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I Speak for the Trees

I wish I had something more exciting to share with you regarding our current DIY adventures, but it’s spring. AKA yardwork season. Not typical spring yardwork here – pulling weeds and planting flower bulbs.

Oh no, our adventure is far less romantic than that. Our yardwork is, true to Kat+Moose form, is a project on a much larger scale, way less fun and a lot messier.

We started small.  We started by cutting down 10 very tall trees in our yard.

Yes, really. I wish I was kidding. Our Lumberjack Party turned out to be prophetic.

I apologized to them as I surveyed the yard once I got home.

Moose felled the trees with the help of some (amazing!) friends of ours. [Insert obligatory message here about not messing around with trees unless you really know what you are doing. Chainsaws are not a joke.]

Wait, does this story sound familiar? It should.

Only this time instead of letting 4 cords of chopped wood sit in our yard for six months we are sending it to a happy home heated by a wood burning stove. And we were able to get rid of all the brush in two days with the help of a wood chipper and burning (our town allows burning brush during certain seasons).

Before you go and call the Lorax on me, you should know we live on a very wooded lot. So we still have trees in abundance. Nonetheless, I miss those ones we cut down.

Except now our yard looks a lot bigger now. It’s similar to getting a major haircut when you’ve got a head of long hair. It’s painful through the process, looks strange right away and then you realize your yard (or face for the purposes of this analogy) looks light years better.

It wasn’t exactly by choice anyways. There’s a much longer story at hand here that has been brewing since we bought this house two years ago. But I’m going to spare you the gory details.

The short story is we are excavating our entire front and back yard, laying down some pipes for drainage, and will be hopefully gaining a pretty grass lawn for the first time we’ve lived in this house. We will also be putting in a patio and expanding our existing deck to cover the old deathtrap of a crumbling staircase in our backyard.

photoJust a fraction of what we are dealing with here.

I’ll be back later this week with some patio inspiration I’ve been collecting. That was actually the goal when I sat down to write this post, but I’ve babbled on for long enough.

Our existing “patio” is a mudpit. So pretty much anything will be an upgrade. I’ll do what I do best. Ignore the work at hand and find pretty pictures of what I want the end result to look like. : )

How are you welcoming spring?

Denying our Backyard Reality


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Spring is in the air! It’s official.

It’s official because we did yard work all weekend. Yup. It’s spring.

I’m going to inject pictures of other people’s beautiful yards so I can momentarily forget how much work lies beyond our front door.

Like this piece of serenity from Country Living.


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Those of you who have been following my blog for some time will remember the hard time we have encountered with our yard this year.

First, the since our house was a foreclosure, the lawn hadn’t been taken care of in over a year. Everything was completely overgrown and neglected.

Unlike this beautiful patio from Pottery Barn:


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Second, we had to take down four (rather large) trees. Two were growing over the house and were hazardous and the other two were dying. We decided to just pay to have them taken down and keep the firewood, since we plan on installing a wood burning stove. You can read our adventures in endless woodpiles here.


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Maybe someday we’ll make it look neat, but for now it’s a huge pile underneath our deck.

Third, we encountered an unexpected number of acts of nature. We had a giant tree get struck by lightening, the scare of Hurricane Irene caused a lot of tree-limbs to fall, as well as scared us into digging ditches into our yard (we had major foundation problems when we bought the house), and, finally, the “Thundersnow” storm on my birthday brought down a LOT of huge branches. Let’s just say we’re playing catch up now.

But I’ll just close my eyes and pretend I’m here:


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We started the process of officially surveying our land today. I feel like I sound like a pioneer.

Basically, we need to have legal record of our property lines before we begin on the endless amount of work that remains before us.

But, we did get one important thing accomplished this weekend.


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We picked out where we’re going to hang the hammock.

: D

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Well, well, well. Whaddya know? It’s April 20th.

Update: Ermm.. I think the nice weather has gone to my head! It’s March 20. And I wrote 3 sentences in a row about it being April 20th.

Did you know April 20th is National Ravioli Day?

Nope? Me neither.

But guess what I happened to be making for dinner ON April 20th? Well I guess I’ll have to make it again one month from now!


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This lovely photo is from this post at LiveLovePasta, where they beautifully capture the process of making homemade ravioli.

And on that note, Is anyone going to see The Hunger Games this weekend?