Bernhard and Henriette

Bernhard and Henriette

Bernhard Theodore Strasen was a Lutheran pastor’s son, born November 3, 1898, in Janesville, Minnesota, a community in south central Minnesota, where his father Henry served Trinity Lutheran Church. He was the middle child of five, the only boy. As he wanted to be a pastor, following in the steps of his father and grandfather,…

Summer 2023

Summer 2023

Summer 2023 Three Generations. These are the three generations from David Strasen. This photo was taken in Lacey Washington on July 20th 2023

Pavers Part One

Pavers Part One

The firepit area will be 12 by 17 ft. I am just getting started setting the pavers. These are the dominion concrete pavers from Mutual Materials. I will have about 2 inches between the pavers and the retaining wall. I know that there are easier ways of doing this but I like setting each one…

California Lilac

California Lilac

This magnificent evergreen shrub Ceanothus ‘Dark Star,’ commonly known as California Lilac was planted in 2012. I love the stunning royal blue flowers and bees seem to enjoy them as well. This variety offers a splash of vivid color to your garden in the late spring and early summer and the flowers have little golden…

Ground Cover

Ground Cover

Our ground cover is getting better each year. We use a combination of Thyme, Moss, Sedum, and Corsican Mint. I love low-growing ground cover plants the biggest reason is that I don’t need to mow. When used correctly, they may significantly improve the appearance of a front yard. Use ground covers to cover up trouble…

Brick Wall Support Brackets

Brick Wall Support Brackets

Brick wall support brackets or ties serve as indispensable elements in establishing a robust connection between your brickwork and the underlying structure. By delivering additional stability, they contribute to the overall strength and reliability of your wall, effectively safeguarding it against potential hazards and ensuring its enduring structural integrity. Brick wall support brackets or ties…

Retaining Wall Weep Holes

Retaining Wall Weep Holes

Retaining walls and other ground-draining structures all have weep holes. Weep holes offer a drainage outlet that enables any moisture that may enter the wall from behind through penetrating, capillary action, or leakage. The installation of weep holes in brick masonry also acts as a ventilator, allowing air to reach the back of the wall…