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I am just thinking out loud about what to do with the yard.

The peonies on the side of the house are cramped and need some help, I should maybe move them? I've never tried that before. The rest of the things around the house need some shaping, but I think that's all.

The bare patch in the front that we stuck flowers in? I liked that, but it needs taller flowers.

The mailbox needs flowers around it.

I'm not going to do anything around the back porch because Brian says he is going to fix up that area. I asked him what that meant and he said he'd think of something. Best to wait.

I think I will add another bed to double our vegetable-growing space. And an herb bed on the other side of the yard, where Mrs. Beckett used to have one. Her real estate agent advised that she take it out to make the yard more attractive. What?

Leave the middle of the yard open. It's good for running around. When we had Victoria's birthday party, one of the soccer team parents said, "Wow, we could've held practice here." That made me happy.

The farthest part of the yard needs the most work. There's a weedy island that gets filtered sunlight and then a big shallow U that's even more shaded. Plus I have to put a compost bin somewhere and that seems the most likely place.

For my next trick I will be gathering all the papers that I have stashed in all the paper-stashing spots around the house for a night of sort-and-toss. There is a forty dollar check somewhere in this house and that's usually a good way to unearth such treasures. Wish me luck.


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Nov. 3rd, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
We're getting our entire yard done (by someone who knows something about plants, unlike us), it is such a disaster area. Plus we're surrounded by 100-ft trees...sounds nice until you have to either rake, or try to grow plants (like grass). Or during an ice or wind storm, when you are afraid they will fall on your house.

Good luck in the paper-cleaning! We just had one of those Wednesday night looking for R's application for school and a wedding invite (and RSVP due yesterday). Found them pretty fast, so we didn't actually have to do any sorting or cleaning of the other papers...
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
I know! The Takoma Park house used to be all shade, but after the last big hurricane two huge trees fell from our yard; one hit our next-door neighbor's house and the other hit the neighbors' house on the other side. When the storm was over our house sat unscathed like a gleaming bad-luck charm. Uh, sorry neighbors! Anyway, it brought some sunshine back to the yard.

Your good luck wishes are working! I am up $61 so far and finding lots of GREAT stuff. About half done. Fortunately, I did this about two months ago so the pile of stuff is not too intimidating.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Although I am up way too late, I did manage to do the dishes and clean out the really really junky drawer in the kitchen, the one that overflows down into the drawer beneath. It will last until DH gets home, I think. But you inspired me with your talk of cleaning up the papers.
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