Oh, my! This week has been so perfect for working outside. And that's what I've been doing . . . which means no progress is being made on the living room remodeling. That ol' brick wall sits giving me the evil eye as I pass through. Nary a single brick has been added since Monday.
I can't convince myself to work inside, however, because I want to get as much done outside as I can before we enter another spell of rainy days or the dreaded black flies appear.
Day before yesterday, I completely finished up all that needed to be done in the raspberries AND hand weeded the entire blueberry patch. Actually, there weren't many weeds up yet at all so me and my little hand trowel zipped right through that task. (Okay, it took a couple of hours but compared to other years starting out in the spring, it was easy.)
We had saved a small garden cart trailer full of sawdust/shavings from our wood cutting last fall and I used that to start mulching the blueberries. Unfortunately, they didn't go far at all, so I've got to finish when we come up with more shavings . . . and BEFORE the weeds start to grow again.
Yesterday I took my little tape player and an audio book out to the strawberry patch and (I can hardly believe this) completely finished cleaning up and weeding the whole patch. This job usually takes me two days each spring but I completed it, start to finish, yesterday. I was vewy proud of myself. I was also vewy tired. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. That was all I could manage.
Now the strawberries need new sawdust/shavings (where does that stuff disappear to??) placed around each plant and the pathways mulched with straw. We can get bags of wood shavings from a local lumber mill, but I wasn't able to connect with the person in charge yesterday via phone. Maybe I'll give that another try today so I can finish up both the blueberries and strawberries. It would feel really good to cross both those tasks off the list.
I just put a new post up on my quilting blog. I want to try to keep up with that all summer and, who knows, once we get the living room remodeling done, maybe I can get into my quilt room once in a while to balance out all of the summer time outside work going on around here. I sure hope so!
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