Hope you all had a great, long Labor Day weekend. .filled with lots of food and fun!! We had a great weekend for sure. .pretty laid back, but with lots of activity too. This was one of my favorite weekend activities!!
A friend commented to me over the weekend that "when you guys come up with a project. .you are quick!" I had to laugh out loud. .because by now. .I know just what two type A personalitied people can do when they take a notion to. .
You may remember a few weeks ago my vision of a new fence after I planted the Blue Atlas Cedar??
Well, that just happened to come true. .join me for the tour!
We postponed our tree cutting project from last weekend when it was 108. .until Saturday, when it was cool 84! We loaded up a bunch of cranky kids, the chain saws and the four wheeler and took off on a drive to one of grandpa's back-woods pastures.
After finding a small grove of cedars that we could get to, we unloaded and started the process. .
which included. .but was not limited to. .
Mmm. .the smell of fresh cut cedar was heavenly!!
. .like this one!
So, here's the picture of the area to be transformed. .with the new cedar tree to the right. You also might notice what I am trying to slowly block out in the background. .a lot full of dead vehicles (although others might like to refer to it as "job security")!
And the view looking straight across at the garage from the sidewalk. We used large pieces of cardboard from the recycling center and covered them with the straw I use to mulch my veggies in with. I'm hoping that by keeping some moisture in this area that I can't grow grass in, will help to make the soil more conducive to plant some other things next spring. The other bush you see to the right is a redbud bush. .which ultimately will reach about 10 feet tall and wide.
We dug one hole by hand with post hole diggers. .but I think Jeremy was afraid that with my lightening speed, we might be there all week. .so he ran to his dad's to get this handy little dude. .an auger-like hole digging machine that hooks to a car battery. .REALLY!! Though he warned me once; the hardheaded, non-listening creature that I am. .I pulled the trigger once (just to see what would happen. .maybe my kids are more like me than I thought) and the little diggin' machine nearly separated every tendon in my wrist off of it's coordinating bone in LESS than a blink of my eye. .Seriously. .do NOT try that at home!
So, then I obediently stuck to this. .
filling the hard-diggin' holes with water to improve the digging conditions for the future.
When the fence building process actually started. .I had lost all of my helpers. .and photo takers.
Jeremy went to his wood post pile and found the coolest, crookedest hedge posts he had to use in our new fence. He didn't want to use cedar posts, because they rot too fast. .and we are majorly opposed to extra work!! We really like low-no maintanence stuff!
I backfilled all the post holes and tamped them in. Tamping entails holding a large steel post that was taller than me in my hands and smacking it in the loose dirt in the hole as hard as I could. . to pack the dirt in so the post wouldn't move. Apparently there is a right and a wrong end to use. .and I wasn't informed of the difference until I was on the last hole and the boss showed up to see if I was going to finish this week or not. Then he fired up his saw and trimmed a few more branch particles off the fence. And Voila. .
Monday morning found me out transplanting some pampas grass on the car lot side. .some Karley rose grass near the sidewalk and some volunteer caryopteris bushes (saplings rather) to the house side of the fence. Grant helped spread a little more straw. .and I regret to say that I didn't get any more photos taken. .I envision an area of hollyhocks, morning glories climbing the fence, and other easy to seed annuals like four o'clocks, sunflowers, cosmos, and zinnias.
And all was well!!
Quote of the day. .
on our way to the eye doctor Friday. .
Devin concentrating on working his brother's ipod touch "Mom. .do you have any service on your phone?"
Mom concentrating on her 15 year old's driving skills "Yes, D."
Devin, clearly irritated "Well, isn't there any ipod service??"
Mom "Uh, nope!"
Devin "That's just great!"
Wishing you all a great week!!