Remember last week when I said there were a few hiccups with the landfill for our backyard? Well, I hardly know where to begin, because the hiccups were really more like belches.
We had gotten three different estimates, and aside from the prices being wildly different, the amount of fill we were told to get was all over the place too. The first guy said we needed 16 yards of fill. The second said we needed about 30-40 yards of fill and yet another said we would need 90 yards of fill, and maybe 20 yards of topsoil depending on what we wanted to achieve.
My gut told me that 90 yards was about right, but we ordered only 50 because we figured that would be a good start. The guy came last Friday to spread it and I knew fairly quickly he had a few screws loose. We were in the house when we heard a loud scream and no, he didn’t lose an arm or leg (which is what it sounded like), but he did manage to get stuck in a few feet of mud.
It had been raining and the ground was wetter than it should be for that kind of work. Without going into too many details, his truck was brought to the backyard and he tied a chain to both the bobcat and truck and Fisherman helped pull him out.
He didn’t have enough fill to complete the job which wasn’t his fault, but I couldn’t wait for him to hit the road. He was constantly talking to himself and repeating the same things over and over. There must be something in the water around these here parts.
If I start acting weird, send reinforcements (and maybe bottled water).
So the bottom line is we need more fill, and right now the backyard looks like a disaster area. Since we don’t ‘do crazy’ we need to get someone else to complete the job but we need a few days without rain before that’s attempted so the ground has a chance to dry up.
Meanwhile, we’ve been working hard on the front of the house, and it’s finally starting to look like the people who live here might actually have teeth and clothing that don’t include suspenders or overalls. Mostly, we’ve been weeding and digging up endless saplings. That’s the worst part. There are literally hundreds of them and it’s impossible to simply pull them up.
Here’s a portion of the yard before we weeded…
and here’s what it looked like after a full afternoon of working on it…
There’s still LOTS to do, mostly the area to the right of the wood pile.
You see the area behind the arbor? That’s mostly weeds! Speaking of the arbor, isn’t that a beautiful hanging plant? I got it for just $12.50 on sale this week. That’s not a typo. The place where we get our plants typically has great prices, and this week everything is 50% off, making it almost impossible to resist bringing home a few things.
As much as I love a bargain, free is even better! I’ve gotten pretty lucky lately in that department. I picked up this birdhouse for free a couple of weeks ago. I love the cute little details!
This one I got at the same sale for only $5, and it just perfect for our rustic cabin. I’ve seen birdhouses like this for around $40!
If you look closely you can see two other birdhouses I got for free. As much as I like giving the birds a place to hang out, I kinda like the idea of being able to see the nests.
Speaking of which, we have three hanging baskets on the porch, and one of them has a nest and the babies were just hatched yesterday. This next picture is of the Daddy bird.
Did I have you going there for a minute? Well, Fisherman actually thought this was a real bird!
To be fair, from a distance it does look pretty realistic. 😉
A friend was combining two houses into one and had tons of stuff to get rid of and one of the things she gave me is this pretty quilt. It works perfectly on the sofa in our enclosed porch.
This Mallow is also planted in the wall and it seems to be thriving! I’ve never had this plant before, but I love the vibrancy of the leaves and the delicate flowers.
The deck planters are doing well too! The lemon grass seems to be doing a decent job at keeping mosquitos away, even though there’s very little of it.
Last weekend we had the Grands and their mom and dad and I made this cheese platter. You can’t see it, but there was a chunk of chocolate on the platter and I left it on the enclosed porch for about 30 minutes and when I returned it looked like a chipmunk had helped himself to the chocolate! There were scratch marks on one side and I can’t imagine what else might have made those marks. I wonder if chocolate is bad for them, like it is for dogs?
The weather was rainy last weekend except for the later part of Sunday which was when they were leaving so we took them to a place that has some games and go carts and Maddox and I had a go-around.
In other news…
Some of you have asked about Brenda’s campaign. While we didn’t raise as much as we had hoped, we were able to raise nearly $4,000 dollars and the good Snews is the campaign is still up and running so if you’d like to contribute be all means do so! I know Brenda is extremely appreciative of any contribution, no matter how small.
We’re going to see Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett on Tuesday at Tanglewood. I thought she did a great job at the Grammy’s and I’m really looking forward to it. (Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain, because we have lawn seats.)