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I sometimes look at my house like it’s on a sliding scale. When I work on my house and make improvements, it moves farther down the line to the end goal: where my house is livable, functional, and beautiful all at the same time. When I fall into patterns of laziness or just get overwhelmed from other things (for example, finals were on Friday and kicked my ass in terms of lost sleep, shaking hands from too much coffee, and general queasiness from feeling totally unprepared and guilty for not studying more), my house slips back toward the other end of the scale: where it’s sad, cluttered, and hopelessly struggling to look as if anyone other than a recluse lives there.
But sometimes, I really know how to work an hour. To stay motivated, I might even turn it into a physical or mental challenge (as in telling myself, “Let’s see how much I can get done in an hour. And, go!”). This past week, I sort of backed myself into a corner by buying a slew of flowers from the home improvement store (I blame the sale sign). I wasn’t going to get a chance to plant them all in one night, but I was determined to move my house a few inches down that scale and see if I could break my goals down into manageable one-hour chunks of yard work. So, I started with the planters on the backyard patio. The following day, I was ready to address my sad little mailbox in the front.
My opinion on grass: crabgrass is still green, which is better than brown, and other than having to mow it a lot, I don’t really have the time or patience to turn my lawn into something other than a free-for-all patch of dirt. If it grows, it gets mowed, and that’s how it’s going to stay until I get a big fat raise and can afford to pay someone else to do my yard work (gosh, a girl can dream, right?).
Note to self: I need to fix my edger. Bought one, broke it, and didn’t use it last summer (I was still getting used to sacrificing every Saturday for nine-hour blocks of summer classes). Regardless, I attacked the area around my mailbox with the business end of my shovel. Luckily, the dirt was pretty loose after replacing the mailbox last year, so the only real challenge was realizing I was out of potting soil and hand-pulling some of the crabgrass.
Geraniums and yellow salvia plants really perk up my mailbox, don’t you think (if I’m wrong about either of those, feel free to correct me – I am always wrong about the things I plant, which shows you how into this gardening thing I am)? So far, they are loving the sunny spot (and all the rain this weekend really helped them too – and washed away some of the mess from my hack job). I managed to take a few pictures from my iPhone before squirreling myself away for exams (as of today, I already have 2 A’s for the semester and am waiting on the third and final course to post – but it was also the hardest class, which of course is the one I’ll be the most anxiously awaiting – isn’t that how it always goes?).
Did you do any gardening this weekend? I have even more outdoor gardening projects I haven’t fully shared with you yet, so be on the lookout for more updates this week!