Been a Long Time

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here. Summer has come and gone. A few pictures have been taken and put up on the Facebook page. However, no “real” posts to the blog. So, here’s a quick run-down of what’s been happening at the Spring House since April.

In May I had a miscarriage. In June, Hubbyman’s father was very sick and that precipitated a trip for Hubbyman go to Utah and be gone for most of the month. Chibi-chan’s house repairs got put on hold. We had friends really pitch in and help us get the trim on the house painted so we wouldn’t lose the insurance coverage on the house. (Long story.) In late July/Early August we managed a really fun trip to visit family and catch up. (Pictures are on the Facebook page if you’re interested in seeing them.) Between August and September we had people moving in and out of the house (pretty typical for us, actually) and we re-purposed a room into a small library.

On October 5th, Hubbyman’s father came to live with us, and then on the 9th, he died. In the few days he was here, I totally “fell in love” with that short, sometimes grumpy, full-of-good-stories, funny “little old man.” It’s amazing how much we can come to love someone in such a short amount of time. It’s been an interesting week getting his affairs in order, and getting to know him better through the process. It’s a strange thing for someone’s entire life to be reduced to thrift store fodder and a few papers. However, as those papers get found, we learn more about him. I think the importance of keeping some sort of journal has finally “sunk in.”

Through all these “life adventures,” we have managed to do some painting on the house, planting of wild flowers and medicinals, painting of raised beds, kept the weeds marginally at bay, and allowed the grape vine to go feral. Hopefully the “taming of the vine” can begin after the funeral in a week. Again, pictures of the all this are on the Facebook page.

Today, on my personal Facebook page, I just shared a post about  “___ number of weeks ’till Christmas” and I knew that there will be people who will be annoyed by that. I mean, it’s the middle of October for pity’s sake. Halloween isn’t even here yet. However, I think I’m looking forward to this Christmas season more than others.

This year we’re not even really doing presents. We’re just going to spend time with each other, go to the Symphony, and have a “game afternoon” with another family. So… why am I looking forward to it so much?

For us, we tend to slow down during December. We’re choosy with what we commit to do. It’s a month of reflection and deep religious meaning (even though I don’t believe Christ was born in December). It’s a time for candles and lights and the remembrance of miracles as we also observe Hanukkah.  It’s a time for schmaltzy movies and hot chocolate and short days and long sacred nights. It’s a time of Solstice and stellar movement and cosmic change. It’s a time of quiet and reflection. It’s a time to remember the New Life who brought the Atonement and through that, the healing of all wounds, and through the culmination of His mission brought forth a glorious resurrection.

I’ve collected a lot of wounds this year and the mourning and the healing have been “interesting” to say the least. So yes, I’m looking forward to the month where all the world seems to get infected with a Spirit of Kindness – my world at least (I don’t work in retail).

Yes, I know a lot of people get confused, but that’s their journey and their struggle. Someone else’s struggle and confusion doesn’t have to interfere with my quiet celebrations.

So while we’re planning funerals, and honoring the dead, and having fun handing out candy to kids playing dress up, and bringing in the harvest, and readying for the first frost, and making plans to break bread with friends and family, I will be quietly longing for that month of all months for me. A month full of Sweetness and Stillness and Laughter and Light.


April 25 Update

So it’s time for an update. The zoning committee voted unanimously to quit the easement. This means we have another 20 feet of property! Well,  presuming the city council goes along with it, but I can’t imagine them not. We also have the permit for the fence.

By mid May we have to have the trim on the house painted for insurance purposes,  so I get to dream about paint colors.  This will also be the perfect time to get planter boxes installed in front of the dormers. That’s going to look fantastic!

All this means that priorities are getting shifted. So, the back yard straw bales are sort of on the back burner.  However, I still have plenty of stuff to keep me busy.  Here are some new pictures of the place and the progress.


Motherwort patch... Grow quickly little plants!

Motherwort patch. Grow quickly little plants!


Easter Bonnies and sweet marjoram.


Baby grapes.


Looking down the beginnings of the wild flower patch.  Verbena,  grape hyacinth, anise,  forgot-me-nots,  salvia,  feverfew, oregano, Easter Bonnies.




Some of the plants waiting to go in the ground.


And more plants….


And more…


Getting ready for the miniature roses.  There will eventually be a line of alternating purple, red, orange, and yellow mini roses next to the stone path.


The patch around the old washer.  Lobelia and phlox in the washer,  violas, marigolds, and some mystery “pom pom”  flowers. 


