All Tuckered Out

Although we didn’t do many things from the Weekend List, we accomplished quite a bit this weekend. And made more work for later (awesome!).

Things started off with working outside for a few hours Friday evening. We planted the remaining raised bed with tomatoes, peppers, basil, tomatillos, marigolds, and other flowers. Things continued early Saturday morning with planting squash and melons, clearing weeds out of the yard, and cleaning up the junky stuff on our neighbor’s retaining wall. We took the afternoon and the evening off for leisure activities such as reading and watching baseball.

Oh, we also made our magical rice and chorizo dish…will have to post that recipe someday.

Here is the newest raised bed:


And here are the melon and squash, safely tucked away in toilet paper rolls. I lost one butternut squash to a cutworm yesterday, and I don’t want to lose any more. I know we have a lot of melons and squash for the square footage of this bed, but I plan on growing them up. The next step for this bed is to add on to the trellis.


This morning we slept in a bit, made waffles, and then went back to work in the yard. This time we planted along the previously junky retaining wall. Lots of flower and herb seeds went in, as well as purple coneflowers.

After a lunch break, we went back out for more. And things took a turn for the worse. I was clearing some weeds out by the garage in the hopes of planting more conflowers. This turned into us clearing off dirt from the long-away forgotten brick border around the garage. Could look nice again, eh?


Unfortunately, we found this at the other end of the garage:


That’s not just a shadow, it’s a ginormous hole along the foundation of the garage!! Those bricks in the foreground? They have nothing supporting them underneath!

Fortunately, this answered our question of what to do with all the dirt and debris that we cleared off the brick border. Unfortunately, this thing gives me a headache. The slope and drainage is really weird in our yard, and I wish it could just fix itself.

This is how we left the abyss today:


We took out the bricks that were just hanging in midair, and we uncovered more of the hidden brick border. But, geez, we’re tired.

So, is this a sinkhole or what? We’re even more convinced that our house is above one of the area’s many caves.

On a happier note, Keetah loves the outside so much! The whole yard is her all-you-can-eat salad bar:


Keetah was also busy this weekend doing some calculations and watching TV:


Such hard work! She has also been hanging out with Porkchop:


Buddies!

Have a good week! I am sort of glad for work tomorrow so that I don’t get sucked into neverending yardwork.

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