An eyesore in my yard is gone, and I feel like celebrating! But before I get the party started, I should probably explain what the fuss is all about...
As much as I hated it, I needed it even more.
I do like my privacy. And there was so much other work to be done to the property that improving this highly-neglected privacy fence was extremely low priority.
But priorities tend to shift, and this past fall I claimed that rental for myself and transformed it into a much-needed studio workshop. Hence, the much-needed fence became much-less needed.
With the recent onset of some unseasonably warm winter weather, and with the help of my pole saw, bolt cutters, and my husband's chainsaw, I ripped that ugly fence out all the way down to the far corner of the backyard.
It felt so good.
Here's the corner of the backyard before I started clearing...
Quick, scroll on down to this...
And just to make myself feel better about showing you these awful photos, let me show you this...
I like this side better.
But once I finish the side I'm working on now, I may change my mind. It really is amazing what a little elbow grease and a lot of hard work can do.
I have to remind myself of that every now and then. But let's get back to the western frontier...
Every once in a while I wish I was good at thinking things through ahead of time.
The pile had to be moved. Aye-yi-YI! As if I needed anything else to do...
So here's what I did. My obsessive-compulsive side flared up, and I decided if I had to move the pile, I might as well do it in an organized fashion.
Ahhh...who knew organizing a brush pile could feel so good?
As I cleared all this brush, the fence finally became visible, although only slightly so due to the rampant honeysuckle, wild grape, and poison ivy vines that had entangled it.
But for now, I'm basking in the freedom that freeing up space bestows on those who accomplish it. And it's tasks like these that make me feel like I've accomplished something, whether it's clearing an overgrown fence or cleaning out a cluttered cabinet--of which I have plenty. I'm just waiting for a rainy day to come along before I tackle them.
Or so I keep saying. But as long as the weather stays nice, I'd rather play outside.
And speaking of playing outside, that celebration I mention earlier comes to mind...and I'm thinking "bonfire".
I certainly have more than enough fuel for one!