Violets keeping company with the mint.


Phlox and dianthus with a background of mints and edible/medicinal “weeds.”


A little seating area. Lilac starts in the large pots.  Some more phlox on the table and in the background.


Beans and strawberries growing up together.


Blue phlox and columbine waiting to go into the earth.

So that’s it so far. I hurt my back, so some friends are coming Monday to help plant potatoes. Guess I better go get them cut and sitting in the sun.

Benefits of Small Town Living


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There are definite benefits of living in a really small town. We have about 3,000 people in town, and it’s the only incorporated city/town/whatever in our county. People know each other. However, as we’re the county seat, we still have access to decently high speed internet (up to 100MB), a small water park, a health food store, a forest service station, restaurants, and utility services like natural gas, electricity, snow plowing or roads, etc. What’s really great, too, is that we can walk about 3 miles in just about any direction and be out in the wilderness. SWEET! Gotta love it.

Here’s our latest I-love-my-town moment…

So the day before yesterday Hubbyman went to the Mayor’s office to ask about some zoning/permit issues about the fence we want to build. (Yes, our town is small enough for the Mayor to be in charge of permits. The man also gets a whopping $20k/year for all his efforts.)

The Mayor was out, but the lady in the office was very helpful and gave Hubbyman some information. We looked over the information and got some things together (including more questions) and Hubbyman went back to the Mayor’s office yesterday.

So as Hubbyman and Mayor-man were talking about the fence, a zoning question came up, because the neighbor’s driveway is actually considered a “street” by the city. Mayor-man wasn’t sure exactly what the situation was, so Hubbyman showed him a picture of the house. Mayor-man said, “I know that house! The “mulch yard” house! I know exactly where you are. I grew up two blocks away from you and there used to be a field across from your place we would play in as kids.  I’ll go to zoning and look into that for you and then I’ll come by your house and you can show me what you want to do.”

The "mulch yard house."

The “mulch yard house.”

So later in the day, while Hubbyman and I were measuring and marking for the fence, we suddenly had a bunch of people show up at the house… along with Mayor-man. Hubbyman introduced me to Mayor-man who insisted I call him by his first name. So First-name-mayor-man and Hubbyman went and looked things over and talk about the easement. First-name-mayor-man’s story of the day: “We used to sled all the way down the hill from (6 blocks up) with kids at the main intersections to stop traffic. We’d sled all the way down that hill to the creek!”

Could-be-even-longer-story made somewhat-shorter: First-name-mayor-man advised Hubbyman to go to the zoning meeting this upcoming Tuesday along with our neighbor to get the zoning people to no longer consider the neighbor’s driveway to be a road. This means that the easement would be lifted and we would each get an additional TWENTY FEET of property!!! That’s another 3260 sq ft of yard!

We would give the neighbors an additional 10 feet so that their driveway really will be totally within their property lines. This extra 10 feet for us (still an additional 1630 sq ft of yard) would let us have 4 more feet of fenced-in yard and control of the “drainage ditch” (a dip in the ground that pretty much just funnels rainwater from the real street into our yard) so we can actually improve drainage.

This extra 10 feet also gives us chickens and ducks and better space for rabbits. Seriously!That extra 4 feet would let us position rabbit cages in a primo shady spot.

City zoning says that farm animals (including chickens, ducks, and geese) need to be contained on the property and sheltered. Said shelters (stables or sheds) must be at least 50 feet from any property lines. For most of the town that eliminates chickens altogether. Standard width of a city lot? 50 feet.

We have a double lot, giving us 100 feet. If the zoning people go along with the First-name-mayor-man’s suggestion and grants our request, we will have 110 feet total. From front to back we have 163 feet. Which means…


We can have up to a 10ft x 60ft structure for them if we wanted. It’ll be more like a 10×15 coop with a run, but we can have them!!!


I totally want upright ducks because they’re do darned cute when you chase them!

Golly I love my town!!!!!!

Flower Addiction

Yup. I’m addicted. I’ve been putting flowers all over the front yard and now I’ve started attacking the back deck with them.

One thing I’ve started doing is finding different objects to turn into planters. I found some inexpensive bowls ($1 each)  and drilled holes in the bottom. Also found a couple of sand buckets. 

As the season goes on, I want to find some more unusual containers, especially for the part of the back deck just above the steps. Eventually we’ll have flower boxes hanging on the outside of the railings for herbs. 

