Saturday, September 27, 2014

Choppin'!

Hello, Dear Ones! I have been so busy unpacking boxes that I'm just exhausted! I don't to need say that so much as you don't want to hear my complaints. I wish I had a room to show you but I don't yet. But I will show you a little bit of what's going on around the outside of our house.

This is how our house looked when we bought it. A tad overgrown so we went to town choppin'! The style is so different from what we had in Texas. They call this a two story colonial and most of the houses in our neighborhood look really similar. I believe we are the only house with blue siding though.

Well, these are the bushes and trees that got chopped. I chopped with my own dainty fingers the two trees on the far right hand side. Be impressed! :) They had very skinny trunks. Then there were two shaggy rhododendrons on either side of the steps behind the bushes that just looked awful! My dainties went to town on those too! The big overgrown bush in the center blocked the entire dining room window! I hated that one and Mr. Precious and our son-in-law took care of that one. Then some of the other neglected bushes and vines got taken down.
Aw...I could really hear our house give a sigh of relief to be opened up again. Even though she looks a little nekked now I think she looks so much better because you can actually see her now. Next year we'll plant some new shrubs. We're going to use a stump thingy to remove those trunks. Our son-in-law was so helpful and cut all the branches of that overgrown shrub into little pieces of kindling. Another thing we did was remove all of those grids from the windows ~ they were plastic and crackly and some were already broken. We are joined by only one other house in the neighborhood that is gridless!
The previous owners really loved rocks and pavers...so there are just a tad too many for our liking so we'll be removing some of those too. I have painted the front door red! I have to have a little red around me. You can't see it because the front door is open and the screen makes the opening look so black. We'll replace the screen with glass soon and then the neighbors can see my red door too.

I've about got my kitchen set up. It's bigger than my Texas kitchen was but the storage is much less...so I'm doing my best to get organized in there. I'm still undoing boxes and just when I think I have what I need, I realized something is missing! Shelves from Edra, lamp bases are not with their shades! So I'm going to have to open every single box before I can take a breath! Lord, have mercy!

The weather is wonderful here. I've probably told you that before but it's September and we've only used the air conditioning about three times! Can you believe it? Leaves are beginning to change around us. The temps fall down in the high 40s at night and then the days warm up to in the 70s. But there's no humidity and I love it! Our neighbors are all so nice and have come to visit and some have brought us cookies and one lady went apple picking and brought us a bag of apples. God has really blessed us and each day I see how His hand has moved to get us here. This has really been a large and expensive undertaking for us but He has worked it all out for us. I'm so thankful to be here and near our little family. God is so good!

Okay, I've got to go and unpack some more boxes!


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

 I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Blessed

I get kissed by the sun
Each morning
Put my feet on a hardwood floor
I get to hear my children laughing
Down the hall through the
Bedroom door
Sometimes I sit on my
Front porch swing
Just soaking up the day
I think to myself, I think to myself
This world is a beautiful place

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones
That love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

Across a crowded room
I know you know what I'm thinking
By the way I look at you
And when we're lying in the quiet
And no words have to be said
I think to myself, I think to myself
This love is a beautiful gift

When I'm singing my kids to sleep
When I feel you holding me
I know

~ sung by Martina McBride