Category Archives: outdoors

more paint progress

Things are looking better everyday over here. Most of the exterior of the house has been primed, which means less awkward-looking squares of scraped house. Here, take a look and see what I mean. This was taken a week ago, … Continue reading

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the big reveal

When guys go around scraping loose paint off your old house and replacing rotten wood, be prepared for a surprise or two. For instance, at some point in the Chumney House’s history, someone got tired of replacing rotten window sills … Continue reading

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exterior paint progress

Last week, things were looking pretty rough. But this week, they’re starting to look better. The painters started final scraping and priming in the center and seem to be working their way left along the upper portion of the house. … Continue reading

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quick trim

Last week I worked up the motivation to trim the magnolia tree behind the house. It had been allowed to grow so that the branches touched the ground, but I really like the idea of hanging out under it. One … Continue reading

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hammers, and ladders, and scrapers… oh, my!

What’s different about the Chumney House these days? Well, it’s comfortable heat-wise. But you already knew that. No, no… it’s something else. Notice how naked the windows are looking? Or maybe that van and that man out front? That’s right. … Continue reading

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the grass could be greener…

Yes, that’s dirt on her face and her hair is a mess, but she’s playing in the yard! Which means the grass (even that dead patch behind her) is getting a regular trim. I learned how to use the new … Continue reading

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magnolia-scented memories

The magnolias are blooming and I’m missing Mississippi with each new cloud of white that appears on our pretty tree. They’re visible from the ballroom and the room that will be our bedroom. This weekend, I was telling a friend … Continue reading

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bambi’s new friend

Grass has a way of growing up to your kneecaps in a matter of days around here. Seriously. And ticks just love tall grass. When we got Bambi last summer, we figured we could just set the height on the … Continue reading

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nervous (about) ticks

For most of my life I’ve somehow been able to keep my distance from ticks. Nevermind that I grew up playing in the woods behind my house, where one of our dogs (we had four) would usually wind up with … Continue reading

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how our garden grows

It’s been a few weeks since we began planting our garden and, my, how the weeds and grass have grown. Seriously, my back hurts from weeding the few rows we have planted. We have had some good progress, as you’ll … Continue reading

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