It was a warm and windy day, today. I spent a fairly relaxed morning and afternoon, chatting with friends, neighbor T, and cousin P. Later, I did a little housework, watched the evening news and knitted a bit; I finished the back of the sweater I am knitting.
In the evening, however, I was very productive! I watered the back garden, staked another iris flower stalk that had fallen, and did some weeding. This time, I started on one of the circular flower beds with rose bushes at one end and the newly planted nectarine tree at the other end. This whole bed had been overgrown with grass. Back when I wasn't able to do much gardening, I told M to just weed-whack the grass in the flower beds, because he didn't have time to weed them. He dug up and cleared a spot for the nectarine tree and we covered the center of the bed with cardboard. Today, I decided to weed that circle. I weeded for almost 1 1/2 hours and barely made a dent! But, I will continue to keep weeding until that bed is done. I will then cover it over with cardboard and probably cover the cardboard with a layer of mulch. Or, maybe transplant one or two of the zucchini plants there.
After I came indoors, I did two loads of laundry, did the litter box, and cooked dinner - ham tetrazzini - using egg noodles, a can of cream of celery soup, milk, a little bit of mozzarella cheese (recipe called for cheddar cheese which I didn't have), onions, green peas, and ham. It turned out quite well. Brunch had been leftovers from last night's dinner, followed by a salad, a little later.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Phone chats with family, friends, and neighbor
- Water for the garden
- The new gardening gloves
- No damage to the house or garden from the strong winds
- Working appliances
Today's joyful activity was spending time in the garden.
Plans for tomorrow include more weeding!
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for Monday?
Except when my knees and back give out, I like to weed. I like to see how things are growing up close and it's a good time for thinking. There's a lot of weeding that could be done in our beds because everything grows like crazy this time of year.ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree, weeding is a good time for thinking or praying. I sit on a low stool to weed. If I kneel, I'm afraid I'll not be able to stand up, again! :DDelete
Sometimes weeding can be so therapeutic. I have a circle garden that has become a little overgrown with very enthusiastic flowers that need to be contained. With all the home deliveries, I was wondering what to do with the cupboard boxes ...ReplyDelete
Yes, weeding can be therapeutic. For me, it becomes a form of meditation, because I often pray when I am weeding. Flattened cardboard boxes become a very good weed barrier until they eventually decay. I have put down cardboard in my side yard to control the weeds and so far, it has worked out well. Eventually, I plan to set down stones over the cardboard to make a sort of "dry creek" and plant some drought resistant plants, here and there. It's a bit of a work in progress. :)Delete
Sounds like a nice productive day! :)ReplyDelete
It was, Martha. I was well pleased with the balance between relaxing and getting things done. :)Delete
Good luck with the weeding ... that can be a strain on the back, or it is for me anyway. When do you plan to lay the stones in the side yard?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Eileen. I sit on a low stool, so not a lot of bending, etc. Just a lot of tugging and pulling which can cause cramping in my hands if I overdo things.Delete
I haven't decided, yet, when to do the side yard. Sometime this fall, maybe. I will probably need to get some weed barrier fabric to go on top of the cardboard before I put down the stones. Like I said, a work in progress. :)
My goodness, you worked a day and a half in one evening! I like the sound of your tetrazzini. Anything cooked with cheese is good to me!ReplyDelete
Monday started slow but then I got busy and even set the oven to clean. It was one of those "just do it" moments that we used to discuss in the organizing forum. I still have to wipe out the ash when the oven cools down.
I was very happy with what I was able to accomplish yesterday evening, although, I admit I felt very tired by 2:00 a.m.! Even so, I couldn't fall asleep until after 3:00 a.m.Delete
The ham tetrazzini turned out well. Recipe called for cream of mushroom soup, but, I prefer cream of celery, so that's what I used.
Sounds like you've had a productive Monday! Lucky you to have a self-cleaning oven! Mine needs a good scrubbing, but, so far, I haven't done it!
Weeding can be hard work but I like that the reward is instantly apparent. You have been working a lot in your garden this year and I'm sure you will reap the benefits as time goes on.ReplyDelete
Yes, weeding is very rewarding because you can see the difference, right away. I managed to damage one of the rose bushes, however! Not quite sure how I did it, but, I seem to have broken off the main stem! It was the only stem growing from that particular rose bush for a couple of years! Fortunately, this year, it has sent up another stem, so, hopefully, the plant will survive!Delete
I need to get on and blitz the weeding. There is more to do than I thought, following inspection today! You did a good job with that.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Ella. Weeding is a never ending job! But, there is a sense of satisfaction when a flower bed has been weeded. :)Delete