Saturday, September 25, 2010

Trying to Make the Garden Grow

            Last weekend I was up there mainly to clean up after the vacation and remodelling and to try and get the garden started. I have the drip irrigation working in the tree area so I planted an Asian Pear tree. I also brought in a bunch of soil enhancements for the veggie garden area. The dirt is so bad and filled with just the strangest things. We have found a bunch of terracotta tiles, that are not used in the house anywhere, so it is a mystery of where they came from. When I was putting down the soil amendments I saw something sticking up from the dirt and pulled out the longest nail... it is going to take a couple of years to get the soil right. 
         The front area is going great right now, the old lawn is starting to come back, so I am looking for an used lawn mower for it. I will not have all lawn though, still will keep the native wildflowers and I am going to add a tree. When I was planting some flowers in the front, I saw something out of the corner of my left eye. There was a small garter snake watching me from a clump of the grass. He was there for a while until I tried to poke him to see how big he was.
Here are some of the pictures:
Garden after putting soil amendments

Rusty spike in the garden area - 10 inches
Next weekend and for the following few weekends, I am getting the new floors installed. I went with a strand woven bamboo that is about as hard as cement, in fact only some of the exotic hardwoods are harder than it. It was a splurge, but since I saved so much on the remodeling job, I decided to do it. Half of the house doesn't have any flooring right now, just plywood subfloor so we really need it. I am excited but a little stressed because of the cost.. the original quote was way too high so they came back with a new quote that about 25% lower. And they are doing the installation!
My Aunt and Uncle from Oregon are coming to see my parent's in 2 weeks so Nick and I will be going to see them.  The folks and us are going to a Fresno State football game that Sat night so that will be fun. I will put some pictures up of that as well.
 Work is a bitch right now with my boss leaving and the political shuffling going on.. I hate politics and although I can play them if I want to, I am not in the mood anymore. (I became an expert at BEA... but decided it just took too much energy.) I will get through this and the house helps me calm my senses... the place is so pretty and so quiet sometimes it just makes you sigh with delight. See my cloud picture? Seriously you want to take pictures of clouds...
Picture of the sky that weekend.. just perfect!

See ya - julie

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