July 6th, 2005


Five tips for a woman....

1. It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.

2. It is important that a man makes you laugh.

3. It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn't lie to you.

4. It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.

5. It is important that these four men don't know each other.
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I keep thinking about posting, but never really get around to it, so here is the randomness of my Sunday:

Hubby has scuba diving plans, and when he asked what I was planning, it popped into my head that I wanted to do some gardening. Headed out to a local garden centre, where they were trying to get rid of almost everything. Mulch and perennials were 1/2 price. I scooped up some perennials, basket stuffers, a dwarf alberta spruce, a yew (I thought the tag said it would grow to 12" turns out it's 12'(!) so I've got to find a new home for that), a rose bush, 210 liters of soil (dunno - that's how they sell it) and mulch.

Then home to figure out where to plant them. I decided on the front yard. Puppy killed several of my beds and 8 of my rosebushes last year, so I figured I'd move out of his play area rather than setting him up to destroy more plants.

I didn't think of pics until I was part way through, so here is a bit of progress (click on pics to see full size). The original bed stopped just inside the step and curved around the existing plants:

In the beginning

And here is the bed fully dug:
Almost there

I've moved most of the perennials into the bed, I have a delphinium that I want to add up close to the door. Then it's on to filler annuals and mulch.

Hubby and I will be replacing those awful patio stones this summer, and hopefully changing the steps a bit, I'd like them to be more curved, they are currently a 90 degree, made with patio stones again. I will then be able to continue the garden down beside the steps.

Other little project was to fill the bed on the rock wall. I bought 5 glazed pots, and added annuals to them. They are looking a bit straggly in these pics, as they just survived the transplant trauma:


I'll be filling the bed they are sitting in with pea stone. This will allow me to easily decorate this bed for the different seasons - tulips and daffodils in the spring, random plants in summer, mums in fall...You can get some idea of the ratty steps from this pic. Would like to change this to flagstone:


Oh, and did I get a killer sunburn on my back! Well for me anyways. It's nicely tanned now. I actually thought I was mostly out of the sun, apparently not.
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I had Monday off. My company is nice enough to turn the 3 summer long weekends into four-day weekends. Hubby was at work, and I woke up full of plans and lists for running around. Before he left, he suggested that rather than doing chores all day, I just relax. I instantly changed into relax mode! Hopped into my bathing suit, grabbed the nearest book and hit the deck to catch some rays.

I was about 200 pages in to my book (which I have since misplaced - grr) when Steve the window guy stopped by to drop off his quote. We are looking at replacing all of the windows in our house. They are 35+ years old, and it is time. His quote came in at 10k, so about 2k less than the other guys. I really like this company and would really, really like to get this done. Hubby still isn't convinced that this isn't something we shouldn't do on our own. Have Steve supply the windows, and we'll install. Personally, I vote for having them install, I can think of much better uses for my time. We were talking about this at the barbeque on Friday, and it was a fairly obvious split. All of the women believed that they would have the windows installed, all of the guys figured it was something they could do themselves. Hubby keeps laughing at me, as last year when we had the roof replaced I was all for us doing it, but I don't want to tackle windows. I've helped changed a roof before, never touched window installation...

Anyways, it was a great day, beautiful weather, and a much needed rest.

Got some cute pics of the pup, I made tuna salad for lunch and he got the leftovers in the can:

Digging in Digging in
He ate like that the whole time - butt up in the air *g*