I've been considering putting box hedges along our front walk as a barrier between kids playing in the front yard and the road. So, I checked those out at Lowes - $7 each. Yikes. I needed 7 of them, so I called Home Depot and asked how much their were - $2.50 each. Nice :) So, I also got out the whole clan at Home Depot after two trips to Lowes. Then, with fresh, new plants, and a van full of blocks, I set to work!
I dug up a 30' x 32" section of lawn. Which was pretty back breaking! I still haven't bought a wheelbarrow, so I hauled my gigantic city trash can along with me to put all my yard waste in. What do people without compost piles usually do with yard waste? I've been contemplating a compost pile, but I'm afraid it'll be more work and take up more space than it's worth. Thoughts?
Anyways, I dug up the lawn, dug some holes, put down weed barrier and planted my mini-shrubs. It'll be sometime before THESE prevent my children from running headlong into the road ;)
One really nice thing about working outside in the front yard is that I got to talk to all three neighbors on my street at one point in time during today!
After I finished up front, I was EXHAUSTED! But... I had a van full of heavy blocks that needed to be unloaded. So, instead of just piling them up, I figured I'd put them where they belonged! So, I dug out a hole in the back yard, cleared the middle and laid down 48 twenty-five lb. blocks. Yeeeeeesh! Needless to say, I'm good and worn out.
Afterwards I hopped in the shower with Kate to rinse all the dirt off. I didn't realize I'd been exclaiming until Kate started copying me. "mmm. oh, man, that feels so nice." and whatnot. Lol, after that I made a conscious effort to not sigh every time I thought about how in love I was with that hot shower. When John put Kate to bed tonight she was telling him all about all the cool things I'd done and how hard I'd worked, and I could tell she was just beaming. Who says being a mom is a thankless job :)
It felt so good to work outside, but now I think I'm going to go collapse. Again.