Monday, April 25, 2016

The Yard Refresh

The last few weekends have been a lot of yard work. When I say a lot I mean 4 yards of dirt & 20 bales of hay. Not just the regular bales that you buy at Lowe's. These bales.

I didn't think that looked like a lot of dirt but Dean, the dirt spreader didn't have the same opinion. We found a guy that delivers the pine straw which was so convenient. 

As it turns out we didn't have enough dirt. Figures. We were building up all of our existing beds & we cleaned out the rock garden & we started over in that area. I was ready for something different.

We finished the front. 

I love the purple Iris. 

These are on the patio. Supposedly, some of these keep mosquito's away. We'll see. 

This weekend we were at Lowe's - I can spend a ridiculous amount of time & money in the Lowe's garden section. Anyway, I bought hanging plants. I'm not short but I'm also not tall. Apparently, I'm not tall enough to hang the plant on the hook because when I did it came crashing down.

This was the result. Lovely. Sunday I went looking for a solution to this.

This is all I could come up with. I like the look much better than the plastic pot but I've never had luck growing anything in these things. Any tips? 

This is a new bed that we made. 

Inside the gate that goes across the driveway. 

I haven't always had the best of luck with planting stuff around the mailbox but I think part of that is because I tend to forget to water. I'm going to try & stay on top of that this year. 

Next up is finishing up the backyard & pressure washing everything.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'm Still Alive!

Tax season hasn't been fun this year. I'm busy all day so the time flies by for the most part but then it's time to go home & it's not always time to go home. I didn't work any overtime last year but this year is a different story. It's safe to say I'm ready for the 18th. Yeh, in case you didn't know tax day isn't until the 18th this year because of Emancipation Day. Apparently, it's a holiday in Washington, DC. 

Saturday night we went to Caliente. This was a little different than our normal weekly visit. 4 of our friends are turning 50 this year so they rented the patio, hired a band & had a party. It was so fun! 

Korie, me, Allie & Suzy - one of the birthday girls!

I love a souvenir wine glass!

Somehow I managed to not eat cake. Very unusual for me.

Anna, me & Hillary 

The ladies of the 3900 Krewe - minus one.

Me, Maria & Cindy. Maria lives a few houses down & runs in the mornings before work too. She ran her first full marathon in January in less than 4 1/2 hours. I picked her brain for awhile. 

It was such a fun night but I was pretty tired Sunday. We're in the process of doing a ton of work outside with our landscaping. We spent the majority of Sunday working on that. I didn't get up Monday to run. I was exhausted & had a Benadryl hangover. I hate how that stuff makes me feel but I'm trying to keep my allergies under control after being outside so long. 

Tuesday morning I ran. There was a good chance of rain but I only dealt with a few sprinkles. As hot & humid as it was I wouldn't have minded more rain.

Got my 5 miles in. Today I got up & did a leg workout that left me with very shaky legs. But that's good right?!