by Erin Napier
We started building the new backyard garage on May 17. Today, after sweating about 10 gallons in the heat of the day, Ben and Byron tore down the very last of the rotten, feeble old shop that was its predecessor. I thought it would never be finished. Truly, I began to think of ways we could just leave it and make creative use of it (squirrel habitat?).
Yes, we made a burn pile of some leaves and tiny wood scraps. No, that’s not legal in the city limits. Yes, we watched it closely. But if anyone asks, it was a firepit. Or a barbecue.
So, next! Sod. Stone paths. Pea gravel. Ivy… Daydreaming.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!