This will give you a true look inside my mind. I have had a vision of this for years and it took a few to get to the point of planting. I have a split backyard with a water way going through the middle of it. There is a pond that is only fit for wildlife and then a woody area between the waterways and the river.
My son had an old boat that was not of much use to him anymore that he left when he moved out. I would sit in my backyard and look at that boat and think I want to paint that, fill it with dirt and then plant in it. Last year was our first planting year and I learned early that even in a raised boat the critters will find a way. We planted mostly herbs and vegetables and not many made it. I even put fencing along the top of the boat.
This year I decided to try mostly flowers. I did include sage and lavender as they were left alone last year. Most of the flowers have done real well. There was one that I really wanted badly in the boat, the sunflower, that has been eaten from up and over the top of the fencing. It had to be a deer. I have tried sprays and other ways of keeping things away, but it doesnít seem to work completely.
I have always said that my gardens are a work in progress. I plant things helter skelter and then move them as needed. It keeps things interesting in my gardening world.
Last fall we had a major tree fall in the back part of our yard. It fell in the very back part next to the water which splits my yard between grass and woods. When it first happened we spent a whole day with extra help getting the top part removed from the neighborís back yard. This tree was very large and also took out a few others so there was a lot to chop and haul.
We thought we would finish the job of chopping and stacking this spring when we take vacation in May. Between the weather and the chain saw chains becoming dull the job has not been completed. With three days off this week we were hoping to get more of the tree detail completed. The first two days we had off were unbearable with heat and humidity. My husband can not work outside in it because of his asthma.
So today I was hoping to go kayaking because the weather was suppose to be pleasant. I got up this morning and it seemed like a good tree day too! What to do!!! I so love kayaking, but I know we need to get that darn tree taken care of. I am so torn, but I am going to do the right thing and go out and help with the tree.
How can this be? Easy in my multi challenge world.
I had my final weigh in with one of my 10 week challenges today. At the beginning of the challenge I had set a goal weight that was very reasonable, or so I thought. Then I hit a plateau for a few weeks and had a foot injury. I struggled to change my fitness routine, finally found my groove again and the pounds started coming off again.
At the beginning of this week I was very close to goal weight for the 10 week challenge, hit goal weight on Tuesday, was up .2 from goal weight on Wednesday and today was my official weigh in day. You are probably thinking I shouldnít weigh myself so often, but I donít record any of them but Thursdays. So this morning I got on the scale and didnít believe my eyes. I had lost a pound from yesterday to beat the goal weight by .8 pounds!
I stuck this in my tracker and went to look at my total lost so far since joining SP. Now I am .2 pounds away from my halfway mark. This is the goal I didnít make. The good news is I didnít think I would make it this week anyway because I had a much better overall weight loss today than expected! I now am hoping to beat that next week, but my first plateau started just .2 pounds away from the 40 pound mark so I wonít worry if I donít.
There is something about those .2 pound marks that like to mess with me.
I decided to try and do most of my sparking this morning as my husband and I are contemplating how to spend our day off from work. The weather is very hot and humid for the next two days so we need some air conditioned activities since we are both asthmatic and the weather is not our friend. Thankfully Friday and the weekend look like good days for us to spend outside.
So I ate my fruit salad for breakfast since I have no idea where we will be for lunch or dinner and I need to get that salad meal in for my challenge. Then I decided to read a Spark article. What pops up but a nutrition one on Salad! I found this so ironic since that is my August Challenge.
For those that wanted to know what my friendís recipe is for her Corn and Black Bean Salsa the best I can give you is her ingredients. She kind of wings some of the liquid parts and so must we I guess. Here is her list:
2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 cans corn
White vinegar (your preference)
Lemon or Lime Juice
I like to use on packet of sweet n low
I have also looked some recipes up on SP and have made one with my left over grilled corn on the cob Ė I prefer corn on the cob over canned.
Well I must go get my cardio in before we head out for the day! Have a great one!