🌹yard work!

Nic & I spent some time today in the yard. We got most of the garden dirt spread (shovel and bucket method) & planted a few cold weather vegetables. I also transplanted our grapes, we will see if they take root again... Thru needed to move as they were choking out the apple tree.

Fence finished!

It took all summer but we officially finished the fence painting before summer ended. Our labor day weekend was not labor free. We really like how the painted fence turned out and hopefully have saved us some money and a few more years before we will have to replace it.

Andrew and Benjamin were very excited to finish working on the fence. It was a long project and took them more time than they thought it would. Lot of lessons learned. Now I need to cough up some money and pay them.  

Here are a few phone pictures of the results.  In the trampoline shot you can see how the fence painting matched the TREX fence we have on the South side of the yard.  Not too shabby.

Side note: You may also notice that our yard is pretty green and not as many dog spots.  I think this is due to Lucy eating so many tomatoes and somehow changing the chemistry of her messes.  Happy accident I guess. Silly dog.


I'm so excited! Our Honeycrisp apple tree produced a few apples for us this year. These apples are so delicious.

Today I picked, cored and dried a few of the apples. Tomorrow I hope to try applesauce and perhaps a pie?! Hmmm.

I've never dried apples before. I hope they turn out. They sure look pretty.

Bring on the garden!

It's blooming and producing, finally!

We got our first ever grapes and the blackberries have seriously produced as well. Love it!

You can see some fence progress in the panoramic shot, although we still have much more to go. Ironically the nei or asked if we wanted to go in half way on a new fence. Ha! Timing is everything. Where was he 3 months ago?

Planting seeds

We are so ready for spring around here. Perhaps a little early still, we planted seeds for the garden.  I had harvested some seeds from plants last year and we also purchased a fresh crop for this year.  This is a great project for all of the kids as everyday we are seeing growth progress.  Now if I can just keep the plants alive and Lucy away from them!