Wednesday, June 22

Tree of True Colors


This is my Wednesday's work. I have never painted before. Well, except for in high school, but that didn't provide any particular masterpieces. It was a lot more work then I had figured, but, when finished, I felt amazingly proud. It may not be museum worthy, but it'll do for the Sylva family room. I called it Tree of True Colors.


Tuesday, June 21

Shocking, I know!

I don't consider myself to be a scaredy-cat except for just a couple of things. Yep, those of you who know me, know birds is on that list. However, I'm slowly getting over that fear. Next, yep, storms! I don't like windy storms. I can handle some thunder and lightning, in fact, bring it on. But when you throw in wind or the mention of over. I don't like it one bit.

Today was no different. I found myself in the basement on two different occasions with my shoes, wallet, cell phone, flashlight, Xoom and laptop. All the things I need to track and communicate with the world whilst being comforted by my puppy. She did a pretty good job, but I did not. All said and done, I'm getting ready to make dinner.



Monday, June 13

Our Hard Work

Most of you know that Chip and I have been working nonstop to get our deck, patio and pergola up and running. Well, last night we celebrated (just the 2 of us) our progress. It's finally coming together and starting to look like what we originally planned for! The fire was beautiful and the patio, though not level, sits right next to it. Perfect!


Sunday, June 12



Enjoying our first night on the patio together. How fantastic!

Saturday, June 11


Well, it may not be perfectly square or perfectly level, but my husband and I tried our very hardest and did the best job we could. I'm super sad that it was too dark tonight to see it; we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it all complete. No matter it's condition, I have to say that I am extremely proud of our work. A first time for both of us and it turned out pretty amazing. I'm so glad that we worked side-by-side again and completed another project. We really are the perfect team! :-)

Pics tomorrow!


Friday, June 10


I'm so thankful for the amazing people I work with that are able to out up with my BS! So much stress involved with packing up a classroom and finishing out my school year duties, however, there are people out there that can understand the exhaustion, ridiculousness and necessity of it all. Thank you to those people, I truly love you like family,

Wednesday, June 8


Just spent an hour digging 4 4 ft deep footers and at the bottom of the third hole I ran into The Ring girl. After clawing her way to the top, without even saying hello, she demanded to see Starrsha. So, we gave her Starr's address and she hobbled out of the backyard gate mumbling explitives and "I'm gonna get even!" Then I called the Mothman to go over and protect Starr. Hopefully all ends well. :-)

Sunday, June 5

What a weekend

Chip and I spent our weekend working. LOTS of working! However, our backyard is well on its way to being a patioed oasis. Both of our bodies are sore, our fingers and feet ur dirty and we're so pissed at plastic bags right now! However, neither one of us can wait to see the results after this is done and over with.

Saturday morning started with me building my new raised garden beds. Once we had the right tools, it really wasn't t hat difficult to complete. Chip even showed me how to use the circular saw. I cut almost all of my own lumber. After they were done, we had to head to Menards to rent a truck to haul our own soil. Not all that bad of an idea until we got to the compost site and the loading bobcat was broken. So, we had to borrow the site's shovels to fill our own truck bed up with (the almost depleted) black dirt. However, at the very end of our loading process, one of the dudes at the compost site chose to use the BIG tractor to load a trsilor for a 'pretty lady.' Then we were told that if we had a nice rack and flashed our cleave, we may have had our dirt loaded too! That didn't sit well with me. But we finished our job and I got all of my beautiful veggies planted.

This morning started with getting a rental sod cutter. OMG! Way more work than either of us had in our mind. The sod cutting wasn't bad at all. Chip was able to fly through the yard and cut up the entire patio area. It was the hauling, digging and reusing that wore us out. We reused all of the sod to fill in the places in our yard that used to be covered with the Mickey Mouse ears that used to be a part of our deck. I'm glad we thought of it, as it looks amazing, but the labor was intense. We spent all day in the sun and the only time we were sitting was as we were traveling in the car running errands.

Hopefully, next weekend will bring updated photos of a finished patio! A lot more work ahead of us, but we can do it. Because we are the dynamic duo!


Worth it

My hubby and I had an amazing night with friends by fireside. We were so proud if ourselves for being inpromptu, and it was worth it! We spent the evening fireside with great friends having great conversation and enjoying our evening.

To many more like tonight.


Saturday, June 4

Dynamic Duo

My husband and I have earned a relaxing evening. We worked our tail-feathers to the bone today. Chip finished the deck off while I made my garden beds. Then, we spent a couple of hours on a wild goose chase for black dirt from Anoka County compost. They were almost out and their bobcat was broken. Yep, that means we had to shovel dirt at the compost and then come home and shovel dirt here....ouch!! Lots of labor. Plus...Chip almost broke his leg when he fell out of the back of the Menards rental truck. Scared the sh@# out of me!

Now, it's relaxing time on the deck and we're going to chill with a movie downstairs tonight.