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That must have been a lot of work Trifan. Hope you can get it to look just the way you want it to. It sounds like it will all be well worth it when you are done. Did you take out that little elevated area too (sorry I don't know the technical term for it) and flatten it out a little or is it necessary /that's where you're putting the new shrubs?

Silly Max! I could see him sneaking inside covered in algae and then shaking it everywhere. But he wouldn't be that much trouble would he? Tongue

14 throw rugs GM?! Wow, you must feel good to get all that done. It must be nice to not have carpets though 14 throw rugs sound like a lot of work.
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No, the timber retaining wall remains, the boys fly up and down that like an obstacle course. This is a photo of the only remaining shrub and this is what we are mass planting to create a maize. It is above that retaining wall and is a native plant called Phylanthus.  It is fast growing, tough and really easy to maintain. This one is overdue for a hair cut but I'll get to that. You can see the little cave under it where the boys hide. I have a stack of really, really old bricks that I will use to create the pathways in the maize. Hopefully such paths will help keep feet clean, wear down nails and also cover more areas where rocks might surface. Our soil is full of rocks. We have a ton of big blue metal rocks and the centre part of the garden will be 3 terraces built with rock walls, with narrow paths between. I am well on the way with planting out the left side (where retaining wall is) and also top right side at patio level is finished. The centre garden is slowly taking shape but I am slow at it because the rocks are very heavy for me and I have to do a lot of rolling and sliding of them to get them in place whereas a man would just lift them to where they have to go. Hopefully we end up with a low maintenance, reasonably attractive garden that doubles as a maize/obstacle course that the dogs can't trash. I'm afraid I am just not up to trying to train what will eventually be 3 BC's to not go in gardens so if you can't beat them, join them. It's their garden too, we put stuff in our yards for our children so why not cater to my dogs in the same way. They enjoy a pseudo agility course which is actually my partners trials bike course but that is outside the house yard. This can be something they have fun in on their own while I am working. They are so good at creating games for themselves.


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GM. That's a big job behind you now, must feel so good. We only have carpet upstairs in the bedrooms and the rest is tiled floors. I also have rugs, so much easier to keep clean in general. With raising 2 dogs through toilet training in 2 years they are all rolled up and in storage right now. They can stay there until we have done with toilet training our girl when we get her in approx 6 months.
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I see where you're going with all that. Pretty cool idea to make the garden into an obstacle course for the dogs. I'm sure you'll make it beautiful and I bet that people won't be able to tell that you specifically made it for your dogs unless you tell them. I can see the boys' hiding spot in the phylanthus. I see why they like it, must be a nice shady spot to chill in. Big Grin

Speaking of shade and what not last Monday I was helping refinish a table in the garage while it's like 95 F (35 C) and super humid. The garage was shaded from the sun so it wasn't too bad. Well while we were refinishing Kep decided to go sun bathing! Not sure why he would want to do that especially since his coat is black which absorbs more heat and it also being 95 degrees out (35 C). He could have sat in the garage if he wanted to be he chose the sunny spot. Shrug Sometimes I really don't understand him at all.
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We have the heat and humidity too, but our dogs have always chosen to sunbathe periodically. I never understood it.

14 rugs sound like a lot, but we are talking bath mat sized rugs. My bathroom has 4, my bedroom has 4 more(these give the dogs plenty of choices on where they want to sleep), and my kids' bathroom has 3 more, so that doesn't actually leave many for the rest of the house. All of them can be done in 3 loads of laundry, after beating out the loose sand of course. I am glad to have it done, but it's really one of those things that I should be doing about every other week since my pups are so sheddy. I usually just do one group of them at a time, then I really never feel like the job is done.

I think making a maze in the yard for the dogs to enjoy is an amazing idea. How tall do the shrubs grow? I like how dense they are but still with space beneath.
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Trifan I am so envious of your dwelling - it is absolutely beautiful! And I also love the maze idea! You guys have so many ways of stimulating your pups and letting them enjoy life!

