Dad had a rough night, which translates to Michael and I having a rough night. He has picked up some bug. I am usually up at 0500 but as we were up at 0230 I slept in...and I needed to be up so that I could get Dad ready and the girls and I could leave the house by 0840. We picked up the pace and made it...Stacia needed to be across town at her nany gig by 0900. Allie and I went out for our Bible Study. We are beginning a study titled Faith over Perfection. We enjoyed our first week.
Allie and I ran to Freddie's and did some shopping in the hour after we were done and before Stacia needed picked up. While we were checking out I remembered we are having a houseful again this Sunday and I am going to be busy Friday and Saturday. I should have given more mental energy to a menu before snatching the hour to shop. LOL
We had agreed with Michael to spend the afternoon doing yard work. The weather has turned nice and we need to continue making progress on garden projects NOW. I knew I had a lot of seedlings to up- plant. I asked Michael to drill a hole in the bottom of all these cups....some day I'll have pretty pots from a garden supply store. I do like being able to take a sharpie and mark what is planted, and not worrying if they break when I'm transplanting....maybe I'll stay with the cups. LOL
Michael and I got out into the garden and surveyed the spot. We have plans - BUT we are NOT going to get it all done this year and need to prioritize. Now that I've discovered how well the monitor will work and Grandpa is routinely taking long afternoon naps, I will be able to spend more time outside than I could in the past 2 years. This is the garden plot.....PLEASE keep in mind if there is not a garden bed over the spot, there is black plastic or old carpet...and still the weeds!
You can really see the winder damage here. But look at the greenhouse in the back which we've Michael replaced. It's working great. The two beds in the foreground are twisted beyond help. Arielle removed the frames. We'll use the wire for vertical growing. The pvc is done for. About mid-photo is our second home-built frame...also smashed beyond easy useability. The hoop house in the back can be utilized this year. You can see a bit of the slope of the garden here. It slops East to West and North to South. We plan to terrace or level it out - but we may end up dealing with it another year if we need to get the pumpkins and squash in before we can finish the job.
Tracing from one tree in a tire, under the black plastic, outside of the fence to a bit cottonwood and Michael finally just cut it off. I feel like I should take that and make it into some sort of garden art.
I liked having us all outside working on a common goal. I liked dreaming with Michael of what I'd like the garden to eventually look like...a gazebo for tea parties, flowers, trellis', arches and pathways with wood chips to help keep the weeds down between the beds....and a chalk board, wind chimes.... I Loved knowing that soon I would be able to go out to the garden and harvest a few potatoes, or snip some onions, or greens for dinner. I do love watching things grow and the orderly rows when things are first planted. I like having an excuse to be outside all spring/summer...and I like having a ready way for meaningful movement every day.
There are a lot of things I like about gardening....weeds are not one of them. All the WORK is daunting...but it's a good feeling to try once again to wrest civilization from the jungle.
It's been a productive day, a good day, even a bit of fun.