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Mar 20

People’s Choice Round Six: Vote for All Things Outdoors

It’s time for round six of our People’s Choice vote, and we’re moving outdoors. For the next two weeks, you’ll be picking a patio construction plan, fire pit design, backyard game, and more. You’ve got eight decisions to make. Choose wisely, and choose up to ten times a day.

Let us know what your favorite features are in the comments below!


  • Posted at 5:19 pm on March 3, 2014
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  1. I think we need to add a vote for LAWN ORNAMENTS?

    a) GNOMES (Wearing Tommy Bahama)
    b) FLAMINGO's (Wearing Mickey Mouse Ears)

    MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    • I think the Flamingos need to stay anyway, they are part of the yard now, it would look naked without them!

      Sha on March 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm
    • I agree but since FLAMINGOS are very social and prefer larger groups I think they need the GNOMES as friends.

      MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm
    • How about both? I actually have a Mickey and Minnie Mouse gnome couple. The Disney store has Flamingos with with mickey ears. So, anyway, I think both!

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Given that LEGOLAND is nearby and that the LEGO MOVIE is so popular we may need to add a LEGO COUPLE to our army of LAWN ORNAMENTS as well. Good thing the yard is big.

      MAOW on March 21, 2014 at 9:32 am
    • I' would be glad to add a lego couple. I can also add my lawn cow (named Edwin) and a flying flamingo named floyd, I think that is all my ornaments (I have them to irritate my miserable neighbor :p ).

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 10:14 am
    • I vote for both flamingoes and gnomes! Legoland lawn ornaments would be fun too.

      TKB on March 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • They both sound perfect. What about the two little black kitties from the original front of the house? Maybe they could wear tiny bikinis.

      Angel on March 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    • solar glass balls at random areas for fun!

      Sioux on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    • Nope

      Karen on April 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm
    • I have a metal Egret weather vane on my property that is fun to watch. Maybe one with a Sandhill Crane or one of the other critters that represent FL/Winter Haven would be nice.

      LAUDGIRL on April 2, 2014 at 7:57 am
  2. …or we could vote on DOCK TOYS?

    a) SKI BOAT
    b) AIR BOAT
    c) JET SKIS

    MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    • an air boat would be cool!!!;)

      Sha on March 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm
    • Jet ski would be fun!

      Lia_M on March 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm
    • Air Boat !! Or Jet skis

      Linda Whittaker on March 21, 2014 at 8:02 am
    • Again, I ask why not all 3 – LOL

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 8:38 am
    • You can never have enough boats. My parents live on a river and have: A Pontoon Boat, Fishing Boat, Paddle Boat, 2 Canoes, and 2 Kayaks. We call it "GRANDPA's NAVY".

      I hope the DOCK is big enough. .

      MAOW on March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am
    • I like sailors – LOL

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 10:14 am
    • Pontoon boat with barbeque aboard, tube behind. All of the above and this.

      Angel on March 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm
    • I want a boat of some sort. Now I have this song stuck in my head:

      TwoCorgis on March 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    • Jet skis please

      RLD on March 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    • Sounds like a great idea!

      travelfun on April 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    • And the winner is … a) SKI BOAT.

      "This year's grand prize winner will also receive a 2014 MasterCraft NXT 20 ski boat and a $50,000 cash prize from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans". So our DOCK will have a BOAT. YEAH!

      Thanks DIY. Now about my POOL.

      MAOW on April 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  3. …or we could vote on PADDLE SPORTS?

    a) SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
    b) PADDLE BOAT (Swan or Pirate Ship shape please)
    c) KAYAKS

    MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm
    • not so sure I want to be in the lake if there are gators?!?!?!?!

      Sha on March 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm
    • Paddle board school, kayak/canoe school, small sailing boat school & waterski school all on this lake. Time to let the 'gator thing go. :) ^_^

      Sally on March 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    • Sorry Sally, I live in the mountains right now, so I'm not sure what is down there…I asked if there were gaters in the lake and never got an answer so….
      I know I watch too much animal planet…

      I will have to check out the water sports school…

      Sha on March 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    • I haven't seen an answer about gaters either. I don't want to assume one way or another.
      Floridians, what is the correct answer?

      Eugenia27 on March 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    • GATORS have short little arms that aren't suited for PADDLE SPORTS so you are good to go.

      MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm
    • ROFLOL

      Eugenia27 on March 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    • Too Cute! made me laugh, thanks I needed that!

