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my green thumb...

Our little landscaping work seems to be taking us a lot longer than we originally thought. It's been fun but it just takes some time and money that haven't really been plentiful lately. You've seen the gas prices around here, right?

So here you see are green velvet boxwoods that line the front of the deck, a long the right side of the deck and then along the house to the a/c unit. There are 9 total all purchased in a one gallon container with the hopes that they will grow rapidly and be beautiful mounds next year (right?).

This is a Multi-Stem River Birch tree that we planted in April. It seems to be holding up but with the wind tunnel that surrounds our house, we are pretty sure that the support stakes are going to be on this tree for a while. Toby made it in this photo. I think he thought it was a game... how fast can I run around these new beds a flowers without getting yelled at... He had his tire in his mouth the entire time, hoping that I would put the camera down and throw the tire. That didn't happen.

The entire project, not completed. We are still waiting on an Ann Magnolia and about 5 or so Knockout Rose bushes. Once we get those, spread the top soil around and mulch, we should be good to go!

This is where we are going to place the Ann Magnolia when it arrives. This is also the newest addition to the beds and what I worked on Sunday afternoon for about 1.5 hours. I can't wait for summer when all of these things will start to grow and bloom! I'll post more pictures when that starts to happen!


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My mom is terminal.  
Words that I cannot believe have to leave my mouth or my fingers.
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She's fought this whole time and continues to beat the odds that the doctors have placed before her. She's set goals and surpassed them and when the doctors say something, it's like she mentally tells herself that it's just NOT going to happen and she flies by those measurable items.
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