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Day 2 of Home Remodeling & Deck Plans

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 6:35 pm

Well I got my new hot water heater this morning, and now I'm waiting for my dumpster to show up so I can put the old deck into it! That will feel good, and we'll have to comb through the house for stuff we've been wanting to get rid of.

My next goal for today is to repaint our house numbers and get them moved to the garage. We removed the shutters off the front of the house last night, we're not keeping them. We've also decided to get rid of the wrought iron porch supports after all. That will probably be a project for next week. Probably going to go with square columns, tinkering with the idea up custom wrought iron, but I don't think that will be in our budget. We've also decided we'll probably do vinyl siding. It comes in 7" singles which should look pretty good on this house. We're choosing a darker blue-green/gray than what we have now. It's called "Everest". After looking around at houses, the seams show up more on the lighter houses in our opinion, so we're going with a darker color than originally planned. Something like this...

Of course the shutters will be gone, and our new big window will be one unit instead of 3 separate windows, with casement windows. It'll look completely different. We are keeping double hung windows for the bedrooms since the porch isn't very deep & we'd have to walk around casement windows. Hoping to finalize the order on that tomorrow, then there will be ~6 week wait.

DH has dreamed up his deck plans. He will rebuild the deck we had with the same dimensions, add a 2nd smaller deck behind the garage, both which will step down to our concrete steps already in place. Between the decks will be some sort of walk/patio area. The retaining wall installer is going to terrace that side of the hill in two levels, that was his idea and I like it.

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Let the Demolition Begin!

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:21 pm

After spending a few days of "down time" with my husband's family, we were ready to demolish the deck when we got home. I was picking cherries when I heard a saw out back, and I knew what he was doing!

Now he's out back smashing concrete behind the garage, lol.

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Got A Lot Accomplished Today!

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:32 pm

On the home improvement front....I visited the window showroom and decided the company I want for the new windows for the house. We also decided to look into vinyl siding after discovering it would be $6k to fix and paint the house. So he's coming back next week to bid on that too. Also arranged to have a new water heater installed next week, we need that as soon as possible.

In the gardens, I got the window boxes planted, and am enjoying some new blooms.

Not sure what this variety is.

Hot Cocoa with Red Fairy in the background.


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A Pleasant Surprise

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:55 pm

I haven't seen this clematis bloom in a few years, I think being around the corner of the shed, it just doesn't get enough light. This year's the exception. Looks like it could be an Earnest Markham.

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My Little Bog

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 11:17 pm

When I decided to remove my ponds a few years back, I kept one lined and turned it into a small bog garden. Plants include corkscrew rush, blue rush, impatiens, and fox red curly sedge.

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The Ones That Get Away

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 2:46 pm

It's cherry picking time, a time I have a love/hate relationship with. Love picking them, hate pitting them, love eating them. The picked cherries hog all the space in the refrigerator, pitting makes a sticky mess on the counters, and gets cherry juice on the lenses of my glasses, not to mention the clothing stains. But it's all worth it, since I continue to do this year after year. The best looking ones are always the ones you can't reach, it's my donation to the birds as I'm not getting a bigger ladder.

I just keep reminding myself that without this...

There wouldn't be any of this...

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Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 11:43 am



Dr. Ruppel has bloomed and faded it now, but it was just gorgeous this year!

Also done for the year is HF Young

Next to bloom should be the lilies, can't wait!

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Oriental Poppies

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 5:54 pm

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Hot Cocoa

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:55 am

I'd have to say 'Carefree Wonder' is currently my favorite rose, but I sure like 'Hot Cocoa' quite a bit also. Both these roses have survived our cold winters and put on a show year after year.

Hot Cocoa on far right

Carefree Wonder

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Got it planted!

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 1:37 am

Today was another full day, and once I was on a roll, I just kept going until dark. Plant sales this morning netted me 2 more new iris of unknown variety. One intermediate pink, and a bag full of TB purple, for $4 total.

Then my students had a piano recital which went well. I was then free to plant away! Managed to get all I'd planned in the space, although I'm leary the corn will do well, not as full sun as I'd like, but I needed to rotate things from last year. It'll be an experiment. I've never grown sweet potatoes or squash, so I'm looking forward to that.

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