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Thursday, July 17, 2008
A "SPRUCE-UP" FOR THE HOUSE AND YARD
The definition of "spruce-up" is to make smart and trim. Bob and I have been doing some stuff to my house and yard to spruce it up a bit.
First of all, I have so many tall, tall trees in my yard (somewhere around twenty-five) and the limbs are so high up from the ground that I have no place to hang anything like a bird house or flower baskets. These trees are pin oak trees and most of them are from eighty to one hundred feet tall. That is why I run to the bathroom whenever we have a storm or high winds because I am afraid one of them will blow over on my house.
They keep the house so cool in summer that I don't run the air conditioning very often unless it gets up near a hundred outside. I love the shade, too, but it can get scary during a storm.
We bought a landscaping post from Lowes, set it in concrete, got a birdhouse from Walmart and put it on the top, and added a couple wrought iron hangers for my baskets.
My sister had this little bench in the garbage in front of her house and I picked it up, brought it home and Bob replaced the boards, took the rust off the legs and painted it for my grandson, Thomas Wyatt.
He is going to just love it when he comes to visit.!
The bench is pictured before and after.
Next, some new paint on the storage shed that was beginning to show some rust spots, a few stones across the front and some pots with flowers added a whole new look to that part of the yard.
I saw some outside lights on sale when I was in Lowes the other day and bought a couple to go on each side of the patio doors. They are motion lights and replaced the old motion lights that were very unattractive. These really did make a difference in the back side of the house and "Hootie" likes them because they are off at night until something comes prowling around in the back yard. "Hootie" has been keeping the bird poop off my patio furniture for a couple years now. They think he is a real owl with his head that swivels and follows them around the yard.
It's amazing what a difference just a few updates can make in the looks of something.
I am adding a few more pictures I took of the trees and house so you will know where I am coming from when you read these blog posts.
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