Yard Yahtzee


I found this wooden dice game clearanced at Michael’s for $8!!  I decided to give the dice a couple coats of polyurethane (I had it on hand) to help preserve the dots.  Knowing this would be used outside and knowing that I don’t have any grass in my backyard, I decided I needed to make a box to use for rolling the dice.  I figured they wouldn’t last too long rolling them on concrete, lol.

I decided to make the box 2’x4′ so I bought (2) – 1″x4″x6′ boards from Home Depot.  Cut 2′ off of them and screwed the boards together to make the box.  I had a piece of scrap plywood laying around so I cut it to size.

I laid the frame upside down to fit the plywood.  Then I glued and screwed the plywood to the frame.  I have a ton of these screws left over from adding my addition.

Just like I say in scrapbooking – save your scraps!  I had this piece of outdoor carpet rug stuff leftover from my daughter’s bridal shower (I used it for a backdrop).  So I cut it to size and used my staple gun to attach it to the plywood bottom.

A little paint and voila!  Can’t wait to use it!

Front Porch – Update


Yahoo, I only have one sidewalk now!  The rafters are up and the stairs are done.  Still need the railings and the porch skirt.  As soon as the pressure treated wood dries out, I can paint and stain!

Looking good!

Because You NEED A Porch


I couldn’t have a little farmhouse without having a porch!  Just didn’t seem right.  Two years ago I had this concrete poured in anticipation of a porch one day.  The day has come!

This is only one pile of wood – these are all 12′.  We spent HOURS in Home Depot picking wood Friday night.

Framing is coming along!

Decking almost done.  Ledgers going up, rafters, stairs and railing still to go. It’s going to be a pergola porch!



Two Tons!


Time for some more rock!  Got the area de-weeded, rearranged the stones and added some Hostas plants.


Two tons!  you can’t tell but the rock up against the concrete is fairly deep and then slopes towards the stones.


A huge thank you to Hepner!  He and his wife are friends and he always helps me with my rock!  Thanks Paul