Sunday, February 12, 2012

What's New at Our House!

 Summertime...the buzz of insects, lawnmower sounds in the distance, a dusty lane and bare feet.  What could be more perfect?

EXCEPT...that it's not summer, and it's cold, and the dusty lane is not only a sea of mud, it's my flippin' driveway!!

Greenwood is a pretty good place to live.  We don't have a lot of crime, although occasionally we'll read about vandalism, as in rural mailboxes on posts used for batting practice.  We had some vandalism last fall, as in slashed tires.  This really hit home for us - our tires were included in the slashed roll call.  The right rear tire on each truck - yep, not driving either one of those babies!  We replaced David's a week or so afterwards (he rolled on a patch kit until then, which one of our wonderful neighbors shared) and I'm still rolling on my spare, which is a regular, full-size tire and not the cute little doughnut tire.

We quit parking on the street then, and started parking in the back yard - as close to the house as we could get.  And the grass was squashed, the dirt churned up, and when the winter rainy season started, --yuck! 

We are slowly (as we can afford to do it) modernizing our house, which dates from 1937 and was one of the very first houses in our subdivision, which was one of the very first subdivisions in the city.  Back then, this was way out in the country - now it's an "in-town" neighborhood, which is fine with us (city water and sewer, Internet, cable...).  We have now paved our driveway from the street to the foundation of the old garage, which had to be razed six or seven years ago.  We also have a parking pad that we can back into, making it possible to do a quick exit in the morning!

Our contractor is a gem - he even decorated the concrete entrance with a cobblestone pattern!

 So leaving for work in the mornings will be a little easier now, as well as parking after I get home.  And as we all know, every minute saved on stuff like this is another minute to spend tatting!

Have a lovely week, and I'll catch you later!


  1. it has been a really interesting winter. we are having unusually warm and dry for the most part, and over in Europe it sounds like they are dying like flies from cold and so much snow the roofs are collapsing. oh well, have a great time tatting.

    1. We've had just a few really cold days and nights (this weekend is counted among them) - but by and large, this winter has been very mild. By this time last year, we'd already had snow three times and more on the way! I just hope the few nights of hard freeze we've had will kill off some of the bug population this summer!

      I'm hoping to get some tatting finished to share here next week. First I have to finish my TIAS goat - poor little guy! He needs his front legs!