||[Aug. 15th, 2010|06:41 pm]
I am looking forward to the kids being in school again tomorrow. I have stuff to do and can't while they are everywhere and in everything. |
Kids have bizarre logic. A simple event of bathing suits and a sprinkler in the back yard becomes an argument about why Pari can't wear her rainboots and use her umbrella. Or swap out the sprinkler for the hose nozzle, so she can more directly soak her brother.
I'm working on reclaiming the overgrown parts of the garden, so I can set up stuff for next year's growing. Out go the lettuce and radishes, tomatoes will be separated from the peppers since they are bullies and crowd them out, blocking all sunlight. In will go a watering system, possibly hooked up to a timer if I can arrange for my back tap to not drip. Up will go a rabbit fence that will also keep kids out. Two more raised beds will be built, so I will have 6 beds for all the crops I want. Better trellis arrangement for the cucumbers, better cages for the tomatoes. More spraying to keep bugs off my plants. Right now it's so hot the simple act of pulling weeds for a few minutes leaves me drenched in sweat.
The downstairs continues to progress. I've started removing things from the niche so it can be painted, and sorting out garbage sale stuff. Tomorrow I'll see what Dad says can be cleared out so I have room to work.
The storms brought down plenty of branches, which I get to cut up and set out. I also trimmed the apple tree growing untended in the neighbors yard into ours, resulting in me smacking my head ever time I mow. Now the path is clear, but there are more branches to take care of. I need to look up and see if the city is still picking up branches and compost on Mondays.