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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s good to be back! If you would like to join us, click on the link below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

i am going to say no because that sounds more organized than I am! It’s not that I don’t ever consider my time, but rules sounds very concrete and finite and I am way more flexible with myself!                                                                                                              
2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-
Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)
When you’ve been away, what’s your ‘lighthouse’ telling you you’re on the right road home?

I would be happy to visit any of these lighthouses. I seriously can’t recall if I have ever been inside one or way up close and personal, it seems like I have though. I have seen this lighthouse many times over the years but have never been inside. It’s in South Haven, Michigan and we were there last week! It’s waaaayyy in the distance!

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There aren’t too many landmarks in our suburban town that signal we are on the right road home so I will say our exit off the highway! Whether coming off a road trip or returning from the airport, when we hit our exit I know we are almost there!
3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Blogging has been very spotty this year!!! I was just mentioning to Honey yesterday that I have no good reason either. I think there is a bloggy way of thinking and I have just have to retrain myself how to do it. I can remember having lots of things to share, posts started in the drafts folder, pictures waiting for words to go with them. And yet here I am, just like the old Steve Miller song, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future, and I have only posted once or not at all

Definitely need to pick back up! 
4. We’ve had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

I spent 4 days last week in South Haven, Michigan with these lovely gals! We left in July but returned in August, so it counts!

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The house we rent is only a short walk to see a beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan.

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It was GRAND!
5. Tell us one song you love with the word ‘baby’ in the title.

I have baby songs on my mind! We are leaving this week for Washington state to see our son, daughter-in-law and meet their new baby girl! This was a favorite book of our children and I created a tune for the much repeated lines that our children could probably still sing to this day!

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I love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. I’m going to love singing it again. 🙂

And for a real song, Baby Love by the Supremes.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

And speaking of our new grandbaby, here is our sweet little Moon Pie, celebrating one month! So hard to believe!

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Pretty pictures by The Dane.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ninth Annual Girls Getaway to South Haven!

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We arrived home from Lake Michigan on Thursday evening after adding another chapter of memories to the South Haven recollection book! But first, back to the beginning.

Four of us left The Corn Capital of Michigan (so I am told, but we have no corn anymore) on Monday morning in The Oreo Mom’s comfy Escape, marveling at our ability to pack lighter this year!!!!! Just look at all that space!!! It’s never happened before!

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Here we are, standing TALL from the left:Capri K (aka Shaq), The Oreo Mom, Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ, ready for adventure, fun, good conversation, shopping and food!

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We talked all the way across The Mitten with nary a lull, we even missed our usual exit for lunch at our usual place, but managed to find a new place and squeezed in a little Steinmart excursion. We decided that our trip last year was a little later in August, and therefore it did not have the rock bottom deals that we remembered from the previous year. I did notice that this particular store did not have my beloved Bandolino pull on skinny jeans, and it makes me want to RACE over to the one in Ann Arbor to buy some more in case they are discontinuing them!!!! They are My Precious!

We had decided to do our food shopping on arrival, hence all the extra room in the car! It worked out perfect! Shortly after we arrived in South Haven we added one more to the party, our dear friend Ally, one half of the famously loved team of Sammon and Ally! here she is on the left, another short friend!

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Since we find the restaurants in the area to be not our cup of tea, we ate dinners in. Yummy chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus and Ally’s beef stew in the crockpot, which we had on beach day, INGENIUS!!!!!

We were able to watch three sunsets and the first one was the best.

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You know what’s hard to do? Take a picture of a sunset with your phone, because it never looks like what is in front of your eyes. So you try and bring it in closer and …..no, it’s never right.

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The first day we hung out at the beach and I probably made everyone happy by NOT taking or posting any pictures. Because I know I am not keen on a bathing suit photo shoot, that ship sailed DECADES ago.

The next day we went to the farmers market in South Haven before heading up to Holland for some shopping. I was loving their pretty flower pots and shop displays!

As you know I am a huge fan of the coleus, and I don’t know what that pretty little edged yellow flower was, but it was lovely.

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Beautimous!

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Heart this!

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Now this one, I am adoring the green with the dark sweet potato vine.

