Monday, March 30, 2009

Week 2

Well I promised pictures of my dangerous backyard, and although I feel a little embarrassed now that I'm about to do it, I'm hoping it motivates me to really work hard to make good "after pictures" at the end of the week.

Prolog: We used to have a really fantastic back yard, but I do most of the care back there and when I was pregnant over the summer, I neglected it. A few projects were attempted by my dear honey and were not finished, and then winter hit and I just never went out there period. But now the weather is warming and soon the flowers will bloom and grass will turn as green as it can in West Texas, so I want to get the yard ready so I can boot the kids outside for the summer. So, without further ado, I present the backyard of death....

*There are actually hundreds of Coke cans on the porch that you can not see in the picture. That is what I focused my attention on today. My can crushing leg is so sore! To the left you see a flower bed that is severely neglected, and to the right a dirt pit that used to be a deck. And yes, that is a silhouette of our old office chair. It needs to go.

*More of the non-deck area. It was torn out by my husband when he saw a snake crawl under it. The deck was needing to come up anyway, but it has been left in this state of lumpy ground since. What you can not see are giant studs half buried at least 3ft down and wires sticking up out of the ground. These need to be removed before anything else can happen. How I am going to do this? I have no idea! I'm not that great with a sledge hammer but I guess I'll try.

*Here you can see a useless bbq pit that my husband continues to use because he doesn't want to pull out the large gas grill. The trampoline can not be used until the swimming pool laying on top has been rinsed and put away. Eww. I totally dread that part. It's gross, but I'm too cheap to throw it away and buy a new one.

The flower bed. More like death bed. There is actually trim that goes around those windows too, but never got put on after we painted the house.

*This is the worst of it. My Honey decided to cut down the mulberry tree (It was in a really bad spot and snuffing out a neighbors trees and extremely close to power lines) but this is as far as he got. It's cut, but behind that fence is said tree, along with a bunch of things forming our own personal dumping ground. I don't want to think of what is living back there in the branches, but it has to go and so does the fence. There is actually a concrete slab back there perfect for a kids play area. It's a lot of work that I am unsure of how to go about doing, but I suppose one branch at a time will at least get me heading in the right direction. See that giant trunk laying there? What the crap am I supposed to do with that? I'm thinking I might need a little help on that one lol. and the stump, I think I will need to dig around and cut out with a chain saw. Should be interesting!

So there you have it. I got more done today than I thought I would. It's probably going to take me a few weeks to finish everything, but I got a good start!


  1. You can do it! (said like Rob Schneider in Waterboy) :)

  2. I can do it ALLLL night long. :P

  3. You call that messy?!?! LOL You would have a heart attack in my back yard!


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