2012 - Project Greenhouse #3: My Flip-Flopping Brain

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May 7, 2012

Just the other day I blogged about how my brain is “flip-flopping” on how it perceives my yard. First it sees this amazing project unfolding, with lots of things of interest and then it sees little patches here and there looking rather pathetic!

But, as Iris says, “a good grass-cutting and all will be well”. Rick cut the grass yesterday and we sat at the house where everything within view is green and lush. Beautiful. So all is well again with the overall perspective of my property.

And then … Rick said that our one little shed needs to come down as it is all rotting away. “NO!!!!”, I exclaim. “We have to save it!! It is filled with memories! Joe (hubby) built that shed – his first building project. He made it with the help of the kids. It was initially a playhouse with barn doors, windows, and a skylight. It was insulated so the kids could play in it all year round. And then when I had a little preschool program here, oh the hours the children played in that wonderful playhouse. It can’t go…. “

and my heart was heavy.

And then the “flip-flop”. As we later discussed the benefits of my plastic greenhouse I said that someday it would be nice to have a permanent one with glass windows. But where would we put it? I’m running out of room. Oh wait—we could put it where the little rotting shed is standing.

“Rip it down,” I said. “Get rid of that rotting mess. Sentiment-shmentiment. Build me a greenhouse!”

And I chuckled. And Rick groaned. I think the shed will be staying for a while now so he doesn’t have to build another shed. :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-07-2012 02:42 PM

The fun part of your greenhouse/shed project, I think, will be LEVELING the original one! :-)

Just imagine, you can plan a BBQ – invite your friends over, have the band performing – all while Rick gets ready with the bulldozer – you can make an event out of it. Destroying is much, much easier than creating – it’s the way of the Universe after all. (Sorry, the Physics teacher often comes out in me.) And then, when all is leveled and a great time was had by all – you slowly take the rubble down to the curb or the dump – and you’re eventually left with a nice, clean area where your shed, your day care, your playhouse once stood.

And what of the interval when you have no replacement shed there yet?

Put out some chairs and a small outdoor table. You have a nice area for coffee/tea where you can think about all the history that happened on that area. A little corny? Maybe. But nice, right??

For me though – I frankly love the catharsis that comes with “cleaning house” – or in this case: leveling one!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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posted 05-07-2012 03:34 PM

what a lovely perspective!!

It will be a “do-over” party :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-07-2012 06:11 PM

I’m with Mark. Now that ABC cancelled his show, maybe you could invite Ty Pennington and crew over for “Extreme Garden Makeover”. He always starts the project off with a fun time demolishing something.

-- No GMO's for me. I'll grow my own.

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posted 05-08-2012 01:39 AM

haha wouldn’t that be exciting …. “Move That Bus!!!” Now, I’m picturing the extreme greenhouse that I’d get!! Woo HOO

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-09-2012 07:47 AM

Sounds like your dream of a nice greenhouse is getting closer to reality.Hope it happens soon for you.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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