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Continuing from part 1…

After lunch it was back to school work. Isaac read aloud from his Scooby-Do phonics reader. One story to me and the 2nd to Natalie. Maddie is reading a story about how a family made a garden.

Isaac reading

Maddie reading

 

While the kids finished up their reading time I walked out to the garden. Pea sprouts are just starting to peek through the soil. And I just realized an earthworm photobombed my shot. Oh well.. glad to have him in there!

Pea sprouts

My onion sets have also started pushing up. We need a warm sunny day and all these plants will really take off.

Onion sets

 

I had a couple furry and feathered friends hanging out nearby. The Mourning Dove was setting on the corner of the garage roof watching me. The squirrel was fussing back and forth with our resident flock of grackles. They bicker and fight about ownership of the backyard bird feeder.

Mourning Dove

Squirrel

A few of my perennial plantings are starting to wake up around the house.  In order of appearance: Peonies, Daffodil, Aronia, Red Gooseberry, and Black Currant.

Peonies

 

Daffodil

 

Aronia

Gooseberry

Currant

After my nice little walk around, I switched up the laundry again, starting one more load in the wash, moving a washed load to the dryer, and putting this basket away.

Laundry

 

 

It was time for another bottle of water and a bit of a crafty break. I took about 15-20 minutes to drop spindle some lovely fiber I picked up at the most recent Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival.

Water

Drop Spindle

 

A bit more internet browsing and email checking and then it was back to the laundry gig again… nothing else went in the wash though… the end was in sight.

Laundry

 

By now the day is pretty long in the tooth so I need to get the house whipped into shape before we move into dinner time and evening routines. So.. here comes the “keeping it real” parts. This was my den after a day of school, snacks, laundry and time spent outside… followed by the spiffed up version.

Messy Den

clean Den

Next up was the kitchen… and wow.. it was even worse. So once again.. here’s the end of the day “real” followed by the clean up.

Messy Kitchen

clean kitchen

 

In the clean kitchen photo above.. dinner is in the works… spaghetti with meatballs in a tomato-basil sauce with pancetta. Now.. the beautiful thing here.. is that I’m not the one cooking it. Nor did I have to go out and pick up the groceries to make it. This wonderful guy here took care of all that. Here he is coming in from work last night, carrying in the groceries in the pouring rain with his raincoat hanging haphazardly from his head. Thanks honey!!

Sweetheart

 

After that delicious dinner I put away the last load of laundry, then got Miss Natalie ready for bed.

Laundry

Natalie

 

After the kids were all asleep I laced up my running shoes and hit the treadmill.

Running Shoes

My current training work out is three sets of runs… each 12 minutes long with a one minute walk break between each. Running pace is 11.1 miles per minute or 5.4mph. This gave me a 35 minute 5K time and a total run of 3.36 miles in 38 minutes.  Hopefully I can keep or better that 35 minute 5K time on Saturday for the Achilles race at North Park.

So… there ya go… that’s a pretty typical day in our life.

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If my day technically started at midnight.. then my day started with back cramps around 3am and again about 5am. I was supposed to run 2 to 3 miles this morning but that just didn’t happen. I’m sure the cramps were from bending over seed trays yesterday….  a little over 200 potential plants got their start and my back paid the price.

So… I didn’t get up at 6:30 and run.. instead I slept until almost 8 and it was nice.

Here’s the rest of my day in pictures, be prepared… there’s a bunch… and they are the real deal…. life with 2 adults, 3 kids and 2 dogs in the house.. gets messy.

I started my coffee pot, put breakfast for the kids in the oven, apple cinnamon muffins (from a box mix) and threw the first load of dirty clothes in the wash. Then I changed my Fitbit battery. It was dead, dead, dead… and had been for awhile.

Fitbit Battery Change

Once breakfast was served and my coffee about half way done, I got the kids started on school. Math was up first. My little guy likes writing with pretty colors rather than boring pencils… and if that helps him get his math done… then I’m all for it.

Math

Math and breakfast done it was time to continue the house work. First up.. clearing the breakfast remains, then moving the clothes from the wash into the dryer and starting another load in the wash. And FYI… LEGO happens in our house… pretty much everywhere.. including at breakfast.

Breakfast remains

Next I put away a basket of clean clothes that had been hanging around for at least 2 days waiting for me to deal with them. If you hadn’t noticed…. laundry is a recurring theme.

Laundry

Then it was time to finish that remaining half mug of now cold, but still caffeinated, coffee.

Coffee

After a sit down and some internet rabbit hole time, I made my way back upstairs to make my bed. And yes… that is a pink and green monster toy laying facedown in the middle of my bed, along with more throw pillows than probably necessary.

Unmade bed

Time to do some more laundry shuffling…  one load up to be put away, clean stuff from the wash into the dryer, and another load of dirty stuff in the wash.

Laundry

While putting away this most recent batch of laundry I decided not to hang up a pair of pants. I am happy to say that this pair now fits me so poorly that they risk falling down…. so goodbye old pants.. and hello… well, even older pants that I just haven’t been able to squeeze into in forever.

Pants

Next I gathered up all the house trash from the bathrooms, kitchen etc and took that out to the bin and actually remembered to replace all the liners.

Trash can

I decided not to fix a 2nd cup of coffee and opted for my trusty 32oz water bottle. It was a little past noon at this point so I pulled out some healthy snacks (some of you may remember them from last night’s SiS meeting) to make up an a la cart type lunch for the kids. I went with the last of some leftover potato soup that was in the fridge.

water IMG_1871

And so that was my day through lunch!

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So you see all these landscape timbers… yeah… they used to be the border to the terribly over grown mess known to us as the North garden bed.

And this is what is left after dragging all those landscape timbers out. Tons and tons of thick grass and weeds… and a few non-plant surprises.

Beneath all those weeds were a bunch of strange metal grates… I’m still not sure what they were… weird fence panels maybe? shelving of some sort??

Here’s a close up of the grates. So what do you think they are? They are each really really heavy.

A couple days later the truck arrived to reclaim the dumpster.

I have to be honest… right at this point.. I was more than a little worried that the truck wasn’t going to be able to get it up on the rig. We put a LOT of really heavy stuff in there and packed that dumpster tight as a sardine tin.

But the winch on the truck made pretty short work of the job and in no time the dumpster was safely on and locked in place.

And then it was time to say goodbye as the dumpster and all that junk rolled off into the sunset.

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The weekend is right around the corner and I am so happy to be spending it at home. While I enjoyed seeing our family in Virginia last weekend, I am a home body and this house is now home for me. Rain is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. This isn’t so bad though since I can get our seedlings out on the porch to start hardening them off in the cool gray weather. I’m happy to report that all of the up-potted (from 3/4″ into 2″ soil blocks) survived while we were gone. If I start hardening them off this Saturday they should be ready to go out into the raised beds next weekend. Which also means I have one week to get the soil ready for them!

I have last years compost pile sitting out on a tarp with another tarp loosely draped over the top. It was very wet and clumpy when I first started digging into it so I wanted to give the pile an opportunity to release some of its moisture. Hopefully it will have dried enough that I can sift it through my hardware cloth screen without too much effort. After its screened I’ll mix it with some mineral amendments and then work it all into the planting beds.

My big task in the garden for today, and probably tomorrow too, is to move all the dirt out of one of the old beds and into the new frame that my husband built before our vacation. The old bed currently sits too close to the new garage site and about one half it will become the expanded section of our driveway.  The weather should be perfect for this kind of work with highs in the mid-70’s.

Oh.. the house needs a good spiffing up too.. but that’s boring stuff. 🙂

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