Backyard Progress

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I’m making some progress in the backyard.  You all know that I added my deck and another concrete pad, now I’ve added some mulch and mapped out where I want to put my fire pit.  Taking some time off next week but when I get back I’ll be at it again.  I need to dig up/find the septic lids again.  Before I moved in, shortly after I took that first picture, the previous owner buried the lids.  So I’ll need to locate them and probably buy some risers so they are accessible and at ground level, then more rock.  Slowly but surely!

Belley Time

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I got to watch my granddaughter Saturday, little Miss Belle.  We had a great time checking on the garden and the pumpkins, she had to touch every one of them.  She also mastered driving the tractor (kinda), lol.  I just can’t believe she can reach the peddle – this time last year she was riding in the back at Amie’s wedding.   Tractor video tomorrow, if I can figure out how to load it.

Mudroom Coat Hooks & Shelf

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I finally got my coat hooks up in the mudroom and the picture shelf – yahoo!  I love it!  I bought most of the knobs from Hobby Lobby and only had to cut the cow and the rooster backs off with the bolt cutters, the others screwed in from the front.  The red flying pig & the turquoise bird w/crown I bought at Michaels.  I still have some touch up paint, baseboards and a shelf over the washer & dryer to do but that will come when it’s too cold to work outside.

Strawberry Jam

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I was able to get a batch of Strawberry Jam made last weekend.  Hoping for time to do a batch of Peach Jam too!  I love making jam – it’s sooooo simple, you should really give it a try. I just use the recipe for “cooked jam” on the directions in the Certo box.  One of my most favorite things is when I hear the lids pop (they suck in and seal), seriously I want to do a happy dance!