      Sha on March 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    • Gators just want to have a little fun too

      cyndibear on March 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    • Reminds me of an old joke.

      Tourist about to dive into the sea – "Are there any 'gators around here?"
      Local fishing nearby – "Nah!……… Sharks got 'em all"

      Enjoy this spoof photo

      Clive on March 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • Great ideas! I'd like a kayak or paddle boat, I've never attempted SUP, I'm not sure I'm talented enough!

      Lia_M on March 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm
    • Lia,

      There is a Paddle Board School on Lake Hamilton so you could take lessons.

      MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm
    • Great ideas! I'll keep that in mind if I win! :)

      Lia_M on March 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    • I like what I am hearing. Anything is better then a snow shovel. Keep the ideas comming.

      Jay Michajluk on March 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm
    • Okay, here I would say, Pirate ship paddle boats. I love paddle boats and pirates, so that is the one for me. See I can make a decision. B)

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 8:40 am
    • b) Paddle Boats , Oh yeh !!!!!!

      susan on April 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm
  4. …or what about a small fishing boat with higher sides to protect from gaters…
    …or a party boat with canopy…

    webwoman on March 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    • Bass Boat and trailer.

      Jay Michajluk on March 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm
    • Jay, now We're getting expensive.LOL I know because we had one..Fun, Fast and it would make some nice Tidal waves on that lake LOL .^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on March 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm
    • and add to the tax money the winner needs try to come up with to keep the home :( If they keep to the prize structure of no money included. The IRS sees it all as income.

      Gene on March 23, 2014 at 8:26 am
    • Table 1. 2014 Taxable Income Brackets and Rates Rate

      Single Filers Married Joint Filers Head of Household Filers

      33% $186,351 to $405,100 $226,851 to $405,100 $206,601 to $405,100
      35% $405,101 to 406,750 $405,101 to 457,600 $405,101 to $432,200
      39.6% $406,751+ $457,601+ $432,201+

      Gene on March 23, 2014 at 8:46 am
    • Stop cluttering up my dreamscape with nasty financial considerations. It's bumming me out. :'(

      TwoCorgis on March 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm
    • I agree TwoCorgis! Talking finances, etc., is a huge bummer!!:'(:( That's like releasing beautiful balloons only to have someone rapidly deflate them.:(

      Sheri McNamara on March 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    • Thanks Gene, this is great information, it does help to prepare one for the decision they will need to make, and they should already be prepared if they are a blogger and have read and utilized this information. It will certainly help me to prepare!

      Slps60 on March 25, 2014 at 9:27 am
    • The blog cabin doesn't come with any prize cash?

      Dtkkjt on March 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm
    • No. Never has. It's primarily a show on DIY techniques so they keep it relatively simple. The houses have ranged from $365,000 – $750,000 in value. Most are below $500,000. It's not the HGTV Dream Home. :)

      The lower value has been why two have been kept by the winners although you will still need to come up with about $145,000 in income tax next year if the value of this house is about $500,000. No one has ever successfully kept a Dream Home, Green Home, Smart Home or Urban Oasis. :S

      Sally on March 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    • It seems like the value will be much higher this year. DIY paid $370,000 for the lot alone. The old house was probably worth about $70,000 but no real estate transfer is reported so I guess there is the possibility they got the house itself for nothing and just had to pay for the move but even then we're over $400,000 already.

      Then the foundation was built and other than the first floor decking the house was virtually taken apart and built new. There is even some speculation that the existing chimney, almost the only thing remaining of the original, was taken down in the last two days. Piecemeal deconstruction and rebuilding may make for good television, but is actually more expensive than just building new. I'd be very surprised if the completed and furnished cost with landscaping and a dock does not exceed $800,000.

      Ralebird on March 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    • If you believe the ZILLOW on-line estimates, the house to the right (Viewing the BC from the lake) is estimated at $335,175 (3BR, 2 BA, 2,653sq, on 5,38ac). House to the left is estimated at $421,186 (3BR, 2BA, 2,380sq, on 5.56ac).

      I believe your estimated cost of $800,000 to complete this BC makes sense but maybe the lower estimated values on the neighbors homes will result in a lower tax value assigned to the BC.

      MAOW on March 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    • You may be correct but that's way above any previous Blog Cabins and some have been a lot bigger and more grandiose than this one and had more land. I expect they will stay within the market range of nearby homes so less than $500,000 will be the value.

