My New Challenge

I am coming up on my third growing season in my new home and I have not yet shared anything about this new journey!  Sorry about that, the last 4 or 5 years I have been dragging myself through some tragic family loss, my nest officially emptied, closed a family business, and my husband and I have nonetheless forged through to our vision of a new life, a new chapter.  Now that we have found our way to move on, well, we are loving our new property, environment and life!

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We were so fortunate to find a cozy little 100 year old home with a classic but cottage like feel right in the city.  Although the property is miniscule compared to my oversized suburban lot, with neighbors in close proximity, there is almost a woodsy up north Minnesota feel to hanging out on the back deck although you can't see all the trees from this view.  And the sunny front porch with a cup of coffee in the swing is a perfect way to start the morning.  Bike trails, walking paths along a wooded creek and a lake perfectly sized for kayaking and paddle boarding are all just out my back door.

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Our first summer I was actually grateful that the previous owner had made sure that NOTHING would grow in all the lovely hardscaping they had done.  There was a lot to do settling into the house and evaluating sun, soil and design planning.  As for the little bit of plant life in the front foundation beds, well, you can see it all had to go.  And the back was a blank canvas.  Last season I got serious and this season I am anxious, and nervous, to see what succeeded and what failed!  I will post some photos of how things developed last year while we wait for the snow to melt.

It has been a hard road, but life is grand once again  Can't wait to get my shovel in the dirt this spring.

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