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Long weekend yard work

I practiced being more mindful all last week with how I spent my time.  On Monday I "slept in" until 6:30 instead of my regular 6:00, but I didn't like it because by the time I got ready, the kids were up and I was in full breakfast chef mode and didn't have time to listen to the birds chirp and enjoy my coffee.

Sigh.

So on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I proceeded to get up at 6:00, get ready and then instead of sitting at my computer and reading blogs, I sat at my computer and crafted some posts for the week and got ahead on my cyber corrections.  This felt productive and peaceful at the same time.  Win for the new scheduling of time.  I took to reading my blogs randomly during the days whenever I had a free time, sitting waiting for kids and what not.  It made way more sense going about my week that way but then I felt like I was missing posts, but I'll deal with that.

We're currently in long weekend mode, profiting from 2 extra days to get things done around the yard and well, living on 5 acres means there's a lot to do around the yard.  Considering this is our 3rd year in our house, I'd say that the landscaping has come pretty far.  Especially when you look back at where we started in June of 2013....





We landscaped the front of the house from scratch: Dan built a terraced grass level and put flower beds around the windows.  He also hauled rocks from around our property and built our retaining wall all by himself.  We have seeded grass, planted trees and put in flowers.  But the cool part is seeing the progress but also knowing the story.  I had saved some of my daylillies and asters from our previous house and I am super happy to see that they are surviving out here in my front flower beds.   The big oak tree was dug up from Dan's parents property and transplanted here, but the cool part is that Dan planted that tree when he was Lucia's age.  My delphiniums come from my Grams' garden and sit behind the bench she had in her backyard, which I'll have to refinish this summer.  The red planter and mini well planter thingy were built by my Grandpa Park and were in Gram's backyard too.  And lastly, the bench on my deck was built for us by my Dad and transforms into a picnic bench.  We also transplanted a bunch of flowers from Dan's parents' place this weekend (along with 100 raspberry bushes) and I put them in my front bed.

So I guess it's not only the decor in my house that tells a story, but now with the pieces of our family history woven into the landscaping, our yard will tell that same story too.








What I've learned about acreage living is that each job takes a significantly longer time than I would normally budget, having grown up in the city.  I am quite pleased with how our front yard looks and only have a couple little projects left that I want to accomplish.  Having said that, there still is the back yard....but that's another post.

Happy Monday.

Comments

  1. Living on Cloud Nine22 May, 2016 21:31

    Hard word and touches of love has paid off....just gorgeous!!

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  2. Beautiful life on the prairie. Yes, being more mindful of time makes the days better. Have a great week, friend!

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  3. What a beautiful property - and story behind the landscaping. How perfect.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  4. The landscaping has come out beautifully!! I can't imagine caring for such a large property, we struggle with our small backyard guess that shows how much of a city girl I am! Your house is so pretty & the kids must love having so much room to play too! Have a great day Deena:)
    Marta
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  5. Yeah... you've come REALLY far!! Those before photos to where you are now is pretty cray! Hope your Memorial Day weekend is more fun/relaxing!!


    Amber
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  6. Everytime I see pictures of your beautiful house, it just looks so serene and peaceful. I love your landscaping and all the special memories planted there.

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  7. thefashionfolks23 May, 2016 03:07

    What a gorgeous environment that's surrounding your house! Looks so beautiful! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  8. I was thinking about how beautiful your view must be when I saw you roasting marshmallows on snap chat! Gorgeous!

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  9. So pretty, your front yard, so pretty! I want to come visit and drink hot chocolate and roast marshmallows with you and your family :)

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  10. It looks so serene and peaceful. Everything looks beautiful!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  11. I love how so much of what is in your yard has so much of a storied history. You are so lucky to have been given the opportunity to do so, I doubt many people do.

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  12. Wow, your yard has so much history. I am just in awe of this post and a little jealous that you have so many stories to share with your own children . It's beautiful.

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  13. Your home is beautiful and loving all of the history!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  14. Wow your yard looks awesome, and what a difference it's made, it's nice reflecting on the before and after pictures :)

    Hope you get a new organised routine that works for you :) I tried getting up early today - I was much more organised, but I am also much more tired, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  15. Love the story you are weaving. Also love the idea of creating first when you are fresh and reading the rest as the day progresses. Now to get up before my kids. So freaking tired.

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  16. Oh goodness I just adore your house. Love the craftsman feel of the design. You've done a great job. It really is a labor of love.

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  17. I am in LOVE with your house and I'm not just saying that. It's basically my dream house if only it was in Chicago! So nice to have a few extra days to get things done!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  18. You guys have done so much work. I love that so many of the elements have stories. Beautiful.

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  19. You should come out for a visit! We have levelled for a spot for a rink.

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  20. Craftsman feel...never thought of it that way, but I love it!

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  21. Chicago, I want to visit that place some day! You have the Willis tower!

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  22. Getting up early with a wee little one is quite the challenge!

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  23. I never got up before my kids when they were little like yours- get your sleep!

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  24. I thank my lucky stars every day!

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  25. I apparently like to tell stories!

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  26. Definitely serene and peaceful and dusty. Need to get more trees!

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  27. It is the best part of being out of town

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  28. I am a total city girl convert....I love the privacy!

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  29. There's just so much to do. Wait until you see the back.

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  30. Thanks for stopping by, it definitely is beautiful out here!

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  31. Let's google chat soon. I miss you.

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  32. Story telling seems to be my thang.

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  33. Whew. Exhausting. I need a beer now. There's always more to do when you own a house, especially when it is surrounded with so much property. That photo of your home with the sun (setting?) behind it, radiates the love from within.

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  34. Umm.... can you come do mine?? Your house looks gorgeous!!! What a lovely flower bed. Owning one myself, I know there are things I need to do to make it a prettier sight, but I have no yard work/ gardening skills at all! The only plant I can't kill is a cactus:/ Send some of that beauty my way, I'd love my house to have a story too:)!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.

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  35. I'm learning as I go...plenty of foliage has been sacrificed in the tending of this yard :)

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  36. Aw, thanks Leslie. Your comments always make me smile

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