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Sorry for the delay in posting more about our fence. I guess it doesn’t really matter much as the final post is unable to be written as the fence isn’t finished! Here in Minnesota we’ve had some eventful weather as of late. There has been quite a bit of rain and some pretty intense heat which have both hindered us from working on the fence, unfortunately.

Speaking of the weather.. I heard on the news this morning that tomorrow’s heat index could hit 120 degrees! Isn’t that absurd?! Maybe I should take this moment to inform everyone that it is not, in fact, always cold in Minnesota. I’d say we have some pretty extreme extremes here. In the winter it can get quite chilly (but not much colder than Chicago!!) and we get a decent amount of snow (which I don’t mind). It can be beautiful here in the summertime though we experience some nasty humidity from time to time (for example.. right now). Spring and fall typically seem to be rather short. But no matter what the weather is doing outside I’ve noticed that Minnesotans are almost always complaining about it. Hmm.

Like last year, we’ve been sticking it out without air conditioning. But unfortunately we realized that this was making it increasingly difficult for Olive to fall asleep and she was waking up earlier from naps and more often during the night. This morning, while I snuggled in bed with Olive, Tyler was wonderful and brought the big old air conditioner up from the basement and put it into a window. We’ve had it on today and it’s cooling off Olive’s room quite well. I suspect we’ll only need to use it for a couple more days.

Back to the fence!

After the demolition that I wrote about in my previous fence post we took a lunch break. We had some yummy turkey bologna sandwiches on homemade bread topped with also homemade avocado and dill dressing. I believe we also had some leftover local salad. Yum! While the big kids enjoyed our sammies the little babe enjoyed some avocado. :)

Tyler’s brother’s wife, Joy, was nice enough to take a few photos of Olive and I while we were working on the fence. I am very grateful because I’m often behind the camera and have very few photos of me and Olive (save for photobooth.. which really doesn’t count).

After lunch Joe and I ran to North End hardware, our neighborhood hardware store, to pick up the post hole auger. It can be rented for 2 hours, 4 hours, or one day. We were hoping to get it back in the 2 hour time frame but I think we were all skeptical. Unfortunately we didn’t have a 4 hour option as the store closed at 5 and we picked it up around 2. I didn’t get any photos of the guys digging the holes because the process was a bit complicated. We used hemp and yarn to mark where the hole should be. We ran into roots in many of the front holes near the big tree. Joy and I used bowls and measuring cups to dig out holes that had rocks in the bottom or roots in the way. After rushing to return the auger with about two minutes to spare we discovered that some of our holes were off. This resulted in lots of hand digging to correct our mistakes. And in the process we found more chunks of concrete.

We were finally able to set a few posts before nightfall!

Next up I’ll share photos of more posts and fence panels in place! :)

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This morning I went golfing with Brooke. It was my first time. I really liked it and am eager to go again! Though I woke up with some major shoulder pain, most likely do to a sleeping mishap. I also didn’t sleep well – stayed up late, couldn’t fall asleep, it was hot, someone was shooting off fireworks from 1:45- 2:30, and baby wanted to eat a million times. Next time I go golfing I would love to be well rested and pain free. And maybe the day can be a little cooler than today. And cloudy. That is my perfect golfing day.

We just made cookies. :) And I just had some coffee because I didn’t have any this morning and it was, for some reason, bothering me.

On to the fence…

We knew the fence was in terrible shape. I was half expecting us to take down one panel and have the rest fall down. In spots it was actually close to happening – one of us had to hold up the next section as the previous section was removed. We found fence posts sitting on top of concrete footings, sitting next to concrete footings, and some without concrete footings. We found concrete and bricks in strange places. We found a lot of what you shouldn’t find in a functional fence. The demolition didn’t take long but there were a few holes with oddly shaped concrete chunks that took a while to remove. Joy was great at digging them out – in a few spots we had to wedge our shovels into the sides of the concrete and push down like crazy until the concrete lifted up. Did I mention it was very hot outside? And we don’t have air conditioning?

Here are some photos of our fence demolition:

We had tons of weeds growing next to the fence. As the panels were removed I tackled the weeds. I neglected them this year since I knew we were getting a new fence.

We now have a pile of old fence in our backyard. I’m hoping to get a chance to build planters and outdoor furniture like benches and tables with some of the weathered wood. Hopefully.

Up next: Olive eating some avocado, Olive & me, and fence building prep.

Over the fourth of July weekend Tyler’s brother, Joe, came up to visit along with his wife, Joy, and their dog, Mater. We were hoping to do some fence demolition, building, and fun having. We did have fun but the fence ended up taking up a lot more time than I was anticipating. Unfortunately it wasn’t even done by the time they left! We’re extremely grateful for their help – we wouldn’t have been able to get so much done ourselves!

Our fence was pretty.. interesting. There were three generations to the wood fence.

The south border between our yard and our neighbor’s yard was the oldest. It was very weathered and very wobbly. It would occasionally lean on our neighbor’s house and was propped up on both sides by metal fence posts, wood steaks, and rope. The fence would bend and sway in the wind and we have absolutely no clue how it withstood the tornado in May. Most of the posts weren’t even in the ground, there were stones and bricks along the bottom, and the panels were of varying lengths and were slanted, too.

The west edge of the fence was probably a few years old. It had two large and impractical gates. In one section it had three posts in one spot. Odd.

The newest section of the fence was put up when the previous owners of our house thought they were doing a good job. I should write a post someday about every stupid little thing these “flippers” did that ended up being a bigger pain than a help. I didn’t fall for a single thing they did when we looked at the house.. we just liked the house. They bought a few new fence panels and stuck them up at the front of the house in an attempt to improve the curb appeal, I assume. Then they painted it red – but they only painted the outside red and left drips of red paint on the inside. I’m also pretty sure that they spilled red paint on the front steps of the house which are now painted red. Real smooth.

Here are a few photos of the old fence:

I’ll share some demolition photos next! :)

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