Interrupting Rain

Lincoln Logs

It figures. As soon as I come back from beautiful, sunny weather in San Francisco: ... Atlanta has an identity crisis and freezes, rains, and warms all within the same week. To be fair, I hear other parts of the country are going from 65 to 30 degrees (and back again) too, so I suppose there's not too much to complain about, except that it kind of put a snag in all of the tree-chopping fun that began on Monday. Things have gone relatively smoothly, but the rain is interrupting … [Read more...]

Monday Madness


Happy Monday, folks. After a week of no posting, I'm anxious to give you guys some updates. But, since this: currently going on outside of my house right now, there isn't much time between chainsaw noises, yelling, and dog barks (that are also setting off my neighbor's car alarm) to form coherent sentences. So, just a few quick details about what to expect this week: 1. Obviously, the chainsaw means that the tree service I selected last month is hard at work turning my back yard … [Read more...]

It All Started With a Woodpecker.

marking tree for removal

About a week and a half ago, I was woken from a nap by the sound of a woodpecker kicking in my front door. Kidding. I mean, he was making noise, and it was actually a pretty tiny hole, but it also happened to be taking place on the exterior of the house directly behind my headboard (which is also where the chimney is located). This tiny little woodpecker was eating a tiny little hole in my house. And as those of you who have ever had a home with wood siding knows, that sound is not a tiny … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Patio Look New Again for Less Than $100

how to make your old patio like new again

Last year, I made an Olympic-sized (pun-intended) effort to make over my back yard. I took down ivy (which dumped bugs and dirt in my bra), sawed down branches, pulled out weeds longer than my arm, built a fence, found an entire toy store's worth of balls and frisbees, and even dressed up my tiny patio with some new outdoor chairs and a couple planters. There was just one problem: My concrete slab patio is complete garbage. It's not really the slab's fault; it's mine. I often … [Read more...]

4 Easy Tips for Growing Hydrangeas

tips for growing hydrangeas

I absolutely love hydrangeas.  Whether they are blue, green, white, purple, or pink, they are one of my favorite things about summer.  They were one of the first shrubs I ever planted in my yard (after the one I discovered in my back yard quickly died from overgrown ivy during the first year), and thankfully, they are growing back strong this year. I should also mention that when it comes to outdoor gardening, I do not have a green thumb.  I'm not even much of a fan of gardening, … [Read more...]

Going for Gold

flowers to sell a house

I am not exactly sure how I stumbled onto the info, but someone must have told me a long time ago that yellow flowers sell a house.  And for a long time, I just kind of assumed it was an old wives' tale.  But now that I've decided to prepare the house for sale, I got a little curious and checked with my old friend, Google.  And do you know where that lead? Yep. If you think about it in terms of color theory, we choose paint colors to invoke emotions all the time in home decor.  People … [Read more...]

A Little Here, A Little There

new rug

Staycation Day 1:  My aunt and uncle arrived in town, and while the intention was to get to work on the kitchen immediately, there was a small snafu.  I'll get into the drama of it later once I've stopped swearing. Instead, Monday consisted of a good deal of brainstorming, more backyard cleanup (fall = pine needles everywhere), and coming up with a game plan for the rest of the week. I may not have as much time as I thought this week to write post updates until we start making some … [Read more...]

The Backyard Makeover: Before and After

patio after

After the third outdoor post this week, you're probably wondering what's going on with the kitchen progress.  I can assure you it's been on my mind (I've been watching videos and reading up about how to install my kitchen counters and sink when the time comes.  It makes me a little bit sad that I'm not carving the hole for the sink right this minute.  But I know I need to wait for some expert help to at least feel comfortable making that first cut). But despite knowing that you guys want to … [Read more...]