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just take it one day at a time…

as i threw up my arms in defeat 2 days ago my wise 3 year old reminded me to just take it one day at a time.  honest.

me:  we need to hire someone to do all this yard work.  it is too much for mommy and daddy to do.

e:  why?

me:  because mommy and daddy are sore and tired and there is still so much to do!

e:  that’s ok.  just take it one day at a time, mommy.

how right she is!  i have this issue of needed immediate gratification and wanting things done yesterday.  so with those wise words in the background b and i are taking it one day, one wheelbarrow, at a time.

over the past few days we have done a lot.

added gutters to the first story on the front of the house.  (big issue with all the rain water from the second story landing right in front of the living room and going into the basement.)

set up our new rain barrel to collect rainwater from one of the new downspouts.

rearranged some of the plants on the hill and added a few more grasses and junipers.  and a butterfly bush for the girls.

cleared out the vines and stumps in front of the house, to the right of the house, and this horrible awful section in the front right yard.

moved 800 lbs of boulders that we discovered when we cleared out the vines and stumps.

laid a small patio off of the family room door and setup a couple chairs and cocktail table.

spread lots and lots and lots and lots of tree chips.

next to come is the play structure!

remember…here is the before:


here are some during:


and finally…some after:





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3 thoughts on “just take it one day at a time…

  1. wow!!! You have been really busy! I love the rainbarrel. I have always wanted one but in Florida our rains are so strong you fill up the barrel in 5 minutes and then the rest just pours out the top, throwing all the roof water under the house. I recently found these backflow control devices that are pretty cheap so i may try that.

    did you repurpose the existing porch stones? If so, thats a great zero cost improvement!

    don’t take this the wrong way, but your curb appeal looks so much “cleaner”, which is great!

    • sedwards515 on said:

      much, much, much cleaner!

      the porch stones – yes. we found a lot under dirt and buried in the ground cover. we think that at one point the previous home owners had a similar patio or path with the flagstone and it just got overtaken by the yard.

      we love the rain barrel! maybe find a gutter to put it on that doesn’t collect that much roof water? ours is on a smaller section and collects water from 1/2 of the front of the house…but it does have that overflow you are talking about. get one!

      i am about to order the play structure now. the girls are ecstatic!

  2. awesome job! definitely take it one day at a time. what a wise girl miss elle is. i need this advice often myself.

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