My two a day
was cut short this week, or rather, it was redistributed. I worked in the back yard for four hours on Thursday instead of the customary two, I wanted it to look nice for company. Naturally, after such a herculean effort (it actually did kick my butt) I took Friday off. Here is how the week went:
Whoah it was hard to scrape together motivation to work on Monday! I just wanted to sink into the couch and indulge in my recent, not-so-secret shame, True Blood. Instead, I dangled it as a carrot in front of myself. No soapy, Southern-fried vampire
show until you do your yard work!
Once I convinced myself to head out, I weeded the newest batch of silverleaf nightshade and prepped three formerly grassy areas for the inevitable gravel. I also relocated two potted plants to the back yard under the tree, the full sun of my south facing side yard was starting to take a toll on them. And then, of course, I watched my stories.
A day of grass removal and this time from between bricks, egad. If you look at the before picture below you will almost, but not quite see the trunk of a nice plant that I killed when we first moved in and which has sat beneath that window silently murmuring, 'j'accuse' every time I walked past it lo these five years. Hyperbole aside, I took it out as part of the day's removal and am stoked.
grass brick before
grass brick after
It was all about the grass again. The grass had started in one little spot on the ground and spread throughout the dirt area then crept slowly over the brick area, insinuating its little runners between the tightly packed brickwork and hiding a variety of weeds, bugs and dog poop. That was my Wednesday yard work; weeds, bugs, and poop.
grassy hammock on wednesday before
grassy hammock on wednesday after
grassy hammock on thursday
Per my husband's special request, I spent Thursday trying to make the yard as presentable as possible, you know, in its current state. That really just involved sweeping the pine needles and grass up but so much of the grass had to be pulled from between the brick that it was no small task, it took four hours. Since I worked for four hours instead of two I was wiped by the end of it and ready for my well-earned Friday off!
brick by the neighbor's garage before
brick by the neighbor's garage after
brick by our garage before
brick by our garage after