Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips to save money on Professional Landscaping!

We built this house over 20 years ago.
We also landscaped around this house 20 years ago.




The gardens have changed through the years....



but the basic river rock around the foundation of the house has stayed the same.

These photos are about 15 years old.
The river rock is still pretty "clean".


Over the years, the rocks have "collected" lots of composted matter that is just perfect for "growing stuff"....and not necessarily "Stuff" that we want.

My adage of letting things "bloom where they are planted" had gotten out of hand

It was TIME to do something!
The more Mr. S and I talked.....the less appealing it was to think about dealing with the rocks ourselves.



We decided to (GASP) hire professional landscapers!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book Bargains From Good Will

The words "Back to School" are very different for me now that I am retired!
I am NOT trying to get a thousand projects done before school starts!
I am NOT going to meetings that seem to steal precious minutes from the last precious days!
 
If I used to feel the pressure of "Back To School"....
Can you just imagine how kids feel?
Here is a bit of advice for you parents out there! 
Give your kids a bit of space to enjoy their last precious days!
Instead of asking them to do their Summer Reading.....Read TO THEM!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Add A Frame to a Canvas Print

This is a photo that the Sweetwater Son took when he was in Singapore.

We really enjoyed this spot when we were there last October.

The "ship" is actually a Casino!

The two glass structures are the Gardens By the Bay.  These huge "terrarium" like buildings house the Flower Dome and the Cloud Dome.



He and the soon to be Sweetwater daughter in law had the photo printed on canvas as my birthday gift.  You can imagine that I was anxious to find a good place to hang it.

HMMMM.....

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sweetwater Road Trip!

It has been almost two weeks since my last post....but that is because we have been traveling!  I know it is probably silly, but I hate posting when we are away to announce to the world that nobody is home at Sweetwater.

We took a road trip to attend a family reunion in Montana!

In addition to visiting and catching up with some pretty wonderful relatives.....



We got a chance to see where the Buffalo (I learned the correct term is really BISON) roam!