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With the revolving of the Earth around its tilted axis, and suns going up and suns going down, you are right to realize that just around the corner is the most beloved and cherished holiday in all of May: Mother’s Day. Everyone’s got a mother somewhere, it’s the one thing we all have in common “My readers know that I’m very much into the outdoors. I love to hike, I adore camping, and the beach… oh the beach. However, I don’t have time to get away every weekend, and while I wish I could hop in the car and take myself into the wilderness, sometimes I need to bring the wilderness to me. I don’t have a huge yard, but last summer I decided to make my little plot of outdoor space meet its true potential.


DIY 9-1Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes. It goes pretty well with my other favorite pastime, eating. So my first ambition was to make a beautiful vegetable garden that surrounds a small dining area. I planted tomatoes, beets, some lettuces and an array of beautiful flowers to keep it all together. While this sounds like a crazy project, it really wasn’t. It took me just a few weekends to accomplish this little experiment, and it turned out great. Now I can hang out with my friends and lean over and pluck a ripe cherry tomato right off the vine. The thing is, once I got this project started, I really couldn’t stop. I was hooked on having the best backyard around.



DIY 9-2I have an orange tree in my backyard. It’s the only tree in my backyard, and it yields the most fantastic fruits I’ve ever had. I have a fruit picker, and while I love to use it, it’s not always the easiest thing. Marry that to my lifelong dream to build a tree house, and an idea was born. I decided to build a modest staircase that reaches up to the top of the tree, using the branches for support. For this, I needed to get some tools so I went online and got the perfect ladder at collapsible ladder  and I researched the other tools I would need at The DIY Outlet and found everything I needed at a great price. Now I have a little fort about half way up the tree. I can climb up to it and pick as many oranges as I’d like! It’s an amazing place for me to go up and read, and if I position myself just right, it’s almost like I’m way out in the wilderness. It’s just like I’m camping with my friends! It’s strong enough for me to go up there with my son and even play a couple of hands of gin rummy, just like I used to do with my grandfather.
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Creating a little oasis like this wasn’t hard. It did take a couple of weekends, but with the help of my family, it felt more like quality time than work. We all learned a lot about team-work and I think my son learned a valuable lesson about following through with a plan. I would write more to help you get inspired about working on your own lawn, but my garden and my fresh oranges await. There’s also a deck of cards on the outside table and a little fella waiting to play.


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