My cattle panel fence

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This is going to expose me for being the spoiled brat of a consumerist that I am, but here it goes anyway: I still have an iPhone 4 and it’s RUINING MY LIFE. *throws self on ground to flail*

A rundown of my first world phone problems: It’s slow. I try to slide the bar to answer a call and it just sits there. Siri is broken; she sounds like a smoker from Boca Raton. When I use Maps for directions, there’s a delay that results in me being told to exit about five seconds too late. And the camera — you know, the 5 megapixel camera that used to feel so extravagantly advanced — is absolute crap.

So when it came time to photograph the finished product of the cedar-framed cattle panel fence I had installed, the iPhone just wouldn’t do. Nay, I say to thee. This was an occasion for a good old fashioned digital camera — just like the pioneers used.

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I love my fence so much, and in a way, it’s changed my everyday life. It’s absolutely luxurious to be able to throw Foxy outside in the morning and not have to follow her; she can hunt squirrels to her heart’s content while I make my coffee. I love the fact that the entire yard is enclosed, so if I want to sit on my front porch swing (because I have a front porch swing, just like I’ve wished for my entire life), Foxy can hang around. I may not have the most up-to-date phone — but damn it, I have a fence surrounding a tiny little dream house, and that means that life is pretty extravagant.



  1. Michael on October 27, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Well, you can always throw the phone at the squirrels, lol! I love your yard, your dog, your house, and your humor so much! I never leave the house without my vintage 2009 Nikon D-5000. Thanks for the pics. Live the dream, my friend.

  2. Amanda on October 27, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Until this past weekend, I was also still rockin’ a iPhone 4, so you aren’t the only one. I love your fence! I’m glad that this is making your home feel even more perfect and adding to Foxy’s happiness.

  3. mark on October 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    nice fence!

  4. Joey on October 27, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I’m still rocking the Galaxy SIII, like our Founding Fathers wanted us to do.

  5. Josh G on October 27, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Awesome fence Annie. Is it cedar? Sheesh it looks nice. And I love how open it is! We just inherited a fence last weekend (yes, you read that correctly…) and I’m not excited about the work involved to reassemble it, but I can’t wait to have it up.

  6. bethany on October 27, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    this makes me so happy for you!

  7. sandra bowman on October 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    yea you do! and it’s perfect. a fenced in yard is SUCH a game changer.

  8. Brent on October 29, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    This is the most beautiful fence I have ever seen.

  9. mrs. chesney on November 3, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    GORGEOUS!!! xoxo

  10. jodie on November 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    JUST like the pioneers. also, just looking at your house makes me sin. you need to move. you’re causing me to stumble. that house fine, fine!

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  13. Sarah on August 2, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Can you tell me what size pieces of lumber used to frame the panels?

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    Your house is adorbs, just like you!

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