We have baby Wood Ducks! There were at least 11 in the beginning, now sadly, we're down to 6 or 7. Nature at work I guess. It's fun to watch the parents as they guide the babies, allowing them to swim farther away each day and then silently calling them back. It's fun to watch.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here's the new dining room with furniture in place. Notice the copper pipe curtain rods my DH made for the room. We love the "soft industrial" look and will like it even more as the copper tarnishes to a darker color.See the new half wall on the right side? The old kitchen steps used to be as wide as the opening, 5 feet at least. After cutting them down both in length and width we had a drop off that needed closing. Larry built us a half wall to match the other side of the opening. We will likely put some kind of post up but aren't in love with the one on the other side so we'll wait to find other options.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Finally it's finished. We said goodbye to Larry and Domingo this afternoon and enjoyed rocking in our chairs this evening. It's a good feeling but there's still work to be done.
Notice there are no barriers between the posts and railing on the deck? We're thinking about what we want to put up, in the meantime we'll try not to fall off in between. See the bridge that connects 2 levels on the side of the house? That was Charlie's idea. We like it a lot.
Friday, April 15, 2011
We're adding a wooden deck to the backyard that starts where the stone patio stopped and goes to the other end of the house. It's 12 ft. deep out the sliding glass door and then goes out at an angle at the pecan tree to 16 feet.The framing and posts go in
Here are a few pictures of our entry patio as it existed when we bought the house. It was painted concrete that was supposed to look like wood beams in between concrete slabs. It had as many as 5 different levels and seemed rather small. The worst part of it was that when the pecan leaves dropped and were wet, the area was very slippery.The above picture looks from the front door out to the garage on the left and driveway.
My DH built our first raised bed garden container. We got a great idea off a blogsite for a low cost way to make it out of cedar fencing. The entire structure was less than $20 to build and is a perfect height for our first garden. We've located in in the front yard because it's the only place we get full sun during the day. I don't think the neighbors will mind.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We're lucky to have peach and fig trees in our front yard. It's fun to watch them blossom, and leaf out and the fruit to start forming. I walked out front this afternoon to find 8 squirrels on the lawn near the fig tree. I have very little confidence I'll get many figs or peaches this year with so many competitors.
The deck is going up but Fat Albert still comes. He used to come when the Mertz's were here on a daily basis and they didn't mind sharing corn with each other. Now that Fred and Ethyl are absent Fat Albert still comes. The construction doesn't seem to bother him a bit. Our biggest problem is that he's a quackless duck so we don't know when he's here. We try to leave food for him all the time but the cardinals and other birds eat it too.
We decided to add a patio cover even though we have a very shady backyard. The shade is provided by giant pecan trees that shed many leaves and drop their pecans in the fall. We thought it would be be nice to have an area that is sheltered form the rains, if they ever come, and the falling leaves and pecans.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It's spring break and our boy is home. Yay! We also get a visit from our good friends. The boys take the canoe out and the adults panic because they're gone too long and of course have no way to contact us.No reason to panic though as we have one Eagle Scout and one Wilderness Survivor in the canoe and they paddle back, upstream, returning safe and sound.
Here's a couple of pictures of Fred and Ethyl our Egyptian Geese. They stayed with us, coming each day to eat corn and hang out but left just a few weeks ago and we haven't seen them since. Maybe the construction got to them, they returned to their native country after hearing of Mubarak's ouster, or maybe Ethyl is nesting. We hope they'll be back.
It took awhile to get here but they finally got the sliding glass door in. It's a Pella and we can see the difference in quality between the door and the Home Depot stock windows. Luckily we spent the extra money on the door as it'll get a ton of use.