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Front yard….rocks, rocks and lots of rocks 7/4/17

I swear this is the last time I’m going to move these rocks.  I was out in the backyard at 7 this morning, picking up rocks and putting them in buckets.

The front yard was looking shitty, and I think that the company that cuts the grass put poison on the flowers that I was trying to grow.  I’m tired of messing with it, so this was my project for today.

I picked up every rock that I could dig up, knowing that I did not want to spend any money on bags of rocks.  I had my fingers crossed that I would have enough for what I wanted to do.

This is my new homemade tool.  A bent up grilling fork.  It works great for loosening up the dirt.  It also works perfectly for digging up weeds.

First I tore up cartons that I had saved last week and put them down to slow down the weed growth.
Then I topped that with buckets and buckets of rocks from the backyard.

I like it!  It turned out better than I thought and I did end up having enough rocks.

The Royal Empress tree is growing like crazy

Ferns from my mom’s house are growing pretty fast too.

A few minutes ago, T-Jay used the electric saw to cut up the rest of them Maple tree.  I will keep putting it in the trash can until it’s all gone.  It shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks, and then I’ll finally have the backyard back to normal.

I’m thinking about hooking up the power washer to blow all that dirt from around the roots of that Maple tree.  If I can get them exposed enough, I’ll be able to cut them off so that I will finally have a somewhat level walkway.

Well, it was an idea.   I guess my power washer isn’t powerful enough.

I’ll have to figure out another way to dig that root up.  Oh, well, that’s for another day.  I’m pooped and am going to take a shower and relax for the rest of the day.

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Much needed day off and in the backyard I go 6/11/17

It’s been a long, long week.  39 hours in three days.  My co-worker is sick again.  
I’m hoping that he will feel well enough to come to work tomorrow.
The first thing I did this morning was to go into my backyard to fill up both trashcans with branches and tree limbs.  Trash day is tomorrow. It’s amazing how much I can fit in those cans once the limbs are broken down into smaller pieces.  I can see my little shed again and will be able to get to the propane tanks inside if I need to.

These limbs I’m leaving until I get a chance to cut them into smaller pieces with the chainsaw.

Then it was off to the front yard to get rid of some of the weeds.  The Royal Princess Tree is now 42 inches tall.  It’s still growing about an inch per day.  With some luck, I’ll have some shade in the kitchen sometime this summer.
The Sweet Woodruff is growing well.  I’m thinking that I might have to throw some water on my plants tonight.  It’s been awfully dry the past week.

This is some of a vine that was growing at my mom’s house.  It’s really taking off.

This is some Cat Mint.
And some more Sweet Woodruff.

Since I could now get to my spare propane in my little shed, I decided to grill some porkchops.

I also made some German Fleischsalat. That’s cut up Bologna, sweet pickles, Mayonaise and sour cream.  It’s resting in the fridge and will be good on crackers later.  
I got the recipe from http://www.theomaway.com/

This is my delicious breakfast at noon. 

I guess I’ll wash clothes and then iron to get ready for work tomorrow.  
Maybe I’ll also watch a movie or something.