Tuesday Morning

My day started a little off. This morning my wife decided to sneak up on me while I was pouring myself a cup of pops cereal. She’s super sneaky, always attempting and usually succeeding at scaring the shit out of me. well needless to say she scared me this morning, and in my fright I ended up tossing my cup of pops cereal on to the tile shattering my breakfast aspirations. So ttoday was a Pop Tart day, although not all bad.



yesterday I texted my wife to put the flowers out on the patio so they could breathe a little bit and get more sunlight. I usually cycle them like that from the sheltered back porch to patio so they are protected yet fed. Well the bottom of $2 flower tray decided it had had enough and properly disintegrated as she moved them causing a whole mess of flowerly doom. When I turned up at home after my shift I did a little digging and creative repurposing of some old garden stones I found near our AC unit. I have no idea what exactly is growing where anymore, other than some of the more obvious flowers, but I did my best to save them all.



I think they’ll be happier in the spot I put them. Hopefully my critter ridden yard doesn’t swallow them up before we get to see their final forms.

I’ve also been doing some reading up on shade trees I could use in the yard. I need something rapid growing for my landscaping plans but not weak or soft rooted. The American tulip tree meets these requirements so I am looking into that. Here’s what one of these bad boys looks like:



I think that’s all I have for now. We’ll see what happens at work. I believe we’re on trac to recieve  a visit from corporate. I can already feel the cortisol pooling in my brain. I wish I had a chance to draft a few thoughts about the fire pit and garden boxes. I’ve got a few hurdles, one my desktop PSU died and two I need to reformat. On my birthday I downloaded a Mario party rom from an illegitimate site and watched as that shit installed god knows how many malware apps. I have a background in surgically removing stuff like that but this new codes is too much for me to handle that way. Once I get that PSU it’ll be PC nuke time. 

Fire Pit Update

About a month ago my wife and I had a little weekend time together that we used to take on a few projects. We inherited a grill and needed a back patio to really take advantage of the potential cook outs and gathering. In addition we decided it would also be cool to have a fire pit for evening hangouts. So we got to work!




Now this took us maybe an hour or so, aside from the time spent in Lowes trying to figure out what kinds of stone to use. I’m super cheap and she is super Froogle. The difference is I look for the lowest build overall and she looks for the best value in terms of regular usage. This wouldn’t look as awesome as it does without her help. I think the stones and paver sand really tied things together well.

Anyhow, we use 30 pavers on the patio and we figure we’ll need another ~180 to finish, so that’ll be on going for a while. I believe each paver was around $2, so it’s definitely long term. The fire pit however is almost there. For a while I had the remaining stones sitting in the yard just waiting for motivation.


I changed that today. I went ahead and used some cement from my fence post stockpile and threw on the next layer. I’m thinking that because I dug down a little to level the bricks with the soil I may need to add one more layer of bricks to really finish the fire pit at the proper height. Melanie Ann for scale.


Elizabeth, my wife, asked me to add some pavers around the fire pit itself at some point, I believe the idea is to have pavers running all the way down the yard to the fire pit area. I may add some circular bench seating with garden box backing. Might be a cool idea worth exploring. I might not have any time to draft those ideas until next week.



I had trimmed the fuck out of our orange tree last week in an attempt to get it healthy again. There was moss everywhere on this thing so I decided to pressure wash all the nasty little barnacles and what not from the tree bark. Hopefully I made an impact on it’s ability to heal itself. It had been very hard to trim around the tree with those low hanging mossy branches as well. The yard needs to be cut, I’m thinking I’ll use the last bit of my day for that since it has cooled off a bit. Here’s the view from the back porch. IMG_20150710_155857

And that water tank needs to be painted. Ack!



New Growth

I have some very exciting news! All of the African daisies are out and doing great. They are followed today by four groups of Bachelor buttons and three sunflower seed lings. The dew is still present on the soil so I’ll hold off on watering until this afternoon. I’m very hopeful that we’ll see some of the others soon.





I am attempting to grow some flowers this summer. The varieties include African daisies of mix color, sunflowers the American giant kind, bachelor buttons, coleus rainbow mixed, & 4 o’clock daisies mix color.


Each floral grouping has a row of six pods, the exception being sunflowers which have two because I plan to give some away later. I started about 3 days ago and I’m proud to announce to the African daisies are currently winning the race with successful germination happening today sometime between 9 o’clock and 9:49am.