Brief Look at Our Summer

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Since I was on a blogging hiatus over the summer, I thought I’d return to provide a little update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to during that time.

We traveled up to the mountains and spent a lot of time hiking. While it was occasionally a challenge for me, my wife was able to scale a particularly intense mountainside almost effortlessly. I think I’ve taught her a bit too well.

A few of my buddies and I also did a bunch of hunting. We went on an epic backpacking trip in the mountains and had the time of our lives. On our first night out, we sat around the campfire under the stars with the additional illumination of some neat camping lights to light up the camping grounds. All of the sudden, we heard a sort of deep roaring sound. We all leapt to our feet at the same time and looked at one another. No one had anything intelligent to say, so we all just shrugged our shoulders and sat back down. However, we soon heard a rustling nearby that was too close for comfort, though our vision was impaired because the lights were blinding.  We stood up and edged closer to the fire. A couple of my companions instinctively reached for their guns.

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Then, all of the sudden, out of the trees and bushes, a massive mother moose came into view! There was no mistaking that she was angry. It seemed like she was about to charge, but then she stopped, growled (or whatever you call the sound moose make) and ran in the opposite direction. Whatever her reason for doing this, it was a huge sigh of relief for us. We came close to death that night.

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There are many other crazy stories about the things that happened to us while we were out on our hunting adventure, but I’ll save those for other times. I got some impressive new hiking shoes as well as new camping light fixtures, and they seriously make a world of difference.

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I can’t even begin to describe the beauty of all the other places we also visited this summer. Suffice it to say that I can’t wait until next year!

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Industrial Barn Project

Hey guys! Sorry it has been so long since my last blog post. I am in the early brainstorming stages of a new project and I want to give you guys a rundown of all the ideas I have and everything I’ve been doing.  As you know, I am really into outside activities and thought it would be great to build a ___ near my garden for hosting get-togethers with all my friends. Lighting will be very important for creating a welcoming atmosphere for the ___ and the outdoor area. It is a rather large area to illuminate, so I am going with some state-of-the-art ___ Fixtures. These ___ lights will be installed on the inside of the ___ and around the outdoor garden area.

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Industrial Style ___and Garden with lighting.

I was first inspired by one of my neighbors, who has a great-looking ___ that’s also equipped with ___ lighting. He told me that he got a pretty good deal shopping for his fixtures online, from a store with top-of-the-line variety in its ___ lights. He also advised me not to pay more than $259 for each ___ light fixture and that he was able to illuminate the interior and exterior of his ___ for under $1000.

Once he gave me the name of the website, I checked it out and discovered that they had some really nice lighting fixtures that would look great for my ___. I browsed the site for hours and I eventually found all the lights I was seeking. Just as my neighbor said, I was able to buy them all for under $1000. I was super excited when they arrived a few weeks later. Taking them out of the package revealed that they were exactly what I was hoping for. The lights turned out wonderfully and I cannot wait to get them installed.

My buddies are going to come over to help me put the lighting fixtures up. It’s quite labor intensive and I don’t want to make any mistakes. When it’s all done and finished I will definitely post a picture of it for all to see.

Garden Eating

As I mentioned in my previous post, we have our own garden, with each season bringing new and delicious foods. When my wife was first inspired to have a garden, I admittedly wasn’t too thrilled at the idea, as it meant having to build her a couple of 10′x10′ garden boxes. I also needed to install some ___ to go around it. When we first bought our house, we noticed a gopher problem–holes everywhere! Garden boxes as well as really bright ___ were essential to stop them in their tracks so that we could enjoy our produce. Putting up the outdoor ___ lights wasn’t much of a hassle, taking only one Saturday morning. Seeing my wife’s happy face when it was finished made it all worthwhile. Here’s an image of one of the lights we put up.

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Our girls help us with the garden as much as possible.  They adore it as well as the ___ lights. The new amount of fruits and vegetables the garden now produces is saving us a great deal of money on grocery bills. Because we harvest almost all of our produce, we need to stick to what’s in season. Right now, we have a large yield of spinach, asparagus, blueberries and strawberries. Our apricot tree is also showing its first signs of fruit, so my wife and I have been enjoying smoothies. We mix in organic milk with apricots, strawberries and spinach. A tablespoon of organic peanut butter also makes for an odd but delicious addition. These smoothies taste great, are filling and provide tremendous energy. My wife and I make a pretty good team.

Doug I am

Howdy! This is my very first blog post, so I’m quite excited to be writing. I guess I should tell you about myself. If you can’t tell already, I am what some might call an outdoorsy type. I grew up in the back woods of Mississippi, and now I live in Portland, Oregon. Needless to say, I’ve come a long way. I’m happily married, and I have two beautiful daughters. We live in a beautiful two-story home in the suburbs. Our house has plenty of character, as it is a century old, but it certainly still needs some work. Right now we’re working on the bathroom that is illuminated by horrendous yellow and green lights, which we want to replace with more appealing old style ___ lights that will better suit the character of our home. When we bought the house back in 2011, we knew that it needed quite a few fixes, but we didn’t think it would be so difficult. Trying to raise a family and renovating our home at the same time proved challenging. I feel that, in a sense, we have three kids to care for–our two girls, and this house.

Despite being a challenge, it has certainly been a rewarding experience as well. Our lot is about half an acre in size, so my wife has started a backyard garden. The large area is great because we save on having to buy vegetables, and our girls get to enjoy being outside. One thing I have to say that I love about our garden is that we’ve made it into an inviting space, perfect for entertaining. We have a brick grill, a wooden deck, and a pool. We’ve even installed some outside ___ lights around the perimeter. We purchased them on a website called ___. They sell all kinds of ___ lights that look great if you’re into ___ lighting . I think we’ll be buying our bathroom lights from them sometime very soon.

 

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