...I have finally gotten near the finish line for July goals. I haven't forgotten all about August, though. I did make some headway on the next area of the yard this past week, since I hadn't materials to finish off the Faith tree bed. What is my next area? It's two areas actually.
One is the long bed in front of the back porch. Maddie dug quite a deep hole at one end which is filling with rain water like nobody's business. It's muddy and mucky and some of the bordering rocks and iris that were there fell into the hole. I noted last week that weeds were taking over that bed rapidly. I didn't put down a thick layer of mulch last year. I got all of the weeds up and next I plan to plant the iris I took up from the Faith tree bed at one end. This will mirror the opposite end of the bed.
The next area faces the front yard but is at the eastern end of the back porch. Maddie had dug about in it and left a deep hole there, too. For good measure she dug two more against the porch lattice. The bed was even and nice but now it looks like it's all dips and berns. As well, her digging spread some wildflowers I had growing in one small area and they took over the bed. As of now, the bed is free of most all the wildflowers. I plan to divide the daylily in that bed and then make it flat once more and mulch it. That will give me two nice looking areas facing the front yard, visible when you're coming up to the house.
Because it's wet and muggy I'm not going to spend a big block of time out in the yard. I'll do it in 15 minute increments! So yeah, it might take all of August to finish this project and it is enough.
We ended our week with a visit from Katie and Taylor which made us quite happy. I had a photo of the Kingsland trio ready for the first day of school. The twins started kindergarten this year. My how time does fly past! In two weeks, V's baby boy is going off to school, as well. My these children do grow up entirely too quickly! I can't believe that next year Josh and Rosa will be going off to school, too!
Yes, it's school season in our state. At least this year most waited until August to start rather than beginning last month as they often did when Katie was in school. I don't exactly keep up with school dates any more except to note when the stores are packed with school supplies and the grocery is featuring lunch making items. Despite not keeping up with it, my ears just seem keyed to the sound the bus makes when it stop at the stop sign at the top of the road. I'll hear it morning and night even though I really don't mean to be listening for it!
I think my 'inspiration' this year was a subconscious reaction to the 'new year' mentality that the start of the school year brings along. I seem to have just naturally fallen into that time frame for finding a refreshing spring of creative thoughts. Does the new school year affect any of you in that way?
...I plan my work week:
This week I mean to absolutely finish off the Faith tree project and my desk area. I still don't have art work that wows me but I did find a couple of things to use until I do. And no, the desk area won't be finished until it's complete with the pictures, because that's how I've seen it in my mind and I want it to be DONE. There's plenty of 'almost done' around this house.
Minor shopping: frames, mulch...and possibly a few more things, see below.
Now that fall is truly nearer I want to find my inspiration for fall décor early on. So I'll spend some time seeking that inspiration among my own things and online. That may mean sorting out the shed somewhat, but again, because it's hot and muggy and wet, I won't be working long hours in that shed.
While I'm there I'll start setting things aside that I no longer want and am ready to donate.
Paint picture frames I'm using on the living room wall. LOATHE the green. LOATHE. I must change it. This is the focus area for August. I'm ready to change up my living room somewhat. Not going to cost much money, but I'd like fresh pillow covers, perhaps new sheers, to paint the mantel, absolutely will paint the frames and move out a chair (and maybe move one in). If I move in the other chair, I'll probably make a slipcover for it. I have colors in mind but I never let that cause me grief. I seldom find what I want so I'll see what I like and then consider where I'm going to head color-wise.
More minor shopping: fabric for pillow covers and maybe a slipcover and possibly new sheers.
Organize the deep freeze.
...I plan meals:
Chicken Romesco with Pasta, Salad, Gelato
Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes on a bed of shredded lettuce, Tiny Biscuits
Leftover Chicken, Squash Casserole, Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Salad
Sloppy Joes, Coleslaw, Pickles, Chips
Poached Chicken Breasts, Salad with peaches, walnuts and goat cheese, Crusty Bread
on my own x2
...I plan my leisure:
Frankly, I call it leisure to shop on my own...
I'm wanting to get lost in a book. This week seems like a good time to start one. Really these dog days take the steam out of my engine.