Let’s do this. I’m pumped. Can you tell?! This high…this mountaintop…this excitement comes from editing/uploading/transferring forty photos for this post. It’s what I affectionately call “Blogdreneline”. It’s the high you get from a ridiculous amount of work for one post. I’m sure other bloggers can relate. Ironically, the writing doesn’t weigh me down like the photos do. Blog photos are the toughest thing for me to do. Funny huh, coming from a photographer? And so forty toughies are like ten of those giant pixie sticks…yeah, try that some time…it’s like eating a whole bag of sugar…and then enjoying the rush afterward 🙂
Here is the tour of our exterior. It’s been a long time coming folks and that is why these photos show a drabby, wintery outside. Since the time these were taken (February) things have greened up…it’s like when Rainbow Brite changes that dead forest into Rainbow land with the help of Twink and Starlite (um…yeah). Seriously though…it looks a lot better. Here is the scene that you are used to:
But there is more to this story. We actually have a circular drive. Never in a million years did I think I would have one of those. But now I do. And in comparison to our old driveway (where you had to do a nine-point turn to turn around), this thing rocks. When we had Will’s party, we had close to twenty cars in our driveway and nobody was blocked in or in a neighbors yard or in the street. One person even told me that their gloucoma cleared up when they parked. Just checking to see if you were still reading 🙂
Here is the view from the other direction. You can see in the middle that the previous owner (we call him Napoleon) planted a small tree which died. According to our neighbors, Napoleon also had plans for a fountain at one time there…but we don’t have the dough for a water feature right now, so we are thinking a couple large rocks from the woods and some other plants will do the trick.
If you back up the driveway even further, you will see the actual driveway.
all the way to the street….which is actually a cul-de-sac. And our little pizza-pie-slice-shaped property line runs on either side of those leyland cypresses (can you see them?!). Our neighbors also told us that the original owners (a young couple) planted those trees back in the day when they were as big as weeds. Then they sold the property to a builder who built the house. Then the builder sold the house to Napoleon who ripped out a bunch of those cypresses. He was also the one that brought in a bunch of the landscaping.
The little ditch on the left is the property line on this side…note the green mailbox. Seriously Napoleon…black is the new green.
And behind the mailbox is the fire hydrant. Surprisingly, I like having it so close. I have an irrational fear that the house will catch fire and the fire hoses will be too short…so this helps eliminate the fear. Okay, okay. Not eliminate. More like lessen. ever so slightly.
The other side of the driveway entrance has this light that matches the mailbox. We need to fix some of the stones that have fallen off.
Oh…and behind the light…right there next to the driveway…is a stump…to a palm tree. Napoleon, you are so weird.
Speaking of weird…this is me, waving to you in my shadow on our strange faux paver driveway. It’s not real pavers….it’s concrete that has been stamped to make it look like pavers.
Okay…so if you walk back towards the house, you will notice a couple things. One – there are a couple lights right where the straight part meets the circular part. Two – we have some beautiful holly trees. And three – there are eight crepe myrtles that Napoleon had pruned to look like trees…except the plant was all like “I ain’t no tree” and started sprouting shoots from the base.
This is the view if you go left on the circle drive….see the cypress trees now?
And this is if you go right…cypress tree wall is actually not our property line. There is another twenty feet or so on the other side of the trees that belongs to us. Crazy. It’s a pain to mow. Not that I’m complaining. It’s just so strange to me that they didn’t just plant them on the line…or twenty feet closer to them.
Now let’s take a look at the exterior closer to the house. First up…the front. When we first saw the house, we noticed right away that there is some peeling paint…and the colors really need to be updated. But even more than that, the landscaping was just CRYING for help. Apparently Napoleon took some plants with him when he left. Not only did he leave holes in the front beds, but there was also some other surprises. Like fake flowers. stuck in the ground. like it would trick people to think it actually grew there. it was like hair plugs on our front yards forehead.
On the left side of the front steps, there is a tree that was within a ‘garden bed’. I say it’s a garden bed but in actuality its just an area that is separated from grass by a garden bed border…but there ain’t nothin’ growin’ there. On the corner are some roses.
Those roses also continue down the side of the house. It’s actually the worse place for roses because it doesn’t get full light. Oh and yes, that is a small tree growing next to the house.
This is the little side porch. It’s not really that big…but eventually we want to put some small scale chairs out there and maybe some hanging ferns.
Oh and here’s the view from the porch at the roses. Yes…they are horribly neglected and overgrown.
And just to the left of the house is the courts. We call it tennis courts but it is too short to be regulation…so we think that we will turn them into pickleball courts.
Here it is from the other angle. (oh can you see our neighbor’s grape vines? – right there in the center…yeah, who’s gonna steal grapes this year? Picture me with both hands up.)
Okay…back to the front.
But this time, let’s go right. Again, the corner has some rose bushes that are crazier than a tween in the presence of a Miley/Beiber offspring. Then next to them are some ill-planted bushes.
The side drive wraps around to where the garage doors are. Yes, that light fixture needs a redo.
And just beyond the garage doors is the little end of our driveway – this is where we parked when the garage was filled with our junk.
Now for the back. Oh Baby got back. This is the best photo to see the entire thing.
The deck extends the length of half the house. It’s big. Three times as big as our previous deck. AND IT HAS STAIRS. I will actually go out on this one.
We can’t wait to get some furniture out there. I’m trying to talk Jeremy into build some loungers. Maybe these ones from builder-superstar-hottie Ana White.
And those guys are looking at the courts. Here’s the view.
It would be cool to have some other furniture…so that we could watch friends play pickleball. and sit down. either or.
The backside of the house. I’m losing my blogdreneline. Let’s speed this up. Ugly light fixture. Ugly paint color. Deck needs refinishing.
This door leads to our living room. We never use it.
The deck. Duh. And the door to the kitchen.
Looking down from the deck to the storage area doors and slab. Random pipe. Ugly painted peeling light. Retaining wall.
Yard. I don’t need to spell this out. You can handle it. You logged on. You can imagine what a yard looks like.
Under the deck. Doors to the basement. Needs pressurewashing. Ugly light. Again.
More under deck. I want a big dining table. and big pots filled with bushes and flowers and all sorts of goodness.
The back and the yard. And now that I think about it, we need some landscaping around the lower deck. and maybe a concrete stain. and a bit of sprucing….or maybe a lot of sprucing.
Okay…but the funnest thing about owning a new house is seeing what hapens outside. You just never know what is going to pop out of the ground. It’s like a surprise party for you. every day.
We had these flowers pop up and it made me so happy. It’s hard to not be happy when flowers pop up.
I don’t know what these are…my mom told me their name…but I forgot…either way, I love them. They are beautiful.
And so that is the tour of the exterior. Our to-do list out there is huge. And we actually have so much already done…and I just can’t wait to share with you. No excuse me while I go lay down. The blogdreneline is officially worn off.