      Last year they paid $500,000 for the plot alone and after all the work and building the new house they valued it at $462,000. The only house recently that was valued more than the original purchase price was the Maine house in 2012 and I believe DIY made a big mistake. The winner had to reduce the price considerably to sell it and it was valued way above comparable nearby houses. I believe DIY learned from that mistake and will keep the value within market range which is less than $500,000. :)

      Clive on March 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    • The Zillow estimates are not known for their accuracy and the price paid for the lot alone is the equivalent of the neighbor's houses. As far as the value of the other BC's I guess it goes back to real estate rules 1, 2, and 3: location, location, location. It does look in the past like they are ascribing a value which is in line with market value rather than cost, which is the term I used.

      I guess the winner should not have to pay taxes on all the advertising and marketing expenses that go into the house, but I'm sure DIY is getting that back from every supplier they name, anyway. I guess the way to look at it is you can get a house that would cost $800K to replace for a tax value of half a million. Keep that in mind when buying insurance.

      Ralebird on March 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm
    • Sorry I missed the 'cost' word. My bad :$ Skimming reading and not really looking.

      The cost of the build in total may well be as high as $800,000, possibly higher. They paid $370,000 for the plot, as you say, and they paid close to $90,000 for the house. They can still sell the empty lot to defer some costs. I'm sure they will be paying all the sub-contractors for labor and materials (that's certainly been the case in previous BC's). Permits etc. will be a small cost too.

      I'll stick to my guess that the ARV they give will be about $500,000. Hopefully a little lower. That's what the winner will pay income tax on.

      Good point about the insurance value to replace but remember there's no cost for the land even if the house is completely destroyed so insure just for house rebuild value, not the lot also.;)

      Clive on March 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm
    • Clive,

      A quick glance at REALTOR.COM shows some waterfront homes in Winter Haven of similar age and/or size at a selling price below $500,000.00. Of course some lakes are more desired than others in WH and some lots are bigger but given the housing prices in this market it will be interesting to see the ARV assigned to the BC.

      MAOW on March 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • I agree. Based on the Zillow estimates the houses in the immediate vicinity, except one much larger house, are all in the 325000 – 425000 range and all are very similar in sq ft and acerage to the BC. However, the ARV and all things like that are secondary to the house, the show and the entertainment. Only one person in the country will need to be overly concerned about that and how they handle it is entirely their affair. Dreaming of winning is fun. Worrying about it is not very realistic or fruitful. :) For those of us who seldom enter and then only ever enter once it's nothing to even consider. :) xD^_^

      Clive on March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    • Okay, but let's try to think a bit more positively. If you win any thing, money, home, whatever, you have taxes to consider, it'll work out. If you win you can use the home to take out a loan for some of those expenses.

      nanwes on March 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    • I do not think it would be a problem to take out a loan to cover the taxes. But here in PA not only fed taxes need to add State and Local taxes on winnings. Also I think that capital gains are taxed more then other income. Maybe someone could help us with all this tax code stuff. If I would happen to be chosen just would turn in over to H&R Block. You may be able to prorate the gains over 5 years. I do not know just thinking out loud.

      Jay Michajluk on March 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    • Every year we get this type of discussion on the blog. You can bet that winners have tried every conceivable way to avoid or pay the tax. However, very few of these house giveaways stay with the winners. To date only two Blog Cabins have been kept by the winners. The 2011 was won by an affluent couple who were about to retire in that area. They had the financial means to pay the tax. Last year's winner also kept the house. I don't know how she paid the tax but I wish her well and hope whatever she did has worked out well. Again, they were a couple about to retire or just retired and this may be important in the decision to keep it and the ability to do so. The law is clear. You must include the value (either the value DIY gives it or a fair market value) as income for this year. There's no avoiding it or deferring it.

      The worst case scenario was Don Cruz who won the 2005 DH. His was, sadly, a master class in what not to do. He managed to loose everything. If you are the fortunate winner the very first thing you should do is contact a CFP, not an accountant unless you get someone who is both.

      Sally on March 23, 2014 at 8:27 pm
    • This is income, not capital gains so to keep the house in light of what will be close to 50% combined state, federal and local income taxes you better be able to swing a mortgage for half the fair market value unless you sell an existing home or have other means to raise that cash.

