Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Around The House

Thanks for all the weekend wishes! I have been busy, but I have also spent a lot of family time. We (mainly dear hubby) got our privacy fence up. Well, half of it anyway. And yet again I failed to take a "before" shot.

We took down the chainlink fence in the front by the side of our house and put this up. You can't tell by the picture, but there are seven panels across. I know, I know, one section is turned the wrong way. Actually, this is one section left to put up on the other side. My hubby just put it there to keep it from warping until he can get the rest up.

This is the netted gazebo that keeps me shaded during the day. It's become one of my favorite hangouts. I love to sit outside in the evening and having a fortress against the mosquitos is an added bonus.

The fence keeps me from being seen when I am in in the pool.We live on a private road that all of my neighbors and their families have access to.
Just in case you're thinking our deck is not finished I want you to know that your are correct. Thus, another project I hope to get finished this week. I need rails. It's tough pulling the weight of this body up on the deck without them. Hubby wanted to use the rails from our old above ground pool, but since they are metal I am sure they will not compliment our wooden deck. And for those of you that have wondered about these big blue pools, wonder no more. It is more than enough pool and a lot easier to maintain than the others. In fact, you can get one of these for less than the price of replacing the liner in your regular above ground. I cannot tell the difference when the kids and I are in it. It's great!

This is just a small view of a little laundry on the line. I have plenty to keep myself busy.

And this is what kept Nathan occupied long enough for me to hang the laundry on the line. *sigh* I don't know what I am going to do when the wonderful weather changes!

Oops. Yes he has a diaper on. We're working on that. If my methods continue to fail I may just have to buy him the husky jeans to ensure his Depends will be covered when he starts school. : )

These are a couple of shots of my "Retirement Center" as Amanda refers to it after nightfall. The second picture is from the inside. Awww...look at my honey turning the pump off. He is so wonderful.

Last, but not least is a picture of my feet propped in one of the chairs after a very long day! There was a whole of lot of cooking going on in between that I haven't posted about. I am saving that for tomorrow if I have time. For the first time in my adult life I made a vegetable dish I remember from my childhood. It's a southern dish and one that I have not had for many years. My grandmother would prepare this and freeze it for the winter. Yay! I took pictures! I also made a cake using a recipe I found on Sharon's blog. And guess what? I took pictures of that too!

****Sorry.... I deleted the pic of my feet. After I published and previewed there was no way I was going to let you see my in-need-of-manicure toes. They looked too horrid and I didn't want all the comments to be about tips on great foot care! *grin*

I am tired and need to get into bed. Have a blessed day in the Lord!


Denise said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures, I love your gazebo.

Sharon said...

I enjoyed your pics! Since you took a picture of the cake, I'm assuming it came out okay? The last time I made that cake I used a lemon flavored cake mix and my family liked it even better!

Melanie said...

What great pictures. Too bad you took down the picture of your feet, I was so looking forward to seeing that picture.

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

You have a beautiful yard! ILOVE the tent/enclosure. We SO need one of those. No shade in the back yard makes for fried, tired Vikings and momma!

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Debbie,

I came late last night and didn't see these I almost commented on your weekend saying I missed you, I think you would have worried about me...LOL

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Beautiful yard .I love the tent enclosure. Will have to share the flower one I made.. I so wish you could come for tea in it.

Smiles and Blessings,

Angel ():)

sara said...

i love that pool! Is it very big?

Debbie said...

Thanks Denise and Sharon, the cake turned out delicious!
Melanie...you are cute! Really, I blessed you by NOT showing you. hehehe
Beth, It is a great for shade. I love it... I have a patio table under mine, but you could put a small pool, chairs and other outdoor toys. I actually got this one on sale for $99 at Target. You can probably get one now for even less than that.
Oh Angel, I wish I could visit and have tea with you! I would love to see the canopy you made. If you have pictures...... lol.

Sara, I have the 18ft pool. I got it at Target, but I Walmart has them also. I love it too. It's a lot more pool than I originally thought. I went to walmart the other day and they have a new one. It is gray and 24ft. It's about $800 the blue one is $500 (18ft) the 16ft is about $300 You can take it down or leave it up and it wasn't that hard to assemble.

Dapoppins said...

Your back yard looks so fun and relaxing. I want to sit back there, drink some evening tea and eat your cake.

Dapoppins said...

P.S Where did THE WOMAN go? Do you have any idea?

Debbie said...

Hehehe Dapoppins, come on over and we'll talk. I have no idea where The Woman is.....

I am sure she is here... somewhere.

Unashamed said...

I love the little twinkle lights you have in your gazebo - gives it a bit of a festive mood, I think. Looks like you are making good use of your yard/pool. You are right about the pools being a good deal. Our 16 fter was getting a bit tired - we've been using it for 6 years now and the ladder and pool cover needed replacing. I priced out replacing them and discovered I could buy a brand new 18fter for like $100 more - so I did! We will put it up next year instead. The filtration system on the newer pools is WAAAAY better than on the older ones. It looks so much easier to keep clean.

Seeing Nathan makes me long for a little one around. No foolin! I just loved the baby/toddler days.

Marilee said...

Hey... I see I've been missing out on this here "comment party!" And I was also looking forward to seeing the pic of you resting your feet!!! Who cares what the world thinks of your feet - God created them and they're beautiful! I wasn't as interested in seeing your feet anyway - I really just wanted to see YOU RELAXING and enjoying the moment! Aaahhhh well, it's okay... I totally understand and I'm just enjoying teasing you a little - he he he...

Really Debbie your yard and everything is AWESOME! We have a HUGE yard but we cannot have any kind of pool cause the orginization we work for says the insurance is TOO much! (As full time houseparents we live full time in the house provided by our organization with our guys. It's a wonderful blessing! We just don't have actual ownership of the home so even though we can pretty much do whatever we want with the yard, something like a pool would have to be approved.)

But we have a family membership to the Y and we go swimming there pretty often - all year around!

Anyway, I'm getting pretty tired and I tend to get more silly when I'm tired so I better go for now, LOL...

Love all you pics and LOVE YOU!!! Marilee