Thursday, February 5, 2009

I've Been Tagged.............

I’ve been tagged by my new friend Debbi at Marionberry Cottage !!!

Here are the things to do:

1. Go to the fourth folder in your picture file on your computer.
2. Post the fourth picture from that file
3. Explain the picture
4. Tag 4 more people and have them do the same.

Forgive me, but I must cheat at this game of tag, for to understand the significance of the fourth picture in my fourth folder, you must also see the third picture, so I am going to show both of them. Just call me cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater (hee, hee , hee.....)

Just a little over six years ago, I took a giant leap of faith in this thing called life and I purchased a townhouse. This was quite a scary process for a single girl who doesn’t make tons of money in her job, but I knew that after more than ten year of apartment living and all the restrictions that applied and throwing my money away on rent, it was time to “grow up” and start investing my money is something that I could eventually call my own and turn it into the real home that I wanted.

When I bought my house, there was a large overgrown lilac bush in front of the house that just kept growing and growing to the point that it got too hard for me to manage and which, within a few years became an overgrown MONSTER!! I’d like to know who the idiot was that thought it was a good idea to plant a lilac bush less than two feet from the structure of the house. Didn’t that person realize how fast those things grow and how big they could get?????

By last summer, the lilac bush pretty much covered the entire left side of the front of my house. In addition to the lilac bush, there were also a few low ground bushes, a half dead pine tree on the corner of the house and another tree of some unknown type that was also on the corner of the house (which one of the townhouse association board members figured probably grew from a seed planted by a bird). That tree grew so high that it reached the overhang of the house and would bang against the house whenever it got very windy.

Well, after 5 years of being in my house and with some financial help from the townhouse association, last summer I was finally able to have some major landscaping done in front of my house.

Out went the overgrown lilac bush, the overgrown and half dead trees on the corner of the house and the poor dead bushes that had been buried under the lilac bush where they died from lack of sunlight. In went some new brick landscape edging, three small, easy to keep trimmed bushes and a few Day Lily plants.

Now, for the pictures.

Picture #3 in my folder was the before shot of what the front of my house looked like before the landscaping project started.

Picture #4 in my folder is the after shot which shows what it looked like when the project was completed. What a huge difference and one that I am enjoying very much. You can see that I actually have windows now. They were covered by the lilac bush before.

Doesn’t it look soooooooooooooo much better now?? It’s amazing how different it looks all cleaned up. I’m still amazed each time I go back and look at these pictures.

These are my blogging buddies who I’ve tagged:

Queenie at
Queenie's Vintage Finds and Treasures

Janice from
The Faded Cottage
Lorena from Rose Chic Friends

Valerie from Traveling Through

Now, I'm off to let these lovely ladies know that they've been tagged.

Until next time............


Neabear said...

And the other added benefit is being able to see OUT of those windows too. Plus to let the light IN as well. Big change for sure.

Unknown said...

Thanks Kim...I will have to go do this! What a fun thing to share..hope mine is a good as yours!

Pink Slippers said...

I love gardening.
It can change everything.
Give it a whole new look.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Your home looks beautiful!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment!
have fun with your tagging!


Christie said...

This looks so much nicer with the big bushes removed...great before and after photos. Those are always so fun to see. It looks like you'll have a nice place to plant some annual flowers in your flower bed too this spring.

I love the candy tin that you got from the antique store...what a great find! I have never seen one like this before. Love the soft colors too!

Thanks for thinking of me for the tag. That's very sweet of think of me, but I just don't participate in tags or awards...I'm sure that you didn't notice my note in the sidebar. Thanks though... I appreciate the thought. Have a beautiful day!
Big Hugs,