Sprucing it up

So many tasks; big and small.

That’s what we have been facing ever since we finished the actual rebuilding of our little home.

While we don’t utilize all of the land here on Six Little Acres, we wanted to make the area around the house more appealing.

We started with The well house. When we heard The Boy’s boys (our grandLittles) were coming, I figured a day of painting might be a memorable thing for them to do.

I have to say, these two fellas were over the moon helpful! They enjoyed their accomplishment and with Momma Bo and Poppa Bo helping. were excited to see it completed in a short while.

I’m so happy to have THIS project checked off the list! Y’all. It was SOOOO ugly. But look at it now! Can y’all say “curb appeal”?

But that’s not all.

I’m not one to crawl around on the ground picking weeds, so I enjoy container gardening. I wanted to start off by creating a sitting area. While my initial plan was to create it at the crest of a hill overlooking Six Little Acres, THIS spot made the absolute most sense.

It’s kinda serendipitous that I had exactly enough of that little wire fence to outline just the right size space.

Ninja Man got a load of pea gravel and he and our favorite son in law dumped them while I raked into place.

Once all the pebbles were spread, we added new chairs, a lighthouse bird feeder and these planters with some cheerful pansies!this little chandelier planter is solar and shines a light at night.

Here’s the finished project- I wholeheartedly love this little outdoor space! It is shady most of the day and offers a great view of the yard. I spend time out here nearly every day. I read, I listen to music and generally just decompress. It’s perfect. I’m pretty sure that little windmill is my favorite thing! (My brother took this picture as we arrived home, hence the purse 🤣)

Those little rectangles under the chairs are just pieces of slate. Ninja Man added them so the chairs wouldn’t sink into the soil.

Where I shopped: Lowes for the rocking garden chairs and table, Tractor Supply for galvanized planter, windmill and chandelier. HSN for the ivy background. Yes, it’s faux ivy! I’m interested in seeing how many seasons we get out of it.

Update on baby Wren: her tumor and neuroblastoma is stable. Please keep her in prayer, of course we want her scans to be clearThank y’all for stopping by and God bless.

Kathy Bo

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Nice Things

Although I am well known to say, “That’s why we can’t have nice things!” well, I actually have a few “nice things” here at Six Little Acres.

I don’t mean “nice” as in valuable, ohhh trust me, there’s little of that here. I mean “nice” like it really, really goes with the house, or it is functional, you know, that kinda thing.

Today the UPS guy dropped off some things I was so excited to get; some wooden boxes, personalized just for Six Little Acres!

My friend is a Thirty-One consultant and they carry these great wooden boxes that you can personalize! See them here! Oh, and the cost? Just paid for the personalization because I was a party host (virtual, online). Easy and so worth it!

Yall. These are so well made and so stinkin’ perfect I can’t even. They even have black metal handles that coordinate with the metal on our barn doors! Couldn’t be more perfect than if I’d had them custom made.

This one is on the fireplace (electric, and yes we love it!) and will hold seasonal decor. I can’t wait to fill it for Christmas!

The other one will be a caddy for my table. I put salt, pepper and napkins in it. My salt and pepper shakers were a wee bit too short so I simply added a couple of squares of the styrofoam packing sheets that came with it. Stuffed those in the bottom and voila!

“Nice things” here at Six Little Acres are things that reflect “us”; they may never mean much to future generations, but then again, they may become some of the most cherished heirlooms.

Either way, I’m so happy these nice things are now in my life every day. It makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Kathy Bo

SLA helps others! We are blessed.

When we bought Six Little Acres, it came with not only the exceptionally funky and desperately gross doublewide, but as an added treat, we got this. This is a propane tank. We had one before when we lived in this area way, way back when we were making somewhat futile attempts to raise our two kids. They did actually grow up and are now making somewhat futile attempts at raising THEIR kids. Ninja Man and I almost never giggle about that. Almost.

No offense to the many (?) tank lovers out there, but I never liked it. I thought they were ugly then and I think they are ugly now.