      Ralebird on March 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm
    • Hi Jay, to bring pricing down in regards to boats, what about a row boat with a troll motor? That way if the arms give out there is a small motor to help along the way.;) Something to think about…Now I am waiting for the sun to rise so I can see all the early morning activity. Talk to you later today. In the mean time, be safe.<3:)

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 6:33 am
    • Oh yeah, the row boat with troll motor has to have high sides! Does that sound good Webwoman? I thought for a minute or so about making it with a glass bottom as well, but I'm not real sure that I want to know:S :) I do so love that house, and if it is meant to be, I know it will soon be our true, family home with all sorts of family memories to be made. I have to remind myself that this is in Gods time and way. One of the most difficult things for me being patient!I'll just keep trying and refuse to give up, that's with all things not just my home-to-be. Have a great evening and blessings to all. Love and hugs.<3;)<3

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm
    • There may be some no longer used glass bottom boats not to far from the cabin. What did Lego do with all of the ones left from Cyprus Gardens then the took over?

      Jay Michajluk on March 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    • Good idea Jay! It really would be interesting to troll around in glass bottom boat. There is absolutely no telling what someone would find. If the opportunity is there I will have to check into that. By the way, I refuse to give taxes a thought until I see or hear my name is the winner! Why get bummed out until or if the need arises.<3;).. Well it has been a dreary, rainy day all day. Not a hard rain, but it has been steady. I was surprised to see cabin does not look like it got much rain. I sure would like to see the roofing complete. It surely is a beautiful Blog Cabin.:)<3<3

      Sheri McNamara on March 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    • Party boat and canopy.

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 8:41 am
    • Oooooh! Party boat!

      Angel on March 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    • sorry to Bum people out with my previous post with the reality over the tax situation, After looking at the history of Blog Cabin winners, as Sally pointed out, not many can afford to keep the prize. Instead of including a lot of expensive toys I'd rater see cash included so the winner may actually be able to keep this beautiful home. By mentioning it here my hope is that enough people will show concern that very few people that are on here voting will be able to keep the property if they do win. I would like to see them restructure the price to include cash so more people can keep it, on this or future Blog Cabins. As Sally pointed out in the History of Blog Cabin only 2 winners have been able to keep it, that is a BUMMER :(

      Gene on March 25, 2014 at 6:35 am
    • Gene, you are just being a realist, I can understand that. (I am thankful we have a place to sell if we should win it) The only thing is with the monetary addition, that would raise the income level and give you more taxes to pay. It would basically defeat the purpose of having it. At least with the "toys" you have an option of selling them to help pay the taxes. :D To me it would be a great retirement home, no snow, less arthritic pain, more outdoor exercise and a great honeymoon adventure. (We didn't take one when we got married in December) It's all good! Have a great day!

      Sha on March 25, 2014 at 6:59 am
    • Thanks Gene – Great article and yes the winner does need to be realistic. It is wonderful to dream about winning (yes I do too) but I also know I cannot afford the taxes on the prize (my non-professional guesstimate would be along the lines of the article) without a cash option. I do not make enough to afford the monthly payments on a loan for the $275K+ for taxes. Polk County's property taxes are low however if you check out the County's website for property taxes the lakefront properties in the area they are $5,000 Plus per year (depending on value of the home) and this one will be loaded so I suspect it will be higher then that. HGTV's prizes have had the cash option and I wish DIY did as well you could still take home a hefty cash prize after taxes. Just my opinion.

      LRN on March 25, 2014 at 7:51 am
    • Gene. The author of this article doesn't know much about state income tax. The statement "The good news is that it is in Florida which does not have an individual income tax so there will be no state tax bill for winning this home" only applies if the winner is a Florida resident for tax purposes. If the winner lives in a state that levies income tax (every state except Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming) they must pay state income tax as well a federal tax.

      They also don't know much about the Blog Cabin either as there's neither a cash component to the prize or a cash in lieu option. Cash was given in lieu of the house in 2009 when, due to legal reasons, the house couldn't be awarded and Scripps invoked the rule that they can offer the ARV in cash in the event that the house, for whatever reason, can't be awarded.

      Several finance savvy people in the past have blogged that a home equity loan to pay the tax is only viable if the person taking out the loan can afford the repayments.

      That 2 winners have kept Blog Cabins is good news when compared with none for all the other house sweepstakes combined. :)

      Sally on March 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm
    • If the winner is over 62, and makes the BC the primary home, wouldn't a reverse mortgage work? The money could pay for the taxes.