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This is actually my favorite sweet potato vine and I love those grasses with tails, so swoon!

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Yes please.

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We played a couple of games that night, Farkle and Heads Up on my phone, both were fun!

This was our last sunset. We didn’t stand at the top and watch, we travelled down some stairs we had never discovered before, right onto the beach. Our surroundings were beautiful, much better than the actual sunset.

Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ in the purty tall grasses.

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Old friends are a kiss on the cheek from God.

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We put that old selfie stick to good use on this trip!

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Started out grand. Love the waves rolling in.

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Lighthouse in the distance.

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Trying to be artistic and get sun, lighthouse, water, sand and grasses IN the frame, and get the folks frolicking on the beach OUT of the frame.

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Shortly after this the sun slipped behind the clouds and that was it.

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Still loverly though.

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South Haven, land of fantabulous hydrangeas!!!!!! They must have the perfect soil!

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We passed this pretty spot in our to-ing and fro-ing the beach.

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I told Honey that we should rent a house and haul our crew over there some year. Or up North. Or to the mountains in Tennessee. So many pretty places to go!

My haul from Holland. We have decided that we may make this a regular feature of the week, it’s not so far, around a half an hour. We were SO SAD that one of our favorite stores in South Haven was closing! Just My Bag had a moving sign in the window and was never open when we were there, sad face emoji! I guess the owner was retiring and moving to Arizona or something. We were so disappointed but of course completely understand.

I bought the word stones and rocks to put some in my leaf on the front porch, which I have apparently not shown on the blob. I will remedy that soon and show you the befores and afters. They always have cute jewelry there and I partook.

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This was my favorite purchase. I can wear this with multiple bracelets, as I often like to do. It was made with the ends of SPOONS! I did pick the least spoon-iest, because my goal was to have the comments be, “oh what a darling silver bracelet!”, instead of “why has that girl got spoons wrapped around her wrist?” I think it may be my must wear thing this fall!

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Thank you Ladies for another year of fun and friendship!!!

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Next year will be a decade!!!! Ten tears is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum, put your thinking caps on Girlies!!!!

Monday Thoughts

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Hi Guys! The busy summer just keeps hurtling forward! Just a few things before I take off for Lake Michigan with some girlfriends on our annual South Haven Getaway.

A sweet friend from BSF sent me this present! It is my desire to pray for our new grandbaby, along with future grandchildren, so hopefully this will be a well used book! She chose the letters book because she knows that The Boy and I are corresponding through the U.S. Mail, how cute is that??!! Love them both but especially love her thoughtfulness, she was a kiss on the cheek from God!

Also, kitty feets are the best, and Halle Berry’s milk dipped toes are precious.

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Honey and I did a bit of rearranging in the basement and we found this ancient catalogue. Get a load of that movie camera and cell phone, hot technology from 1988, the year before The Ab-Cat was BORN!!!!!

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And you think you pay a lot for your little hand held computers now that can make calls, take pictures AND make movies, plus keep you connected to everyone you ever met via social media!!!!!!!! Holey Moley!

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Yes, yes I do.

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The coleus are coming on strong on the patio! I enjoy the riot of colors, shapes and designs. That God, He’s a wonderful Maker.

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Ok, need to scoot, The Peanut’s Champ will be picking me up soon! I may be around on Wednesday for a group participation Wednesday Hodgepodge. Have a great week!

The Doings

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The summer is moving right along and we are filling the days. Some days more filled with import than others 🙂

First off, Miss Mousey got herself a J.O.B.! We are so thankful for her opportunity to grow in her skills!

My friend CMB recommended this BBC PBS series called The Paradise. For any who were fans of Downton Abbey, this would be right up your alley! I am liking it a lot and the saddest part is they only made two seasons. I have been getting the discs from the library. There are commercials for other BBC PBS shows and I also rented another called Last Tango in Halifax. Have not gotten around to that one yet. Another friend, Nan C, has mentioned several times on the Facebook that Poldark is a worthy show. The Ab-Cat also liked that one.

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So between these shows and watching The Great British Baking Show, also on PBS, I feel supremely steeped in all things British and proper!