We have discussed this tank numerous times. We thought we would paint it, only because we couldn’t find anyone to take it off our hands. We even had it moved so I wouldn’t have to look at it, but now it’s in clear view of the fabulous fire pit, and a wee bit close to Ninja Man’s private shooting range.

That will not do, y’all.

In a desperate attempt to get it moved AGAIN, I left it up to Ninja Man to call the ugly tank moving guy.

Why didn’t I do this before?

Because being a control freak is in my blood. I’m not saying it always works out, just that it is simply a fun fact.

Anyway, here’s the good news: the tank is getting a new home! The guy who came to look at it said his church needs a bigger tank than what they have, and if we are willing….

“WILLING?” Ohhh, Mr. Ugly Tank Moving Man, we are so very willing.

It’s a match made in Heaven. This tank will help a congregation and we are thankful to bless that congregation with it.

When we first began with Six Little Acres, we asked God to help us glorify Him. As we continue life here we continue to pray over this place. We prayed for many things including that we could bless others here. It’s an exciting moment to know that we are able to serve God in this way.

There it goes! It’s a good day.

Speaking of good days, we did get some good news last week that was encouraging for grandLittle Wren. Her current protocol seems to be working, yet it is still a blessed, but long road ahead. Please continue your prayers for her. Connect with her story on Facebook at Hope for Wren.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Kathy Bo

The Fire Pit: Part One

Is it fair to say this is part one when in fact, I mentioned it on my previous post?

Of course it is.

This is the blogging world after all. No rules, right? And “rules” are just what we don’t want, such as an HOA telling us we can’t do this or that. Fire pit in the back yard? Of course we can! THIS is Six Little Acres.

So here’s where we began.

Just a week ago (seriously!) the excavation guy came and made this. Ninja Man started working right away.

First, he sprayed the ground with weed killer and then added landscaping fabric. Then he put down THREE tons (Correction from previous post) of chips. One ton of “trail mix” (the base layer) and two tons of mini slate chips.

Here’s the delivery of said chips:Ninja Man was a wee bit excited. I mean, he has had a HUGE excavator AND tons of stuff dumped, all in one week.

He worked into the night (okay, about 8:30 pm), but still, a long day for this recent retiree. Lo and behold (as momma used to say), within days it was time to get the bricks for the fire pit.

Ninja Man was in a LOT of pain but he persevered- and after a cortisone shot to the knee, he was back at it.

Those bricks are perfectly level. The guy who, in his career released private jets into the wild, is all about exact detail. The actual construction of the wood fire pit took less than a day, y’all.

True story.

Fun fact:

That is a rawhide mallet. The surface is soft so as not to break things like fancy brick.

Ninja Man’s dad used it and Ninja has been using it for the past 40 (plus) years. When I sent a picture to our son, he reminded me that he has also used it- so it’s pretty much at least a three-generation rawhide mallet.

I needed to take a grandLittle to ballet and about two hours later, I came home to this: Of course we had to get our chairs, a couple of beers and a cigar (Ninja, not me) and fire that thing up.

It is wonderful and awesome and absolutely what we wanted. This is in slow motion because… why not?

https://youtu.be/jUEjrRTOgUA

Part one of this project is finished.

Part two will be to simply add the gas fire pit, a fancy thing that we want to use when we just want an easy fire. Currently that one is riding around in the back of my car, still in the box.

Part three: well, that may take a while. We will add a structure over the biggest part of the area. While we still haven’t nailed down the exact design, we know it will have a tin roof.

I can see us rushing outside to pull up a chair and listen to the rain on that tin roof while a gentle fire glows from the gas fire pit. Every day is a better one here at Six Little Acres.

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Last, but absolutely not least, please keep our grandLittle Wren in prayer. She’s having a great time being four, but still fighting that fight.

Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Kathy Bo

Today at Six Little Acres

Y’all.

The walking path is going to happen!

We have the estimate and the little orange flags, so it’s official.

In celebration of said walking path, I put on these boots. and headed out. Boots because I’m really not fond of snakes and Six Little Acres is a very happy place for things that go slither.

