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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Special - Projects WE Suck At

Happy Friday!

For some reason, this week has been dragging on at the pace of a snail.  I am definitely ready for the three-day weekend.

So, to celebrate, I thought I would entertain you with another addition of "Projects I Suck At"; however, this particular project does not involved me individually - it involves the Permanent Roommate as well. :)

I present to you...

...our backyard.

Pretty grim looking huh?

Like I've said before, when we moved in, the house had been vacant for an entire year.  The irrigation water was shut off, which left a lot of the plants and any sort of grass to wither and die.  A few plants, like the roses along the side of the house survived, but everything else was...dead.

Not a pretty sight at all.  

Unfortunately, we live in an area that gets 100+ degree weather in the summer, so a lot of our focus has been on indoor projects rather than outdoor ones.  Once the weather started to somewhat cool down, Vern and I began to develop a game plan for this space.  

There is no way we will have a functional yard again before winter, but we can get the groundwork done such as new irrigation and leveling out the yard before we put down grass seed next spring, and by "we" I mean Vern. :)

The first step was to remove all of the dead privacy trees and rip out the railroad ties that were used for the retaining wall around the perimeter of the yard.  A lot of the ties were rotting and we didn't like the idea of having them in the ground any longer than necessary. 

One $80 trip to the dump later and we were free and clear of the dead brush and useless ties.  

The big tasks that we would like to accomplish before winter arrives are:

  • Build a privacy fence around the areas of the yard where we share a fence with a neighbor; 
  • Build a new retaining wall; 
  • Install new irrigation lines; and 
  • Rototill and level the areas where we will seed.  
For the privacy fence, we talked about doing another pallet board wall, but I wanted to try something different this time, so we're going to go with a cedar fence like this: 

Isn't it pretty. :)

The retaining wall inspiration came from this picture: 

It's something different and I love the look of the metal and wood.

So why is this a project WE suck at?  

Because both of us have been dragging our feet big time.  I will give Vern the credit though, he's done all of the work.  I've just picked out pictures. :)  

I hate yard work and so does he.  He begrudgingly went and bought all the supplies we need to begin, but there isn't a lot of motivation to actually do anything.  It's hot.  We're tired.  There are other things to do.  The list goes on and on.  

So until inspiration strikes again, we're stuck with the dirt and lack of any sort of life out there, which I'm okay with for now. 

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