It’s hard to believe it has been three years since we bought this house.
I love my house. The moment I walked in I loved it. On the other hand, it took quite a bit of convincing to get D on the same page. I had been under the illusion that we’d be completely synced up when it came to what kind of house we wanted to live in. I know better now! I have also learned to never go to IKEA/assemble furniture together. It’s the small things, really.
Granted there are some “space issues” i.e. no closets. He might have been right about that. Apparently no one believed in closets in 1897. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to be consumed by plastic trinkets I can’t seem to throw out quick enough.
The other issue is we have zero time and even less money to actually make the changes we want to the interior. Annnnnd we won’t even make a temporary change (like wall paint) because, why invest in temporary when we know it will change significantly in the future? Sanity might be a good reason. I haaaaaate the yellow paint & schizophrenic living room colors and weird embossed wallpaper to the point that I find myself apologizing for it when we have guests over… so sorry about the yellow paint. We do have a new water tank, though. It’s very pretty.
So it is our garden that I take great pride. D built a new shed and moved it into our tall cedar hedge last summer, and it has made all the difference. We re-painted our porch twice to get the color right. We’ve set a stone path & stone garden walls. This year we added solar-powered garden lights. ($2.99 at Canadian Tire). I’ve been making lanterns out of used soup cans. I made a little reversible round table cloth at the shop. And the garden. Third year garden has been so rewarding.
Here are my rules in gardening:
- just plant it. (Forget about starting your seeds in March. Psssht.)
- try everything, try it again, and don’t be afraid to rip stuff out and try something else. (I’m giving up on gladiolas for now)
- plant vegetables you can eat in abundance or pawn off on someone (this year it’s shallots, green onions, beans, asparagus, & hot chilis).
- put mint in a container
- never grow tiger lilies (even as a favor to future buyers! The BANE of my existence.)
- plant geraniums & sprinkle cayenne pepper to ward off cat poo
- invite friends over often & eat dinner outside for as long as you seasonally can
And you? Any tips to share when it comes to outside spaces?