Perfect day for working on the lawn!

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Yeah, so I was being sarcastic. It’s been in the 90s all week. And before that it alternated between torrential downpours and heat waves. This has been quite a summer, and it’s only just begun. But, I’m having our new shed delivered on Thursday so I have no choice but to brave the heat and get the area ready.

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Here’s the “before”. I’ve been using it as a “junk corner”, partially to kill some of the grass and weeds growing there and partially because I needed somewhere to put my junk. Luckily, about 3 feet around the fence had already been part of my garden and had a huge pumpkin vine growing there last year. That just needed some basic clean up and weeding.

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This handy-dandy “Fiskars” weeder is my new best friend, compliments of my lovely wife. It’s super easy to use, doesn’t requiring bending over, and all the work is done by foot. There was a bit of a learning curve and it works on some weeds better than others (it’s a dandelion annihilator), but I absolutely love it. The best part is that it gets the whole root. And I have not been paid to advertise this thing. (Though I wish I had.)

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So, now I just have about 20 square feet of grass to dig up. The good thing is that I have about 20 square feet of ground that needs grass in other parts of the yard. The bad thing is that it’s 92 degrees and feels like 101. Did I mention that?

So, there’s no “after” yet because its not “after” yet. But it will be… soon. (Unfortunately, probably not soon enough.). I’ll keep you posted!

UPDATE: End of day two. I’ve certainly made progress but still have so far to go… and a busy work week to top it off. Well, as Dory would say: “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, swimming.” (Swimming sounds SO good right about now!)

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ANOTHER UPDATE:  It’s DONE!!!  I finished in the nick of time (and in the pouring rain- with a tornado touching down about 20 miles away).  Here’s the rest of my work:

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And here’s the wonderful contractors’ work:

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We Have a Shed!!!  (next step… paint)

A day late for the Drunken Stampers’ Challenge

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I’m a day late for last week’s Drunken Stampers’ Challenge (as the title implies) but I’ve been picturing my card all week so I had to make it. (And the last one was clearly not the last one as an earlier blog of mine applied.) Here’s the link to the challenge so you can see the great submissions:
Drunken Stampers Challenge #134 – Enchanted | Drunken Stampers
http://drunkenstampers.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/drunken-stampers-challenge-134-enchanted/

I used my new Canon PIXMA MG8220 printer to print a bunch of photos from Times Square that I grabbed from the internet. (I LOVE this printer. It’s wireless, can print right from my phone, and prints amazing quality photos. It copies and scans, too, so the possibilities are endless. Part of the hold up in making the card was trying to get the thing set up, so it was totally worth it.)

Anyway, I cut out some buildings and cars from the photos and pasted them on a charcoal-y piece of scrapbook paper (which was pasted on a card). Then, I cut out the picture of Snow White from a Golden Book that I’ve been cannibalizing. I tried to draw a manhole for her to come out of but that part doesn’t look as good as it does in my brain. I put a couple stickers on and the text from another page of scrapbook paper. In case you haven’t figured it out, the challenge was the movie “Enchanted” and/or fairy tales (so I did both). I must say, I kinda love it (and I also loved that movie- it almost made me miss living in New York… almost).

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I had an extra photo of NYC and had to make a birthday card for a friend, so here’s what I came up with. It’s her 35th. That’s a big birthday, right? Who remembers that movie with Michael J. Fox: “Bright Lights, Big City”? Another great movie.