Yardwork pt 2

So I recently wrote a blog about how much I hate yard work. Since then something has changed….

 

I’m starting….GASP….to LIKE working outside!!!!

WHAT!?!?!?!

 

 

Okay, confession time.

Over the past few weeks I have spent more than a little time outside, something that is very rare for this cook/reader.

But I realized that Hubby just doesn’t have a lot of time to help me in the yard. He is gone about 11 1/2 hours a day and we only have about one or two Saturdays a month that we actually get to stay home and even think about working in the yard. So instead of waiting for Hubby to be around to help, I realized I have to do it by myself…

I have (more or less) managed to keep my goal to work in the yard an hour a day. It has been very rewarding. My grass is lush and green, my garden is growing beautifully and my yard is starting to look more like a, well, yard, and less like the yard of a derelict, haunted house (no seriously, my yard used to be pretty creepy…My neighbor caught some kids from the high school smoking weed in the back yard because they thought it was still abandoned…)

I find it rewarding. As I continue to plug away at things, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, I love how much cleaner and neater it looks.

I am a lazy neat freak, by the way. Does that make sense?

Okay, so I thrive in a neat and tidy environment, but I am too lazy to actually clean up. Also when my house is a complete mess, it depresses and stress me out so much I feel to overwhelmed to do anything about it. Weird right?

Since I was married and subsequently had children, I have had to learn to clean up, not only after myself but my children (including teaching my children how to clean up after themselves) and occasionally Hubby, otherwise I would be sitting in a huge stressful, depressed mess. Most likely bawling my eyes out.

#1 and #2 LOVE being outside. I found a dandelion stalk in #2’s mouth one day. They are exploring and scaring the crap out of me when I go around the corner to check on something in the back/side yard. Did I mention we still don’t have a fence in our yard?

We were completely trapped in doors for January, February and most of March, so being outside is liberating. I find that my mood is better after a stint outdoors. And I don’t mind if my kids mess something up outside, because it will grow back. Eventually.

#2 loves dirt. To eat it that is…I try to steer him away from the fertilized dirt. No I don’t do organic gardening around here.

Hubby and I managed to work in the yard yesterday. We put in an outdoor clothes line (YAYA!) We cleaned out our garage and we managed to haul a load of garbage to the dump. We have lived here for 2 1/2 years and we have never been to the dump. Mostly because I didn’t think there was one down here…

Our garage looks AWESOME. We have to clean it out every spring. We honestly should do it every fall as well, to clean up all the summer mess. But we usually forget.

By the way, our tulips finally bloomed.

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This is late, even for living as high up as we do. All my other neighbors tulips bloomed and have died before mine bloomed. But aren’t they pretty? I think I will plant some lavender in that flower ‘area’ after the last frost date (memorial day around here…). It will be really pretty.

 

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