David Started It!

 

 

Yesterday, I was just sitting in the kitchen crocheting on my bathtub floor rug and listening to some tunes. David comes over to me saying that he has been raking the yard. He wants me to come help because the weather is nice today and we should take advantage of it. The weather is suppose to get cooler and rainy in a few more days. The temps are suppose to get back in the high thirties for highs and there are possibilities for the white fluffy stuff again. Booo!

I set aside my crocheting, put my hair up in a pony tail, and found my garden gloves. This being my first go at yardening for the year I needed to protect my hands from blisters. I also was not going to go all crazy and do a large patch of raking. I got outside and found my rake.


Then I took this photo of where David had started his patch of raking.

 

I then took this photo of were I decided to begin my patch.

I set a goal of raking from the side steps over to the well cover.

 

David took turns at raking and doing his urban prospecting.

He took this photo of me hard at work while he was resting on the side steps.

 

I finished my goal patch so I took this photo of David raking some more in his patch.

 

I finished off my outdoor time taking this photo of my completed patch.

 

Indoors the sprouts continue to push up through the soil.

These two were greeting the sun this morning.

Busy in The Backyard

 

David spent a couple of hours yesterday doing some more raking in the backyard. He hauled 8 more full blue trash cans around front to the growing leaf pile. It then shrinks a bit because we have had some crazy windy days. The wind was actually helpful to David yesterday, it was blowing from the west which was the same direction he was raking. No raking against the wind!

I just stayed indoors crocheting. I finished a baby beanie and started a baby bucket hat. I also vacuumed, did dishes, scooped litter boxes, and made pork soup for supper. So I was keeping busy too.

Here are photos of David’s Day of Raking Befores and Afters.

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The area beside the trailer and the back steps.

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David did this area last time but he just got the first layer raked.

He got down to the nitty gritty yesterday.

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He still has the strawberry patch to go. He saved that for another day.

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The back steps and under the swamp cooler after David arranged everything.

 

 

A Weekend of Yard Work

 

David and I each had a productive day. Let’s start with Saturday. I spent the morning cooking a nice chicken dinner in the crock pot and some butternut squash in the oven to have when Kay, Justin, and Marty came over. I did some computer stuff and probably some crocheting.

David spent his morning tackling the backyard.

 

Saturday afternoon he had the help of Justin.

So he got on BOB the Rv to caulk and spray the holes in the roof that leaked over the winter.

So that concluded David’s productive day.

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I spent my Sunday morning digging and raking out the flowerbed around the deck after I got my peppers started in this little heated greenhouse, we received from my brother-in-law. I started them in the Jiffy Peat Pot kit which I then placed in the little greenhouse. The ones with the toothpicks are green bell peppers and the others are small sweet peppers.

The afternoon and early evening was spent eating, relaxing, and visiting with Kay, Justin, and Marty. Marty was in a bit of a grumpy mood. So Kay had him sit with her and read him his story books. He had her read the same one about five times. Then Grandpa had to read it two times. I was lucky, I got to read a different story but still had to read it twice. This helped him get over his grumpy mood. He then brought much laughter and joy to all as he was back to his happy self. πŸ˜€

It was a good thing that we got in a couple of productive days.

THIS IS WHAT I WOKE UP TO THIS MORNING!!!!

Another Gorgeous Day

For Yard Work and Catnip!

 

It is another gorgeous day. It is a balmy 74 degrees with a slight breeze now and again. Tomorrow’s forecast 63 for a high, 20% chance of precipitation, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. It goes down hill for Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then snow. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Low around 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
So I took advantage of today’s weather by cleaning up another small patch of the yard. I am working my way slowly down the front of the house. I don’t want to over do it after being sedentary all winter. Sully wanted to spend some time smelling catnip again. πŸ™‚


Β The before shot of today’s patch.

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I raked it all into a pile then sorted out the sticks and twigs.

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I took the sticks and dropped them off by the burn barrel.

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I took the leaves and added them to the pile in this area of the garden.

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The after shot.

Sully was done sniffing catnip and was ready to go in. πŸ™‚

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Retirement…

Is Not All Fun and Games

Well spring is finally springing off and on here. We will get two or three days in a row that are just gorgeous. Temperatures near and above 70 degrees. So David and I have been finding small projects in the yard that we can get done in that time before the next cold snap of 40 to 5o degrees for the high.

My project was getting the bed around the deck raked out of all the fall foliage. The work was done on two separate days. I got my yard gloves, rake and the wheelbarrow. David asked me why I didn’t use the big blue trash can to move my piles of leaves. I said it is easier for me to push a wheelbarrow than carry the trashcan. It may have taken more trips over to the garden area to dump but it was lighter and it has wheels. πŸ™‚

 

This is all the leaf litter around the deck and stairs.

You may recall Sully was enjoying the catnip he found there.

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This is the front side of the bed all raked out.

We use pine shavings for Sully’s litter box.

The used litter makes great mulch. I will be digging that in before I plant.

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These are my leaf piles over in the garden area. David wanted them there so he can run them over with the mower later to provide mulch that he can dig into the squash hills he will make in this area.

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A few days later I was able to rake out the side portion of the deck bed.

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The after.

This also shows the hole David dug in preparation for concreting around the shed door steps.

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On one of the not so nice days I got my sweet peppers, marigolds, and green peppers started in one of those little Jiffy pot starter kits.

When I checked on it last night, I had a marigold sprouted. Yippee!!!


Beside the hole digging David was able to get BOB’s drive line put back up in its proper place. He says that the vibration that had him worried that the drive line would just drop out on our 2014 trip to Arizona is hardly noticeable. He replaced two U-joints and a carrier bearing. He also had to move one of the brackets that hold it in place about 1/8 of an inch.

He also spent one afternoon tearing the shower out of BOB. We are planning on remodeling the bathroom in BOB. We place a large storage bin in the bathtub to use as a live fish well when we go fishing over at the ponds. We had to get a new one for this year’s fishing season because the last pike David caught last season put a hole in the side. David was trying to put the new bin in but couldn’t get it in around the plastic accordion style shower door. So he decided to take it out. Well then he got to thinking while I am at it might as well take out the shower stall too since we plan to remodel it anyway. πŸ™‚

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I didn’t know David was doing this, so I have no before photos.

I thought I had some photos of the bathroom from when we first got BOB but I didn’t.

This is the left wall and the back wall of the shower stall.


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This photo is of the right wall.

I removed some wallpaper and painted this wall in an earlier remodel of the water lines.


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This is the new bin for the fish.

It fits nicely now that the shower door is not in the way.


This is the shower door and stall removed from BOB.

We will probably lay these out in the garden in problem weed areas for weed control.

The metal pieces will probably be sent to the recycling center.

So as you can see retirement is not all fun and games.

Yet the work that you doΒ  can be enjoyable, fun, productive, and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

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