I Think I Have Recovered…I Think…

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I’m an introvert. That might come as a huge surprise to some of the folks I know, but it is definitely true! I often say, “I’m an introvert, albeit a high-functioning one.”

After having nearly 250 folks tramp through my yard on the Urban Grown tour last weekend…

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Coupled with being out of power for most of that time…

I was absolutely and completely 100% exhausted!

That said, I think that I’m mostly recovered now.

Zucchini growing like mad

Zucchini growing like mad

I’ve spent most of the week inside, and even worked more on my manuscript for a sci-fi book I’m writing (or not writing and just talking a lot about).

I haven’t weeded a single, stinking thing in the main garden, but I’ve definitely declared war on the creeping jenny plant that seems intent on taking over every square inch of our yard. Horrid stuff if you ask me.

My favorite color of daylilies - if you have any to spare, let me know!

My favorite color of daylilies – if you have any to spare, let me know!

Front Yard

I still have quite a few plants to move!

I still have quite a few plants to move!

I’m digging up this section since we have plans to widen the walkway and the front porch stairs to their original width. This will probably be done next year, but there is no reason I shouldn’t go ahead and widen the path first to prepare for this.

The path as it is now. Soon it will be about 30 inches wider

The path as it is now. Soon it will be about 30 inches wider

The iris and daylilies are being relocated as I expand to the east and also plant a line of them along the base of the wraparound porch.

Daylilies planted with room to spare for the iris

Daylilies planted with room to spare for the iris – notice Dale’s truck in his yard? Yes, he will move that on Monday so that the inspector thinks he is in compliance and then put it back once the guy is gone. But it is okay to ensure I get $135 worth of parking fines for the ONE time I parked reversed in order to Zentangle the driver’s side of the van. With neighbors like this, who needs enemies?

I’ve also earmarked some of the iris to go over here at the front of The Cottage…

More daylilies...

More daylilies…

Cottage Work

Bare dirt might not be pretty, but the weeds are gone!

Bare dirt might not be pretty, but the weeds are gone!

On Friday we set to work and the three of us spent about five hours working on The Cottage front yard.

I planted a bunch of gourds here and they are beginning to use the fence as a trellis.

I planted a bunch of gourds here and they are beginning to use the fence as a trellis.

We removed weeds, dug up the remains of various trees and bushes, weed-whacked, removed debris, prepped the yard for grass seed and planted daylilies.

And MORE daylilies!

And MORE daylilies!

I know, I know, I said that word…grass. I’m at my wits end dealing with ASSHAT next door who calls codes if we sneeze loudly and evilly rubs his hands together every time we get into trouble.

He called in that our grass was too high and that our woodpile was attracting vermin. The codes guy didn’t see it as an issue, but figured since he was out he would write us up on having our recycle containers out on our porch and full (it was the day before trash pickup, of course they were full!).

In any case, planting the grass seed buys us time. We need to be focusing on the house, working on getting the electric and plumbing done, making the fixes that will create a livable, good space for my eldest daughter. So if I sound sacrilegious when I say “we don’t have time for gardening” – I hope you understand that is just for now.

Dee has plans to plant plenty of herbs and flowers. Give it a couple of years it will be gorgeous!

And speaking of planted areas. This tree…yeah…it’s mainly hollow, except for the new growth at the top that needs to be trimmed off. Dee wants to get the whole thing cut down to about three feet off of the ground. She will fill it with dirt and plant flowers inside.

Remains of old tree

Remains of old tree

Sounds lovely to me.

A Super Cool Find

Years ago, when we decided to get married, Dave bought me a ring similar to his. All white-gold, simple band.

Small problem…we didn’t get it sized.

A couple of years later, while weeding and planting our front yard in Belton, I lost it.

And I never found it again. We even bought a metal detector to try and find it!

My mom gave me the ring she had worn while married to my dad, and that has sufficed in the years since.

However, as we were digging out roots in the front yard of The Cottage yesterday, Dave announced, “I just found a gold ring!”

And so he had. I now have a new wedding ring and it fitsĀ perfectly!

As Dee put it, “The earth is where you lost your first one and the earth is where it returned to you another one.”

How cool is that?

Today’s Plans

We hope to get the new growth off of the tree, spread the grass seed, and then turn our attentions to the back of the property. As you can see, it certainly needs it!

Weeds, weeds, and yes, more weeds

Weeds, weeds, and yes, more weeds

While we are working on the back yard, Dee will be filling bags full of trash. There is a trash amnesty day on our regular trash day this next week, so we can fill up 14 bags per address. I’m hoping that we can get the rest of The Cottage cleared of debris and refuse. That will give us plenty of room to work.

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