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The Grand Design

I’ve talked about it in pretty much all of the posts I’ve made before about the garden, but I haven’t ever posted a picture of the design I’m seeing in my head. So today, I’m letting everyone in on the secret. (BTW, I drew the outline based on the Google earth screenshot of my house, … Continue reading

After the Move

So we’ve been in the house now for just over two weeks and have been able to use our three weekends so far to bring a bit of order to the inside of the house. The outside may still have a lot of construction materials and a very bad looking propped up porch roof, but … Continue reading

Thirsty Plants

The plumbing was officially finished this last Saturday! If only we had a hose that I could have used right away, I know all the plants were dying of thirst but I started looking around for the old red hose we saw laying on the patio some time ago and found it was gone. Probably … Continue reading

Starting Work

Well, we closed just over five days ago and already our contractor, Abel Diaz of A&D Construction and his crew have put in four days of work (although I only have pictures of three). On the day we closed, Wednesday, when I got home, even though Patrick was on the couch with a headache and … Continue reading

The Plans – The Garden

Oh, there are so many things to be done in the garden, it’s hard to know where to start. Once we close escrow (updated expectations are this Tuesday), we’ll attack the weeds and overgrown… everything. As we’ll need to get a cashier’s check and go into title to sign the papers on Tuesday, I’m planning … Continue reading

The Plans – The House

Sometime in college, I went to visit family in the mid-west and was bored to death by programs they were watching on TLC about fixing up homes and gardens and redecorating. But while I remember disliking the programs during that whole trip, they did somehow grow on me and there began my interest in buying … Continue reading

The "Garden"

It’s a real pity that I can’t show you pictures of the worst condition the garden has been in this year. Apparently, I hear from my realtor, Patty Hyun (Highly highly recommended!), that the neighbors complained to the city of Oakland to get them out to the house and fine the two brothers who own … Continue reading



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