Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dan's trying to work me to death!

One side finishedDirt

Well, we are still getting things done on the outside of the house - the concrete was poured this week and the forms were pulled on Tuesday. We had to let the patio and the flower bed cure for a couple of days before we could do anything, but let me tell you - Dan has decided that I was going to work this weekend! See this pile of dirt - well, it was twice that size on Friday. We have been shoveling dirt and putting it in the flowerbed all weekend long. I am sore where I didn't know I had places to be sore!

Seriously, we have been working hard on getting the flower bed filled and the plants in (we did go to Home Depot and Lowes yesterday - Home Depot had mulch on sale for $1.07 a bag - so we bought 50 bags - the back of the truck was FULL!) We did work most of yesterday - until it just got too dang hot and again this morning and we made a pretty good dent in the job --------

Back side of the pool (toward the canal)

What still needs to be done ------ This is about 10 more feet, but we just gave out of energy and once again, by the time it gets to be around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, it is just too hot to be out there shoveling dirt. Anyway, we should be able to get it finished by next weekend. In case you are wondering what kind of plants these are - we are planting some creeping juniper (which will grow to be about 6 - 8 feet across) and some mounding asylum (which is not what we thought we were getting - we thought we were getting the trailing asylum, like grows in the mountains, but I guess it gets too hot here in south central Florida - so we have decided we will use this stuff this year, but next year we will just put some pots out for some color). I know that for right now it doesn't look like a lot of plants, but we don't want to put too much in since the juniper will grow to be so large in the future. Anyway, I think it will look good in a couple of months it will start to spread and things will start looking up.

This shows how much more we have to go - it doesn't look like that much but it is about three feet deep and it takes about 4 wheel barrow loads of dirt just to fill one small section - we measured and it took 18 loads to do a 6 foot section - that's a lot of dirt! We have about 10 feet left - then we will have to spread the rest of the dirt in the yard - Yahoo - doesn't that sound like fun!
Then on top of shoveling dirt and planting plants and spreading mulch, I have been doing laundry, washing dogs, and still have to do lesson plans. It has been a busy weekend for me! Next week is our last week before Spring Break - I don't know what to expect as far as behavior from the kids, but it can't be much worse than it has been (but as soon as I say that, it will be!). Anyway, I'm looking forward to having a week off from school even if the first three days will be taken up with doctor's appointments. The best part - there are only 50 more days of school! Yep - the countdown is on!
Well, last night we invited Melissa and Justin to come over to go out on the boat to see the Super Moon on the lake - they got here - we loaded up on the boat and - the boat wouldn't start! Dan was so upset - we really don't know what the deal is - we don't think it is the battery, but he is going to put the battery charger on it today and see - it that doesn't work I guess he will call or go see the people at the boat dealership next week and see what needs to be done to fix it. Oh the joys of boat ownership! Anyway, I was all ready to take some pictures of the Super moon on the lake and wasn't able to - so I had to take some shots from the back yard - they didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but I hope you enjoy the one.

Everyone have a good week and I'll talk to you later!


  1. Do not stick your shovel handle in the dirt. In Florida, it will start growing. Just my word of advice. Since my gardening consists of buying 3 or 4 baskets, watch them die and then buy 3-4 more, it's about all I know to tell you. Looks great!

  2. Thanks - Dan actually got that last part finished yesterday afternoon - I quit. I had to write lesson plans and finish the laundry - not to mention cook dinner. Anyway, it all got done and looks really nice now. Can't wait to get started on the inside of the house - IF that ever gets going!


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