We don’t have the path – yet – but I found some beautiful places in our walk about today.

Here’s where the path will begin. Those little orange flags on the ground are in the center of what will be the path. Meanwhile, here are some shots around the house. I’m not gonna brave those woods until there’s a 12 foot wide path and an equalizer, so stay tuned for the walking path edition!

The figs are ripening!

And our brave warrior Wren. She is “stable” but we are still praying for a cure. Due to some life changing experimental meds, she’s able to enjoy being a Little. And THAT is so big.

Thanks for stopping by Six Little Acres. God bless.

Kathy Bo

The next project: a walking path

I’m pretty excited to share that we are planning a serene walking path at Six Little Acres.

Here’s a video to give you an idea of what we want to do. We are getting estimates on clearing out. Hopefully it’s affordable! Stay tuned!

Shut the Front Door

My last post reflected a bit of a desperate meltdown. I’m happy to say, despite the critics and naysayers, we stepped back, compared our challenges to our abilities and realized what we needed was help.

We found a contractor who, at this writing, seems to be awesome. Let’s hope all goes as planned. Ninja Man and I are pretty confident that it’s working out well with him. No pre-pay, we pay him on Saturday for his work during the week. We buy the materials. It’s a good plan. 

Meanwhile, this is costing more than we anticipated. The trade off is that we have help! The crew comes in and knocks out in one day what took us the better part of a week. 

Our contractor is doing the floors and walls. That is, removing ALL sub flooring and that hideous paneling, PLUS… are y’all ready for this? A few walls. 

Yeah. Walls. 

I’m pretty happy about that. 

This home is a 3 bedroom. Mind if I tell you what I think about that? Well, here’s my theory:

I believe in usable space. That makes our lifestyle a bit quirky, such as: that dining room where the family gathers for Sunday dinner? Well, in our case since it’s just the two of us most of the time, so that Sunday dinner thing really meant Thanksgiving. 

One day when I was particularly frustrated with the annual utilization of the dining room and the possible seven-night per year usage of only one of our two guest rooms, I did the “math”. 

Disclaimer: I’m not a mathematician- but- it just made sense to me to figure it this way:

Add mortgage payment, HOA fee (yeah, THAT thing), monthly utilities and insurance. Divide that by the number of rooms in the house. It’s pretty generalized but gives a halfway decent idea of how much these rooms cost us per month. 

I scratched my head and figured it again. 

Yep. These rooms were costing us a small fortune just to sit there looking pretty in the slight chance someone may come to visit. 

I’ll try to insert some pics later- but cute as these rooms were, we weren’t USING them. What we were doing was PAYING for them to sit void of use throughout the year. 

At first, the dining room was converted into a library, which we rarely used. But once we added some specialty machines, it became my sewing studio. 

Those TWO guest rooms? Yeah. Easy to figure what to do there. I’m a serious crafter and  man, I needed space. Ninja Man’s hobby could fit on a card table, so we found it a no-brainer to turn one of the guest rooms into a crafting studio. His card table hobby is in the garage and he has a great setup that he loves. 

This change meant:

Our rooms are truly in use! 

No wasted space. 

One guest room, because there are some friends and family who do come to see us. 

And freedom! Freedom of doing what everyone expects and freedom to be quirky as well as resourceful. 

So what has this got to do with Six Little Acres? 

This is a three-bedroom-about-to-be-a-one-or-two-bedroom UTILIZED-space home. “One  or two” means we are removing walls and closets (yep! CLOSETS) and making two bedrooms into one. This large space may become our master bedroom, or, as originally planned, my studio. 

I don’t want to spoil all the fun so I’ll leave you with this: 

We are going to install two of these in two separate areas of the house. Which style do you like best?  I’m loving #1, but that could be because I’m pretty sure I can find those doors at Habitat for Humanity. 

Just comment below and I’d love it if you would share my post! Maybe I’ll have a giveaway at some point- right now all I have to share is a lot of faith and sawdust. 


God bless y’all! Thanks for stopping by. 

Kathy Bo