It’s fair to say that I’m genetically predisposed to “working with my hands”, so to speak, a trait I inherited directly from my grandmothers that has been nurtured by the constant support and encouragement from my mother (who, it should be noted, is also not afraid to use a hatchet when the situation calls for it.) I am eternally grateful to have been raised by such strong, beautiful, hard-working, not-afraid-to-get-dirty women, but never so much as when two of them come up to spend a day working with me on the Liberty House.
My grandmother just moved back to the area from Florida and is tackling a load of moving and house projects herself, but she found the time to come up Saturday and insisted on learning how to use the riding mower.
In this picture: My 85 year old grandmother mowing my lawn, and some guy with a parachute and a bigass fan attached to his back. I’m not sure which is more crazy.
My mom, grandma and I also tackled the garden in the front of the house. The bushes and weeds were becoming alarmingly overgrown…
While I hauled wheelbarrows full of weeds and clippings to the dumpster to the dumpster my grandma got the bushes under control and my mom dealt with the walkway leading to the porch.
We actually uncovered another little pathway in the garden:
And found a hidden spigot shaped like a frog, which I totally love.
There was a ton of old, useless weed fabric under the mulch and once all of that came up and we turned the mulch over, things really started shaping up.
I’ve never been much of a flag person, but I found a flag bracket on the front porch and then saw these American flags at Lowe’s and it felt like just the thing that Liberty house needed.
After several hours of yardwork my mom and I were wilting like delicate flowers, and my grandma was all, “What? You guys are tired?” but we still got her to spend some time relaxing at the picnic table in the shade…
Which was just the perfect way to end a great day. I cant even tell you how nice it is to have the front of the house mostly under control.
And it’s great motivation to start planning the two big exterior projects I’m going to tackle in June – repainting the porch and deck, and replacing some siding on the back of the house. However there is one outdoor project that is definitely first on the list…
Yup. That’s the huge pile of collapsed barn that the bank mandated must be cleaned up and that I need to move to make room for some donkeys. There’s definitely going to be a barn burning party around here this weekend!