And the Little Things

In the midst of the “big” house construction sometimes it’s the little things that make an impact:


Last summer I transplanted a unique orange iris from my mom’s house that my dad had found in the swamp, brought home, and put in the ground. It bloomed today!



Last Wednesday, my daily Lenten devotional book instructed me to try to recognize Jesus in people I met today. We did not go anywhere, but when I went outside I realized I had a bunch of carpenters in the new house! HA!


Randy transplanted the biggest satsuma in the middle of the winter and we worried after the snow and all the freezes…but there is sign of life!!

Now go find the joyous “little things” in your life!

Big Things are Happening

Things are starting to move quickly:

More work on the roof

And the porch

The main structure of the chimney is done and it looks impressive.

Almost all of the felt layer is done and the electricians and plumbers are onsite this week roughing their part.


Get it Growing I stole the title from one of LSU’s more prominent garden advisors. But it’s cool.


Going into my second spring here, I have expanded my garden from three 20ft rows to five, with 3 square foot boxes at the end for misc crops. More space, but not so many more things, just more space between plants for easier care and culture. I made boxes with the wood from the little porch that used to be between the two houses, not for a raised garden, but just trying to fend off the pasture grass and weeds from encroaching.

One of the new rows was made with reclaimed cinder block and will be a permanent asparagus bed.  Talk about needing patience. After you plant your asparagus crowns in the spring, you have to let the entire crop leaf out before cutting it down the following fall. Then you can start harvesting the next spring.


This winter, along with greens and radishes, I actually produced cauliflower and broccoli before the freeze, and found that the Brussel sprouts and cabbage came through the first few freezes ok. Those were so fun.

I just put in onions, garlic, radishes, and salad greens to start the spring. The warmer season veggies like cukes, tomatoes, okra, and eggplant will come later.

Also seeing if I can do herbs right this year and maybe some fun projects like this old ladder that we found under the old house.  (And Randy wanted to throw it away)

The azaleas along the front fence are beginning to bloom and some of the satsumas have flower blossoms despite losing all their leaves in the freeze. Just about all our plants survived the big freezes, too, including the transplanted hydrangeas and philodendron.


Hoping this nice spring weather keeps up and leads us into summer.

Raising the Roof



Just a little update on the build.


As we get the spring started with tree fertilizing (over 100 pounds of the stuff!), cutting grass, pulling more weed trees out of the fence line, and a little landscaping, our builder is raising the roof.

The framing continues as the solid boards start to be placed on the outside.

Then the roof construction starts-another amazing phase to watch.

Next post will have the chimney under construction.