The Little Things Update

Since the office overhaul there have not been any massive changes. We added sheet metal to one side of the office supply cabinet so my daughter could play with magnets there and hang her school work.


IMG_6910We finally got to changing the legs on the dining table. The legs before were very nice, but a significant pain to clean under and with three-times-a-day sweeping (who are we kidding?) the difficulty was enhanced. We purchased four legs from Ikea that I thought would fit with the piece well enough and my husband attached them. I don’t like how they look, so they’ll likely be temporary, and the table wobbles a bit, but they are an improvement nonetheless.

IMG_6898It does look cleaner, but I rather think they should be attached to some wood so we see more of the leg. I have an idea of taking one of our massive bathroom mirrors, having the corners cut, antiquing it and using it as a table top. Wild, no? It’s on the brainstorming list, the list which may never fully materialize, and that’s just fine.

IMG_6895In a more exciting mood I share with you the developments of our front yard.

When we first moved in, it looked like this:

IMG_4955Yes, the bushes actually did look like that!

IMG_4961And here is the flower bed now.

IMG_6899Every thing except tulip bulbs and some tiny purple lily-like flowers were gradually removed. Three lavender plants are in, rosemary, pin cushion flowers, salvia, and a stone pine tree are in. We have lemon balm growing safely in a pot and will add mint to the matching pot next to it.

IMG_6900When we planted we used the existing plants to create symmetry only to realize after that they were not centered! St. Francis is helping balance things out out.

IMG_6901I’m so pleased with the developments. We’re using an old red wagon for the plants in progress now that I’ve fully expressed my displeasure to my husband at the sight of lots of little junky pots in between the plants.

IMG_6902This winter we’ll finally plant the tree in those pots on the left.

IMG_6903In this neighborhood we combat ants so we’ve moved a picnic table to our newly fenced in front yard for dinner times. It’s the same redwood material and age as our former backyard furniture, but a coat of paint saved it from its impending demise.

IMG_6904The blue rocking chair made it to the front and found a buddy once the rain stopped. Our living room is less cramped now.

IMG_6907I moved the antique trunk back against the wall so the walkway is open. With my husband’s new sander I saw what was underneath the rust.

IMG_6906It’s neat to see the original black from through. I’ll wait on deciding if I will paint it after all.

My husband is working bit by bit to get the vegetable garden planted in the front. Zucchini, yellow squash and artichokes are planted along the border in our backyard, Little Italy.

That’s all for now. I feel swamped under the weight of rivaling children so I do not feel very ambitious with our projects. We’ll be having a yard sale next weekend as part of Hughson’s city wide yard sale. Along with some furniture we’ll be selling rosemary grapefruit-aide, snicker doodle and peanut butter cookies. If you’re in the area, come on by!

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