Friday, July 11, 2008

Time For Grass

The house and yard looked so much better once the bulldozer had done it's work. Now comes the fun part. It was then time to plant that grass seed.
I even found a spot to plant a small flower bed in the front yard.

Planting the grass seed wasn't a simple matter of throwing the seed out and letting the rain and sunshine do the rest of the work. (Laughing at the thought of something being done simply around here). Before the seed could be planted all of that dirt had to be raked, groomed and smoothed out.

This wasn't a small job either because it also involved picking rocks (most times big rocks) out of the dirt and chopping roots with the hatchet that were sticking up out of the dirt.

I couldn't begin to tell you for how many months we picked up and dug rocks out of the yard. I had begun to think we hadn't created an ordinary yard. No, I was thinking we had created one heck of a BIG Rock Garden.

But look at the end results. We have Grass!! Pretty Green Grass coming up every where we looked.

With the yard cleared and grass growing where once there were rocks, brush, tree stumps and briars it is time to look around and decide what our next project will be.

No problem...... We can do that! We needed to find a solution to our laundry situation. If I had a preference I would prefer to have a wringer washer, but as hard as we tried to find one, there just was none to be had in this area. I tried going the laundry mat route, but that was a 30 minutes drive one way to the closest one. I would sooner haul the clothes to a creek and beat them with rocks than to deal with an hour drive to do laundry. There was no place in this house to hook up a washer or to plug in a dryer. Again, no problem...... J.D. got his tools together, some material and enclosed a section of the porch in the back. He ran the electric, fixed me up with a water source and all of a sudden there was a laundry room.

Next came our plan to add a bigger living room and a master bedroom on to the house. J.D. got on his computer and drew up the plans on his Auto Cad program. That meant doing away with the existing side deck and the side entrance to the porch . Guess what!!! No problem, this is just another example of what this talented man that I am married to can do. Until he got this small deck built, he had put up a few temporary steps from the porch. There were no hand rails and when the grand daughters would come out to stay over, poor little T~Bear was so unsteady and shaky going up and down them. The next time she came out after J.D. had finished the deck and steps, I took her straight to the deck to show her what Grandpa had made for her. She took it all in with wide eyes and a great big smile and said. "You know Grandma, my Grandpa is a Genius!" I certainly agree with her on that. He is that and so much more.

Tomorrow we will stand back and watch the room addition become a reality. Until then wishing all a blessed Friday!


Tracy said...

I came by your blog yesterday and spent some time just reading and listening to all your wonderful songs. I tried to comment but for some reason blogger would not let me.

This project you are working on seems like lots of work, yet oh so worth it. Love all the pictures you have shared!

You are so very lucky to live in such a gorgeous setting!

Hugs and blessings sent to you and J.D.

Peggy said...

I just love this story!!

Ky Woman said...

God has blessed you with a good man and a beautiful spot! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. Then I'm gonna have to visit for sure!

Lib said...

I am so glad I discovered your blog. I enjoyed seeing all the pics. Isn't it wonderful making dreams become a reality? I Love your home &property.
You are BLESSED with awonderful Husband!
I look forward to your next post!

Britt-Arnhild said...

I love the little red house standing all alone :-)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Jo!
You take me to a place on your mountain that is so peaceful when I come to visit. My favorite hymn, well one of them, is In The Garden. What a great time I've had with you!
Yes my brother is diabetic, among other problems. Thank you so much for your prayers Jo. I know that prayer works! And I know God will help the drs find the right answer.
I'm so excited for you getting your room addition! Keep us "posted" on the progress!!
Big hugs, Sherry

Hopefulsl said...

Your place is coming right along! I agree with everybody that you have a beautiful place and i love the surroundings all around your home.
I hope everything will go o.k when you guys add the additions to your home. And yes i too say you have a very talented and wonderful husband!!
Hugs And Blessings Sent Your Way.....

farmlady said...

Are we blessed with great hunbands or what? You have an energizer bunny too.

Ok! Are you ready:
...and it's in Ohio. Get their catalog. It's called the Home Queen wringer washer. (It's a remake of the old Speed Queen.) I could spend oodles of money here. It's a wonderful catalog. Even if you don't need the washer now, the catalog is fun to look at.

Mike Golch said...

Jo, you are so luck to have a talented man as JD. I wish I could be one quarter as good at the handy man stuff as he is.
That's my story and i'm sticking to it. Hugs and Blessings.

Gill - That British Woman said...

You have a very lovely property, I am have a great blog.

Gill from Canada

Nanna said...

You and husband J.D, are a Wonderment to behold! Yes, you're lucky to have a good man by your side in that little piece of Heaven you've both made. But it takes a good woman to be by his side. Mahalo for letting me visit and enjoy.. Loved Gordon Lightfoot...
Nanna from Hawaii

judypatooote said...

My hubby would have loved to come and pick out your rocks...we use to go rock hunting....we would drive out into the country and we would see where the farmers threw the rocks on the side of the road. We would gather them, and he would take them home and half bury them so it would look natural....he really had an eye for landscaping.. You do have a handy's nice to have someone to work on projects with....enjoy him.....nice post JO.... judy

Tina Coruth said...


I love your grandaughter's reaction when she saw the deck. Wonderful! And so true!