Saturday, January 16, 2016

Gate Complete

We are so excited! The gate was completed yesterday and the boys came right over to check it out! Bill did such a great job and it adds so much to the look of our yard. It's like yard jewelry! lol We can see it from in the house and it's a great view when we're relaxing on our back porch.  This is the best Christmas present ever!

So here are the pictures:

The sign is installed!
Christmas present complete!

Jack and Pancho checking each other out under the door!
Sam looking through the window. (Glass is removed)

Now it's Lefty looking through one of the windows.
We thank our local  Nelson's water lily nursery for the idea!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Gate is Coming Along

When we saw a door being used as a gate at our local lily garden shop, we knew we needed one from our back yard to the boys field.

Bill surprised me with this fabulous sign for Christmas.

We just had to see it with the boys so a temporary hanging took place. I love how they made the three alpacas on the sign look so much like our boys.

And so the next day we headed out to the Architectural Antiques shop in downtown Houston to find a door. We love the one we found - sort of reminds me of the door for Mr. Ed. Ours isn't a split door, but the look is similar.  Bill removed the glass and I've sanded it down making it much more rustic. I have painted some brown over the bare spot and then added some white on top of it. The next step will be to sand that part down and put a sealer over the entire door.

  And Bill has got the door frame ready to go.

That temporary piece of picket fence will move out and the door will move in! Our plan is to complete the installation this coming weekend. They promise some sunshine - hope we get it. If all goes well, next post will show it all complete.

Looking forward to this addition to our back yard!

Monday, January 4, 2016


Finally winter appears to be coming to our part of Texas!

We spent most of December in the 60's and 70's and even broke some records around Christmas with 80 degree days! But finally, we're around normal and we'll hit around 60 during the day this week, but around 30 for a few nights! I have friends in Colorado and Canada that are laughing right now!

We do live on a prairie and the wind is amazing from the north.  And while that is awesome in the summer it's not so much fun in the winter and so I've winterized the boys pen.  They love the cold, but the wind, not so much!

I'm excited because I finally seem to have this under control. The first year we used plastic tarps tied to the fencing and gates, but when it flaps it makes noise and it's bright blue. (that's my complaint, not theirs) Last year I bought these canvas drop cloths and sewed velcro on thinking that would work - well, I spent a lot of time re-hooking the tabs.

And so this year, I got a kit to place grommets along the edges. Wow, this was so much easier than that velcro  sewing last year. and should last a few years. Anyway, within a couple of hours I had grommets in three pieces and had the pen almost ready for the upcoming cold weather! Surely, we'll have some!

And, Bill got the frame up for the new "door gate" and I got the touch up painting done to the door. So next weekend we should have it all in working order!

And everything is paca approved!