WE FINALLY got around to straightening The Ab-Cats nappy hairs!!! Between the extreme heat of her last weeks of school and the potential to have a water balloon busted over her head in the end of school festivities, she was in her own words, a hot mess! We need to get off the twice a year schedule and into a thrice a year schedule. In addition, we need to get away from having to do the 3-4 hour process during the Christmas holidays, because ain’t nobody got time for that with Santa breathing down your neck and all!

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She was in ….need.

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Oh.Yes.She.Was

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All better now!!!!

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We did a fun thing last night! Elyk and Pug Mama were occupied helping at VBS and asked if we could watch their new little peanut! Of course we could!!!!! She was a little angel baby!

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Such a good girl and looks just like her daddy! The Boy calls her Baby Elyk, so now we do too!

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Good practice for my new role as Grammie. Or Grandma. Still not sure!

Need to git walking with Jip the Farm Dog. Last day for a week as both she and Keelody are leaving on trips. Have a good holiday weekend!

First List of Summer

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Whew, had a little bit of the hectic going on the last couple of weeks. Mainly working. I told Honey that about everyone of my clients needed their hair done in a three week span! I had people stuck all over the place! Add that to all the bits and pieces and life was a little full. How about a little catch up list?

Honey is having one of those months where everything he touches breaks or is already malfunctioning. I despise these times! He already has so little extra time and having multiple things that need his immediate attention is stressful and annoying for him. I’m praying that God expands his time and gives him uncommon wisdom. Two cars are acting up, our pool has air in the lines that cause it to gurgle like the worst intestinal trouble ever, all the live long day, and worst case scenario would need lines replaced which involves breaking concrete and we do NOT want to go there!

Before any of this new stuff sprouted he was working on his dang hedge clippers that will.not.start. despite all of his vast mechanical abilities. In the meantime our bushes and hedges just grow higher and higher. There is probably more, but these are the most consuming at the moment.

The Grandpa went to Philadelphia to visit his son Larry and look what they did!!! Not too shabby for 79 years of age! Here they are in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. I know that because of the movie National Treasure, which I HIGHLY recommend! On a segue way, just like Job Bluth, amazing! He had a great trip!

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The Ab-Cat’s van is one that is needing attention, so I was dropping her off and picking her up from school on her last week before summer vacation. On the last day she asked if I wanted to come in and meet her “teachers”, the 3 teachers she goes between with her overage hours. It was wonderful to meet them and they said such kind and encouraging things about our girl! I loved walking through the halls with her and hearing the choruses of “Hi Miss Abby!!!”.

On the day I was coming into the school, she texted that I should get buzzed in, go to the office to sign in, and the ladies in there would tell me where to go.  When I arrived I said I was Abby’s mom and she was with Mrs. M. The woman said she could take me down there. When we got to the classroom the students were at gym, so only Abby and the teacher were in the room, I overheard Ab say “oh, there’s my Mom!”. The woman who had walked me from the office said “oh, you’re ABBY’S mom! I should have noticed that right away, you two look so much alike!!”. At that point I told the woman she was my favorite person of the day/ month/year for thinking that I could have been the mom of a second grader!!!!!

Jip the Farm Dog’s son Daniel Tiger plays baseball for Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips! In a very exciting turn of events he was drafted by The Colorado Rockies!!!!! Now, I am not well versed in sportal things, but even I know this is a BIG DEAL!!!! Someone created this scene for him to celebrate the news!

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Well done Daniel Tiger!!!!! And because Mom has been there every second of the journey, well done Jip the Farm Dog!!!!!

A bunch of past and present BSFers are going to do a Priscilla Shirer study this summer at our church. It’s called Discerning the Voice of God and I am really looking forward to it. Last years Armor of God was probably the most helpful study I have ever done, and if this one is even 1/2 as good I will be thrilled!

I spoke with The Boy and The Dane on the phone the other evening and they are both WAY ready to meet their new baby girl! The Dane had been to the dr that day and not much was happening. She is officially due on June 30, but she would be happy to go earlier! Her folks are coming from Denmark for the first 3 weeks of July and I’m guessing they would rather spend 3 weeks with the baby OUTSIDE of The Dane!!!!!

I still can’t decide if I should be Grammie or Grandma. Still pondering.

