With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: WIP by DIY'ers

Saturday, May 14, 2011

WIP by DIY'ers

We have been on our knees a lot lately.
Not all for praying although there have been a few prayers for aches, pains and sore muscles.

Because of the below average rain last summer, we lost some large patches of grass throughout the yard.
We decided to replace a couple of areas with a berm flower bed and one with a raised bed that I will relocate my herbs to along with a few blackberry and raspberry bushes.

While our son-n-law, Brad was visiting in mid-April, he helped pour concrete to extend the walkway and also  the grueling work of digging out the dirt and grass forming the new berm.
 As in Murphy's Law the project has had some delays and setbacks.
A sprinkler head had to be relocated.
The pipes we bought were the wrong size.
And the head broke and had to be replaced.  
Another trench had to be dug to relocate the sprinkler head in the area the new raised bed is going.
Digging through heavy, hard Marl made it a big job. 
My daughter, Erin just had their front yard sodded and asked if we wanted the scrap pieces left over.
Of course we did, so I drove to her house and completely filled our large trunk with sod.
I made the 30 minute drive home with my rear nearly dragging the road.
We dug out more bare spots to prepare the soil for the sod pieces.
It is a crazy patchwork of many small pieces but we have watered lots and hope it will eventually all grow together forming a nice new, bald-free, lawn.
We still have to put in the plastic edging along the berm edge then order and fill with top soil,
I plan on dividing plants I already have to fill up the berm.
I thought we would be further along in the process and would be able to divide my plants before they flowered and got too big.  Sometimes things take longer than expected!


Mildred said...

A lot of hard work but the end result will be very nice. You have a very pretty porch area in which to sit back and nurse those achy muscles and enjoy the view in time.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend Lorraine.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Oh, I'm aching for you. It will all be worth it when your filling the berm in flowers and wathching them bloom. Take a hot bath and relax a while.

Sue said...

I had to smile at seeing your dh on his knees, I have taken quite a few of my dh lately doing the same, ~smile~, aren't they precious jewels to us?
I have been so busy lately that I haven't been blogging, but had time today to try and catch up .... Your Mother's Day gift idea was so pretty, and as always I enjoy seeing families celebrate life and make memories. You have beautiful grandchildren,(Of course, you already know this ~grin~)
Thank you for visiting me and for always leaving such sweet notes.

I just finished putting my sheers up and will soon make a post,(hopefully), I get so excited about the weather breaking and getting to put them up.

Oh please put those sheers of yours up , they make a porch or patio so warm, and inviting. You will enjoy them so much, I usually launder them once during the season, since it gets really dry and dusty here in N.C. in the summer, enjoy! and please blog about it, I would love to see the results you do such a fantastic job with all of your decorating.
Enjoy your weekend,

Beth said...

You've been working hard. This will look great when you're done!

Traci said...

Isn't it funny how something ALWAYS happens with a project?? I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Lisa RedWillow said...

That is alot of hard work. My neck would give up at some point I think. Its nice to get out and work hard and see it all when its done.
It will be so beautiful.

Ann said...

That certainly looks like back breaking work but when all is said and done you'll be able to enjoy how it looks.

Kathleen said...

Oh it sure is a lot of work! But it will be worth it when it is done. Dh and I used to do all the mulch, 2 pick up truck loads worth. It killed me. Last year I bit the bullet and hired the landscapers to do it! We are getting too old for all this work!


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