Here are a few pictures of our works in progress…

Linda came over and helped me finally get the seedlings moved into larger containers:



Chibi-chan took some pictures of the flowers in the front yard this morning:


Things to be planted:


Plant based JOY:


A view of the front with Oma waving at us:


A naked-ish back porch. I wish I’d taken before pics. We did quite a bit of cleaning before we took these:


Empty containers and tables in boxes:


A nice supply of potting soil:


Flowers and tables put up! Next step will be to put in another row of flowers on the deck above the steps:





Straw Bale-bosta Gardening – Puttering


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So still no “garden”  plants to plant, but there’s still progress.  We have some wheat grass volunteering in the straw bale beds so we went down about 12 inches and turned them over.



The inside was moist and warm.  Lots of excellent cooking going on. The overturned grass will become compost.  In the background you can see the soil being dug out to plant our mystery tree.

We also turned two of the smaller beds.


A friend gave me 2 plants. One of which is blue vervain.  I lost the labels. This is the one that was trying to take over our living room.  I guess we’ll have to let it grow for a while to figure out what it is.



(haha…  The way I’ve cropped the picture makes it look really tiny. It’s about 3.5 feet long. Below is the uncropped photo.)


We planted some black beans in one of the raised beds and then in the smaller beds we direct sowed some pansies and petunias. We’ll see how those turn out.  Direct sowed the beans without adding soil. Figured those seeds are cheap enough that we can do a little experimentation.


We also bought some flowers for the pots on the front porch. Our pregnant kitty is curious about the Earth niblets we have on display. Anybody gonna want a kitten?






So that was a bit of our day on Saturday.  We’re looking forward to finally getting our bales out back and starting on the fence. But that’s a couple of weeks away. Until then, the shed out back needs some attention and I really do need to finally transfer some of those seedlings!

Straw Bale-bosta Gardening – Slow Progress

We’ve been busy here at the Spring House. Not a lot of gardening getting done, but busy. 

As my health improves (along with the weather) I’ve been enjoying getting out more.  So here’s what’s been going on…

Chibi-chan now has her driver’s license. I’m absolutely thrilled! Especially as she’s paying for her car insurance. We took her up to our church’s parking lot to practice parallel parking. We set up laundry bins at the right distance and let her figure it out. Oma and I sat in lawn chairs enjoying the sun and had a picnic.



We also enjoyed an impromptu barbecue with the gang after church one Sunday.



Our seedlings are growing…


And we’re getting ready to transplant some of them into cups that we’re turning into temporary planters. 



We have some wheat grass volunteering in the straw bales so we’ll need to get that turned.


We’re excited to see some mint peeking through the straw mulch.


Tomorrow is a work day and we’ll be planting a tree, putting out potted flowers, turning the beds, and doing a few other things.  Hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures.

Straw Bale-boste Gardening – Seedlings

Most people who use straw bale gardening use seedlings. I don’t have a history of great luck starting seeds. This year, however, I’m having pretty good luck. In a day or two I’ll be repotting some of these and starting new ones.



Theoretically, I love the idea of total organic gardening. However, I think I may need just a little help.





And gratefully I had the foresight to number the 6-packs and keep a list.


Some of the seeds I’m using are a few years old and haven’t been kept in the best conditions. The cucumbers seem to have not cared. The patience dock seems to hold no joy yet. Wish I had written down the date I planted everything.

But this is where we are. Hopefully in about a week we’ll set out 30 bales in the backyard and get that started.

On Being an Herbalist

I love being an herbalist.

That is all.

Ok.. not really.

How does being an herbalist fit into Urban Homesteading? Well, it’s certainly not a required skill for being a successful homesteader, but it sure is nice to be able to handle more of my own health care. Growing my own medicine? Excellent. Not having to go to the doctor for every sniffle or fever? Even better. Saving more money? Priceless. (Couldn’t resist.)

If for no other reason, if I’m not at the doctor’s office taking up space or headed to the ER for something I can handle myself, then I’m leaving more of our limited resources for others who truly need those services.

There are varying levels of herbalism as well. While I choose to go to a school for certification, most people can take care of most things at home with a few ingredients and a bit of knowledge. How cool is that?

As I make up some simple tinctures or home remedies, or grow specific herbs, I’ll be posting those types of things to the homesteading site. For more detailed information on why a tincture works, or the values of different mediums for making a tincture, or those sorts of in depth posts, please see my new sister site, The Overweight Herbalist.

The Overweight Herbalist is where you’ll find more detailed information on herbs, home medicine, health, fitness, anatomy, and physiology. Posts to The Overweight Herbalist may not be as frequent as we post here at Hobbit Holler Farm. I’m still working on a Facebook Page for it as well.