Ok, enough for now, enjoy your Thursday!

Ann Arbor Garden Walk Part 2

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Annnnnd we’re back! This was the first of the two houses we were allowed to walk through. This couple were artists, he was a glass blower and she did mosaic and fiber arts work. Their house was full of their wares!

Frontal slope as well as uphill backyard. Hi Tammi! !

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Several of these stone thingies around.

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Purty door! Gratitude, yes.

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This had a little note about how the artist sees the progress of grief, going into the dark and coming out into the light.

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Lots of cute bookshelves in this house!

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Snuck in everywhere!

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Going down the basement stairs! So clever!

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Mosaic back splash. That looks like a TON of work!

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This was a rushing water feature! No trickle here!

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All uphill to their garage on top.

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Delicious napping spot covered with a pretty quilt!

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Have I mentioned I like the rocks?

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At this point we noticed that The Back Door Neighbor had on her garden walk shoes!

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Last house we walked through as well. It was very old and the current owners had been there since 1980, restoring it. It had a LOT going on.

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Only a little bit raised.

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Loved the rocks and the retaining wall.

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Lush.

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I like these hangers.

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Their gardens went with the Victorian era house.

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Always have to meet a pet on a garden walk.

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Halfway a wrap around porch.

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Ahhh, the coleus, my Precious!

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Pretty rose arbor in Ann Arbor!

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Thank you Ladies, it was a fine day!

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Ann Arbor Garden Walk Part 1

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The Peanuts Champ, The Back Door Neighbor and I did something fun on Saturday, we hit up the 27th annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk! We went early because they were predicting some melting temps.

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Love that succulent.

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The first house had all these beautiful rock walls! The terrain in Ann Arbor seems to be somewhat steep. Probably not everywhere, but certainly most of the homes on the garden walk! Possibly to show the creativity of the gardeners! This house was steep in the front, hence the rock walls.

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Loved these steps!

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Children or perhaps grandchildren names woven into the grout, plus faithful pooch-i-doo’s paw prints.

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We have decided that we all have the boring kind of hosta and would like to branch out with these giant beauties!

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I have a few shepherd hooks that I don’t want to hang a pot on, it never occurred to me to hang something else!

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When I was walking with Mrs. Schmenkman on her favorite path last month, there was a pretty little tree that I just loved, some sort of variegated pink beech. This house had a huge glorious one! Heart emoji!!

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I love how they used this small sedum in this small space.

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I took several pictures of the second house because it had an awesome front porch and The Ab-Cat does love a good front porch!

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The owner said it was a great place to watch a rain storm!

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So FUN!

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I am also a fan of a stone pathway.

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This picture was for Honey, an add on with a granite top for your BBQ-ing needs. A possible option on his post retirement list of things to do!

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This house also had a screened in back porch, additionally delightful!

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Don’t mind me, just being NOSEY!

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And a swell patio. Lots of room to visit at this house!

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This house had a definitely challenging, sloping backyard.

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Heart this!

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Their yard abruptly ended here, backing up to a cemetery. Very quiet neighbors out back!

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They made good use of their space, very lush and green.

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Purty pot.

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This house did not slope.

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Another nice porch for Ab.

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We noticed several interesting things about this home. I am guessing these stones helped with a drainage situation. I like this because we also have a drainage situation in our back. I can copy like a BOSS!

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They had a small back deck,

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surrounded by this pretty scene.

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And then a much lesser slope down to this pretty patio.

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I took this picture to send to my SIL Karen who sells succulents. A bowlful of pretty!

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They had considerable shade so their fancy hosta were very content.

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Still content.

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This was along the side of the house next to the driveway. I actually have one of these pots, given to me by my friend Teri. I could use it as a herb pot!!!!! How cute is that??!

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This was a great idea. Cute little decorative area.

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Hiding the dumb hose on the other side!!! Pretty meets function, my favorite! This house was number one for me in the idea department.

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The Peanuts Champ pointed this out to us. It never fails, people work their tails off to have a beautiful yard and garden and the neighbors still have a Halloween decoration out!!! Good for a laugh!

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That’s it for part one, tune in tomorrow!