Today was absolutely the best day I've had in months! The weather was just exactly how I like it - on the cooler side, partly sunny with a nice breeze. I had to close a few windows because of the chill.
I started the day with a longer walk with my little Daisy. She is always happy to walk with me and she even made a friend today - a woman we've been seeing on some mornings. Daisy loves making new friends and having people tell her how cute she is! This is her hanging out with me after one of our walks.
After breakfast, showers and a bit of reading, my husband, Daisy and I went out to work on a project. The most important piece of this is that my husband voluntarily came out with me to help. For the entire summer I've been grumbling, mostly to myself but occasionally to him, that it's just too much yard to take care of by myself. I have a large vegetable garden, a large annual/perennial garden, a small herb garden, the kitty memorial garden in the back corner, and a strip of hostas and other flowers that separates my yard from my neighbor's.
And about my neighbor - so I've been feeling a lot like she's watching everything we do outside. Whenever I go out to do something, she seems to need to water her grass, sweep her deck, water her planters, or just pick weeds out of her grass. I wasn't imagining things. On Friday I started working behind our shed. It's an area where we've brought plants, branches, where the leaves get blown each fall and where the grass is dumped after each mowing. We have a lot of cut wood between the pine trees which apparently belong to my neighbor so I've been trying to clean that up. Some of the wood dates back to the straight line wind storm of 1983. I was a mom of 5 children under 9 so I didn't have anything to do with the wood being stacked between those trees.
I have dislodged all the wood between two of the trees and was digging out the wood that was stuck in the dirt. Then I wanted to dig up that composted dirt to put around my big tree who's roots are sticking up above the ground. After about 40 minutes my back was hurting too much for me to continue so I left the holes because I wasn't done. After dinner I was looking out my window and there was my neighbor stomping around on the area I had been trying to get the dirt from. She hadn't worked in the back of her yard for weeks - it has pretty much become woods. But that particular day she went back there to work and was mad because I didn't finish. Well, we had words and apparently she thinks my husband was trying to run her over with the riding lawn mower. Gone is all the really nice things he has done for her since he moved in - now he's a lawn mower maniac?????
But it was good that it happened. On Saturday morning after I had been working for about 30 minutes, he came out and started helping. That man can do 3 times what I can do in the same period of time. So today we just went out together and have a date for tomorrow morning. My big tree looks so nice with fresh dirt around it's base - probably about 10 wheel barrow loads worth so far. And we've barely touched the surface of all the composted dirt there is back there.
Well, Daisy just came in with her Underdog toy - that's a sign that it's time to play so she can have a treat and go to bed. I went out a second time today to do some more weeding around the tree and again tonight to water everything. I was able to do some reading and we had breakfast for dinner, one of my favorites.
I hope you all had a really great day too. I'm going to leave you with this photo my daughter sent me - little Jake watching baby Roman in the fancy pool.