This summer marks 5 years that I've lived in the rural village of Lawn. As I was thinking of that I realized all the changes we've made to the house and property and wanted to capture that in photos. The photos below are from when we were working on the house in August 2005. There wasn't any landscaping or fence, and the siding was flaking off.
What a difference a few years (and lots of sweat equity) can make! 5 years later we have flower beds, a vegetable garden, a fenced in back yard, a new roof, new windows, new doors, and new siding.
The Rural Village took some getting used to, but now it would be hard for us to leave. It took me a while to get used to the firemen watching us when we're in our yard, and neighbors slowing down to peer in our windows. Good thing I know "the lookers" will never see my blog!
But now I like knowing the fire hall boys- and they sure came in handy this week- helping us with an electrical problem & jump starting our car. I like walking down the alley behind our house over to the post office with Alex and stopping to chat with neighbors along the way. Nick and some other neighbors are going to help an older man who lives behind us take down his decrepit garage in a few weeks. I like being able to help out others right in our small neighborhood, and I know they would do the same for us. Now, if only the rural village would shape up and change their ridiculous law banning backyard chickens!