I do realize I don't have nearly as much water problem as some people. Flooding in some areas of the US are astounding, terrifying. So, I'm just not going to complain. Well, maybe just a little. See, when the warm weather hits, my husband begins to think about 'what can I do to make everyone's life hell?' I'm sure that's what he thinks.
So, I was sitting here, minding my own business when the darling man calls me out into the front room. We'd been talking about doing some major work in our back yard for quite some time. 7 years actually. We'd re-done the front yard and the side yard. But, the back yard had just been so daunting we'd shied away from it.
I guess my mentioning it a time or two had finally sunk in. He decided it was TIME! So, off he goes to the nearby trucking outfit where they have machines to move dirt, dig holes, bury rocks and tear out trees. Gulp. Darling hubby hires a fellow with this little tractor to come and do a little landscaping.
Now, we live on half an acre. Doesn't sound like a lot until you actually try to do something with it. Planting flowers could cost thousands. You can't just go buy a dozen annuals. That wouldn't even make a dent in prettying up the place. Plants of any kind... buy them so they'll be big and colorful...and make sure you buy things the deer don't like to eat.
Anyway, at the moment, my back yard looks a bit like a bomb went off. Where I used to have grass, there's now dry dirt. (Thank GOD it isn't due to rain for a few days) I'm hoping we can get a lot of it raked out so we can get some seed down. And rocks! I swear they multiply! We had the fellow dig a big hole and bury the last batch we found. He did it, but unearthed a dozen or ten more.
So, we're building raised beds, moving boulders and chasing the deer off the just raked areas. They seem to love to lay/roll in fresh raked soil. Oh, and the fawns will be showing up very soon, so we're trying to get as much done as we can so we don't chase them off. We both love seeing the tiny spotted beasties.
A little business now:
My book Doc has the most amazing cover art and I'm thrilled to announce it's up for the Alternate Reads Cover Award for June. I'd really appreciate it if you'd zip on over and cast your vote.
Here's the url: http://tjbook-list.blogspot.
So, once you're there, look on the right hand side and you'll see a list of the nominees. Doc is in there. But, if you prefer another cover, please don't feel you have to vote for mine. Vote with your heart.
Thanks so much!
I'm off to get some work done. A little writing first, then out to my raking. How's everyone else's spring chores coming along? Anyone doing any renovating or landscaping like we are? Anyone got any brilliant ideas on what to do with a man who thinks this is fun?