Summer Days

Summer might be drawing to a close, but we’re still having wonderful weather in Michigan, and you’d have a tough time luring me back into the house for indoor projects just yet.

I’m focusing more on chores and maintenance (and enjoying my time outdoors) rather than big projects right now, but I expect to have one more big outdoor project push to get things done before winter.

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The clematis I started in spring bloomed recently, and I already love it. Can’t wait to see it once it starts growing over the top of the pergola in the next year or two.

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For most of the summer I’ve been surrounded on all sides by 6-foot tall wall of corn, which has made the farm seem more like an isolated little slice of paradise than usual.

Earlier this year I made a few upgrades to my patio as well. For the first two years in this house I just had some old patio furniture tossed out there…

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Then last year I finally bought an outdoor sectional and built a concrete-topped patio table…

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And this year I added some color and created more of a “space” by getting a bunch of planters and filling them with grasses…

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(I also changed up the color scheme a bit.) It feels a lot more finished now…

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And it’s a much more inviting space.

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(The cat agrees.)

I also had an old hand-me-down gas grill that caught on fire one night (literally melted the hose to the propane tank in two, so that’ll make your life flash before your eyes for a minute) and I decided to replace it with a charcoal grill. One of unexpected benefits of my new charcoal grill was that with the simple addition of a Kettlepizza kit, the whole thing turns into a wood-fired pizza oven.

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Right?!

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“Pizza oven” has been on my list for a few years, but I always thought it was going to take several weekends with some bricks and a trowel. I had to wrestle with letting myself do it the “easy way” a bit, and then I realized that this is quicker, just as fun/delicious…

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And it leaves more time for hanging out with people and actually enjoying the farm.

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Wood-fired pizza parties are a real thing around here these days.

As are bonfires. Not just at night, but sometimes in the morning when s’mores for breakfast seems like a good idea…

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And, when I posted that last pic on Instagram it sparked the excellent suggestion to use toasted marshmallows as shot glasses for Bailey’s…

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SERIOUSLY. Genius.

I also picked up a new hobby this summer that doesn’t (usually) involve shots of Bailey’s…

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Anybody else slackline? Its basically, well, a line… with some slack in it… that you walk on. And, sometimes, fall off of.

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I’m so graceful.

It’s actually a great workout and a hell of a lot of fun. I try to hop on the line for a few minutes every day as the sun sets. It’s a great way to both literally and figuratively find some balance in my life…

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And now with the slackline, the archery/axe target I made back in spring, and this new addition back out in the field…

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…the farm is basically an adult playground.

It’s a little hard to turn off the guilt I’ve cultivated over years of house renovations that tells me during any free minute I have I should be working on the house. Even though the endgame has always been to create a place that I enjoyed living in, and not just to live in an endless cycle of projects…. it’s still a hard habit to break.

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But after a decade of increasingly larger projects I’m finally stepping back a bit to enjoy the fruits of my labor. (Sometimes literally.) And it’s pretty sweet.

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from Bathroom & Home http://diydiva.net/2016/09/summer-days/

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