Hope to see you in both places!

Taboo (On Religion and Politics)


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Yes, I’ve decided to go there. Why in the world would I go there on a blog about Urban Homesteading? Because, unfortunately, politics gets involved. There are city codes, zoning laws, town meetings, laws about keeping pets and livestock, rules about what you can and cannot have in your front yard, how high your fences can be… it goes on and on. Why the religion? Because stuff comes up. Also, anytime someone is a “homesteader” or “prepper,” the topic comes up. Sometimes people take a homesteader more seriously if they’re doing it for environmental reasons. Sometimes people take a homesteader more seriously if they’re doing it for religious reasons. For me, it’s definitely a mix.

With my religion helping me pinpoint my principles and values, those principles and values help guide me in my political choices, how I treat the environment, and how I approach the world. Some people may think it’s ridiculous, and that’s OK. Everyone has principles and values, and we all get them from somewhere. It’s perfectly alright if you’re a devout atheist who thinks there’s no reason for the existence of religion. You still have your own principles and values that guide you in how you treat others. Same thing with mine.

I’ve always tried to let principles and values guide me. Unfortunately I got caught up in the “my side is right” and “your side is wrong” mentality. In truth, no one side is absolutely right, and no one side is absolutely wrong. Things are much more complicated than that. That’s where things get sticky.

It’s easy to say, “I’m a Liberal” or “I’m a conservative” or “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a Republican.”  It’s so easy to swallow the lines fed to us by Fox News or the Huffington Post. It’s so easy to follow party lines and say that we’re right and the other side is wrong. It’s easy to be smug because we can regurgitate the party line or the catch phrase of the day. It’s easy to point our fingers at the politicians on the other side and ignore the sins of our own. It’s easy when we don’t have to analyze or think or research or stretch or grow or support a point of view or listen or understand or see things from another perspective. It’s easy to be angry and self righteous and defensive and “right.”

Or is it?

Those things may be easy, but they never bring peace.

So what does bring me peace in the political realm? Principles and values. If I know what my principles and values are, then I can compare everything else to those principles and values and I find my path. This is where religion comes in.

Please bear with me while I give an example:

Some people have a religious dogma that helps them understand why stealing is wrong. For some people that reason lies with the Ten Commandments. For others it’s about Karma. For some people it’s about sending to the Universe what you would like to receive back. For others of no “religious persuasion” they may understand that stealing is wrong simply because they wouldn’t want it done to them.

I believe stealing is wrong. It’s not right if I do it. It’s not right if you do it. It’s not right if the government does it. If I’m in a discussion about a particular bill, I can bring up the principle that stealing is wrong. Does the person I’m talking to also believe that stealing is wrong? Why do they think that? How does that show in their lives? Then we can look at the actual bill and decide together, “Does this qualify as stealing? Why or why not? Is stealing wrong only if it’s done by or to certain people? Is this bill fine, then? If not, then how do we change it? What is good about it? Why? What is bad about it? Why? What are some possible unintended consequences? Would the implementation of this bill increase or decrease someone else’s liberty?”

This is definitely NOT easy.

This is not one side or the other. It’s researching. It’s understanding. It’s breaking things down to their very core. That is the type of discussion I love.

We can have that type of discussion about religion as well. I can learn about what you believe and why you believe it. I don’t have to agree. I would also like to be heard in a similar manner. I don’t expect you to agree with me. I can hear about what you believe and why you believe it without taking it personally or as some sort of criticism of my own beliefs. I hope that you can do the same.

I expect that my Taboo posts will be few and far between. when I do post on the Taboo,  I will endeavor to focus on the underlying principles and values involved. I hope that doing so would be helpful to myself and others.

I would love to tell you more about me and my beliefs, but in doing so I would like to avoid labels. In other posts I mention my religious affiliation however right now I’d like to not do that. Why? Because of the preconceived notion associated with the labels. I would like you to see me for me, not the predefined caricature that has been assigned to various labels.

If I were to tell you that I’m Muslim, what would that caricature be? What about Catholic or Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist? What about Baptist or Mormon or Atheist or Wiccan or Pagan or Evangelical? Let’s not start with a caricature of who you think I am, and I’ll not start with a caricature of who I think you are.

Same thing with politics.

