Monthly Archives: October 2014

I’m gonna miss my gardens

Since we moved into 20 Gaye Ln in 1997, we have spent coutless hours fixing up the yard.  Dan was the chief stone wall builder and I was the gardener. 

Here she is when we moved in 1007 - complete with gigantic dish

Here she is when we moved in 1007 – complete with gigantic dish

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Coral Bells from Anita

Coral Bells from Anita

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Alium

Alium

Wigela also from Anita

Wigela also from Anita

I am a frugal gardener.  Most plants are hand-me-downs from my mother-in-laww, Anita.  She also handed down much of her gardening knowledge and sparked my love for perennials – thanks Neetsy!  Other plants were purchased at local plant sales or swaps.  Dividing and sharing is the way to go.

Once a year Dan and I would splurge and purchase a tree ot something like this dwarf Black Locust

Once a year Dan and I would splurge and purchase a tree ot something like this dwarf Black Locust

Sometimes I filled gardens with stones and moss because they are free and look as beautiful as a flower.

Sometimes I filled gardens with stones and moss because they are free and look as beautiful as a flower.

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And mini hostas

And mini hostas

Japense ferns from Anita - LOVE and they reseed all over the place

Japense ferns from Anita – LOVE and they reseed all over the place

Phlox, globe thistle and ecinacea.

Phlox, globe thistle and ecinacea.

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Bella dog and yarrow

Bella dog and yarrow

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Gooseneck loosestrife

Gooseneck loosestrife

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Bag by bag, we lined our pathways with pea stone.  Sometimes we could only afford 1 bag. 
I remember when Dan had a truckload of pea stone dropped off.  It was like he had delivered a truckload of gold.

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The house warming gift fromour friends were two pee gee hydrangeas.  Dan built the pergola.  Anita contributed a male and female kiwi vine, which beared fruit and spent the summer climbing the pergola.  The twirly tree was rescued from the Home Depot end of the year sale by Dan.  Keeping it in that shape was my job.

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Tropical Storm Irene destroyed our town but left our home alone.  Hurrican Sandy was not so kind and down came my pergola - tear.

Tropical Storm Irene destroyed our town but left our home alone. Hurrican Sandy was not so kind and down came my pergola – tear.

You can see that Dan hit Home Depot at one of their 75% off sales and brought home a friend for our twirly tree.  And I go tto manicure both of them!  Actually, worth all the pricks you get while pruning.

Sandy also blew down a few trees.  We slept through it - that is our  bedroom window up top.

Sandy also blew down a few trees. We slept through it – that is our bedroom window up top.

After putting this together I suddenly have the urge to put on my boots, grab a sholvel and start digging.  Time to move my perennials to the lake house.

 

 

More before and after shots

I can blab on and on about how we did each project but I think before and after shots are much more compelling.

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

panoramic of master bedroom before

panoramic of master bedroom before

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master bdrm after

my walkin closet when I was taking down the wallpaper

my walkin closet when I was taking down the wallpaper

walk in closet after

walk in closet after

 

For years Dan had planned to make a model train platform of downtown Brattleboro.  But it was never finished and finally Marley and I took it apart.  Yes, it was not very considerate of all of Dan's work.  But after some hurt feelings we started to make progress.

For years Dan had planned to make a model train platform of downtown Brattleboro. But it was never finished and finally Marley and I took it apart. Yes, it was not very considerate of all of Dan’s work. But after some hurt feelings we started to make progress.

 

The basement became the dumpig ground for anything and everything.

The basement became the dumpig ground for anything and everything.

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Basement after

Basement after

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Also in the basement is the "ping pong room."  In the beginning we had both sides down and it was covered with Marley's and Tanner's STUFF.

Also in the basement is the “ping pong room.” In the beginning we had both sides down and it was covered with Marley’s and Tanner’s STUFF.

Ping Pong room after

Ping Pong room after

Mudroom when we bought the house in 1997

Mudroom when we bought the house in 1997

Mudroom after

Mudroom after

I remember when we let Marley paint it any colors she wanted.  To get the house ready to sell we had to scrape off the popcorn ceiling and tone it down.  BEFORE

I remember when we let Marley paint it any colors she wanted. To get the house ready to sell we had to scrape off the popcorn ceiling and tone it down. BEFORE

Marley's Room AFTER

Marley’s Room AFTER

Tanner's Room - taking down the popcorn and painting.

Tanner’s Room – taking down the popcorn and painting.

Tanner's Rm BEFORE

Tanner’s Rm BEFORE

Tanner's Rm AFTER

Tanner’s Rm AFTER

 

 

Decluttering

One of our biggest achievements has been decluttering. We’ve gotten rid of a lot. There are a lot of advantages and I would recommend it even if you are not selling your home. Some of the advantages I have noticed:

With less stuff, I appreciate the items I kept even more.
It is easier to find things because most stuff has a place.

It is easier to keep the house clean – very important when your house is for sale.

Luckily, I found a buy, swap and sell group on facebook that exists in my town. To date we have gotten rid of the following.

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We tried to sell this WWII trailer for $100 but so far, no takers.

We tried to sell this WWII trailer for $100 but so far, no takers.

Gave these to a teacher for her classroom

Gave these to a teacher for her classroom

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There was so much more but this was the big stuff.

Why did we wait so long

Each time we finish a project (we’ve been calling them hurdles) we wonder why we waited so long.  Some projects aren’t that hard.  And others are a complect pain in the neck.  Literally!  The ceilings have been painful.  That is why we rejoiced when we heard that Marley was coming home for the month of October and needed to make $$. 

My husband says to keep her on the exterior but her skills are improving.

My husband says to keep her on the exterior but her skills are improving.

I cut in on the living rm/kitchen ceiling and Marley rolled - my neck is still thanking her!

I cut in on the living rm/kitchen ceiling and Marley rolled – my neck is still thanking her!

Speaking of Marley, she has always loved DIY projects.  Once (when we weren’t home) she decided to paint the staircase to the basement.  She started taking the wallpaper down even when it ripped off the top layer of the steetrock, too.  And when that became mundane she just painted overthe whole mess – BROWN!  Let’s just say Dan used A LOT of spackle to fix those walls. 

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One of the projects that was long overdue was our door.  It was ugly but it was not energy efficient.  I used to stuff a blanket in front of it at night.  Doing this project years ago could have saved us energy.

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Before

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The piston is long gone so the wind constantly blew it wide open.

The piston is long gone so the wind constantly blew it wide open.

In love with our new air tight door and storm!

In love with our new air tight door and storm!

With about 20 days left in October I am confident that with Marley’s help we will get the final items crossed off the list.  The house has been shown once and the couple who looked at it liked it.  They called the relator back today with follow up questions.  You never know – this could happen sooner than later.  I wonder what it would be like living at the Lake House in the winter?