A Beautiful Thing

There are many reasons for me to be happy with my life- I am a very luck person! However, there was one thing that I did this weekend that made me so, so happy. While I love our house and the land around it with all my heart, there is one very prominent thing about it that I despise. What is the one thing that can make me use such strong language? One word: ivy. It is invasive, pervasive, and hoards gross little creatures like rats. And it has almost full run on our property. Or should I say, had. While I did not eradicate all of the ivy on our property (that would take months), I made some SERIOUS headway in the front of our house.

it's everywhere

it’s everywhere

now it's bald!

ivy down, but not out of the way yet

it's (almost totally) bald!

it’s (almost totally) bald!

Even our neighbors approved of the change. When I was out there with my shears cutting the roots of this stuff away, my neighbor Joe came out and told me he’d been looking out his window at that ivy since moving here. His daughter chimed in and said “it looks good” when she saw what I had done. While I only cut most of the stuff away in just one area and all that is left is red dirt, I would have to agree. The absence of ivy does look good.

a fir stump I discovered under all that ivy (I also discovered lots of creepy crawlies!)

a fir stump I discovered under all that ivy (I also discovered lots of creepy crawlies!)

On Sunday Jacob tackled even more of the ivy when he was building the temporary steps we’re going to be using after the ramp is ripped out and before our deck is finished (so basically all summer long). They look good!

the temporary stairs

the temporary stairs (the wheel barrow to the right had been eaten up by the ivy and was on top of the stump before I rescued it)

Another cool thing we got done this weekend? Well it wasn’t exactly we, more like the guy we hired, but most of the rough-in plumbing work is done! (we are having slight issues with our infinity shower drain- hopefully to be resolved by our tile guy) That means there is one less thing to be done before we have the tile guy come in and do his thing!

toilet closet pre-work

toilet closet pre-work

toilet closet: post-work

toilet closet: post-work

bathtub area before plumbing

bathtub area before plumbing

after plumbing (one drain piper, one for overflow)

after plumbing (one drain piper, one for overflow)

what Jacob already did for the sinks

what Jacob already did for the sinks

what the plumber added

what the plumber added

AND we even got more done. We were so productive! On Saturday my dad finished putting up the last of the drywall (I was too busy decimating the ivy)! So that means that we are officially ready for Mark (our drywall finishing guy) to come in and get started with the drywall.

closet wall Saturday morning

closet wall Saturday morning

it's all up now

it’s all up now

It’s pretty crazy how this whole fixer-upper renovation stuff works. Sometimes it feels like we go for weeks without getting a whole lot done and then WHAM! so much finishes up all together at once. It is a beautiful thing.

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