This was a work weekend around Casa Poolman. It seems like every weekend for the past several weeks, Mrs. Poolman and I have determined that we would get a few things done around the house. And every weekend, we allow ourselves to be distracted for all or part of our planned work-time. (Funny how that happens.) This weekend, I took Friday off so there would be no question we would be working. Here was the “to-do” list, and how successful we were.
- Mow lawn – I’ll do it later in the week
- Change oil and air filter on lawn mower – done
- Rake patio area and spread mulch (big job) – done
- Fertilize vegetables and install tomato cages – done
- Wash outside of windows and window sills – not done
- Dust house especially venetian blinds – not done
- Trim low branches of oak tree over patio – done
- Clean patio pavement – done
- Place umbrellas in stands at tables – done
- Clean rat “poop” in attic (another big and very unpleasant job) – done (See earlier posts about our rodent issues.)
- Brush and wash dogs – done
- Cut down dead bushes in courtyard – not done
We didn’t get it all done, but I’m feeling pretty good. (By the way, I love making lists. The only thing I like more is to cross things off.)
This is what the patio area of the back yard looks like to start the summer season.
In addition, I removed the pool cover (86 degrees as of this morning) and vacuumed, backwashed, and adjusted chemicals. I also updated the check book and paid couple of bills.
And let’s not forget out multiple trips to Ace Hardware for more mulch.
First trip – 6 bags (We grossly underestimated.)
Second trip – 8 bags (“What? You’re back again?”)
Third trip – 4 bags (“You guys really can’t count, can you?”)
In the past, I have described my less-than-successful efforts to grow tomatoes and other veggies. Since we clearly do not learn from past experience, we are trying again this year. We bought a pre-fab raised bed kit at Home Depot to create our little 4 ft x 4 ft effort at agriculture. It contains several bags of potting and planting soil, three tomato plants and two pepper plants, and a little cinaltro. (Total outlay to date — approximately $1.5 million.)
I have it placed where it gets a lot of sun, but is shaded in the very late afternoon. I really hope we get some produce out of it this year. I’ll keep you informed.