Here’s what the dashboard said when I got into my car after work yesterday. Granted, it is on the west side of the building, no shade, and pavement. But still!
101 degrees. Just not right!
I drove 18 miles and stopped at the Post Office on the way home.
Here’s what it said there:
Then I went home (after getting gas, don’t worry, I won’t be stranded) and walked into the house. No AC, didn’t even shut the curtains in the morning, just left the sliders cracked open, and the back (northside) windows open.
Now THAT is more like it! I opened all the windows, and it only went up to 76 a couple of hours later. (Sorry about the very low light photo, I was in a hurry. 🙂 ) That was very good news, because I needed a cool house after this.
Why, look at that! The front garden is done at last! I was just in a mood to power through it last night, I am so sick of the project.
I couldn’t fix the flat tire on the wagon, it won’t hold air. I didn’t have the truck, and the hardware store is closed anyway. I’ll get it fixed in the next few weeks. I took the old wagon with 4 flats and used that instead, only filling it about half full, and just muscling it to where I needed it. That meant more trips, but it worked.
I ran out of newspaper and so the area around the stepping stones will need more weeding than the rest, but I can live with that – or take the mulch off next week and put down paper. Yeah, that won’t happen.
There was a mouse trying to build a house under the pile of bags of mulch. Every time I took a bag, he took off. The first time we were both terrified. After that I just waited for him to run away, then continued on. Not sure where he will live now as I used all the mulch.
I gave up on the edging (stepdad did a good job starting it.) I set one block, poorly, and then said forget it for this year. Put my loose stones back where the edge will be someday.
So, it isn’t perfect, but boy, it is SO much better! And next year there will be real flowers in there, I can’t wait!
Now. I do have to get the cart fixed, because I have half of a dirt pile in the front of the house that I need to move to the back of the house. I sure hope the weather cools off before that has to happen.
I finished all of this at about 6:30 last night, and there was no distant rumbling, so I got into the pool, cleaned out all the bits of trees and bugs, and then actually got to swim about and enjoy the cool water! By the time A got home from work, I was cool, clean, and relaxed. And don’t feel too badly for her having a twelve hour day – she was out on an island all day training the town office staff. That meant two nice long boat rides and a gorgeous view for her. And a not very long drive home afterwards. Plus she stopped for a root beer float along the way, so she actually had a decent day, for a work day. 🙂
Oh, and in case you forget where I started just a month ago on this garden project, here you go – a reminder. 🙂 (That pile of 6 bags of mulch – what was I thinking? We used probably 30 or 40 bags before we were done.) You can barely see the rock!
After one long hard day or work from 4 people:
Only one of whom is crazy enough to let me put his picture on this blog, but as he is the one who first said he was willing to work hard to get it all going, I am thrilled to share it here again!
They got me started, but left to my own devices, I slowed right down. Working alone when it is hot is just not my thing, apparently. But a vision of how it would look all done kept me going. For a month! It should not have taken so long but I am a wimp about the heat.
However, there were little things motivating me… a flower that bloomed in spite of crazy activity all around… a dream of how pretty the bushes are when they bloom, and how much prettier they will be now that they are pruned, and have dirt and are happy!
And now I can move on to the next project.
After I knit a few rows.