      Angel on April 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm
    • Just reading over some of your comments here on the cost of owning a blog cabin. I wonder if a person waited in the wings to see if the winner could not aford to keep it. Maybe better to buy it from the winner if the price is right. I sooner do that then win it. In FL is there something called the "Homestead Act" that helps out when buying a home and moving to FL? For most people, including myself, winning this home will be a learning experience. It is only fair to have the cabin open for anyone to win, but the hardship it places on the winner is unfair. Not so much a problem for some, but enough to sink the ship for others. Would make the winner feel like they should have never entered. What could DIY do so that no matter who wins they would be able to keep the cabin if they wanted to?

      Jay Michajluk on April 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    • I think you're looking at this in all the wrong ways. Forget about all the tough decisions the winner will have to make, the bottom line is they'll be getting a house worth $600,000 to $800,000 for absolutely nothing. Yes, they'll owe almost half the value in taxes which will be one of the factors they need to consider but even if they sell they'll have 3 or 4 hundred thousand dollars they didn't have the day before the prize was awarded. That will keep a lot of ships afloat. I would say that is hardly an unfair hardship; if it is, sign me up!

      Ralebird on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    • I vote for keeping it simple….something like a 16' Tracker Laker Guide (utility boat) with a 30 hp motor. Value is only around $7,500. It would be perfect for Lake Hamilton. Actually, I can make this even easier….I already have that boat. All I have to do is win the 2014 BC!

      RLDorf on March 25, 2014 at 9:17 am
  5. Or whether or not there will be a covered area at the end of the dock?? :p

    jchristie24 on March 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm
    • I certainly hope there would be a cover over the bar they are having us vote for now????!!! Time will tell;)

      Sha on March 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm
    • Unless the BAR is enclosed I do not see myself keeping any supplies (Beverage, Food, Tableware, etc.) in the BAR on a regular basis.

      I hope the BAR is big enough for FISHING TACKLE and PFD's.

      MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm
    • There you go! I like that idea also (fishing tackle storage)

      Jay Michajluk on March 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    • It should at least have a roof, but it would be nice if it were screened in, so you can sit out there at night without mosquitoes eating you alive.

      Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2014 at 8:43 am
  6. I love all the colors in the pictures, everything looks so nice and bright (except the sunset of course) <3

    Sha on March 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm
  7. I wonder if they were able to save any of the old wood from the widow's walk railing, the starburst pattern would make interesting wall art.

    Lia_M on March 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm
  8. To me the OUTDOOR votes fall under one of two group's.

    1) Of the two options presented one was clearly better and is winning by a landslide (ie. Dock Railing).

    2) Both options work for me.

    Overall, for me, there are really no difficult decisions and no intense discussions resulting from these choices.

    MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm
  9. Hi Virginia, Only one or two questions make bloggers happy. I don't remember the name of it but it's a water "toy" of sorts. I have only seen them as two seaters, but the kids old enough to operate the mini racing boats did just that. That left my youngest daughter out(no too happy) so I rented this thing we both had a seat and pedals similar to a bike and we pedaled are selves silly all over that lake(man-made no gators) and had the best time.We had no trouble sleeping that night. That would be fun at the cabin.Yeah, long story for one toy, oh well.I like both chair choices. Love that we can opt for the special railing(I did). Anything to do with the dock is wonderful.Now that I see it, is that what you meant by paddle boats MOAW? If so at least you know what I'm trying to explain. lol<3Love and best wishes to all.<3:D

    Sheri McNamara on March 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    • Sheri,

      What you rented ("Both had a seat and pedals similar to a bike") certainly sounds like a PADDLE BOAT.

      Lately I have been seeing small PONTOON BOATS which allow you to paddle them. I like this idea because you can paddle to where you want to go but then stop to eat, fish, sunbath, etc. With a standard PADDLE BOAT you are either paddling or sitting without paddling.

      MAOW on March 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm
    • Pontoon boats like the small one you describe sound great. I can see me with any one of my smaller grand kids doing that. A picnic lunch on the lake sounds like fun. Thank you for all the fun ideas. I love it when I can interact with my grand kids and they aren't reading or listening to any electronic gizmo! My six yr old grand daughter loves to read to me and have me read to her. The 8 yr old loves reading as well. It's the teens and pre-teens that take some work getting the electronics to disappear.The way I see it, this cabin is perfect for me and my family. The cabin is only about two hrs from our house now and our grands and our adult kids as well. That makes moving basically simple and visiting time would be perfect. Therefore I fully intend to win this amazing cabin, my first and only home that I would ever own. I'm going for it. Of course it's all in Gods time and with His approval also. Lots of love to everyone, it has been a busy blogging day!.On the serious side I send special love to those in need, with hugs and kisses.XXOO Blessings to you.:)

