It's been awhile since I've blogged anything... I have no excuse, so I'm not going to try to make one... I'll just move on and try to do better in the future. =)
Now that the interior of our house is pretty much "done" (or, at least, there are no overly important/desired "to do"s on my list), and the weather is starting to warm up a bit, we have been moving on to the outside of the house and dealing with the yard.
I've never been a bit "yard work" type of person, but, for some reason the mere fact that it is now MY yard has changed that tune a little bit. I am having ideas and planning things out, and even, actually, DOING things! lol
About a month ago I started thinking about the vegetable garden that I wanted to plant. I knew that I wanted a raised bed design. I looked a bit at Home Depot's DIY kits, and realized (or, rather, reaffirmed) that I am NOT a DIY type of person. So, I went to my absolute favorite source for this type of thing... Craigslist! And I was successful! I found a guy who custom made garden boxes AND delivered for only a few dollars more than one of the kits at Home Depot would have cost me. In my mind, it was a bargain! Then, with some help from my brother and in-laws, I dug out the grass and we filled it up with a combo of dirt and horse manure. I still need to get out there and mix it up a bit, but here's the "finished" product:
I planted some starts a couple of weeks back, and have been anxiously waiting for them to sprout do I can go out and do the actual planting, but, for some reason, they just aren't sprouting! I really have no idea why, and am starting to get a bit perturbed as I was hoping to get out there this weekend. I did have a nice little surprise waiting for me when I came home today though:
One little sprout poking it's way through! And, best thing yet, it's one of the sunflowers! =)
If the weather doesn't suck too bad this weekend, I'm still going to try to get out there and do some planting. I have a tomato plant to go in and some carrots and onions that I didn't "start", so, we'll see how it goes.
Another outdoor project that Jacob and I started work on this last weekend was taking down the hideous shrub/bush/vine/thing that lines the back of our yard. You may remember it from earlier photos:
See that monstrosity that lines the back fence? I wanted it GONE. lol I hate it, plus, it would give us about 3-4 more feet of yard if it were gone. So, last weekend Jacob and I went to town trimming the shit out of it! =)
We made a dent (and found that people have, apparently, been throwing trash into it!), but we still have a long way to go... what we really need is someone with a chainsaw and a desire to demolish. =) If you know anyone in the Portland area, let me know! And, while you're at it, I have a front yard FULL of frickin' dandelions that we can't seem to get rid of either... so you can add that to your referral list. *sigh* This is our next big project I'm afraid. I'm tired of having the trashiest front lawn on the block. =(