Catching Up…

//hangs head in shame//

I know…Slack. Sorry. Seriously.

Just me in the hammock swing...

Just me in the hammock swing…

Work? OMG! Work has been a bear (but still somewhere I enjoy going each day…really)! I was able to get two additional positions added to my Transport Department, and after two months of meetings? It was determined that a second Courier was needed in my original department to pick up all the extra stops we’d acquired. This left an additional position open for Support Service Associate, because we promoted from within to fill the second Courier position.

Then there was building/re-building the new route and existing route, a bunch of interviews to hire for the available positions, budgets, new route runs (for me as a ride-along), and annual evaluations.

That was just work… (And as you can see, above? I am using my zen garden to my advantage!)

Where to hang your personal swing?

Where to hang your personal swing?

On the personal front?  We dropped another beam between the two horizontal planks on the hammock stand to accommodate my single rope swing.

I took a four day weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, and ended up doing some maternity shots for Johnny’s daughter.

The garden is going bonkers (YESSSS!) and we’ve got plants blooming left and right. I plucked my first blackberry off the vine today. *pucker* Needs more time! SOUR!

I submit to you a visual journal of the last few weeks in the yard:

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I was also asked to submit my “journey” for a web site for real people who had real results in their weigh-loss adventures, and I will be sharing more about that in a future post.

It’s been busy, but life is good!

Until next time…

The Hammock Arbor…Part Deux

This post is going to be word light and picture heavy.

It’s been kind of a crazy week at work, and I am mentally wiped out, but it’s all good.

There is grass coming up in the place that used to be the deck, as well as where we filled the low spots. I’ve planted Canna lilies, as well as some more day lilies down one side of the pool for a little added privacy.

My dahlia and lupine are blooming, and our bamboo will be here on Monday.

I tilled a plot out for our veggie garden, which we hope to plant over the weekend, if Sub-Tropical Storm Ana (and that would be Ahhhh-nah, not Anna…whatevs) will allow it.

So here are the pictures:

Yard Crashers – Workaholic Style…

I’m not sure exactly where we left off…I think it was the deck de-construction, with a few featured newly purchased plants…

Johnny got the tractor out and obliterated the fire pit. (There’s a picture below of what it looked like prior to his hauling the remains out.) This is where the new gazebo/flagstone patio/fire pit table is going to go…You can see where the fire pit USED to be in the second picture. It’s that “grey area” to the top right of the new raised bed.

We have gotten a couple 20 ton dump-truck loads of dirt, the following pic only depicts about a quarter (or less) of the total received:

A portion of what's been delivered...

A portion of what’s been delivered…

When I got home from work, yesterday, I saw the frame for a new raised bed on the right side of the pool. This is where some of the old “Lily Bed” monkey grass and lilies was going to go, as well as the first palm:

This is gonna be FUN!!!!

This is gonna be FUN!!!!

When we went to our favorite plant place, Casey’s Garden Center, to get a couple scoops of top soil and I came back with two six-packs of Vincas. 🙂 It is what it is. I love me some plants.

After filling the raised bed with fill dirt and top soil, I planted four lilies, some monkey grass, a windmill palm and 2/3 of the vincas:

*Whew* That was some work!

*Whew* That was some work!

This was done last night. I placed my pot of Mom’s fern and a couple other items in that bed temporarily, and then got to work on Lily’s Bed. (Lily was about 18 months old when she passed. She was the runt of our second and final litter, and loved to lie under the Bradford Pear while we were swimming.) I’m extending that bed to go around the Bradford, and down into the yard. I am putting shade loving plants, like fern, more vincas, and a couple caladium….

I pulled all that monkey grass and day lily mess out of Lily’s original bed. Got what I needed out last night for the raised bed, but OMG…! Dividing that clump you see in the back-left section of the original bed? I was so worried I was going to roll the ankle or fall, but I am injury free.

We have a dahlia, cast iron plant, a cone flower (don’t know what its proper name is) and three standard Heavenly Bamboo to go in tomorrow, assuming no more rain.

I’ll have the shade garden pictures up tomorrow, if the weather holds. We got three hours in, after starting at 0900 this morning before the rain started. We were at the Garden Center in the pouring rain getting Nandina after that.

I am also thinking about getting a clump or two of Alphonse Kerr clumping bamboo, simply because we need a natural screen from “The Neighbors” since I like my privacy when sun-bathing and swimming. *wink wink, nod nod…”

Until Next Time…