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So, our yard could probably be designated as a wildlife habitat, and natural ecosystem. A few years ago, we even had a toad living in it! Apparently that’s a good and fairly certain sign of a healthy ecosystem. However, the humans are important, too. The yard just isn’t working for us in some ways that’d we’d like it to.

I would love to add a bench or wooden swing (like a porch swing), and put it near a really good tree like a red maple or magnolia.

If you look at the large bright green mass slightly to the right of the little house (this is an OLD picture!) you are seeing a veritable thicket. It has recently become outlined in tall itchy weeds, which we have to brush past if walking to the compost pile. We’ve been focused on other things; aside from general life stuff, there’s the little house to work on, and that has been pretty consuming.
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Anyway, today I spent an hour with a pitchfork and shovel and was able to clear a 4’x4′ section of those weeds (some Virginia creeper in there! good thing I got that out) and fill an industrial size trash bin. Needless to say, I am tired and well-deserving of rest (which all of us deserve anyway, regardless of how much we accomplish!!).

Oh, and there are new pictures coming soon! (As soon as I take them!) We’ve made a ton of progress on trim and siding!

~Serenity Woman

So I have more pictures! Yay!

They aren’t exactly new, but we’ve been taking a break since it began snowing, so these are still the latest progress. Enjoy them!

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Now that the headers are fully built and nailed in, the spaces for the new windows have been sawed-out.

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See how much light there will be?

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Dad on the ladder, hard at work.

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A view of the corner, filled with light and space.

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Just picture sitting inside enjoying the sun and lovely green views, mosquito-free!

Wishing you Peace and Hope~*

Serenity Woman

Say the title five times fast! Come on, I dare you….

it’s a tongue twister 😉 It’s also something I’m considering currently. The fire pit has had its first fire, complete with S’mores! It was a roaring, sizzling success. When I got it going (with no liter fluid nor starter log! those are not my style), smoke and steam billowed out from under the edge of the bowl, which was somewhat unnerving! My guess is that it was due to evaporation of water between the lip of the bowl and the frame it rests in.

The newest development is that around the fire pit little weeds have been ‘planted’ by birds passing overhead. This was not a problem when the ground-cover was comprised of leaves and sticks… and it’s making me consider whether mulch is not a bad idea after all.

I don’t know what some of the ‘volunteer’ plants are, but some are pokeweed, which is Very invasive and nearly impossible to get rid of.

the horribly-invasive and poisonous pokeweed… I am so sick of this plant!

These plants are worse than roaches. They Must be dug out with a shovel, making sure you get the ENTIRE root. Otherwise, a bit of the root stays and you’ll be picking pokeweed from the exact same spot each week, and it will return again the following year. They get really tall…. at least 8 feet. Their berries not only fall right under the plant, so that you’ve got tons more in the same area, but birds are quite fond of them, too and spread them by eating them and then flying over. Pokeweed grows really fast, using up lots of nutrients from the soil, and the entire plant is poisonous to humans.

Ready to help me eradicate pokeweed? 😉 Kidding, but I hope these tips prove helpful if you, too, are dealing with this plant overtaking your lovely yard.

Blessings and Peace~

Serenity Woman

So, it’s cold here! I haven’t been doing much outdoors. I decided yesterday it was high time to get some sun. Believe me, that decision was worth it! I went out into surprising 60 degree weather! Woohoo.

I raked leaves. I harvested a volunteer ivy (with an intriguing purple-red hue) and repotted it as a shrub. I walked into the little house, which smells much better right now. I turned the compost heap inside-out.

Productivity.

I also sat and listened. I let my eyes float from tree to leaf to bird. I felt the cool solidity of the stone underneath me. I breathed.

Peace.

Blessed be.

~Serenity Woman

I have done a lot of work removing invasive plants, lately. The Rose of Sharon spawns a lot of fast-growing new plants… Whew. Hundreds, at least. Be warned, should you ever decide to put one in your yard. And then there’s ivy which reaches over from ‘the pit’.

Here’s photos of clear steps, a clearer ‘future-fire-pit’ area, and the side of the house which was entirely covered with vines at one point. Also, the (cleaner) lock from the table, and my gourd plant!

We’re on our way to a cozy fire-pit and a clear and easy path to the Little House. So Mote It Be.

~Serenity Woman.