Posted by John on October 16th, 2012
Hey everybody!! Hope everyone is enjoying their Fall weather! We just had a great weekend and it was made all the better with the warm weather. Saturday night we did a ghost walk through a town not too far from here and Sunday we met some friends and went to Sesame Place. So our weekend was pretty packed and between that and some added car work, we didn’t do any more work on our garage shoe rack. Whomp Whomp.
Last week we did manage to squeeze in some light yard work. I don’t think we’re going to be doing much of anything out there until Spring. We will be taking some photos though of the leaves changing though!
To improve the look of our lawn, we spread out a couple of very large bags of grass seed. Since we don’t have a sprinkler system, nor do we plan on installing one, it’s important that we stay on top of it with regular seeding and fertilizing. We’ve considered adding a sprinkler system, but they usually run around $2500 for our front yard and they can add around $100 per month or more on your water bill depending upon how much you water your lawn. The alternative to using city water is getting a well drilled on your property and using what is essentially the free well water to water your grass. The advantage of the well is you can water as often as you’d like, but the well can cost around $3000. Plus, if you don’t drill down deep enough, you can hit a vein of water that has high levels of iron in it, which can discolor your sidewalk by giving it a rusty color over time. Sucks. So, for at least for the foreseeable future, we’re going to skip the sprinkler system. I can think of a lot of better places to sink $2500!!
In addition to our grass, there are a few areas of our yard that we’re going to restyle and clean up. Our shed needs some TLC. The flower beds were the first flower beds we made at our new home and I made some critical errors when I made them.
For starters, the plants have grown somewhat beyond their original zones so I’ll need to expand the flower beds. We still need to find a flowering plant to go in that empty window box. This is the second straight season where we didn’t put anything in it. For shame!
The other thing you may have noticed is I didn’t follow my own advice I dispensed in our Lesson’s Learned post for better looking flower beds. All of the shed flower beds are straight rows with sharp corners. That’s normally not too big of a deal, but having sharp corners makes it difficult to cut it easily in the riding mower. Every time I cut the grass, I have to go back around the ramp with a weed wacker. In the spring we’ll be curving and expanding this whole flower bed to both improve its looks and its maintenance ease.
In our garage side flower bed, we’re going to be rearranging and cleaning this mess up.
Yikes, right? It used to be so nice!! When we planted everything, it looked much more tame. Like this…
Most of these plants just grew wildly bigger than we expected and started to overcrowd the bed in a bad way. Dense flower beds can be nice or a hot mess. This one is a hot mess. We’re going to have to figure out what to do with this bed. More than a couple of these guys will probably be transplanted. I think we’ll probably reshape the flower bed as well.
We love these tall grasses, especially when the extend those tall seedy things.. whatever they’re called. Paging Mike McGrath, there’s a blogger than doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
So, that’s what’s going on in the yard. The trees really haven’t started changing color quite yet, but stay tuned for some yard pictures when they do.
Are you scheming and planning what you’ll do with your yard next year or are you just enjoying the Fall weather?
Posted in Outdoors and Landscaping. Tagged in ,fall, flower beds, grasses, Landscape, seeding
Posted by Lisa on September 25th, 2012
Hey everybody! Hope you’re enjoying the cool Fall weather we’ve been having recently. It really puts me in the mood to decorate for Fall and buy more pumpkins!… and apple cider donuts!! This year we’re keeping our home’s fall themed decor simple by reusing some of the decorations we had up last year and adding a couple small yet festive new ones.
Our front door is finally finished. John just painted the sidelights to match the front door. If you recall, they were still somewhat blue-er than the gray door. The door was originally this gray color, but we attempted to paint the sidelights and the door a year ago and didn’t get the color right. Here’s the before, with the door painted the right gray color but the wrong sidelight color…
Here’s the door now, complete with a very cool blue pumpkin… If you don’t notice the color difference in the sidelights from the before and after, it’s okay, it’s pretty subtle.
We also picked up some burnt orangey mums.
On the inside of the house, we added a burlap wreath. We made the wreath ourselves from some basic craft supplies.
Our mantel looks nearly identical from last year, with the pumpkin banner and all my little pumpkins I’ve been picking up.
I also like to add some fall theme ribbon to my normal home decor to dress it up a little. See those orange ribbons around the candles? There are more than a few of those around here.
Like on my fleur de lis candles…
and our dining room lights…
We also have a couple simple items for our kitchen table.
That’s what’s in our home at the moment. I’ll admit it, I had these decorations ready to go the day after Labor Day! I’m sure I’ll be adding a few more pumpkins here and there! Fall is the best! We’re looking forward to visiting a pumpkin patch with the baby soon!
Enjoy your decorating!! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s decor.
