As much as I had wanted to keep up on my blogging since returning from New York, it just wasn't meant to be. Work's been keeping me busy during the day, and my evenings and weekends have been spent in the yard.
I try to mow the lawn every other week, which I love doing - it's another opportunity to attempt to get some color (which you can see I'm in serious need of!) The last time I mowed, however, I got a bit exasperated with all the low-hanging branches that I would have to dodge (not loving that too much). Not to mention the various shrubberies that would reach out and snag the pull-cord of the lawnmower (grrrrr).
The "big" project for the yard this year is supposed to be putting up a new storage shed, so that the garage can actually be used to - say - park the car in instead of the lawnmower, yard waste barrels, etc. (how novel would that be!) The location for the shed has already been selected (against the fence behind the tree over my right shoulder in the photo). I have managed to take down the old "lean-to" that was in that spot to make room for the shed. There was also a miscreant maple tree that had taken root near that spot as well which simply had to go.
Between the maple tree, and the annoying branches and assorted misbehaving shrubberies along the fence, a new project was afoot.
I have been spending the past week pruning low-hanging and dead branches, and taking down the smaller trees and bushes. The kids have been helping (once the branches get broken down enough) by filling up a bunch of yard-waste barrels and bags. But it seems that as soon as the number of piles dwindle down, I make a whole bunch more!
I haven't been keeping up on my blogging, but at least the yard's looking better...
In other news, I did manage to complete my stuff for the big Utata project! I have 21 photos submitted, and all that is left is for me to write my artist's statement (which I look forward to like a root canal). But it, like the yardwork, will be well worth the effort...