This weekend flew by. A said to me a few minutes ago “well, this must have been the shortest weekend on record.”
I guess that is what happens when you work a perfectly crazy week, and then work hard on the weekend as well. That is what she did.
Saturday my step brother J came over, bringing along with him Mom and B, all geared up to work in the yard. I still have more after photos to take, but the transformation is amazing. Of course, there is much more work to be done, but what has been done gives me hope and energy to carry on.
Here is a little taste:
Front of house before J spent 6 or 7 hours at hard labor:
there is still more edging to be done, and weeding, and dirt added, then everything mulched, but I feel like I can do that in spurts this summer.
Mom worked on this:
And I need to get a better after photo, her work was equally impressive, but hard to photograph.
I worked on this:
and was too tired to walk back there to get a photograph, but I will do that for you soon. I thought we were moving a bush back there, but we didn’t, so I will amend the soil and mulch it to keep the weeds down. Next year I will put flowers in there.
While we did all of that, A and B got our old lawnmower repaired and running so we could give that to a family member who just got a new house with tons of lawn. Our goal is to have NO lawn, so we don’t need it. B also helped set all that edging and showed me how to do it so I can finish the job.
By three, mom and I were beat, so we went for a swim, A and B settled in the living room to cool off and we all waited for J to cry uncle, which he finally did just before 5. Here he is all cleaned up and ready to go for his lobster roll supper. He doesn’t even look tired! But he looks proud! The amazing thing is that he wants to come back next summer and do this for two days!
In other news:
This weekend saw the start of the Tour de Fleece – fiber’s answer to the Tour d France. I was all ready and waiting weeks ago. Fiber prepped, bobbins empty. Let’s go!
I started early Saturday morning before everyone arrived, and did some spinning after they left.
Here’s where I was at the end of Day 1:
This is going to be a sweater quantity and then some – just tons of yarn in a wild medley of blues, greens and purples with some pinks thrown in.
Today I spun in the morning again, and after a little road trip we took. I finished the day looking like this. (Sorry I had to use a flash in the low light.
Finished filling the first bobbin, then started the second one, which has very little pink but lots of aqua, green and blue with some purple.
I expect progress will slow down now because I do have to go to work tomorrow Sigh.
Which gets us right back to where we started. this was a very short weekend, and had a secret road trip in it that I can’t share with you yet. Soon, though, soon.
So tomorrow is work, but then we get a day off for the 4th. we will head over to Moms, J wants to cook us a nice holiday meal. That’s right, his other great love is cooking. He really might be the perfect houseguest. I know Mom loves having him come stay for a few weeks each summer. 🙂
And in case you are wondering abut the knitting. Though I tried, nothing got finished before Saturday, except those red socks! The vest did grow a lot, and I started the next pair of socks, crazy blue ones. Sorry about the bad phone shot, I will get you a better one soon.
I hope you had a nice weekend that seemed longer to you!