The Weekend

9 Sep

This weekend I started my very first DIY project: my front yard.  When I purchased the house the first thing I noticed was my grass, or the lack thereof.  There was a flowerbed already built in, but the lawn itself was really just neglected and is currently more dirt than grass.  You know I love to throw my cape on, so I am hellbent on growing this grass myself without using expensive measures such as sod.  But first, I tackled my naked flower bed:

flowerbedbefore

Just leaves and dirt *sigh*

My first step was to get the ground leveled and remove the leaves and weeds from the bed.  My rake did a wonderful job of getting this done, and after a few passes I had a clear bed.  The next step was to add the top soil.  Now this is where I learned a lesson in buying top soil.  GET MORE THAN YOU NEED!  I really thought two bags would be more than enough. Uh no.  Two bags was really only enough for half of the bed and that wasn’t even enough to plant my larger mums.  So instead, I planted my smaller mums in the area that I only used two bags and next weekend I will get more top soil for my larger mums.  The reason I chose hardy mums (there is a difference) is that they will grow again next season because I don’t want to have to do this all over again.  I am thinking of adding some bushes as well, I just don’t know.  But for now, this is what I have:

flowerbedafterMy next task was my backyard.  Now, to me, your backyard should be an oasis and what I had when I purchased the house was a small jungle:

backyardbefore3backardbefore2backayrdbefore1

Yes, under all of that grass is an actual patio.  I needed that space cleared stat, because all I want to do is sit in my backyard with a fire pit and drink wine a la Waiting to Exhale.  A few days prior, I sprayed the entire patio down with RoundUp and on Saturday the weeds were more than dead, so I took my trimmer/edger and cleared the patio and all of the weeds that were around the bottom of the fence.  This is what followed:

backyardafter1 backyardafter2Nice right?  After I finished, I cracked open an Angry Orchard and basked in my yard work badassness.

Saturday, after getting all of my life because my Fios was finally installed I went to the Omega Psi Phi Fish Fry being held that weekend.  My commentary:

  1. The drink in the Welch’s grape juice bottle is not grape juice.  I repeat, the juice in the bottle is NOT grape juice.
  2. My eyes were happy
  3. The fish refreshed my life

This weekend was one filled with a lot of fun, as now my living room is looking more like a living room and less like a storage area.  I have finally unpacked a majority of the boxes and organized the things I want to take down to the storage part of my basement.  I am looking forward to doing more yard work as it felt kind of like running for me, calming.

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