Catching up on the original question:

We have been moving non stop - if it's not my stuff (which is now about 90% done, THANK HEAVEN!!!!), it's getting my parent's renovation work done, shopping with them (ugggg - I love shopping, but being in the same store for no less than 2 hours almost every single day is getting old so fast), and filling in the remainder of my stuff as they get theirs packed up out of the apartment - it is quite literally always something.

On the bright side, my apartment is absolutely beautiful (what's done), and completely functional. And I just discovered Teavana in Mount Pleasant (about 30 minutes drive out), and a Cat Cafe in downtown Charleston (same distance in a different direction) - I'm finding new places to work from Smile. Now it's just a matter of trying to get out of the apartment and to these places without having to worry about who I'm neglecting to help.

Just a few more weeks....

On the upside, I've gotten some much needed down time from technology. On the downside, that means we've only done about half of our Fenzi work because I simply don't have time.
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(06-20-2017, 09:08 AM)Ember Wrote: Trifan I am so envious of your dwelling - it is absolutely beautiful! And I also love the maze idea! You guys have so many ways of stimulating your pups and letting them enjoy life!

Catching up on the original question:

We have been moving non stop - if it's not my stuff (which is now about 90% done, THANK HEAVEN!!!!), it's getting my parent's renovation work done, shopping with them (ugggg - I love shopping, but being in the same store for no less than 2 hours almost every single day is getting old so fast), and filling in the remainder of my stuff as they get theirs packed up out of the apartment - it is quite literally always something.

On the bright side, my apartment is absolutely beautiful (what's done), and completely functional. And I just discovered Teavana in Mount Pleasant (about 30 minutes drive out), and a Cat Cafe in downtown Charleston (same distance in a different direction) - I'm finding new places to work from Smile. Now it's just a matter of trying to get out of the apartment and to these places without having to worry about who I'm neglecting to help.

Just a few more weeks....

On the upside, I've gotten some much needed down time from technology. On the downside, that means we've only done about half of our Fenzi work because I simply don't have time.
Aww thanks Ember. It's a modest little house but like a castle to us because we built it ourselves, only engaging the services of an electrician and a plumber. It took us 12 months, working every weekend and after work most days. I think I should have been a man because I would barely thank you for a diamond ring but I get pretty excited about hardware stores and love the new drop saw I got for my birthday in March LOL.
Sounds like life has been so hectic for you, good to hear that you are loving your new place, it will be great when you can just focus on settling into your own lifestyle. The Fenzi work will still be there and is something to look forward to.
All that has been going on must have been quite the challenge for Ember, it's a testament to all that you have achieved with her that she is travelling along  well beside you. I can't imagine you are actually neglecting anyone except perhaps yourself, you know it is really OK to put yourself first sometimes.
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Jolie' and I are still here just been busy. Today we are bored both stuck in the house while a storm in the Gulf is already raining on us. It's gonna be a soggy week.
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I guess being busy is the main answer. I think I've been a little too UNbusy lately. Tongue I've got the whole summer off so it's been a little slow going.

So glad to hear you like your new place and that you're almost settled in Ember! Hopefully these last few weeks go by quick.
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(06-20-2017, 01:59 PM)Trifan Wrote: Aww thanks Ember. It's a modest little house but like a castle to us because we built it ourselves, only engaging the services of an electrician and a plumber. It took us 12 months, working every weekend and after work most days. I think I should have been a man because I would barely thank you for a diamond ring but I get pretty excited about hardware stores and love the new drop saw I got for my birthday in March LOL.

That's pretty much how we do birthdays in my family.  I have tools coming out my ears.  My husband has a tool kit, and that only because I got it for him for Christmas one year.  I built our barn with the help of my kids while my husband was at work.  The kids were 8 and 4 at the time.  I go to Lowes or Home Depot to dream about what I want to get/do next.  Last month it was a miniature barn for my miniature goats.  Next it's a sheep shed, after I replace the dead A/C unit in the tackroom...
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