Today the weather was nice, so I pruned three bushes in my front yard. Maybe a little late, but they look much better now than they did before - all leggy and with dead branches. The most exciting part of this was that Sweet Pea was able to be out there with me. Last summer I did yard work while caring for her and she would just lay on a blanket or sit in her swing or bouncy chair and be happy. When she started crawling at about 7 months old, and was also still putting everything into her mouth, there was no way I could hang out outside with her without very vigilant constant monitoring. So, for the last six months or so, yard work only got done when both Average and I were home, it wasn't raining, and we felt like it. Which is to say that it pretty much never got done. Well, we're back at it as of today, now that she is walking and doesn't put quite EVERYTHING in her mouth any more.
I forgot to bring my camera out with me today so missed a few very photo-worthy moments of Sweet Pea touching a daffodil, pulling a piece of grass, or toddling around with her bucket in hand. Next time! And there will be many many more next-times throughout this spring (which officially starts in a little over a week) because we are getting a tax refund so can afford to build the garden that we want in the back yard. Six raised beds! A paver or turfstone path! A flower bed along the house! Permanent supports for our raspberries! A new compost bin! Can you tell I am excited?! I plan to do another post showing the garden plan and photos as we make progress. Please share any tips for success with any of these projects.
I am using the following books for inspiration: