Thursday, February 17, 2011

Accomplishments are many......

The last couple of days have been beautiful and I've managed to get lots accomplished.  Jeff, sister Linda's significant other (I call him my brother-in-law) has been painting, patching holes and various other things trying to help me get the house ready to put on the market.  He's one of those that can do anything so I now can light a lamp in my hallway.

I was so excited this morning.  Had to run to my neighborhood True Value (one of my favorite places) to pick up "stuff" for Jeff to work with.  They were having a sale (20% off everything you could put in one of their re-usable bags) plus I had received a $10 coupon in the mail.  When I went to check out, they owed me $.17.  Felt like doing the "happy dance" on the sidewalk.  Love that place!

Also, the men came to do the work on my front yard.  They took old railroad timbers out and brought all this rock, dirt and mulch and this is how it turned out.  And they did it in one day.  If you live in my area and need landscaping done, I'd really recommend this crew.  They had trimmed all my trees in the fall and I was so pleased with the job they did.

Hopefully, all my plants made it.  I have a gorgeous, huge hosta in this bed that I brought from my Aunt Lillian's house in Grandview, Mo.  She just died at the age of 99.  You can only say "be careful" so many times before you start annoying people.  Anyway, I love the way it turned out.

Hopefully, we'll get everything finished tomorrow.  By the way, I forgot to tell you that Jeff fixed the screen on my porch where the squirrels had eaten through.  Hope they've figured out that there's no food on my porch and they'll quit trying to get in.  They're so destructive.

I've really struggled with my header.  My pictures won't fit like I want them to.  If anyone can suggest a tutorial that might help me, I would appreciate it.  Ideally, what I'd like to do is put 3 pictures across the top but just don't know how to do it.  I'd appreciate any help.


Dana-v said...

I still need to come and get a start of your bittersweet!!!! I wish I was in the market for a house....because I have a feeling I'd love yours!

cathycooley said...

Jan - it looks FAB!! I think you make a great job supervisor!

summersundays-jw said...

Dana, as soon as the shoots come up this Spring, I'll dig some up. Cathy, I love bossing guys around.

Anonymous said...

Heirloom plants add another dimension to our earthly relationship. Hope you can move your "Aunt Lillian" hosta in the event that you sell your home.

We have a Golden Currant shrub in our backyard with family and friendship history, and each Spring with it's clove fragrance and Forsythia-like blooms it takes me back.


kim said...

Try using Picsa 3 a free photo editing program. Once you load your pictures in you can create a collage...then load that to blogger. Hope that helps!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Hi Dear,
You've been so busy ~ your house has always looked so good ~ I know it will sell in a heartbeat. I will lose one of the best neighbors I have ~ guess I'll have to visit Leolas more often.
Love you ~ Katie

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hey Jan, your yard is looking wonderful. We still have a lot of railroad ties that I would love to get rid of, our yard is a neverending saga, yuk.
I use Picnik and you can make collages there too. blogger "Help" can help with the "centering" of your header photo. I dealt with that today, sort of hairpulling to say the least.
I'm looking forward to your open house. First weekend in March?
see ya soon,

Susan said...

LOVE the rocks !!! It all looks wonderful!

Minden Place said...

Your yard looks great and we need work done~~could you give me your worke's info? My family had a business in Grandview for 49 years & mom's house there was surrounded by hostas!

Jenny said...

That front yard turned out gorgeous. Love that they had to PAY you! Great shopping talents!