Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunny Sunday

This past weekend was the first time we did not have rain for many weeks.  I have been desperate to work in the yard.  I worked in the yard for a few hours on Saturday and then on Sunday, I worked in the yard for the entire day.  It was probably eighty degrees or so.  I kept taking Popsicle breaks.  I would get a sugar-free Popsicle and as I sat and ate it, I would play fetch with Chelsea.  I also drank two large bottles of Gatorade and when I felt as if I was going to pass out, I went in the house to have some yogurt.
I had the highest reading yet on my pedometer!  Even higher than on Friday, when I worked all day, then went to the Y in the evening and did six miles on the elliptical. 
I was cleaning out an over-grown area in the back yard and I was on my feet all day.

This is the part of the yard that I "beautified."
This is where I cleared out all of the overgrowth.
This is most of what I cleaned out. 
One of the new hostas that I planted.
Where this hose is, just hours before,
there was a sticky bushes.
We've decided to tear all of the sticky bushes out. 
They are ugly, we don't like them- so "outta here!"
Cleaned all of this out.  Our Rose of Sharon was out of control. 
We may cut it all the way down.  Tore out the weeds and will plant here.

I think my favorite tool is my pruners.  Dug bought a big ol' set of pruner/trimmers that would probably cut my arm off if I wasn't careful.  I love them though.  As I've said before, in the yard, I am both judge and jury.  If I say it goes, it goes.  If I allow it to stay, it stays.  This is my third summer here and I am determined that this place will be a showplace when I get done with it.  It certainly has the potential.  There isn't tons of acreage, but there is a lot of land and lots of "hidey-holes" to be cleaned out.  I'm on a mission. 
*Please let me know if there are any problems with my new lay-out on your end.


^..^Corgidogmama said...

Isn't it cool how working outside cleanses not only the area, but your inside debris as well?
Hey, the joint looks good~it takes sweat-equity, but the results are terrific! Curb appeal on the outside, and clean closets, updated kitchen look, and no dust bunnies....what could be sweeter???

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Cheryl, Hey, you want to come and do mine . . I can use an extra hand. Yours truly does the yard work at my house. It always feels good to look at it afterward and be so pleased with what you've done. It always makes me smile :O) The weather in Chino has been so weird lately, one day cold, next day hot, what's up with that. Happy Thursday, Sandy:O)

p.s. Your layout looks fine from this end.

msdebbiea said...

Love it!!!! I think the area you cleaned out is our "tent" area?!!!
It looks beautiful Cheryl~~

Mary Jo said...

Lookin' good, Cheryl. We have that same book reading fairy -- what are the odds?

Angela said...

Wow girl! You did a fantastic job cleaning up your yard! I wish I had some of your energy! Running the kids around has really drained me. I can't wait for school to be out! It has gotten too hot here to even be outside! Where did Spring go? Right now my theometer on my front porch says it is 100 degrees outside and it feels like it! Even the kids won't go out!

Happy Gardening!

Chatty Crone said...

I like your new lay out - I forgot to tell you that. Looks great.

Cleaning 'cleans' the soul.

You yard looks great!!!!! I am going to do the inside of the house this weekend.


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