Monthly Archives: November 2016

Bush Remodel

I’ve found my hubby enjoys just about every kind of outdoor work. The only he might be better at than gardening (might) is landscaping. If Derek weren’t a gardener, he’d just as happily be a landscaper or groundsman.

At his grandparents house, the arborvitae had become so overgrown and wild. They’d begun taking over the windows and refused to be easily managed or trimmed. So Derek offered ( or more like leapt) at the chance to redo the front bed for them.


The six best.

These little guys are to replace the overgrown arborvitae. Don’t ask me how — I wonder if my hubby has some sort of plant vision super power. He can scan over a group of plants at the store. Then he singles out the very best of the best in moments. It never fails to impress me.

Picking out block. Did I mention Derek has a very fine eye for colors?


The bushes happily installed and landscaping fabric laid!

I’m afraid there’s no “before” pictures. Derek and his grandpa had to use the tractor to rip up the unruly arborvitae. Neither of them had a free hand to take an snap shots. When he came home, Derek said working with his grandpa on this had been so much fun. I’m pretty sure Derek inherited a good portion of his sense of humor from his grandpa.


Another angle — I wonder if they had to re-install this bird house after ripping up the old bushes.

So, if you look to the right of the block, do you notice the brown, grassless rim? That’s how far out the arborvitae has grown. I’m telling ya, those bushes were monsters!


Angle 3.

Here’s the after pictures — Derek’s finished work! Grandpa finished off the project by laying new grass seed around that brown rim.




They even had enough leftover block to outline the stone with the family name and the crab apple tree.

I look at project like this and I can’t help but be marvel! It’d take me weeks and weeks to complete a project like this, and it wouldn’t nearly be this nice. Derek knocked it out in a couple days — and loved it.


Lastly, a robin nested in one of his grandparents hanging baskets. Derek couldn’t resist a peak and a snapshot of these babies while taking a break.




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Catching Up

Whooh! Seems like this blog gets a little neglected over late summer and fall. Our days get so full of harvesting, preserving and farmer’s markets, that there’s little time for me to remember the blog.

Harvest is officially over now. (Except for kale and Brussels sprouts; they don’t mind these frosts.) My wonderful hubby has filled my freezer to the brim. It should keep me busy cooking until next spring.

We’re so thankful! After losing so much last fall, it feels like this year God has blessed us double. Those hardships have put a new appreciation in our hearts. Our health has been greatly improved and consistent. Harvests have been more bountiful than we could handle. (I’m looking at you, green beans.) Markets have been wonderful. God doesn’t have to bless us like this, but He does. It makes me realize one of the reasons Thanksgiving is in the fall, at the end of the harvest. It’s hard to look back over the year at how good God has been and not be thankful.

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” (Psalm 86:12)

I’m excited to catch up about some happenings from over the summer and fall. Then, I’m also looking forward to posting a few goings on inside the homestead and snow pictures. (Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!)

Until then, no one can ever have too many sunsets to enjoy.


Derek caught this one while driving home.



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