Monday, April 8, 2013


Over the weekend we lost our boy. We knew it was coming and tried to ready ourselves, but that doesn't make the pain any less difficult to bear. I might share some thoughts in a post later this week. I promise it won't be a sad post, even though waking up this morning was even more difficult than the last. 

For now, there is distraction. Thank goodness for that.

The Mister and I had plenty to focus on around the house this weekend. Dad came over and helped finish up the front screen (boy does it look sharp!) just in time for planting next weekend. Out back, he also helped us make some progress on the back patio (is that what we're going to call it?).  I shared some plans for this side of the yard in an earlier post. This is the space near the backyard bar where we are looking to install tiered planters along the fence and a fireside seating area. You can see some progress on the planters, now all framed out. The neon string marks the soil line for each. Our property slopes upward and the tiered planters will help compromise for the natural grade in the property, while adding structure and camouflage visual interest along the fence. The fence will actually be upgraded to a "slate" stain and will be offset by some chartreuse plantings on each tier. 

The Phormium in our original plan went out the window. We're now aiming for three of these show-stoppers: 

This feels like it all might come together rather quickly, which is always a good thing in my book. For now, things still look a little blurry and of course, dirty


jackie jade said...

so so sorry for your loss. my dogs are my family so I can't imagine what you are going through and hope you're healing well. I think distractions will be helpful - so good luck with the landscaping.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

Thanks for your note Jackie. He was indeed part of our family and there is a big void without him. Cherish those doggies of yours.

Elyse said...

So sorry for your loss. They give us such amazing unconditional is always heart wrenching in the end. I remember a few posts featuring your boy, and he certainly looked like he had personality to spare!(and a very devoted mom)...the pain fades in time but you'll always carry his memory with you.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I am sorry for your loss as well. He was such a cutie. ANd dos really do become part of the family. My parent's pup ( a Norwhich terrier) just passed away recently and it was very sad. My daughter, of course, misses him the most. Such a difficult experience. ANd yes, thank goodness for distractions! You are working so hard. You don't fool around. Those plants are SO insanely beautiful! Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Kristen said...

OH my gosh Erin, I am sooooo sorry to hear this news. Dogs are such an amazing part of the family and I dread even the thought. Keep yourself busy and keep your head up.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

Thank you Elyse. He was the coolest of creatures and I was very lucky to be his mom.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

Thanks Albertina! I'm just putting my nose to the grindstone. A hard day's work is the best therapy.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

Thanks Kristen. We were lucky enough to have 12 years with him. Still... it was no where near long enough.

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