Geri Sanchez: Turns stump into yard decoration 2010.07.28

Written by David Green.

sanchez.stump.jpgDon’t try to remember the tree that once stood in the side yard of the Geri and Romero Sanchez home on East Coomer Street in Morenci because there wasn’t one.

The stump that stands there now actually came from a tree that once grew across the street on the Church of the Nazarene property.

When the tree was cut and the large chunk of the trunk lay on the ground, Geri got the urge to do something with it.

She and her husband managed to roll it across the street, up their driveway and into the garage. Once it was righted, they went to work to create the roof, chimney, doors and windows.

“It was a nice winter project,” Geri said, “but it turned out a little more elaborate than what I had planned.”

It took a tractor with a fork to lift the stump and move it into place in the side yard, and then the finishing touches were added—the fence, driveway, outbuildings, a tree and more.

“I wanted to use real grass around the house,” Geri said, “but then I thought, how am I going to mow it?”

She settled for green-painted stones.

The miniature clothesline is full of her daughter’s Barbie doll clothes, and the family Schnauzers also served as some inspiration, Geri said. Their names and pawprints are preserved in the tiny sidewalk.

Geri recently started a lawn manicure business—gardens, trimming, retaining walls, etc., rather than mowing—and when she isn’t busy with that, she might be found at what she calls 115-1/8 E. Coomer St., keeping things sharp at her second home.

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