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March 6, 2010

The Chain link fence that was in the front yard is gone!

The toilet that was on our porch is gone! The mattress from our driveway is gone! The ugly steel handrail poles for the front porch are gone! Even one of the ugliest bushes in our back yard is now gone!!!
This has been an incredibly efficient weekend, and it’s only Saturday morning.

But how did this all happen so quickly?
Well, we can thank our friend Eric for destroying the bush and the steel handrails with our Sawz-all last night (yes, it was night time, no, he wasn’t drunk, no, he isn’t actually standing on the wall WordPress is just sucking and won’t let me rotate photos).

The city of Pasadena (via the free “bulky item” pickup program)  is responsible for removing our mattress, toilet, and a whole lot of wrecked furniture that was making our house look horrific.   AND, we were able to get rid of our chain link fence thanks to Craigslist.

In addition to getting rid of all of our least favorite things, we bought a ton of plants, and a truck load of boulders, all thanks to Craigslist.  I love Craigslist.

Our plant list:
15 bamboo plants (5-7 ft tall)
1 ficus tree (15 ft tall)
3 apricot trees (6 ft tall)
10 New Zealand Flax grasses (2 ft tall)
2 Clivias
1 HUGE rosemary bush that will probably die because it has almost no roots… (again, no standing on the wall, just WordPress not behaving).

The boulders that I mentioned are called Palos Verdes rock, and ranged in size from “smallish” to “large watermelon”. We had to carry them all from a guy’s back yard out to our friend’s truck, and then throw them all back out of the truck onto our yard. It was not an easy morning. My hands feel like I’ve been rock climbing all day.

Oh yeah, and it hailed…

Tomorrow we are going to arrange the plants (except the ficus because it is ginormous and weighs about 400lbs) and stones.  We built a compost bin and have to build raised beds for the bamboo along the back fence line.  Last but not least, I haven’t done any work on the kitchen built-in since we are trying to get the plants in the ground so they can establish themselves before the long, hot, dry summer.

Pictures of the yard with plants and rocks tomorrow!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dad permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:42 PM

    Wow that looks terrific
    some day you will look back and refer to this time as some of the most memorable of your life
    make it count

  2. Uncle Rod permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:30 AM

    The house looks fab Alex, I am highly proud of you. It is something in your genes; all the remolding stuff.Your folks with the incessant changes to their mini-mansion in EGR have definatly give you the inpetus, the confidence, and the craziness….lol….
    I am highly interested in the houses around you. Please post pix.
    Your cousin Lokke up in Richmond, has been busy with his house as well.
    Give our love and best to AZW.
    Love ya,
    Unc Rod

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