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It's a love/hate thing 
Apr. 10, 2014 6:34 am 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 11:48 am

The snow is melting, the birds are returning and you can step out without being bundled up.   The sun is so warm and intense.   We've had 3 or 4 days about 50 now, which really made the snow vanish and the water run.   I love spring.

Some of the water has to find it's way into my basement.    Everything is so dirty from the dirt in the snow and the plants look like dead weeds.   Garbage from who knows where is in my yard and the dog nuggets from visiting dogs start to show up.   I hate spring. 

In spite of the bad things that come with the thaw, I really do look forward to this time of year.   The sun brings happiness that a few minor annoyances can't trump.

Here again is a picture of my back yard.   Click the picture for the full view.   In this one you can see my deck.   That finally showed up last weekend.   My summer project this year is an addition to this.   It's already about 16x24, but I will be adding on another 12x15.    That's why you see a little unfinished work on it from last year.   The lanky stalks in the foreground are hollyhocks.   They will get cut back and they will grow 6 or 8 or 10 feet tall again with flowers all the way to the top.

On the left you can see our fire pit where we spend a lot of nights in the summer.   We love it here.   That white building behind the pine is a one room school house which is part of the county museum.   The building on the right is a stone church, also part of the museum.   I was the last person baptized in that building.  

The museum has several buildings and has two part-time workers and a handful of volunteers, of which I am one.   It's really impressive for a town of 3.   Check it out:  Cavalier County Museum.

Take care and be good to others.

Apr. 10, 2014 8:41 am
I am impressed with the beautiful clear boards you used on your deck. Thanks for sharing your story and picture.
Apr. 10, 2014 8:58 am
Marie, that is composite/zero maintenance decking. It's filthy right now. When I decided to add on the other deck, I told Stacy that if she ever wanted a zero maintenance deck, it was now or never. She choose now. Smart girl :)
Apr. 10, 2014 9:01 am
Lol, ok, so no knots in that! It looks beautiful.
Apr. 10, 2014 9:58 am
Jealous of your composite deck. Should have done that when we replaced ours!!
Apr. 10, 2014 8:47 pm
Jay, thanks for the view. Does that cannon still work?
Apr. 11, 2014 5:15 am
Looks as though you are set up for a fun summer there. Do you have a lot that you keep mowed?
Apr. 11, 2014 6:40 am
I love that you are so candid about hating the cleanup of Spring-funny. Your deck is lovely, and I can't wait to see what it looks like after the addition-you must post photos. Great blog post!
Apr. 11, 2014 10:33 am
Brian, what you see there isn't a cannon, but an old brush breaking plow, in fact the first one in the county. It was used for busting up prairie for farmland. Peggy, yea we mow a lot. My back yard is pretty small and maybe 1/2 an acre or so, and my front yard is a little smaller than that, but I have another 4 or 5 acres that I own that we also mow. It really doesn't take that long if we have two people mowing. Paula, I hope I get that far this year :) Once Stacy does her magic, the back yard looks fantastic and very private when the trees leaf out.
Apr. 12, 2014 7:07 am
Hi duboo-you will have to share your backyard when the trees have leaves and you build your new addition to your deck. Nice blog. I see your backyard is finally thawing out. We moved to a new house and my backyard is dirt and my front yard is dirt. I will be so happy when we finish the landscaping.
Apr. 12, 2014 10:14 pm
That is a lovely area. I thought that was a cannon too. It is wonderful that you are helping to keep the history of your home alive. My hubby used to tell me I'm going to have an accident some day stopping to read a historical marker. Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 13, 2014 2:04 pm
I recognize the dirt on your deck! I have the same stuff on mine. It's my local farmers' top soil. I still need to dash off a thank you to all of them. I never have to fertilize my yard!
Apr. 14, 2014 6:06 pm
Nice photos and I like the ability to click on it get another view. Like Lela requested; perhaps another photo when things begin leafing out? Thanks
Apr. 15, 2014 11:48 am
I will definitely do another picture as things leaf out. With the engagement this past weekend of one of my daughters, I now have a deadline to get my deck done. Doc, we had so much black dirt blow in this winter it was terrible. When wet, it's terribly slimy. We need a good hard rain to wash this stuff away.
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Dad of two great girls and husband to one equally great lady.
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I like Italian and Mexican. I enjoy a challenge and tend to move on once I have it mastered.
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Mom taught all of us boys (and girls) to cook. It's always nice when Mom has us over and I get to carve the meat for her.
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My favorite triumphs are cooking twice for my daughters and their friends proms. Both years I served about 15 and stuck with my own Italian recipes. The kids all loved the meals. Now the girls (in college) and their friends try to make a point to come out for my cooking, which usually turns out! I love having them here and the cooking helps! Also once a year I have to make pies for a local fundraiser and last year, the old ladies thought I had bought the cheesecake with the pretty swirls and passed it off as my own. Nope. Sorry ladies!
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Yep, I've left the giblets in the bird once. I also believed the pop-up thermometer one time when I shouldn't have. Yea, and I did a rotisserie chicken in 7 minutes flat. Forgot to turn the grill down from preheating. That wasn't pretty.
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