      Sheri McNamara on March 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm
    • Hi Virginia, As I was re-reading my own blog I discovered that the first sentence made absolutely no sense! It looks like several parts of one or more topics overran each other.However since I cannot figure that out let me just say good morning to you and to everyone reading this I say hello!;) That's better. This was the first morning that I got to cabin cam just as daylight was in progress . I sure hope the crew or at least one or two people do a quick look around and pick up the trash that has gotten away from the dumpsters, trash piles or where ever the designated garbage goes. It looked bad and I could see the neighbors looking about. I was really surprised even up by the back door. I've never seen that left like that and thought some nosy creatures such as racoons could have done it. Please believe I am not complaining about the crew they do amazing work, just thought I should bring it to your attention.I figure it was racoons since they are pros at making a mess.LOL Did anyone else notice that this morning? Have a wonderful morning, it's supposed to get to the 80's today so keep everyone at the site drinking lots of water. Love to all and be safe.<3:D

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 7:59 am
    • Wow, they are really moving along with the cabin and the property looks grand.:D<3 My mind is racing with all sorts of options all around the property! It's really getting hot out there so I hope all the people working on this house stay hydrated. Did all of you bloggers that keep getting slammed from the snow ever get any relief from all that cold? I sure hope so.I hope everyone is feeling well and having a great day. I think it's time for me to lay down and rest. I am sick and tired of all the migraines over the last two weeks! If they would just go and stay gone, what a blessing that would be. Love and hugs to all. Talk with you all later.:S

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 10:21 am
  10. Happy First day of Spring to all from Florida…It was a Beautiful Day here on the Central East Coast of Florida…I worked in my yard all day and got a little suntan..I raked up the last of my "Fall" leaves, would you believe it, in March??? Now the new leaves are sprouting…Love Springtime!
    I would like to comment on why I'm voting for the Birdbath…I have had Birdbaths in my yard for many years and never had a problem with big birds going near them..I have seen Egrets, Sand Crane, White Ibis and a few beautiful Hawks just to name a few on the back of my property but that is low land and they feed back there…But the small Birds are such a joy to watch bathing in the water and watch the little ones slide down in the water just trying to get a drink…I have Painted Buntings, Cardinals, Wren, Bluebirds and many more and they are so much fun to watch. They are Gods little creations and I love to watch them and listen to them sing..^_^ I have birdbaths all over my yard, front and back in my flower gardens. I clean them out every two or three day with a water hose and brush and never have any problems with mosquitoes. The little Squirrels like to get a drink too especially when it's very hot weather…Those who suggested to plant flowers in the BB had a good suggestion if the Winner has bug problems :)
    I like all the other items we're voting on…Would love to see a Pergola some where in the yard and a shower for sandy feet…
    Dear Bloggers, I got rained out of my trip to Winter Haven last weekend:( Bummer!! So we will have to reschedule trip for another time…
    To Dear Laurie, Kayla and Mr. Eastman, I would "Never" enter "Our" private property unless I win it..Smile..I'm not foolish or a juvenile, but would like to get a few pics of "Our Special Guys" if possible, maybe as they are driving out or planting a tree out by the road or riding the Mower around the property..Just anything would be great to share with All Our Blogging Buddies B)<3<3 Happy Spring!!!^_^B)<3…OH and Soooo Glad there will be a Dock so We can have Our Weekend Breakfast or Brunches..So much fun to share!! Good night to all, stay warm for those of You who are still enduring that White stuff B)<3<3^_^

    Jennie/Florida on March 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    • Jennie/Florida, Thank you for your comments. Could not have said it any better. dito

      Jay Michajluk on March 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    • You're welcome Jay and Thank you for your "Ditto" Jay!!! :) ^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on March 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    • OOPS, I forgot Kayla has left us:(:|

      Jennie/Florida on March 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm
    • Are you wanting a look at the front of the property? Check the 'Move' pictures. After rubbing a power pole the house is transferred from a Semi Tractor to a front end loader at the gate. That shot will give you an idea of the width of the front of the property. Can't give any more away.

      I found the property on satellite within 5 minutes of the lake's name being announced. They even said the property was long, yep, prepare for a walk to get the mail. Even to take the 90 gallon refuse can to the road, you'll need to attach it to a trailer hitch on the car, truck or tractor.

      mrmoogy on March 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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