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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles


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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Yard: Part One

Slowly getting things organized around here. Very slowly. Dog work is extremely busy (yay) and Paula has been in production since before we moved in. Things are in no particular order but we're beginning to make some sense of this chaos.

No real solution to the kitchen non-cabinet situation yet. But we're making due with shelving and tables that we already had. The "front room" is basically still a catch-all for storage, tools, clothes, linens, and anything without a place yet. The living room looks great. Mostly because we hardly have time to spend in it. The shelves are empty and there are still boxes to be unpacked, but they're hidden well enough to make it look nice for "company" (meaning: production meetings). The office is a disaster. No rhyme. No reason. The bookshelf is the only thing organized in here. Still no washer/dryer. We need stackable because of the limited space.

The yard. A bigger undertaking than I even imagined - and I really imagined hell. [pictured right: top is the yard the week we moved in. bottom is the yard today.]

The back gate was falling off until this week when the landlord had it fixed. It actually swings now. No dragging. No huffing and puffing and praying it doesn't crash on our cars as we open it. I hung heavy duty tarp for privacy. [pictured left: top=before. bottom=today.]

We already filled one of those big orange trash bins. This is the second round. We've found so much junk under the three feet of brush. I'm keeping a running list. Remember, no one has lived here for at least two years. And we're slowly finding out what the previous tenant was like. We've heard backyard stories of all-night gambling casinos, fighting chickens, families living in parked trailers. I'm rarely surprised anymore.

One recurring item we keep discovering under the brush: rugs. yes, rugs. carpet remnant, welcome mats, throw rugs, runners, you name it. The entire yard was lined with rugs. You can see some of them rolled up in the pictures (too heavy for me to lift into trash bin). And we're still only about 1/3 of the way through the yard.

Ongoing list of other non-organic items found in the yard so far:

oil cans
take-out boxes
beer bottles
RCA cables
toy truck
plastic basketball
child's sneaker
spark plugs
cable wire
knotted electrical cords
plastic bags
high school student ID
paint cans
cement pieces
shards of glass
plastic cups
water gun
spray bottle
plastic tarp
particle board
spray paint
ballpoint pens
and of course, the old VW bug, left for dead.



Comments on "The Yard: Part One"


Blogger BAF said ... (9:47 PM) : 

Hi Trish - so kewl to see all is positive - keep going - looks good.
All the best for you guys to make it your own for now. Shame it would be a horendous cost to get goodies from NZ to you as I know of a 'good 'kitchen' getting remodelled!!! Best of to you guys and the 'fanimals'


Blogger alphawoman said ... (5:44 AM) : 

What an undertaking!! But I can see it a year from summer...with your veggie garden and flower beds.


Blogger Robbie said ... (8:03 AM) : 

Wow! Amazing. No wonder the rent was so reasonable.


Blogger Heather said ... (9:09 AM) : 

How neat! I love seeing the pics--And Mary's right--That is a HUGE undertaking; But more power to ya girl! :]
How is Ms. Hunny adjusting?


Blogger ChasingMoksha said ... (5:19 PM) : 

What if you make a greenhouse out of the VW or something like that. You can poke small holes in the roof. I did a project sort of like this, I think it was worse about ten years ago. It took me from sun up to sun down for 30 days straight. Good luck. It is indeed a lot of work.


Blogger aims said ... (10:02 AM) : 

omigosh! I go almost 3 months without checking in and look how much has changed!!! Woohoo! Can't wait to see more photos of the new place. btw - the kitty looks like our cat, puzzle :-)



Blogger tiny dancer said ... (1:47 PM) : 

Whoa! I'm in love with the bug and all the work you've done. It's coming to life right before you. I'm sure that little corner of land will be tremendously grateful to you. I see lots of colors and herbs coming your way!! Plant some lavender for me will ya?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

I think that VW bug could be turned into an awesome BBQ, ha.
at least...I am sure, worth some money, they are a hot item right now.

everything looks great!
Gotta love progress.
and little treasures under bushes.


Anonymous mariposa said ... (7:29 PM) : 

I thnk you should use the VW as an art piece, like a pot for a PALM tree. One of the 132 species of palm. It woud be cool.


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