on the wall.  This will be the new color. It isn’t really good example…





Oh and it snowed this weekend in SC–awesome!

Hello December!?

1 Dec

Hello December, how did you get here so fast??!!  What have we been doing ? Oh, just buying a house.  That’s right folks, J and I will be closing on a house this month.  It’s official–we are adults.  Seems fitting that I will be turning 30 in a week.  Seems very American Dreamy…or something like that.  No but seriously, we are buying a house!  Weird. 

Here are some pics from the listing–they look beefed up since they were listed by the real estate agent.  The home is older (build in the 70s..which means it has character). Three bedroom, two bathroom with a little sunroom and a nice backyard.  Fortunately the folks that lived in it before us made some upgrades (helllooo kitchen–so excited!).  More pics to come in the future, but here are a few teasers.  Needless to say we are going to be busy fixing and updating things.  Let the painting begin!

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