a bath for the granite and haircut for the hedge

>> 6.01.2011

Do you know when you realize that you've been slacking on blogging? When the person who lives your with projects day-to-day, hears your rants on how to cut costs, and sees you track your spending down to the penny asks, "So, what's up with your blogging?" 

I might have gone a little bridezilla as I screamed, "SERIOUSLY?! YOU KNOW WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO!!" 

Anyways, Nate, this post about projects we worked on last weekend is for you. You know, just in case you've forgotten or something.

The weird thing about three day weekends is that I feel like I have all the time in the world and therefore can accomplish at least 1,001 projects. So, of course I just knew that we would get the entire yard spruced up for the summer over Memorial Day weekend (ha).

It hadn't rained very much since we put in the new granite path and sod so we hadn't realized that the dirt mounds next to the path could cause any issues until a 3-inch rainstorm blew in last month...

...and moved a bunch of mud around: 

My favorite bendy tree by the firepit area also created a mess of berries all over the once perfect granite: 

So my super-smart soon-to-be-husband came up with  a way to separate the heavy granite from the other gunk:

He realized that sweeping the leaves, berries, and dirt into a pile then scooping them into a wheelbarrow bath would be the most efficient way to clean things up.

Lucky for Hugo, things are looking a lot better down there!

Next, Nate began work on a future flower bed...

...and didn't get far before running out of mulch. 

I know, blog posts without "afters" are really lame.

At least we've gone somewhere!

Luckily, I do have an "after" shot of the second worst* haircut of all time:
Although I did spend a good deal of time trimming up the hedge and stuffing its branches into the lawn bags, it's hard to even call it an accomplishment when it ends up that ugly!

*See worst haircut here.


Deborah June 2, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

I love the look of your deck! We are about to build a smallish floating deck off of our new family room space and I'd love to see a few more pictures of your deck if you have any.

Your back yard looks great!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog June 2, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

@Deborah~ It's a pretty small deck, but I'm sure there will be more pictures of it in the next couple of posts. Try clicking on the "yard" label to see all of my yard posts.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno June 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

If only we could magically show the 'after' before it's done! HA

Little Brick Ranch June 30, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

Yup - We just did this too. Ugh. They should fill in within a week or two...I hope!

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