Fence coming down

I think I got the blog back up running again. If you have trouble seeing photos, try hitting refresh. That was a huge pain in the ass fixing that. I was talking with tech support, my ISP (not sure why I was told to do that), wordpress support (radio silence) and nobody could get it figured out and finally I just was able to fix it myself by stripping my blog down to the start and rebuilding. Not what I wanted to do on my weekend.


First world problem for sure, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. I just uploaded the first theme that was in my list, so I don’t even know if I will keep it, but I don’t feel like messing with the blog any more for a while. Reference the meme above.

On Sunday, the fence came down. It was rotted in sections, so it’s not like that storm took down a quality fence or anything. The plan was to replace the fence at some point in the near future. We just didn’t think it would be coming down so soon. A new fence is not in the budget now and we don’t want an insurance hike. So down it came. I was swearing profusely at working on fixing my blog and finally figured it out. I got up to check the photos on my phone and looked out the window to see John had already started on the fence!


Then I went out and helped because I have to get my mitts on every project. It was done by early afternoon. Some of the sections were broken, so they just pulled out easy peasy. John had to use the reciprocating saw to cut a couple other sections free, but it went fast. Now we have a pile of fencing to get rid of.


I was going to offer it for free on my vintage lists since they eat up picket fence stuff, but as we were pulling it down, it looked like a lot of insect damage happened and I don’t want to send wood home to someone that might be infested with something. Ewww. Really glad it’s down now.

Arial view. That poor woman’s garage is still sitting like that today. Her insurance company needs to get on the ball so that can be taken care of.



It’s very strange to look outside now.


What it used to look like:


Honestly, in looking at the yard, I actually kind of like it without the fence, even though there is still the chain link on the one side. It’s not like we have a dog or kids to keep in place. The neighbor on the back doesn’t have pets or kids either – and her yard isn’t fenced all the way around.  She doesn’t care if we replace the fence or not.

I think we will just do a plant type border for now. Maybe some urns with plants in them every 10 feet or so would look pretty cool. I have to rethink some plants that are on their way that were to be put along the fence because they are not designed for full sun, which this corner is for sure.  I have some clematis planted that was going to climb up the fence, but I obviously need to move that now!  We’ll just add that on the pile of landscaping to be done this year.


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16 thoughts on “Fence coming down

  1. Kim

    I kind of like it without the fence, but hate the hassle you’re dealing with. That garage reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. Are there ruby slippers sticking out?

    1. Lori Post author

      The more I look at it without the fence, the better I like it — without the flipped up garage behind it, though. That is just disturbing to look at.

  2. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Wow, fast work you two. I like it without the fence too, you aren’t even facing directly into huge windows at your neighbor’s. One idea is to put up one or more free-standing trellises, (or old iron gate or door?), which could give a bit of visual separation and a place for some vines.

    1. Lori Kimble

      I like the idea of a metal headboard as a trellis kind of thing. Our neighbor has plants along the fence line, so those will grow and be a marker line. There are a ton of options.

  3. debby

    Hmmm, just the other day I was thinking back fondly to when I had no fence. For a long time the deer did not discover my plants. And then they did. Of course the fence I have now is see-through. It seems like not having a fence is making even more work for you! Or maybe we should call it more opportunities 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      More opportunities for sun plants. I could even do a rose border, which would be pretty neat! I’ve already got a bush in mind for the back corner – a button bush (landscape size, not wild). I had wanted one, but didn’t have a sunny enough spot for it. Now I do 😀

  4. Shelley B

    Blog problems are so frustrating! Although, I thought wordpress was better at not having such issues than Blogger – I guess nothing is perfect. I love your bike header, and I’m glad to see you back up and running.

    I grew up in a fenced area, and I live in a fenced area now, and even if I didn’t have a dog that I needed to corral, I’d want the privacy that a fence gives – it’s just too open for me.

    Oh and in our neck of the woods, after a big weather event where lots of places get damaged, oftentimes it’s not the insurance company causing the delay, it’s that suddenly all of the good contractors are swamped with work. That said, I hope your neighbor’s garage gets fixed soon – it IS unnerving to look at.

    1. Lori Post author

      We just saw someone with a clipboard walking around her garage yesterday, so that took a few days. That’s pretty lame.

      It feels pretty open right now, which is strange. If we do put up another one, it will be sort of see through anyway since I like the light that comes in.

  5. Helen

    I think your fence being gone illustrates why people cannot find their homes after a tornado that levels the neighborhood: nothing looks the same! But I do like the openness of the yard now. I’d be tempted to go with plants vs. fence depending on how much privacy you might want.

    I like your new header with the bike – so you!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Tuesday Ten: Yes.

    1. Lori Post author

      That header is a picture of a mosaic mural in North Creek. They have a huge retaining wall along the main street and it’s beautiful.

  6. Robin

    After several years of having a fence we took ours down. I must say I love not having it. I feel so less boxed in.

  7. Fran

    Although it looks better without the fence, personally I would make a “fence” of bushes or plants but that’s because I want privacy. We have a wooden fence in our garden at the left side but conifers on the right side and I prefer the conifers over the fence.

    Like the new style of your blog.

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