Wednesday, July 30, 2008

DAY 14 /365 - Autographs are in!

Okay, really trying not to put 'ebay' stuff in here but i was so excited that these came today. While in Chicago at eBay Live I gave these hats to Lorrie Norrington and John Donahoe. I asked them if I mailed them one, would they autograph and send it back (I didn't want to hassle them with it while there in line with so many people behind and around me). So I sent them off and today they came back! They'll be going up for auction for a charity auction tomorrow but wanted to share my excitement here!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day 13 / 365 - CEO Sammi

This is where the CEO sits as Shep is pulling his shenanigans and showing off. Doesn't she look Regal? CEO Sammi!CoCo

Monday, July 28, 2008

Day 12 /365 - Shep Helping Again

Good thing I don't advertise my items as from a 'pet-free' environment :) Shep is checking out the scarves i just photographed, don't know how he got them from the desk to the floor - hmmmm...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Day 11 /365 - My jealous dog

This is Shep, our jack Russel. he is the big dog of the family and is so jealous of the other pets. This is my cat bed that I keep on the packing table for Sammi, my kitty, when I'm not packing. I left it on the floor the other day and Shep was determined to fit into he. he is a rather plump JR and really way too big but he made it! Silly puppy!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 10 / 365 - My Beautiful Roses

Isn't it beautiful!? I've really missed having roses - I had a great bed in Florida but haven't had any success here in Colorado. So when we redid the front yard and the landscaper said this area would be good for Roses i was thrilled. I now have 6 beautiful miniature bushes and 6 carpet rose bushes. They are blooming over and over and I love watering them in the morning or each evening!

Can't wait until they grow and fill the bed - actually, I'll just be THRILLED when I see they've survived the first winter!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 8 / 365 - Front yard Step Four

And after you bribe the children to spread the dirt - you hire the men again to deliver two pallets of sod and bribe the children again to roll out, cut and trim the sod. We didn't start this until after 8PM because our two 'heavy lifters' were at football practice but even after working 8 hours and football for 2 hours, they gamely helped mom and Kirk trimmed all around the rocks in the middle. Finally quit at 10 because we couldn't see anymore, LOL. I did about 1/2 hour to finish up in the AM. Then did a stupid thing - filled the roller with water and rolled it across the yard by myself. My back is still recovering! that thing must weigh 500 lbs full of water and the lawn is not flat. THAT is what I should have had the sons doing. BUT, I love the finished result. I'll post some big picture photos later and close ups of my roses which I am so excited to have in my yard again! i had a great, large rose bed in FL but haven't been able to grow any here. Okay, night all and Happy Tuesday the 22nd.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 5 /365 - Front Yard Step Two & Three

First you hire men with big machines to scrape away the top 6" of the yard - took two dump trucks to haul away and was at least 60% roots!
and then. . .

Then you BUY a load of topsoil and bribe (with pizza) your teenage children to spread it! I tried to get all three boys in one shot because I told them I'd never had them all three working at once.

and the work goes on - I LOVE the after :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day 3 /365 - Front Yard BEFORE

This is what a front yard in Colorado Springs looks like if you don't weed, fertilize and care for it. . . . for the past 4 years, I've only mowed and occasionally fertilized and the sprinkler system has been broken more often than working. Well, THIS is the result - we didn't have a yard; we had a small ASPEN Grove! LOL

Aspen trees, evidently, are the oldest living organism on earth and are all from the one, original root (or so local legend tells me). So, the original small stand of Aspens in our yard just grew and grew! When I finally called out a landscaper this year to ask advice because there were so many roots in the yard the grass wouldn't grow - the radical solution was to remove the top six inches of our yard and start over - those photos for tomorrow. Hugs to my 365 friends - Kat

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day 1/365

The view at the end of my street. I've started so many blogs and find it difficult to keep up with. However, a new blog and a new opportunity! Hi all!