Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day

More visitors! This weekend Ben's brother Dustin and his girlfriend Kim came out from Indiana for a visit. Despite our mis-matched sleep schedules (my lord, it made me feel old), we had a great time. Saturday we went to the PGH Zoo, which is always fun. A rowdy bunch of peacocks and peahens escaped and were wandering the polar bear exhibit, harrassing snackers. It was hilarious: sneak up on a little kid, then snag the dropped snack when the kid turns around, sees a giant bird in his face, screams, and runs to mama. Quite the racket. I also had Dippin' Dots for the first time. My review: Yuck. We had dinner at one of our favorite places, Spice Island Tea House, followed by Rita's gelati and beer. A killer night.

Sunday, Dustin and Kim slept in, watched the Indy 500, and took a trip to Kennywood while Ben and I toiled in the front garden. We made a huge amount of progress, even if we're not entirely done yet. I soiled and seeded the main walkway and ripped out all the ugly-ass hedges and ivy in front of the fence. Ben dug up the dirt and weeds between the stones in the pathway through the garden, uncovered and replaced rocks in spots where they were missing, ripped out that @*#$& cactus (only after I ran inside to remove my pants, because "it got me in my thigh!!"), and made a new path that curves into the garden. It's lovely. We still need to soil and seed the other two pathways, but the front garden is quickly approaching a "maintenance only" stage that will really be a relief.

We still need to:
  • soil and seed the pathways
  • consolidate plants in the front garden: Lamb's ear, spring bulbs, black-eyed susan, and columbine are all jumbled together. Not Schmich-like at all.
  • Repair the fence, which has a drunken forward lean.
  • Replace the ugly shrubs I obliterated with something pleasant.
  • Mulch.
  • Trim the snowball bush now that it's done blooming.
  • Plant something in our windowboxes
  • Re-train the enorm-o clematis so that it doesn't eat the holly bush or our electrical wiring.

Ben shows the path who's boss:
Spent daffodils neatly braided:
New path where the #$%& cactus used to be:
The eviscerated front bed:

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