Archive: Dec 2010

Ode to the Kudzu House

One thing Steffi forgot to mention in her post below is the legendary kudzu house next to us has finally sold!! This is really exciting news. (If you guys are reading this, thanks for the Christmas cookies!) The house foreclosed a while ago, so it has been empty and on the market for quite some time. Before that it was owned by some uber-slumlords that did far below the bare minimum.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mowed the lawn next door, and Steffi and I have both spent hours fighting the kudzu that tries to sneak over the fence. We’ve even sprayed poison on the kudzu a number of times to try and keep it at bay.

For memory’s sake here is a look back at all of the exciting photos…

A Southern Icon

A Southern Icon

Another spring, and it returns

Another spring, and it returns

Growing In

Growing In

What driveway?

What driveway?

Sneaking in...

Sneaking in…

What car?

What car?

And the best one for last.

Going on safari!

Going on safari!

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Fall Plantings & Paint Stripping

*Echo-echo-echo*

Yes, hello. We’re still alive. I feel like I need to get out the duster to get rid of the cobwebs on this blog. Once again, not much to report in the home renovation section. Sadly for our home, Patrick and I have been too busy with neighborhood organization and neighborhood planning unit work to focus on renovations. Good for the neighborhood though, I suppose, as we see more and more people buying up the vacant homes!

The only boring stuff I have to report is that we planted some fall/winter plants. The new bed by the sidewalk has Pansies and Dianthus in it. (We got two 18-pack of Dianthus for $2.50! Score!) We had good luck with the previous Dianthus plantings, so we figured we may as well keep going with them. We also planted some Dwarf Mondo Grass along the path. Unfortunately two will have to be replaced in the spring, but I’m looking forward to them filling in next year.

Front yard dianthus

Front yard dianthus

Then we also decided to divide the Hosta’s behind the shed. In the process we re-arranged the whole bed. (It was looking a bit of a mess following the tree falling on it.)

Dividing Hostas

Dividing Hostas

We also worked on a little bit more paint stripping on the bathroom built-in linen closet doors. (Or should I say door – singular.)

Paint stripping

Paint stripping

Merry Christmas from Steffi, Patrick, Buster, and Foster!

Buster and Foster

Buster and Foster

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