Fall Clean Up

Or alternately titled, "Crap! Winter's Coming!!!"

We spent part of the weekend bringing in all the summer things from outside. The patio furniture, kids toys, etc. Organized and cleaned up the garage too. All for the upcoming winter. The garage looks really nice! We needed to have room to work out there during the winter for my building projects and there's a lot of room. Which surprised both of us. :)

Zan left the garage door open all yesterday afternoon and evening. I'm always telling him that you can't leave it open because you'll get a mouse inside. Hello, we live in the country with fields all around us!

Needless to say that when I went to move the car seats around last night there was a little mouse peering at me from under the work bench. I opened the garage door to see if I could get him to just run out, but he didn't want to come out. So I set a trap and fed the mouse peanut butter all night long! So this morning I got out a new trap because the other one must have been defective! I had a mouse in no time flat.

I don't think there are any more, but I'll set another trap tomorrow to make sure. I think the mice are cute and all, but they can make such a mess in the garage!

Zan got me a new computer on Saturday!! I'm sure I don't appreciate how good it is because I don't speak computer, but it's really fast and is working nicely. I also had to get new photo software because I couldn't transfer my old one. I got the Photoshop Elements 9 version and it's very similar to my old Photoshop on my other computer. That makes it a little easier to learn. I'm excited to learn how everything works.

Here's a picture of the completed garden redo:

And close up:

It's going to be so nice next year. The garden will be level and raised up for much needed nice dirt. There's going to be a lot of work needed in the spring. We are going to have to bring in a LOT of dirt to fill, but that will make it so much nicer! We did a little step down in the corner because it was such a drop off. That's where my compost bin will go and maybe something small, I haven't decided yet.

Here's a picture of the playhouse:

Everything is done except the shutters for the front window. We've had a hard time trying to find something that we want there that won't be a hazard for the kids. We think we have it figured out, but just have to get it done. This has definitely been a summer long project, but worth it!

Now that the outside is all done I just need to finish some more organizing on the inside. That never seems to get completely done!


To A T said...

It looks so NICE!! I wish I was motivated to get my own yard ready for winter ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just got caught up on the Swanson Family news.Wow...lots has happened.Loved Sammy's cake.Can't believe he's three already.The garden and the tree house are so awesome looking.The playhouse looks better than those super expensive ones that you see all over.What a talented family.The Christmas tree and the pumpkins were pretty cute too.Also loved the photo of the sunset!!!!

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Sounds like you guys are already for winter that is a good feeling. The playhouse looks great you guys put a lot of work into that project. While we were there we enjoyed watching the kids playing in and on it. That climbing wall was really a good idea. What kind of projects do you have lined up for winter if you have to make room in the garage?

Yes it is a good idea to keep the garage doors down and service doors closed because those little guys will come in an make nest and if your not carefull they will get in the house. Sounds like peanut butter works, doesn't say much for me because I like peanut butter.

New computer wow. A pwerson doesn't realize how really slow the old ones are until you get a new one. Good thing "you know who" is good with them.

We loved the new garden look. That sure looks like it was a lot of work. I am sure you will love the results.

Hope the kids got a lot of candy tonite. I guess the mall was just full of kids Vicki said the line was so long she could not see the end of it.

We liked you pictures. I guess I don't understand "blog hop".