The Great Outdoors

The great outdoors, a far away place for some. I enjoy the great outdoors. I love to camp, swim, walk, boat, hunt, fish, .... I have grown up watching my mother work in the garden during the summer and I have decided that now is the time for me to follow her lead and continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a new way. My mother has decided to completely tear out her flower gardens this year. If you knew my mother, you would understand that next year she will spend countless hours and money recreating these flower gardens. If mom isn't going to have beautiful flowers for me to sit and look at I am going to have to put in the labor and create my own oasis. Come along for the ride and see how a true novice makes it this year in the flower garden. Who knows, maybe I will even try vegetables next year.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nature Vs. Plans

I had planned to write today about how I was working on raking leaves and completing fall preparations around the house.  I can write about that, but there will be no pictures to go along with it.  My plan was to work in the yard today and enjoy the brisk air while getting in some exercise.  Thanksgiving is coming up this week and that is literally my only day off other than today.  I will be pushing the raking and yard work to next week because the brisk air contained a wintry mix including sleet and rain.

There will be time this week to take care of a few other projects on the exterior of the house.  I will be tackling the repair of the bird feeder at some point.  It should be a quick fix with reattaching the hanging wire.  Watching the birds in the winter months is a great way to cheer up and enjoy the outdoors on chilly days from the comfort of a warm house.

There are a few pieces of yard furniture that will retire to the shop for the winter months for protection against the elements.  Last winter I was supposed to recover the cushions for the swing, that never happened.  This year I plan to get that accomplished by my birthday in March.  I guess if I give myself plenty of time to accomplish it and an end date maybe it will actually happen.

This weekend after the holiday festivities it will be time to get on with decorating for the Christmas holidays.  I will be having a small group of female friends over on December 5th for an annual gathering at my house.  My lovely mother is going to help me transform my house for the gathering in just the few days.  We plan to do minimal decorations inside and outside.  The tree is usually my main focus but even that I always like to keep simple.  Just a few small touches throughout the house.  My main goal will be cleaning and organizing the house as a whole.

A few small projects for the week, inside and out.  Maybe you will be able to mark a few things off of your list for the week as well.

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