Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for May, 2009

Elmwood GarageOur garage was in need of a major overhaul when we bought our house last year. Here, the garage is pictured on the day we moved in.

Garage paintingThe first thing we did upon moving in was to begin painting the garage, since it was to be ‘renovation central’.

Garage paintingNext we scraped, primed and painted the garage’s exterior. Although the color looks similar to the before picture, the new color is a creamy beige shade that is now the same color as the house. Before, the garage was more of a yellow shade.

Garage interior After all of the exterior work, we installed shelving, workbenches, hooks and storage galore! David even mixed and poured cement on the floor to repair some pitted areas. He also applied an epoxy floor paint that really cleaned things up a bit!

Garden shelvesHere’s my dedicated garden shelving…

Pegboard…pegboard tool area…

Toolbenches…work benches, tool boxes, shelving…

Garage shelving…more shelving…

Garage window…a window sill display of fossils and Petoskey stones

GarageOverall, the garage has seen quite the transformation! We hope to continue to put it to good use for many years.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Grass seedThe long weekend yielded much work on the curb appeal front. We weeded the entire front lawn, removed a stump, added top soil, grass seed and straw! We chose a seed mix that included a blend that is ideal for northern climates. The largest ratio of seed in the mix is native fescue which is drought tolerant, which is perfect for our usually dry late summer months.  

House before seedThis is the yard before doing any work. About half the yard was bare. Eventually, I have big plans for adding many garden areas in the front yard, but all in good time.

Read Full Post »

Tree on TART Trail

Tree on TART Trail

A weekend walk on the TART trail proved to be stunningly beautiful and refreshing! Wyatt and I hiked the trail and were rewarded with fresh air, blue water and sunny skies!

West Grand Traverse Bay

West Grand Traverse Bay

The trail offers bay views galore! The trail is just steps from our front porch and stretches all the way north to Suttons Bay and east to Acme. Nothing beats the bayview stretch though. It’s pretty spectacular!

Downtown Traverse City
Downtown Traverse City

Wyatt and I walked the beachfront down to Clinch Park marina and back. Now that it’s light out in the morning, perhaps Wyatt and I will make regular strolls along the waterfront as part of our 6:00 a.m. routine!

Read Full Post »

Ferns before they unroll

Ferns before they unroll

We moved in to our house exactly one year ago today. It was Memorial Day weekend and we spent the three days making many trips back and forth from our 8th Street house to our new home on Elmwood.

Ferns unfolding

Ferns unfolding

Lately, we are discovering many firsts out in the garden. These ferns in the garden unrolled in just two days. It seemed very magical and fairy tale-like. Most of the work that has been done inside hasn’t been quite so ‘magical’. We’ve made a lot of progress… but we still have a long way to go.

Wood Stove in Kitchen

Wood Stove in Kitchen

When we moved in, there was a wood stove in the kitchen, really bad carpet (in the kitchen, no less), teal colored walls, wood paneling in the mudroom and many more dated features. All of that is changed now, and it’s nice to reflect on just how far we’ve come.

Hallway view to kitchen

Hallway view to kitchen

Wow! Looks great, right? There were many work days in between. Of course, we’ll be busy this weekend getting ready to put down our hickory hard wood floors that you can see stacked up in this picture!  

Read Full Post »

Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Farmers Market

Last Saturday, despite the drizzle and cool temperatures, I braved the weather to pick up some delectables from the downtown Sara Hardy Farmers Market. The local growers and bakers back their trucks and vans right up to the blue awnings and present their bounty. It is a wonderful sight.

Asparagus

Asparagus

Oodles of fresh asparagus were on display. Very apropos because it was the day of Asparagus Festival out in Empire. I didn’t make the festival, but I did pick up some spears to celebrate.

Beautiful bounty at the market
Beautiful bounty at the market

I’ll be back many times this summer for fresh veggies, bread, honey, plants and more. The market is open every Saturday throughout the summer from 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Beginning in June, the market is open two days- Wednesday’s and Saturday’s from 8:00 a.m.-Noon.

Read Full Post »

Native plants to be added to the garden

Native plants to be added to the garden

A girlfriend and I set out Saturday morning to the Native Plant Sale at the Grand Traverse Conservation District’s new Boardman River Nature Center. Despite the 40 degree weather and drizzly forecast, we picked out native plants a-plenty. I ended up with purple coneflower, wild columbine, butterfly weed, New England Aster, Wild Lupine and more. I even got a rescued Trillium plant!

Rescued Trillium
Rescued Trillium

Here, the Trillium is planted in the garden with some creeping myrtle. I’ll snap shots of the other native plants as they bloom!

I’ll definitely put the Native Plant Sale on my calendar again next year!

Read Full Post »

Boardman Lake Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting

Boardman Lake Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting

A wonderful addition to Traverse City’s grid of trails and bikeways was ‘made official’ on Friday! The Boardman Lake Trail bridge and north link was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Many local and state representatives were in attendance to celebrate this great new facility!

The new Boardman Lake Trail north link connects the west-side neighborhoods to the library, to the lakefront and to the existing TART Trail! Not only that, but the Olde Town neighborhood connection dumps trail users out directly at Oryana’sdoorstep (TC’s natural food store). So if you need a little pick-me-up after a trail run or evening stroll, then try some delectables from Oryana’s cafe, Lake Street Kitchen, or some trail mix from the bulk section.

Of course, for trail information and to download trail maps of the Boardman Lake Trail, visit TART Trails!

So… no excuses! Get out there and check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »