Even tho there are more than a dozen things to do inside the house, it's simply too nice right now to NOT be outside.. and let's face it.. Come June, July and August when it's hotter than you know what.. So hot that POOLS are EMPTY...it'll be time to be working in the comfort of AC.. but for now, the outside is delightful so projects are getting done.
It was determined a couple weeks ago that every time I run my sprinkler and the water hits the shed, water penetrates the cinder block and ends up puddling inside the shed. No big deal unless however your laundry is outside in there like mine is. I don't need to be replacing a washer and dryer any time soon!
So a remedy solution had to be created.
It started with a trench...
No Gracie and Peyton didn't help dig, but they sure had fun playing in that area after the fact! Silly puppies.
It's such joy to go out to the garden every morning and find some new or realize some new. Like this little fella hanging out on the rose bush by my steps:
Mulberries are coming in bountiful. Can't wait for them to ripen more.
Several years later when I was no longer "sandbox" age, my parents and the neighbor decided the tree could/should come down. My dad played lumberjack and climbed heroically into the tree with a saw and went to town taking the tree down bit by bit. I remember being in the yard watching as branches came tumbling down (and the power line to our house) my dad yelling, "Timber!".. My mom was there too and I'm sure she was guiding the branches down with a rope or helping in some manner-- but I don't remember. I remember being sad that the tree came down since I loved eating the berries from it and so did my friends.
When the tree was finally down, my dad drilled a bunch of holes into the stump and filled each hole with lighter fluid (maybe gas?) and lit the stump on fire. It remained a charred black stump for years until the neighbor built a garage covering the site were the tree once stood.
The area where my sandbox was, eventually I converted it back to a small vegetable garden for my mom. In my teens I would take over the garden planting a full variety of things and attaching "window" baskets to the side of the garage to hold herbs.
My childhood best friend Michelle and I tackled lots of gardening projects.. If the small backyard garden wasn't enough for us, we had oodles of potted seedlings taking up my back porch area.. by the time highschool rolled around for us both, we had completely gutted my mom's front yard from grass... laid in stepping stones and put in a perennial garden. After some construction on our street our "parkway" area (the area between the curb of the street and the sidewalk) had the bricks out there broken and a mess from having construction equipment running over them.
In theory I think the parkway belongs to the city-- but lots of homeowners take it upon themselves to do landscaping in that area too.. So Michelle and I were at it again, salvaging what bricks we could (that made the pathway in the front yard) and planted oodles of plants out there. For years my mother would get compliments about how great the front of the house looked. We used to have the worst front yard on the block. It inspired other neighbors to start taking care of their landscaping around the front of their property too.
I'm looking forward to getting the vegetable garden all planted and that fence put up. Hopefully it's complete in the next few weeks. Home Depot had a great sale this past weekend on herbs, veggies and annuals.. so I have some of that stuff already---more on that later.
What have you been up to?