Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Couple that Plays Together

When Brian and I purchased our home back in October, we knew that it was a diamond in the rough. It was funny to watch people come and look at it. Many of them would raise an eyebrow here and mutter a jab there, but we just laughed it off because we knew that our home had unbelievable potential. It has good bones. I just assumed that those people couldn't see what I see. They were stuck with the here and now, and unable to visualize the untapped potential.

While I always love to look at new homes that are beautiful masterpieces in their own right, I somehow get a bit bored when everything is already perfect. Maybe one day I'll change my tune, but for now I like houses that need transforming.

Our latest transformation project is our landscaping. Our yard is a big, fat mess! We live on an unusual lot. It's large, and pie-shaped. Our house is the first thing people see when they drive into our neighborhood. It's the first impression, if you will. And, the previous owners let the yard decline to a sad state! Anyway, we've tirelessly worked for the past month or so to clean out the flower beds and leaves and pine needles and dead plants, etc. It's been a job! And now we are getting ready for the fun part - the planting.

We figured out a few weeks ago that we needed a wheelbarrow or cart or something to haul yard stuff. But, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something so unfun. Yesterday, as I was perusing our local Craig's List, I found this beauty:

Is that not the perfect thing? And, it pulls behind our mower like a dream! All for $60. And, it can hold 750lbs. Can you tell I'm excited about it? But, Brian was even more excited when I told him about it. He said, "Call them NOW!" So, I did, and it turned out that the little old lady who had this thing lives about a minute from our house.

Brian swears that it's going to be a Wally cart. He wants to just tote this poor animal around the yard in that thing. While I'm sure that he won't exceed the weight limit, I'm not sure that this would be as enjoyable for Wally as it is for Brian.
So, now we can't wait to get out in the yard and use this baby! I have visions of hauling mulch and plants and dirt all over the place :)

This may seem like a total drag to you, but it was the highlight of our week! Our yard is our shared project. Our playground. And, you know what they say, "The couple that play together, stays together!"


Michele said...

Oh Liz...Glenn would be so excited about something like that too. LOL at Wally...I can just see him sitting in there while you guys ride him around the yard!


mckenziegordon said...

I so wish my husband or I one liked to garden, but neither of us do. I always envy well groomed yards, but have little motivation for me own. I can't wait to see some pics of the finished product!

Painting 4 Him said...

That is wonderful! I love love love CL--there are so many great finds to be had. God is so awesome to put the toy into you yard like that. Hee hee...

Sandy Gillett said...

Oh Man!! 60 Dollars!! That's all!! And yes, driving around the yard on a riding mower looks fun enough, but pulling a trailer is just over the top!! Wow!

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