Jul 15, 2011
Several reasons I am having such a great Friday...
Yesterday and today highs were only 80º! Although I didn't even go into the back yard garden at all yesterday, I did get after the neglected front yard beds, and it feels so good to have them presentable again. The photos are of two beds, but the two beds are mirror images of each other so you get the gist of how cleaning it up made a difference.
Before, the beds were overgrown and weedy. I have a "woodland" type shady garden out front, although I have a wall of sorts of Carolina Jessamine vine to screen out the neighbors' junk LOL, the vine tends to run away with itself sometimes.
After, I hacked back the huge spirea bushes to promote new growth, re-staked my falling down in the wind topiary evergreens and weeded. The birds can find their little teak water bowl now :)
The bed in the center of the yard needed no care, although I did plant my 2 flats of free bedding flowers in there finally. They were on clearance about 6 weeks ago (I guess because they needed to be deadheaded?) at a big box store for $2 a flat, and I had a $5 coupon with no minimum purchase, so that's free, and we like free. :) I still have the sidewalk "hell strip" bed to contend with, but that is truly hellish and I don't want to think about it today - and we have to powerwash the house soon... the pollen of spring and the weeks of rain and heat have got it looking pretty icky.
Another reason for happiness - after telling the kids repeatedly to stop running in the house, when they finally did spill the big cup of lemonade on the table, I made them clean it up themselves! Finn thought about protesting and blaming it on the dog, but my look said otherwise. This is a new thing for me, normally I don't "like" the way they would clean something and so I do it myself, but no more.... I feel free :)
HUGE reason to have a fantastic Friday - I'm leaving in a few to take the boys to 4-H camp, woohoo! Sad? Not even a little bit! Camp rocks, I wish I was going! Check out the photo of Finn's supplies, do you notice anything?
Oh, yes... a stick of that horrible AXE deodorant! We were at the store the other day picking up a few last minute trial size shampoos for them and Finn said he "must have the "Adventure Stick"... LOL, this was another occasion where I chose my battles carefully. At 49 cents I let him have it, and he has been ridiculous with it since we got home. Every 20 minutes he puts it on, then he puts it on his stomach, arm, etc... I'm just hoping he loses it at camp!
I don't really have time to get out this afternoon and tackle the garden in earnest in this beautiful weather since we have to leave soon, but I was able to throw together some refrigerator pickles in about 20 minutes. The jar of cukes has garlic, dill, peppercorn, mini bell peppers & Fish hot peppers (fish because they look like Koi, not because they taste like fish LOL). The other jar has a bunch of Sigaretta diBergamo sweet peppers with a couple of the leftover hot peppers and dill, both jars with fresh picked grape leaves in the bottom - it really does work to keep things crisp, I've been doing it that way for 3 years now and I swear by them!
Unfortunately, I'll probably come home to an empty house tonight. Hubby was deployed last year so couldn't make the trip to camp, and this year he is working crazy hours again. I was hoping to take advantage of this weekend without the kids to go camping or go visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello plantation, but I'm out of luck. It's a 2 hour drive to camp and he won't get off early enough to go, and he has to work when I have to pick them up, too. Day before yesterday was a 15 hour day for him, grrrrrr. He's "the boss" now so he can't just make up excuses like the junior personnel anymore :) It's times like these when I actually wish he was just deployed. At least the kids understand "deployed", and he gets extra pay when he's deployed, and we desperately need that! Oh, well, more wine for me tonight then, eh?
Well, we're off to camp!