December 31, 2013

Lesson 155: An Anniversary Gift in the Wood

Mark and I have never exchanged anniversary gifts.

First of all, our date falls just five days after Christmas. Who can keep a surprise that long? Not me. Everything is unwrapped and exposed on Dec. 25.

Second, until this year, we've had zero disposable income come anniversary time. Then, you have to pay for dinner, and a movie, and a baby-sitter. Who can afford to also celebrate with a gift?

In Mark's defense, he tried to order me something special this year. He knew I was in search of the perfect button down white collared shirt. He thought he had hit the jackpot with a simple one from Banana Republic, but when it arrived ... well, let's just say the bedazzling on the collar didn't impress either of us.

This year was no different. We celebrated year five yesterday, and no presents were presented. No feelings were hurt.

However, for the fun of it, we googled what the appropriate gift category is for a five year anniversary and found out it is wood.


You see, we had already planned on a little backyard adventuring turned treasure hunt for the day. And look what we found.

Well now. That's a lot of wood. Our creative wheels are turning. (Are yours?)

Perhaps year five will involve a wooden anniversary gift afterall.

Lesson Learned: Adventure awaits right outside your door. Or at least, our door.


  1. I so much want to reach into those pictures and explore what you found! (Actually, I'd like to borrow a metal detector and find what treasures might lie underfoot.)
    Are those 3 separate buildings? Was one a house - or all just storage? Any idea about the origin of the metal disk hanging outside the one window?
    The picture with the several shallow boxes - I see them turned upside down, given legs (made from some of the posts in the buildings) and then sanded and stained = end tables. Similarly, with the door in the same picture: add legs, do some finishing = dining table.
    I'm guessing the hoop in the last picture is the strap used to clamp on the top of a 55-gallon drum.
    Last thought: You definitely choose the right time to go exploring here. When the snakes are hibernating!!!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Metal detector is an interesting idea? We definitely hadn't thought of that!

      So, we think two buildings. The first three pictures are from a collapsed house. The last building is a shed, we think.

      No idea about that metal disk, but I'll say, it was one of my favorite details as well.

      End tables is a good idea! I had no idea what that hoop was for, so that's a helpful suggestion!

      About the snakes. We've lived here 2 1/2 years, and this is the first time I was willing to venture back there. We wore high boots, and I was a bit squimish! Thankfully, we saw none. There are no plans to return in warmer weather!

      Happy New Year to you as well!


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