I’m really tired of fighting with my yard. When I moved into this house over 4 years ago, I had very little grass. I have so many trees shading the grass, that type of grass just couldn’t grow. I had to shovel mud off the sidewalks after any rainfall. This photo was taken after my yard guy slapped a few pieces of sod down to help with the mud problem.
The next summer, I had St. Augustine put in. It looked great and I was so happy to not be the ‘ugly neighbor’ anymore.
Unfortunately that grass didn’t last. I’m back to mostly mud puddles. I’m doing some research with my new yard guy about what type of grass will work in my yard. I would really like to get this fixed once and for all. My yard is a good example of what happens when you don’t do your homework. I’m learning about my options so I can take care of this once and for all. Not only is it a cosmetic eyesore right now, but continued soil loss can lead to foundation problems. I’ll keep you posted.
I know my neighbors must cringe when they drive by garage when the door is open. I’m clearly the ugly neighbor. Since I’ve been downsizing in the cold weather, everything was pitched out into the garage, in anticipation of some warm weather to get everything to the appropriate places. Where are those places? Anywhere but a landfill… the thrift store, the food pantry, craigslist, and last but not least, freecycle.
I needed to not only get the stuff out, but I needed to find one specific can of paint in the vast mountains of paint cans in my garage. Well, after pulling all the paint out onto the driveway in preparation to give it away, I could not find the one can I needed for my kitchen ceiling. Seriously?
I didn’t count, but I know there was well over 100 cans of paint. I got rid of 99% of what I had. I really wanted to do something fun and creative in the process of getting it out of my garage, but I found myself in gridlock, paralyzed by the sheer amont of stuff in my garage. There’s just no time to creatively get rid of my stuff, so I started placing all of it on the driveway and listing it on freecycle as I cleaned it out. About 80% of the stuff is gone already, in less than a day.
I collected coats, blankets, food and miscellaneous stuff from friends an neighbors to donate to the homeless and impoverished. All of that is in my car and will be delivered to the appropriate destinations today. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Less stuff feels good. And just so I’m not tempted to collect more junk, I gave away the shelving unit that I cleared off yesterday. No empty shelves to refill, just nice, clean empty s p a c e. Continue reading