Saturday, October 11, 2008

And to think I was going to steal it........

A quick story........
The house next door to me went up for foreclosure last April 2007.
A new neighbor bought the house at sheriffs auction this May & has been doing alot of work to get the house all nice & landscaped. A couple of weeks ago he & I were BSing just before he started redigging the pond on the property. There was this terrace next to the pond that he said he was going to drag over to the burn pile.
Now, what my new neighbor did not know was that I had been trying to figure out how I was going to "steal" this terrace & get it over to my property for months. I mean the house had been sitting vacant for over a year........
Well, here was my chance! After all, what does a single guy know about terrace potential in the garden? Now, the terrace was looking pretty sad, it was missing a spindle & was really grey & green from lack of wood protector. So, I nonchalantly said if he didn't mind, I would love to have it, I mean he didn't need to know that his new neighbor had considered "stealing" it. So the next day my kind new neighbor hooked it up to his big farm tractor & dragged it over to the spot where I had been "thinking" it would look really good, esp. next spring when I put up the picket fence around the garden.
So, my dad power washed it off (its a dad thing, he thinks I can't handle the power washer) and I bought a $20.00 gallon of wood protector/stain and today I finished off my "new terrace"!!

Now, I am thinking it looks pretty cute in my backyard!!!



12 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

It's a good think you posted a photo because I was thinking "Why is she talking about a terrace as something that can be burned or moved?" I guess I'm used to terraces being something you do to earth (as in cropland) to prevent erosion - you know, creating ridges along hillsides! THAT looks like a little gazebo or something! It IS cute, though. :-)

kristi said...

Michelle,
point taken, I had thought of calling it a gazebo but then I thought gazebos were larger & more enclosed & so I went with the terrance/lattace things across the top....but free is free so I'll take it regardless:)

kristi said...

Michelle,
oh I forgot to mention that the polled ram I got from Juliann is out of Octavian also....I hope you get some awesome babies out of the one you got to borrow!

Kara said...

Would it be called a pergola? Nice save, it is very cute.

Kara said...

Would it be called a pergola? Nice save, it is very cute.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Yes, free is VERY good, whether it is another cute structure on your most adorable homestead or a great gulmoget half-poll ram that I get to use for awhile on mine! Of course, I have to spend some time and fuel to pick him up and possibly deliver him (just as you put in some supplies and time on your new "terrace," but I'm happy to do that, especially when I can also place a couple of my little wethers in a good home.

melanie said...

I was on the same mental track as Michelle...(it's twin-think) until I saw the photo...nice "steal"!

I love to scrounge, and anything I can get for free and make into good is a real boost to the spirits! My dad says that is the Scottish in me...

Christy said...

Very nice, and free! Doesn't get better than that.

Tracey said...

Very cool...and free too!!!!
Your doggie looks so cute sittin' there for the picture. Now, did I hear you say single new man neighbor.........??

Pat in east TN said...

I was also confused over the term 'terrace', cuz I was going in an entirely different direction, so am glad you added the picture. That is way toooo cute though ... what a terrific job you did and what a neat addition to your yard. You've got to promise to post a picture when you get that fence added next spring.

Susan said...

Dixie told Ivy she's very happy with getting some photo opps on the blog. She looks so happy sitting on your "steal". Maybe it brings back memories of the cupula's here at her birthplace :)

Tammy said...

Very cute! Great recycling and giving new life to something headed for the burn pile. It's amazing how much 'good stuff' gets thrown away in our society. You did a great job prettying it up!
Tammy