Posts categorized “Yard”

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Great Yard Purge of 2014

So it turns out when you have a baby and you and your spouse are both working full-time, one of the things that gets pushed WAY down the list of priorities is yard work. It just doesn’t seem like the most important thing in the world, especially if there’s a giggling, wiggly, adorable baby you could be cuddling with right inside the house.

Thankfully there are actually people who will do yard work for you. It’s true! People will exchange services for money! The yard absolutely exploded over the past month, what with it being Spring and all. So I hired someone to come clean it out… with a vengeance.

Just take a look-see:

Before...

Before…

Not quite done yet...

Not quite done yet…

After! Hey, look at what was under there!

After! Hey, look at what was under there!

Hooray! There’s actually a usable yard back there once more! This is especially important as the wee beb becomes more mobile. We would really like for her to actually be able to, you know, enjoy our yards. Weird, I know. But that’s how it is.

Oh, the person I hired? I hired The Lawn Man, of course. Kyle the Lawn Man. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! He did a metric tonne of work razing that jungle down to the ground and re-seeding it for the future. He cleaned out many a thorny bush and unwanted sprouting tree, and he scraped the patio completely clean.

I’m super glad I hired him. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Pictures, Tacoma, Yard.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Memorial Day Weekend 2012

A Three-Day Weekend!

Much of Saturday needed to be spent doing yardwork, seeing as how the yard was getting a li’l bit outta control:

Before (Left) & After (Right)

Before (Left) & After (Right)

It’s coming along much better now, though! Soon it will actually be a nice place in which to hang out.

My front yard, however, I think is just a lost cause. It’s so, so, so gross. Just take a look at this:

GROSS!

GROSS!

GROSS! Ugh.

Anyway, there were also a couple of barbecues to attend. One on Saturday afternoon, which I had to leave early to go down to Fools Play and perform a very fun show that was attended also by the Yellow Fool, in which we all got to play a bunch of our recurring characters. I always enjoy Character Nights at Fools Play.

Carrie and a couple friends, meanwhile, left the barbecue and headed down to Wingman Brewers, which is a young local brewery that just opened a tiny taproom in Tacoma near the Dome. They were having a really cool “Made In Tacoma” event where they invited some other local businesses down and had a little fair of a sort: Madrona Coffee (Wingman has a beer with this coffee in it), 21 Cellars winery, Barrel No.51 BBQ Truck, and Backcountry Creamery cheeses. Much fun was had.

The next barbecue involved the setting up of a net for the playing of the Two-Sticks, the best possible net game ever:

Two-Sticks Net

Two-Sticks Net Ready to Go! (No, that's not my backyard)

Monday was my real day off; no plans at all (except for a couple of quick chores and a trip to Trader Joe’s). So it was supposed to be my day to do all sorts of creative stuff: blog, write, compose chiptunes, etc. And it all fizzled. I was completely uninspired, and everything I started just seemed like dreck to me. Bleah. So instead of getting anything important done I went to a Red Box and rented Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which is really excellent.

I think I’m going to start a new series on this website where I quickly review movies that I see at home (DVD, OnDemand, Streaming, etc.). It won’t be its own section like my Movie Reviews; it’ll just be it’s own Category like my Great Ideas on the Internets Category. I just can’t figure out what to call it; I want it to be some horrible pun that somehow combines the idea of reviewing movies I’ve only seen on video/DVD/Streaming in my own home. Something awful like “Vidreoviews.” Hold on… there, I just did a Google Search for Vidreoviews and it didn’t come up with anything! IT’S MINE NOW, SUCKAS! BAM!

Ahem. Anyhoo, watch for my M:I-GP Vidreoview later this week.

Categories: Fools Play, Holiday, Life, Links, Tacoma, Vidreoviews, Yard.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Blooming scallions are pretty in my backyard.

Categories: Pictures, Yard.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Pray It’s Not Too Late For the Gate

Shorty after we purchased our house we were told by our home insurance company that we would have to tear down the fence between the front yard and the backyard because it was molding and crumbling and generally unsafe. So we did. Well, we left the 4×4 posts in place because they were fine. But the rest of it came right out!

And that was fine and dandy… until we got a dog.

Since then we’ve had this problem: sometimes when we let Suki out in the backyard to do her bidness, she doesn’t really stay in the backyard. She’ll go to the front yard. And from there it’s just a couple of steps to the sidewalk. And from there just a couple more steps to the street.

See where I’m going with this? A handful of times when we’ve opened the backdoor to call her back inside she has not responded because she’s a few houses down on the other side of the street. That’s not okay!

So it’s always been a plan to re-build the fence and build a brand-new gate. Finally this summer my dad & I got around to that project, and here are the results:

PrayItsNotTooLate1

The fence was the easy part. The fence was simple. It was just a matter of stringing up a couple of 2×4s between the 4×4 posts, then attaching the 1×6 boards to the front of ’em with a couple of screws each. Get a big level to make sure they’re all even and what-not. Simple! My dad got the idea of beveling the tops of them for a nice visual interest. Which he did by hand with a hand-powered saw. In fact, my 79-year-old dad insisted on cutting ALL of the lumber for this project by hand the old-fashioned way.

The gate was another story. We both knew how to build a gate… in theory. But neither of us had either done it before. So that was a fascinating project. We hit upon the idea early on of using hook-and-eye hinges so that we could build the gate and attach the hinges on the ground and then just lift it into place and drop it down over the hooks on the 4×4 post. And it worked! The only problem we came across was that our hinges weren’t rated for the weight that our gate ended up being. So we just bought another set of ’em and that’s why the gate has 4 hinges instead of the usual 2.

I’m actually really proud of this project. The gate is rock-solid, and it looks frikkin’ great. I even used maths to figure out how far apart to space the boards so they would be even! Can you believe it? Maths!

It took us several days to complete the project, when I know it would have taken professionals just a few hours. But total cost for materials was probably less than 100 bucks. And now we can let Suki run around in the backyard all we (and she) want without having to worry about her!

Categories: Pictures, Yard.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

My Blueberries Are Almost Blue

This is very exciting! We got this blueberry bush last year, so this is the first year we’ll get to reap the rewards of having a blueberry bush in our own backyard.

Categories: Yard.

Friday, 25 June 2010

First Strawberry!

The strawberry plants in my backyard have finally started producing!

Categories: Pictures, Yard.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Outdoor Fireplace

Fire is Fun

Who wants to sit around my outdoor fireplace and drink beer (or cider or wine, whatever) with me some nice Summer evening?

Categories: Pictures, Yard.