Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I was in PA yesterday for a business meeting. There were reports of hail storms and tornadoes all up and down the I-95 corridor from Baltimore to Fredricksburg, which is exactly how I was planning to get home. I left the meeting an hour early and drove west all the way to WV and got another hotel room. Call me shallow, but I just wanted to take a hot bath and watch Survivor, and not get my nice truck all beat up by hail.
It should be safe to drive home tomorrow! Who else is in the storms path? At least I scored some great stuff at Nordstrom Rack before I evacuated!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I finished seeding the new test plot for shade grass yesterday and today. Partly because I want to see what a lawn will look like in my backyard, partly because my pets love grass, partly because parts of my backyard renovation can't be done for another year anyway, and partly because I get a lot of questions about turf grass for shade from my clients.
I did 2 sections, and section one germinated in under 7 days. It's now about 10 days and 2" tall, looking bright green and very fine. I am trying to accelerate the germination time on section 2 by increasing the moisture. I swear I am in the back yard checking that plot 6 times a day to see if it has sprouted yet. Every time I see my spouse we have a little exchange:
Me: "Did you go outside?" Him: "Yeah, I was out there." Me: "Did you see a lawn out there?"
Last night, just after dusk, I came up to bed where he was already lying, and lamented that I seeded six hours ago and still no grass.
I'm a little obsessive.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
In the past week I have bought three new palms. All of them should be hardy here in zone 7, and because they came from big box stores, they were ultra cheap. Tonight I found the 3rd and final one to complete my collection: a huge (15 gal) Needle Palm, and it was priced at $80, which is a fabulous price.
To top it all off, the grass seed I put down last week is sprouting (I'm trying out a miniature shade lawn). I've begun planting all my annual containers and hanging baskets. The Cannas will be up soon, and Elephant Ears are in the nurseries.
I love spring. I can hardly wait to have the neighbors over and show of my tropical paradise (in Virginia).
My spouse is back from his business trip, and tonight, bought a miter saw to cut the crown moulding with. Tomorrow I may even get the bathroom painted.
After I plant that big palm.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
This weekend, I finished two professional loose ends: a pro-bono community garden design, and a plant installation from one of my last years clients.
I'm happy that the community garden commitment is all but done, and I can get on with what I really WANT to do this time of year (prune trees!!!), and I'm very happy that I FINALLY sold the big Viburnum that has been growing in my backyard for five years. It was NOT working well in my new layout, and I have been trying to sell it for two years. Finally, I got a contract on it, dug it up, drove it across town, and installed it in it's new home. I must say, it looked great there, and has much more growing room than it had in my tiny yard. I think it will be extremely happy there. My client also got 15 other shrubs, and was delighted that we came in under budget on labor. She saved money, I made money, and everyone is happy.
Now, if we can just finish this darn kitchen....
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
My father in law, who was helping us remodel our house, has gone home. He lives thousands of miles from here and it will be many months before we see him again.
He has helped us with household remodeling projects before, working shoulder to shoulder with my spouse. The bad news is that when he leaves, the work stops, no matter how far from completion the project is at the time. My spouse is simply not able to motivate himself or follow through without his dad's leadership and guidance. Consequently, the ceiling they began about seven years ago is still unfinished today... BUT, at least we now have the drywall we need.
I thought I had allowed PLENTY of lead time for the arrival of our new kitchen cabinets, but whenever you begin tearing open walls of a 1920's era house, you find ALL KINDS OF SURPRISES that need to be addressed, and putting them off doesn't make sense, because well, the walls are already torn open.
We had planned on stacking up all the boxes of cabinets in the living room, but there's still a bunch of drywall laying there, because there's a leak in the ceiling above the new mudroom that has to be fixed (obviously) before we can put up the drywall. And we can't hang the mudroom cabinets, install the mudroom sink, or put up the mudroom light fixture (all of which we already have) until the drywall is finished in the mudroom, so those big items are taking up an enormous amount of space that is in very short supply, because we also have a toilet and vanity for the new half bath sitting in the livingroom.
Unable to find the source of the leak over the mudroom for the past two days, my spouse began tearing out the walls of our master bathroom (directly above it) last night. This is our only shower/tub. Given his track record, I was terrified.
I can shower at the gym, and my spouse can go to his brothers place; but either way the kitchen cabinets will still be arriving Thursday and we have no place to put them. So while my spouse will be working at his desk job today, I will finish sanding and painting the kitchen. And buy a new tub faucet and shower handle for the the master bathroom.
My house is looking like an episode of Hoarders. We can barely move around in here.
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