Happy Saturday – it’s our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. And yes, that’s more than 3 things, ha! I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates, though I’m known to throw in even a few more things – but we’ll call those ‘bonuses,’ okay? Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three Things That Happened
Just this. There’s no way, really, to have understood the impact removing all these trees would have on the home we’ve lived in more than 10 years. Not only the lack of privacy, the ‘war zone’ look of the area now (though, I know that will change), and the starkness of the landscape, but the change of light inside our house. It’s weird, it just makes it seem like we’re in someone else’s house. Bear with me as I share how the backyard – our former sanctuary – has been affected:
This is what I shared with you for our backyard makeover two years ago (and again more recently) – our park-like backyard that we landscaped gradually over 9 years to finally be a ‘dream’ place to entertain and relax. The trees? They were a selling point for us.
Last fall the neighbors thinned the lower branches and removed a few trees (obviously in preparation to sell, though we didn’t know that then). I was sad at this, as we lost some privacy since we also had to remove a key evergreen that didn’t make it through our record-breaking cold winter of 2013-14. We spent money and time planting a row of laurel to grow up to the limbed tree line.
The house sold in January and the new owners told us all the trees would come down. As you can see, the change for us is huge. Our son came home and said it looks just like suburbia now. I’m all for property rights, but I’m also for kindness and thinking of others when making decisions that impact an entire neighborhood. I’m pretty sure you could still plant a garden with a few large trees around the perimeter. Honestly, I’m trying to think of any of the people I know who live on a city lot and have a view like this – nobody I know.
It’s impacted our resale value as well, and now our pocketbook as we look for tall evergreen trees to add to our side to try and regain a sense of privacy again. Oh, and our time – we need to dig up the laurel, transplant them to help cover the ugly cyclone front fence that’s noticeable now, and then plant the new trees. Sigh. Please just talk to people when you’re contemplating doing something that will affect so many others and be open to compromise.
We’re also needing to add cover to our windows now, too, since we’re more exposed. We started with blinds in the bathrooms – and between them and the new bright light (way easier to photograph- there’s a plus for you!) it’s like we’re vacationing in someone else’s house whenever we go to the loo, ha!
Okay, moving on (thanks for allowing me a moment…) – I finished book #7 (and it’s only April!) towards my goal – Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It’s a book that’s been around awhile, but that I’ve always wanted to read since my daughter called it ‘life-changing.’ It is completely worth it and is very challenging. One of my favorite quotes summing up the book towards the end is:
God has called us each to live faithful and devoted lives before Him, by the power of His Spirit. You do not need to preach to your pastor or congregation; you simply need to live out in your daily life the love and obedience that God has asked of you.
Three Things I’m Loving
On The Voice I’m really liking Sawyer Fredericks, Kimberly Nichole, and Meghan Linsey – are you watching? Who do you like?
I just discovered yet another reason that I love Amazon Prime – free music! Well, we already have Prime for the video streaming, 2-day shipping, and bulk food savings, so it’s like it was free for us. You can stream from playlists (there are some really good ones, so you don’t have to spend a bunch of time making your own, which I like), create your own, or listen to a station – all ad free. It’s similar to the Spotify premium at $10 a month, so this is really a deal. I swear, they’re adding so much to Prime (you can also use it for photo storage!), it’s like they know I’ll never want to get rid of it now, ha!
I LOVE this Rada bread knife. I got it as a Christmas present and it works just as well as our electric knife for cutting bread (most of the time – the electric knife is still the best for crusty artisan bread and fresh, warm bread), without the hassle of getting it out and plugged in (admittedly, not much of a hassle, but still!). Anyway, it’s a great knife, so if you’re in need of a good serrated knife for bread, I highly recommend it.
I hope you have a great weekend!
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