Monday, May 21, 2012

Is it almost June already?

My how the weeks fly by these days, and the weekends are so short.  I always try to accomplish so much on the weekends that by Sunday night I am so tired and sore I can hardly move. And you know the alarm clock goes off mighty early on Monday's.  It's a good thing my hubby makes me get out of bed and go to work.  I keep asking him if he wants to get a couple more jobs and support me, but he just tells me to get my lazy butt out of bed and go to work. 

My daughter Rachel aka Somewhere in the middle, gave me slave labor for Mother's Day.  I was thrilled!  So, she came over the Saturday before Mother's Day and helped pull weeds, plant, etc all day.  It was nice to spend time with her, but getting some of my weeds under control was so nice.  I do have to say that I have since banned her from pulling weeds in my flower beds.  She always ends up with poison ivy.  I only saw two plants, and I pulled both before she could get near them.  She has big sores all over her arms, legs and stomach.  I got two dime size spots on my knees.  Mine are almost gone but hers are still awful.  So, thank you Rachel, and I'm sorry.  My youngest Kimberly came over for a awhile and help out also.  She got all the patio furniture out, and cleaned up all the weeds Rachel and I had pulled.  Thanks Kimberly! 

Hubby hung the chandelier in the cornzebo.  It's an old fixture I had laying around.  It's had extra bling on it, but I stripped it down to make it simpler.  After all, corncrib gazebo's are laid back, and earthy.

I've been adding hostas to the front of the house, and the perennials I removed from the front of the house have been redistributed to around the cornzebo and the other perennial beds.  This is the new flower bed in progress.

Yesterday we finished planting a very small garden.  Last year half of what we grew went to waste, or we gave away.  This year, I've converted a flower bed to garden space.  I am growing basil for the first time, in hopes of making basil pesto.  Hubby and I have started eating basil pesto and love it.  If anyone has any tips on growing basil, or making pesto, I'd love to hear from you.  I am using an old wooden step ladder for a support for my tomatoes this year.  Last years tomatoes were almost as tall as I am (which isnt all that tall) 

I'm growing onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and basil this year.  No corn, beans, zucchini, etc...
Keeping it basic and low maintenance.

Yesterday, hubby and I rebuilt an old stone wall I had built around our 130 year old weeping willow tree.  I had primarily built it using whatever rock I could find.  It was a mess, and falling apart.  I was lucky enough to get some flat stone from a friend who had torn out some landscaping, and some from my daughter Kimberly, who had a rock pile.  Combined with the few larger, flat stones I had we built this low wall. 

The roses are blooming on the cornzebo and look so pretty from both the inside and outside.

After working in the yard all day, Kaylee and I had a water fight.  We were both soaked by the time we were done.  Here's a pic of her taking a break (before the water fight) enjoying a nice cold treat.  She looks too innocent to get sneak up behind her granny and soak her with the garden hose doesn't she.

Even in mis-matched clothes, she's still cute.

Here is a planter I made out of an old funnel and an old wooden handle...

and I'm working to restore one of several large birdhouses I made several years ago.  The platform had rotted on this one, and when it fell the porch columns, and part of the roof broke off.  I know I should scrap it and make a new one, but I love the colors on this one, and hea, I made it, so I'm a bit fond of it :)

That's enough for one post.  I hope everyone has a great week and does something creative whenever possible.



earlene said...

Love that corncrib gazebo!!!!!
Your gardens look great and you have such great ideas!
Kaylee is a little doll!
I am enoying this hot weather and gardening.

Rachel said...

Don't feel bad about my poison ivy~it's starting to go away & you'd think by now I'd know to wear long sleeves! lol I L-O-V-E the way your new chandlier lights up the cornzeebo! It looks so pretty in person & in the pics! Glad you got your garden in ~ love the ladder too!

Lona said...

Myra you always have the best ideas. I love the funnel planter! The chandelier looks so great in the cornzebo and it looks amazing with the cornzebo all lite up at night. I think garden help for Mothers Day is such a great gift. You have been a busy girl. I was excited that I got my washtub planted and was able to get the dragonfly put out in it that you had made. May is about gone and it is hard to believe how fast it is speeding by. Have a lovely week.

Karen said...

Myra, I'm running like mad around here but had to stop in and see what's happening. Your cornzebo is Hands Down the COOLEST structure. I love it! You did a wonderful job on the floor, it looks just perfect! We have a chandelier (Carl found it in a dumpster, lol) but he never wired it in to our dome. I wish he would, the lighting in your cornzebo is spectacular.

I so enjoyed visiting your blog today and always. You're a very busy woman and have such creative ideas. Now I have to go back out and pull another bazillion weeds. Thank you for the inspiration!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Just love your yard so beautiful I came over from FB so one of your new followers