The above picture pretty much sums up my life since Thursday. A big ugly bugcame my way and knocked me for a loop. I'm not 100% yet, but at least I no longer feel as if I have been run over by a very large truck.
We also had this going on at our house all weekend. Isn't he cute? Don't you just love them right after a bath?
Nothing says "trouble" quite like two innocent little boy faces!
Of course, there was also this little problem,
which wasn't repaired until Sunday afternoon.
With all of that going on, what I hoped would be a completed Met. Monday project, is still a work in progress. I thought I'd share the early stages of what we are doing. Usually, if you are changing something, you tend to take away something you don't like and replace it with something you do like. In this case, the opposite is true. Our home is in a busy subdivision, but we are lucky enough to be on a field that is still farmer owned. Therefore, we don't have any houses behind us. It gives us a feeling of a much more open space. When we moved into our house almost 7 years ago, the back corner of our house had a small blue spruce tree...nothing else. We watched out little tree grow, we added some fencing around it for some climbing flowers and it became a favorite spot in our yard.
Our little tree last spring.
Wasn't she beautiful in her winter coat the year before?
Last summer, after a series of drenching rains...our poor little tree died in a matter of days. We found out that blue spruce "don't like to have their feet too wet" and while that area of our yard is usually not under water, the deluge of rain quickly ended the life of our green family member. We couldn't cut her down. She had a nest that we wanted to allow to hatch and she became a perching place for the many hummingbirds that gather around our yard. So we let her stand proud through the summer, fall and even into winter. We filled her branches with suet balls and the birds fed on her during the cold months. But, last week it was time to let her go.
We looked at other trees for the space, but most that we liked could also suffer the same fate if we had another heavy rain. So, we are adding more fencing and have picked out a beautiful climbing rose bush in a brilliant orange to put on the fence.
We hope the rose bush will quickly catch up with
the flowering climbing plants on the other fences.
We miss our tree and we don't think this is a "better look" for our yard. It is however something that will hopefully offer us brilliant color throughtout the spring and summer, block a little of the view of the field and still be a haven for all those hummingbirds. I'll post the completed project soon. I had finally gotten caught up reading all of your blogs and then I had a weekend with no computer, so I will be coming around seeing what kept you all busy the past few days!
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