Posted in Fall,Home Decor,Staining and Painting. Tagged in ,decor, fall, front door, mantel, mums, paint, pumpkins, sidelights, wreath
Posted by John on September 11th, 2012
Hey everybody! Another busy work week here for us means less project doing and more project planning. Since we’re more or less into the whole Fall thing by now (I’m going along with it, although my feet are still in the beach sand), it’s time to post about all of our Fall projects. What better way to kick off Fall on OHFS than with a to-do list.
We love chores (no, no we don’t). Here’s the ones we’re most looking forward to crossing off our list this autumn. You can expect at least one post on each of these.
1. Fall Decor. Every year it’s the same thing. Lisa buys more and more pumpkins and pumpkin paraphernalia, puts them EVERYWHERE and I try to pretend that we don’t have a galactic number of orange tribbles around the house. Aside from the squadrons of black triangle eyes staring at me in every room, Lisa also just finished a pretty sweet pumpkin-less wreath for our front door. I’m sure she’ll be posting on that one soon as well as her favorite pumpkins.
2. Built-ins. You may have seen this idea in our guest post at Decor and the Dog. We’ve been thinking about making some proper built-ins for our home office. While we’re probably not actually going to start the office demo and floor installation until right before or after Christmas, the built-ins can be made well ahead of time and then installed once the room is ready for them. Just like kitchen cabinets. Beats waiting around for them!
3. Car stuff. I’m going to have some gnarly dude stuff on here. I’m behind on some much needed car maintenance. The work will vary from things everyone can do to things that I’m not sure I can do myself. It’s going to be fun and we’ll all learn something. I’m in need of an oil change, I’d like to clean up and paint my alloy wheels and repair some rust, which may or may not involve welding.
4. Paint more stuff. We haven’t showed your our master bedroom or our master bath yet. Plus, we have a small sitting room in our master bedroom that’s got zero stuff in it right now. Nada. It needs furniture, paint, the works. Hopefully, we’ll get to some of these. We still have a LOT of white, unpainted walls.
5. Yard Updates. We haven’t had a yard post here in a long time since we were pretty much consumed with wainscoting. We owe you one. Even if we don’t actually do any projects out here while it cools off, we’ll show you where we’re at. We’ve got some ideas to help improve the look and ease the maintenance.
So, that’s what’s coming your way before the holidays. Yikes. Christmas will be here in three months!! Too soon, too soon.
What’s on your fall agenda?
Posted by John on August 29th, 2012
Hey everybody! If you can’t tell, we’re pretty much on coast around here until the weekend. We’re soaking up the calm before the storm since we knocked out some big projects. Lisa and I are super excited about the return of some of our favorite television shows. In reality, we’re watching all of these on Hulu+ and not actually on our TV. Same thing though, right?
1. 30 Rock. We started watching this show while Lisa was on her maternity leave. About five years late to the party, we really took to this show. Liz Lemon gets quoted a lot around here. What the what? She’s also originally from the Philly area and has dropped some Flyers and Bobby Clarke references on the show before. Really looking forward to this one.
2. Community. We started watching this show while waiting for 30 Rock to resume and I was shocked at how funny it is. I personally think Community is actually funnier than 30 Rock. The humor is a little less subtle, but very clever. Every character on this show brings a unique comedic flavor that usually leaves Lisa and I in stitches. The cast is brilliant. This is another show we started watching late. We picked it up on Hulu after season three and quickly blew through every episode. The school dean is a riot and we pretty much quote him all day long. “Sweet Deans.”
3. The New Girl. This was one of those shows that Lisa checked out. She was hooked after the first episode. Halfway through the first season I started watching it with her. Very good show. The cast has great chemistry and the episodes are always fun stories. The characters are all in their mid to late twenties, are approaching the “you should be married by now” age and are dealing with their respective places in life. After a couple episodes you’ll get attached to the cast and start rooting for them. We recommend it.
4. The Mindy Project. Not going to lie. I’ve only seen one episode. Lisa’s watched two so far. It’s hugely funny. Mindy Kaling has a sharp biting wit that’s refreshing and most definitely worth watching. I think it’s brand new. Check it out.
Honestly, we don’t watch a ton of TV. We’ve mainly watching a show here and there before bed with an iPad. These four shows will definitely be on our radar though this fall along with the occasional Modern Family and Happy Endings now and then.
Are you looking forward to any shows this fall??
Posted by John on November 28th, 2011
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was fun and the food was delicious. We got a couple projects around the house done this weekend and we’ll share them throughout the week. But, for now, here are some awesome DSLR pictures for you to feast your eyes upon.
Yeah, so that post just made me really hungry again.
How was your Thanksgiving? Have any great new recipes to share? I promise I’ll like it.