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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Scruffy Gate.

So I have this area in the yard. It’s an area I don’t like to show anyone…016

Wanna See it? I know I just said I don’t like to share it…but you are special….so? Wanna see?018

No …seriously- do ya wanna see it?


I’ll show you if you like! But…NO SCREAMING!!!


What we are about to see cannot be unsean. It is the horror section of Tootsie’s gardens…so if you want to see…make sure you are wearing your big girl/boy panties!!!! Ready? Good.

While walking you here and snapping the above photos…I got an idea. A FANTASTIC idea…but first things first…we are here for a reason.


EEEEEEK!!!!!!! Look how tall that weed is! Those nets come up to my shoulders!!! Shame it Tootsie!!!


OH THE HUMANITY!!!!! This area…is a haven for wasps, mosquitos, spiders and yes….BATS. It is the area on the other side of the garage…against the alley. It used to have my Mustang parked here…but now it is a place to store off season things and junk.


So I got my act together, and did the annual junk spot clean up. There were bags of pop cans…tires that will be heading to “I don’t give a damn” soon, a couple old hoses that leak (but I still keep to use just in case) hockey nets…old windows, and barn boards…There’s an old pick axe that was left here by the previous owner…and this is where I have started to store some of my unused pots. Yep..there’s a lot of stuff! And…I am proud to say…I tidied it all and didn’t even cry, scream or run away once! (and I even found some mouse poop!) yea me! woo hoo!

027 Looks good? well…better anyways.

I do have a plan though …remember?


This is the gate “Busy” and I made when she was just beginning her life of motion. I could not keep track of her fat little adorable busy-ness…and she seemed to like it where she could get hurt, or hide…so she and I built this little gate. It is U-G-L-Y…but it kept her- and Miss Pooh out of the area.

Notice the barn board???


Yep! I put it on the gate! I didn’t have enough to do anything with and since I have freshly discovered bats…I am really not in a happy to go rip apart old buildings kind of mood! (yes…I am a chicken! – in my defense…they are just mice with wings!!!)

Okay…back to the fence…see that “patina”? See the door knocker?


The door knocker helps close it. Sometimes there gets to be a build up of sand and gunk…so it needs a little lift…I also thought it would suit the spot!


I love this barnboard!! Now…while I was cleaning up the area…I decided to scoop away the excess sand from the enourmous sandbox in the next yard…just beyond the fence. It leaches through…and It destroys the area…so much so…


That when I started scooping…I remembered that I had made myself a little rock area about two years ago!


At one point, this area was sectioned into two parts. One was the car storage. The other was a little sandy spot for the kids to play. Alas…the sand ended up getting thrown all over the car, and the kids got booted…a gate was built and that was that!


So…I want to know what you think? I am pretty sure Grammie hates it…she's just difficult that way…

I love this wood…it is just so unique…Scruffy…ya…that’s the word…scruffy.


Check it out…this is the moss that grows all over it. I LOVE this!!!! It’s like the three o’clock shadow of wood!!! hahaha!~


Do you like? I wanna know! It is not quite so dark when it is dry, in fact, it is a white wash gray…but while I was hosing out the sand…I decided to spray a little on the gate too. I think I like it…haven’t decided…if not, I can always try something else!

And that is what I did Sunday morning! Sunday afternoon…well that’s a whole other post!

Until then…hugs, smiles and winks to you and for the three…lets throw in a bum squeeze just for good measure! *) *) *) tsk tsk!

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