Friday, April 5, 2013

:: Prepare to Be Shocked and Amazed...::

Not because I'm a Super Woman and have been busy getting things done. No.
...but for all the projects I have going on at one time
...and nothing seems to be getting done!

The week before Easter I began working in the front yard; digging up the bricks...laying gravel and more dirt in order to raise up our walking path from the parking to the porch.
I worked for two days and got this much done...

Then the rains came and stopped us in our LITERAL TRACKS! 
This is what my yard looked like the week AFTER Easter. 

A muddy mess with bricks lying around the yard. 
These red clay bricks ...were under the concrete 'formed' bricks...Yes, we poured the concrete right over the bricks years ago. 
I wanted them out... 

That's as far as I got when the rain started pouring down on Tuesday...I was sort of stuck trying to figure out how the puzzle pieces went back into place.
It's not finished. But we can walk there now with out getting too muddy. 

Also, while we had been working on the path...we had started prepping the pool to open it up soon. 
How soon? Who knows with this crazy weather... 

It needs to be vacuumed out now...and at least it's blue! It was green...and not the pretty kind of green either.  (we'd already put the chemicals in there...don't want that to waste!) 
So...While the rains came...and the February LIKE temps...

The pool kept pumping...

Fire wood was brought into the house to dry out...the stove was fired up

...and the fire wood stack dwindled. 

The Potatoes soaked up the rain.

... and came back in a little over 2 weeks time! 

The wheel barrow started putting forth shoots of green 

indicating we might get some carrots! 

The broccoli flourished. 

Onions in a pot...grew taller and the nut grass grew all around...all around...and the NUT grass grew all around. 

Oh wait...sorry, got carried away. 

Being cooped up due to rain and cold weather...I think was starting to get to me. Especially knowing I had many projects in the works...waiting to be completed. 

The Sedum is also flourishing. The chickens just about killed it last year. 
Mr. Ribbit T. Frog has stood his post during the rain
 ...and needs a new hat! It's droopy. 

George and the girls are glad to finally be out of the coop that the rain has finally stopped. 

The baby chicks out grew there Mini- Coop(er) 

...And have moved up to the Ghetto Tractor! 

So while some things change in the yard this week with all the rain; 
some things stayed the same. 

The girls have continued the status quo...
I continued to trudge out to the Coop to collect the eggs. 

I'm fairly certain that this garden bed could see 40 days and 40 nights of rain
...and these onions and brussels sprouts won't grow. 
Why? you ask. 

Over the winter...we added wood ash to this bed and killed it.
 Oh! it would be great for the potatoes. But ...that's not what we planted in there, NO. 
We planted Brussels sprouts and onions. 

So, today...when the sun came out I was outside, salvaging what is left of the shriveled up plants and transplanted them and turned this bed completely under. 

I'll show you all that another day. 
Aren't you glad I'm not showing you now? 
Doesn't it all make you tired just thinking about it? 
Me too!

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Rejoice in the LORD always ; again I will say rejoice. ~Philippians 4:4


NanaDiana said...

LOL- I'd say you certainly DO have enough going on there. Don't you hate it when you have 10 things going at once and nothing getting completed? Have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

daisy g said...

The good news is-there's always tomorrow! Send some of that rain our way-we need it! ;0)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Oh what a job you have ahead of you! We had rain too, lots and lots of it. Well, the aquifers need it.

Sandy said...

Your so right. You do have a lot of
projects that need doing and now I'm
tired from reading and watching you..
time to take a nap!
Hopefully the rain will stay away for
a bit longer so you can finish some of
Have fun!

The Boston Lady said...

My gosh Woman, I am exhausted just looking at this. I can't even clean my bathroom properly with my bum hand still hurting much less go flinging bricks around... Glad you are getting that rain because it is really making your garden look deliciously green. When's dinner? (No nugget for me please - or at least don't tell me it's one of them) Ann

Diane said...

I think you ARE Wonder Woman!

Lisa Lynn said...

Love to see what's up at your place! I'd love to have you stop by and share your post on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!

Revi said...

I didn't know wood ash would kill soil...

Liz said...

Oh boy you sure have been busy! I really like the brick sidewalk, that takes a lot of work. Glad the rains stopped and you can get finished up with your in progress projects. It won't be long and it will be pool time!

My Repurposed Life said...

tired? you bet! what a lot you have going on! Your season is so far ahead of ours. We finally got some sunshine and warm temps, even got a little humid today.
So much work to do on that path... but I suppose you'll be glad when it's all over.
don't work too hard!

Angel said...

I'm tired just reading this! I've been busy too but in a very different kind of way. :) said...

I must say your "not getting done" amazes me in what you have accomplished!

Claudia said...

You have been busy! I'm afraid you're putting the rest of us to shame!


Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Pat, you overworked girl. You should go take a nap. I am telling you, that rain alone can dampen your spirits but you seem to be all over the place getting things done. Love the walkway and that so many of your plantings have come back after the cold snap! Yea!
Liz @ Quirky Vistas

Brenda Pruitt said...

Remember I'm in the evening of Day 12 of my "incarceration" at home in a cast. I think I'm getting pretty loony myself. I have to yell at strangers passing by to please get my mail after it stacks up for days.

Cindy said...

You have certainly been busy, my friend. Yay! Your garden did come back, I'm so glad to see that, I will have to live vicariously through your gardening ventures, seeing as how mine are still under SNOW!!!
Your brick path is looking good, I hope you're able to finish it soon so you can see a nicely finished project, that always feels so good. I love seeing your chickens.
Have a good week!
Hugs, Cindy

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Now that's great progress Pat! Once the darn rain stops, you'll be completing projects like crazy!

I love the chicks!

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I like your ghetto tractor! It reminds me of a structure on our property that I've dubbed 'the box'. It's kinda ghetto too. ;)

Do you think your onions and brussels sprouts wouldn't come up because the pH was raised too high with the wood ash?

I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at Farm Girl Blog Fest #28, which is live right now. You would be a great addition to the wonderful posts that are shared!

Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest #28

Hope to see you there!
~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You