The biggest thing that needed to be done at the house was a fence. As I’ve mentioned, all the houses here have smaller yards, so there wasn’t much privacy in the backyard. And, the neighbors behind us didn’t have blinds, so we would see right into their house. That was weird. (It was even weirder the first couple of days we lived here, when WE didn’t have blinds either. We quickly went out and got some!)
And, we have 2 dogs who are used to running free in a big yard. They weren’t too keen on only being able to go outside with a leash on. They hated it actually! It was so unlike them to not even want to go outside at all. They would run from us when we got their leashes out!
We checked around some and determined to build it ourselves. (And by “ourselves”, I mean Lee, my dad, my brother, and my fabulous friend’s fabulous husband. Ashley is nowhere in that “our”. I did take Lee water 398723501735 times though, and I got a sunburn, so I think I did my part)
I was SO IMPRESSED with these men!! Seriously, they knocked that fence out in no time, and in extremely hot temperatures. It was over 100* both days. They worked from about 5am-3pm on Saturday, and 8am-3pm on Saturday. They built the back and one side (one of our neighbors already had one side built) and two gates.
We owe these people. BIG time.
The west side. By the time I woke up at 7am, they already had all of the post holes dug and had set most of the posts.Across the back (south side). See how close our neighbors are? Not to mention that HUGE liability of an open coy pond that Cooper could just fall right in to at any time.The west side around 11am. Already putting the pickets up!West side finished!Getting started on the south sideThis was how much they had done by the end of day one! I was so surprised it was almost finished!All finished!! Isabelle and Zoe were SO excited! Haha :) (that weird line of dead grass is where they buried our cable line the week before)They even did gates on both sides of the house. These are what they worked on the second day, along with completing the second half of the south side.Gate #2
We are forever indebted to the guys that helped us. It was so much work, and it was SO.HOT. outside. We are so grateful for all of their help!
I know it’s just a fence, but it makes us feel so much more at home here. The dogs can run around and hang out with us when we hang out back there. We didn’t have a really useable patio, let alone a covered patio, at the old house, so we are really enjoying it here!
I have big plans for the little outdoor space we have here :) They are probably like 5-10 year plans, but they are already formulating in my mind. Much to Lee’s excitement! :)