So here are some things about me:

Politics: Maximum Liberty. I love the Constitution. I think many of our problems would dissolve if we got government out of the picture. The federal government exists to secure the borders, negotiate trade, and then get out of the way. If it doesn’t “pick my pocket or break my leg” I have no comment. Moving on…

Religion: Not going to go too deep right now only because I wish to avoid the labels that will surely come. I believe in a higher power to whom we are accountable. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ. Do I think you’re “going to Hell” if you don’t believe in Jesus? Nope. There’s a lot I believe about Jesus, but there’s not enough time right now for me to express just how wonderful a person I think He is. How about I keep things general for right now and try to relate a few of  the principles and values I have to people from a wide spectrum of belief systems? (And no, this is in no way “denying my faith.”  I’m just not “dumping” all of my beliefs on perfect strangers in my first conversation with them. I think that’s just being polite.)

I think the Ten Commandments are pretty sage advice for how we can live and treat each other. I think most religions have some version of them, and even Atheists who have a code of ethics can agree that society would be pretty nifty keen if people would, of their own free will and choice, try to live them.

One God – Do you have a God? A Higher Power? Even if that Higher Power is an AA group? What about your family? Nature or the Earth? Do you have someone or something that you feel accountable to? Who do you look up to and wish to emulate? Are you faithful to that Higher Power, or do you sway between that power/ideal and something lower than you should expect from yourself?

No Graven Images that We Bow Down To – Do we create something for ourselves (or allow society to do so) for which we will compromise our other loyalties and standards? Do we eschew the higher standard of Kindness for the “graven image” of popularity? Do we sacrifice our own bodies for an unrealistic ideal of beauty? Do we put our things before our families? Do we say the Earth is our higher power but we refuse to recycle because it’s too much trouble? To what or whom do we really “bow down to?”

Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain – I know people who are not deists who will freely use the words God or Jesus because they do not believe in them as real and actual people. They are free to do so. I don’t use those names freely because I do regard them as actual people. This “commandment” is about keeping the sacred as sacred. Do we take special things and treat them as naught? Do we destroy a confidence? Do we go out of our way to tear down something that is sacred to someone else? I wouldn’t ever defile or vandalize a prayer rug. Aside from the fact that it would be a form of stealing, it would lower myself down because I am being profane and disrespecting that which is special and sacred.  We do the same thing when we try to tear down another person’s beliefs. I don’t need to argue with someone about their beliefs. I don’t need to try to convince them they’re wrong or lead some sort of crusade against them. Truth stands on its own. If I truly believe that I’m right, then it should be of no concern to me that someone believes differently. It’s about being respectful – especially when we disagree with another’s faith or point of view.

Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy – How would the world be different if everyone chose to take one day a week to focus on the things they find most important. Would we have more marriages? Would we have fewer divorces? Would we find less mental illness in the world? Would there be greater friendships? Would we as individuals feel more balanced and focused? Even if your “God” is your motorcycle, how much better would your life be if you took that one day a week to focus on something to do with motorcycles? How much better would all our lives be if we each took that one day a week to focus on that which inspires us to do better and be better? For me, I try to take that one day to focus on gratitude, worship, and my family. I have my own way of doing this and it helps keep me a happy person. How would your life change if you were to take that one day a week to focus on your “higher power?”

Honor your Father and Your Mother – Entire books have been written on this concept and how it applies if your parents are not people who should be emulated. To me, that’s not the point to address at this time. Give thanks for those who sacrifice for you. Respect the advice of those older. We don’t necessarily need to agree with or follow that advice, but we should take it under consideration. We should be teachable and able to learn from others. We should show kindness to those who have lived longer and therefore may have become physically or mentally weaker than we are. What does it do to our own soul (or inherent being if you don’t believe in a “soul”) when we treat others with kindness? What does it do to us when we don’t? Be someone who could bring honor to your parents when someone says to them, “Oh! You’re _____’s parents! I’m so honored to meet you.” How amazing would the world be if we all would live in such a way that someone could say that to our parents? How would your life change?

Don’t Murder – Not killing someone for the sake of monetary gain, convenience, entertainment, etc., should not be a difficult concept. So, if you don’t want to kill someone for your own convenience, don’t drink and drive. There are a lot of places we could go with this. Want to cut corners on that construction project? Not only are you lying and stealing, you could be taking someone’s life for your own gain and convenience. If everyone would adhere to this one concept alone, can you imagine how life could be? (The topics of the death sentence, abortion, war… not going there right now. Maybe not ever in such a public forum. Different topics, different days.) It’s about thinking about consequences – both intended and unintended – of our behavior.

Don’t Commit Adultery – Duh. If you’re in a committed relationship of some sort, why would you cheat on someone? Even in your mind? If you’re committed, be committed. If you don’t want to be committed, don’t commit in the first place. Yes, the topic of sexual purity can go much further. However, for now, let’s focus on this. Be Loyal. Be loyal to the right people and keep your priorities. Feel like you don’t love your spouse any more? If there’s not abuse, adultery, or addiction, then the relationship can be saved if both people want it to be saved. Go on a date together. Go on lots of dates. Talk about the job and the kids and the house and your dreams and your aspirations. Listen to your beloved do the same. Don’t spend your time on porn thinking about other people. Be loyal. Have a strong relationship. Be who you need to be to have a good one. You can’t control what other people do, but you can control yourself. What would our world be like if everyone were loyal to their spouses/significant others? How would society in general change?

Don’t Steal – There’s lots of ways to steal, aren’t there? There’s taking stuff. There’s keeping the too-much-change when you leave the store. There’s skimping on the quality of workmanship. (I’m not talking about “you get what you pay for.” I’m talking about charging $45 for something that’s really worth $30 to someone who thinks they’re getting $45 quality.) There’s polluting a river – you’re stealing clean water from someone else. There’s stealing someone else’s freedom to choose. There’s stealing someone’s sense of safety. There’s all sorts of ways to steal. If no one would steal, would we even need the police?

Don’t Lie – What if we take that a step further and say, “Be Honest.”  One can be honest with kindness and tact, but we shouldn’t lie. Not even to ourselves. So let’s not lie on our taxes, be disingenuous in a political discussion, be unfair when playing games, or omit information to intentionally lead someone to a false conclusion.

Don’t Covet – Wanting other people’s stuff leads to a whole bunch of other mess. Even if we don’t steal or lie or kill because of it, we sure can make ourselves unhappy. There are people who have more than us. There are people who have less. There are people who have the same amount of stuff as we do, but we think theirs is better. How about we turn that around and say, “Be Grateful.” How much happier would we, as individuals, be if we were all grateful? How much more would we share with those less fortunate? If everyone chose to be grateful, would we need so much governmental intrusion? If we were all so grateful that we would share what we have, would there be any poor? If we are grateful in our poverty or “brokeness” (that’s also another topic for another day) would we be able to drop the pride that might keep us from accepting help or taking that job that we used to think was beneath us? Let’s be grateful regardless of our circumstances. It’s just a much happier place to be.

How’s that for a start? Maximum liberty. Be decent to others and ourselves so we can handle maximum liberty. That’s pretty much what it all boils down to for me.  What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment.

Note: I do pre-approve all comments before allowing them to be published. Why? Because I have some young readers and I wish to be considerate to them. If you wish to express disagreement, I think that’s healthy and fine. Please just be polite and use clean language. If I cannot approve a post, I will try to contact you and let you know why. Then you can have a chance to re-word your comments so you can be heard and understood.  Thanks.

Love and Hate… and Grass


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I LOVE grass! I love it when it’s mowed deep and it’s cool on your feet and you can run around barefoot in it. I love the smell of it when it’s getting cut.

I HATE grass! You have to mow it and rake it and then it gets into your flower beds.

No.. wait.. I love it… no wait… I hate it!!!

I’m sure you know what I mean…

As we hardly use our front yard at all, except to walk from the front door to the car and back again (and maybe venture out to the neighbors) is there really much use in having grass out there?

I. Think. Not.

The added bonus of getting rid of the grass is that we get to expand the parking area. Our local recycling center here takes old pallets and makes them into really rough mulch. The price fluctuates, but let’s just say I got a dump truck full for less than $50. Delivered. Booyah.

Before we started we cut the grass as short as we could. Then we placed split wood around as borders. We’re sort of going for that “National Park” landscape look. In the front flower beds and the wildflower bed (the ones filled with leftover straw) we’ll have something else. The wildflower bed will be filled with… well… wildflowers. I’m thinking some awesome looking lava rock around colorful planters in the front garden beds. I’m done with fighting the grass.

Here are the photos of our day with all the mulch. We bribed friends with pizza and Mt Dew to help us. Yay friends and junk food! Got all that mulch spread in about 2 hours with the group and then finished up the parking area later.


Right now the place is pretty well covered in snow, so more pictures will have to wait. I’m looking forward to seeing how the place looks this spring with all the flowers in and benches outside and swings on the porch… yup… it’s going to be nice. We might even use our front yard after all.