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Garden Swing Revival Start Time July 28, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:17 am

I love the swing Jan and Jim gave us.


Although I think that it is past time the swing got a makeover. Wouldn’t you agree?

I went online and did some research, trying to find replacement pads for the swing. There were lots for 3 person swings but not may for a 2 person one. The first few I found were sold in the UK with no shipment to the US.

Frustrated, I turned to my Mom for assistance. She helped me come up with a plan.

  1. measure the size foam needed to replace pads
  2. order custom foam from futon shop
  3. measure the seat and canopy area for fabric
  4. select the fabric wanted to canopy and seat
  5. assemble

Sounds easy enough, right?

Well first step was to remove the pads so I removed the back pads while the swing was hanging. 

Then I removed it to get the bottom pads off.

Looks funny hanging with no pads now.


Now it is time to do all the shopping so that I can put it all together. Stay tuned for more details and the update on this project. I need to get Marmie here to help me so it might be a little while.




Revitalising Back Yard July 21, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:21 am

Well, I shared with you that our Washington trip was cancelled and that the bark was on sale at Home Depot. I decided that since I needed to stay close to the house in case Ash needed me, but I wanted to be productive, it was time to rebark the back yard. I know that it has been a little less than 1 year since we got the load of free bark which the guys spread out across the yard, but it was time for new.

I found that I can fit 30 bags of bark in my car so I got it loaded and went home to work. Once I started to spread out the bark, I noticed a temperature change. the darkness of the bark was making the air feel cooler. After the first load of 30 bags was put out I had a corner of the yard done.

Second load almost finished the brown bark part of the yard but more black and brown were needed so I went back for three. I did not get it all put out because of my shoulder but I am proud of how much I did in the three day weekend.

Damion came over and emptied the remaining bags of bark from my car, placing them in the yard for easier spreading. No further work was done during the week because my shoulder needed rest and recovery. Then the following weekend I got it all finished, including mowing the small lawn and adding drip line to the new plants.

It is amazing to look back at how the yard looked when we moved it in comparison to now.


Succulent Fountain July 14, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:52 am

Succulent fountain project finally got its start. After some searching I found some plants I wanted.

Now we wait to watch it spread and fill in!


Plans Changed July 8, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 7:34 am

I hope that everyone had a good holiday weekend! The plans for our were changed. We never made it to the airport or to Washington. No whale watching… sad, I know!

Ash was sick, needed doctors care and lots of rest.

I did take advantage of the time at home by working on the back yard. The bark was on sale so I think you can guess what I was doing…. I will share the details soon as I am done.

In the mean time, Ash is feeling better and we are trying to plan a new trip to see his family.

Have a wonderful day and weekend everyone!!


4th of July June 30, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:54 am

This weekend is a long weekend for most, so we can celebrate the 4th of July…

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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and 4th! Stay safe.

We are going to Washington to see his family and go killer whale watching……I can’t wait to share more about this when we get back.


Back Yard Clean & Refreshed June 23, 2016

When the wind blew down the branches we found out that we would still have more work to do before we were done. The tree still needed to be either taken down or cut way back. Daddy can with his handy saw and cut the tree back. This of course left the yard covered in branches.


Slowly I started removing all the branches in the yard. Once removed I worked on changing the sprinklers out for drip line. I also continued the drop line to the garden. Now it is all on drip line.
Next step was to remove the seats from the swing frame.
It looks odd without the seats but at least now we can cover them.


Birthday Fun June 16, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:31 am

My Mom and I spend our birthdays together almost every year. This year was one of those years too.
We went bowling with our friend Heather.



So much fun! I can’t wait to see them again!!



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