2017 Finish List

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Friday, August 11, 2017

We Thought It Was Going To Be Fun

Buy a lot at the beach lot they said, it will be fun! 
While it has been fun, it has also been a whole lot of hard work!

Our campers arrived Sunday.
Lots of fun chatter, tent set up and then an evening out to dinner.

Monday they started tearing the newly rebuilt deck apart.
This was my plan all along.
I hated that big deck sitting right in the middle of everything.
I did understand it's purpose but it didn't need to be so big.

Now it's a smaller deck right off the bus.
It's perfect!
And the perfect project for the kiddos to help with. 
Miss Clella Mae is a beast with the power screwdriver!

When we bought this lot, the owners had left behind a dog kennel and 2 dog igloos.
What a great playground for the kiddos.
One of these days, that will also be removed.
The previous owners did some strange stuff here.

After a hard day,
Relaxing is easy.
The hammock is a new addition and was lots and lots of fun!

Cards and fun!
Look at granddog Sadie in the blue chair.
She knows how to relax!!
See the red woodchipper, 
talk about a beast!
Took care of the pile of bamboo like in record time.

We bought the lot next door.
It's a jungle.
Somewhere under that mess is a septic system that needs to be found.

Ernie did lots of weed whacking and chain sawing!
They should be able to locate it now.
 Next up is more clearing and more fencing.
And more playing!!
Want to come camp with us???

Thanks for a great family week at the beach.
Huge thanks for your hours and hours of hard work! 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

All Work and No Play

We found out it costs a lot to have a chain link fence installed.
We are do it yourselfers so we got busy.
After plans were drawn up, submitted and approved for a fence around out beach lot,
we picked up the parts and pieces (most of them 😉) we needed and 
headed to the beach for a few days of hard work.
Our friend Bill showed up and helped so much.
I didn't have to do much.
Ernie and Bill worked their hinnies off on Phase 1 (100 feet between the neighbors and us)
and got it completed in a few hours.

Day 2, Phase 2, Part 1 was the front of the lot.
It went along without many hiccups,
we ran out of concrete!!!
There had to be a Home Depot run.
We decided to go ahead and put up one of the gates now.
So we needed to get the gate.

Day 3, Phase 2, Part 2
We started out by putting up the wire for Part 1,
then turned the corner and darn! we are short on wire.
Another trip to HD.
While he was gone,
I hatched a plan...
Could we move those clumps of Pampas Grass???
Why yes we can.
But first the old fence had to come down.

2 plants went into the corner.
It's amazing how just a bit of something gives you a nice bit of privacy.
And the usable space with that fence out of there is amazing!

Then Ernie suggested we put the big clump in front of the window of the neighboring trailer.
Oh, that's a great idea!!!
Sure it is until you have to excavate out bamboo roots!
That stuff is so invasive and so nasty!
Lots of sweating and swearing and just plain hard work!

After all of that work,
The big clump is planted and it looks great.
Or it will, as soon as we get that dried bamboo has gone through the chipper.

Oh yeah, that deck he just rebuilt,
That goes too.
There is a new plan for that thing!
Thanks Pam and Bill for that suggestion!
Now our kiddos and dogs are more secure
and we are very happy with our open space.

This is how we spent our evening,
feet up, easy dinner of cold beverages, roasted hotdogs and smores at the firepit.

Phase 2, Part 3-The Deck-will happen next week.
Fence Phases 3, 4 and 5 will wait.
There is some brush clearing that has to happen first.
Bring your gloves kids, 
Gramma has a little project.
It may or may not involve building a fort. 😉😉😉