Man, weekends are so great. I love that busy, tired, exhausted feeling of doing a ton of physical work and feeling a sense of accomplishment when it’s all finished. We had guests for the weekend too so fun was had and a ton of work got done. You just can’t beat that.
My brother came back from Korea on Saturday and it was great to see him again (even if I did have to drive to Chicago and back to get him) and hear all the hilarious stories about his year abroad. He has a hurt neck right now (bulging disc or something. I can’t remember what it’s called) which on a positive side, causes his appetite to be almost normal so we can almost keep him fed while he’s at our house. Of course, it also offered him an easy excuse to get out all the work around the house.
We were able to paint our upstairs, which you might remember was in the process of being dry walled. The color choices made by the head designer (my wife) came out very nicely, and it’s quite appealing if I do say so myself. There was enough painting help that I was able to avoid the work up there, which was even better. There is still a lot to finish up with the room, but it’s starting to look like a room finally.
I spent a ton of time outside working in the yard. Earlier in the week we had planted a little oak tree my mother in law obtained on Arbor Day. (Free is my favorite!) I planted it slightly under a maple tree for some protection from the sun, but also in the drip line so that excess water would come to it to help it grow. Mother nature had other plans though as a storm on Saturday tore down half the maple tree. Amazingly it tore down the back half of the tree (house side) and all the limbs fell around the baby tree. So the boys and I got busy Saturday morning cutting it up for disposal. (Really it was mostly me, but they had fun playing “bear in a cave” in the fallen limbs.) We’re lucky that our city picks up yard waste if we put it in the yard containers each week. Since this is maple wood I can’t smoke it in my smoker, so I have little use for the wood, which is too bad. But now the tree looks pretty sick. And I guess the little oak tree will get more sun than I originally intended, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
In other outside news, I decided to break out the weed eater. I only do this about every 4-6 weeks to edge the grasses when they get just way out of hand. Most of the time I use my hedge clippers on the edges but sometimes you just need to get it trimmed down low. I also planted five more tomato plants, cut down some peonies, weeded some garden space (but not the one that really, really needs it), cut some lettuce to eat, and planted the pole beans and hung the trellis for them to climb. The corn hasn’t sprouted yet so I’m a little worried it might need to be replanted. But the green beans, potatoes, carrots and such are going gangbusters.
My fava bean’s flowers have all turned black. Is this normal? Anyone know? Two of my just planted blueberry bushes appear to have died. I’m anxiously waiting for our shipment this week of trees and bushes from Edible Landscaping to get them in the ground. This is one time I can say I’m ready before things needed to be planted.
I am also waiting for my pollinator garden to appear. I tossed out a ton of seeds in the front flower bed this spring after the last frost date and they should be coming along soon. Bee balm and lavender and poppies and a ton of other perennials along with some strategically placed sunflowers. I’m hoping that this arrangement will allow them to come back each summer and bring color and attract pollinators with no effort from me. I like no effort gardening.
I was able to clean out the garage. There doesn’t seem to be anything more satisfying when it’s completed than cleaning out the garage. We can’t park a car in there (we could possibly park a scooter in there) but I can now at least from one side to the other in both directions. A nice improvement. Someone down the street was tossing out a little tikes slide so we scavenged that and now we have a water slide for the pool. Very nice.
And I cooked up a few pretty good meals out of the deal. A good weekend all around.
The boy’s are ahead of the curve. They have a car that runs on alternative fuels. It’s human powered and also grass powered.