…..one day to be the “rock garden”!!
big rocks and boulders…..moving them will be an “advil” event!
Many, many years ago, we had an old aluminum backyard shed. The base was rotting out, the doors wouldn’t close properly, the roof had a few leaks…..it had seen better days for sure. And we thought the neighbourhood skunks had set up house under it!
After years of fighting with the rickety doors, let alone all the rusty garden tools, we tore it down. In the process, we didn’t find a skunk home, only the neighbours old cat, or at least part of it, that had gone missing 4 or 5 years before….I guess he thought that was good place to go to hide and die….
Under the shed and all around it were rocks…..big rocks, some you could even call boulders….small boulders but definitely not just rocks.
While prepping the area for the new shed/workshop we headed to the landscape place to get the pea gravel for the base. Ken noticed the pile of rocks they had….big rocks. They wanted anywhere from $1 – $5 for each of the rocks, depending on their size. Because of that, Ken thought we should keep our rocks and besides, it was going to cost a fortune to get rid of them. So we ended up with our rock pile that Ken painstakingly created to try to hide the ugly old stump from a big maple tree that was taken down. For many years each summer I put a big flower basket on it…..it actually looked pretty nice….added a bit of colour to that boring little stump.
When Ken looked after the yard, he carefully restacked rocks that tumbled down every now and again and made sure that grass and weeds didn’t pop up around it or in it. But when we finally hired someone else to do the lawn, they didn’t appreciate that little rock pile………weedeating/whacking was no longer being done to the Ken’s exacting standards, but it was what it was. It, and the rest of our yard, was slowly falling into a state of chaos and mess.
Those rocks will have to be moved for the garage work, so today that will be my chore, along with getting the last bit of stuff out of the shed. I’m moving them to the back corner in the hopes that they’ll eventually get used to build my rock garden…..some day….a project for next summer I guess. The lower the maintenance the better for me when it comes to anything at all related to gardening. I like a nice garden/yard but I’m just not a gardener.
My exSIL’s Oncologist appointment went really good yesterday. I’m glad he convinced her to have her first treatment BEFORE she goes away on vacation. She’ll have one treatment every 3 weeks, so the timing all works out good for her. And, without even having to ask, he prescribed denosumab (Xgeva) for her bone mets…..it helps to re-ossify the eaten away bone, which will hopefully stave off any fractures, especially in her hip. We then went shopping for her trip and out to dinner, so a nice day/evening spent with her.
My garage builder came by last night to review the site again and go over all the final costing. No surprises, which was nice. If all goes well with the plans at city hall tomorrow, I should have the approved permit in my hot little hands by Friday…..hooray! If so, they’ll be here Monday morning to start work……I’m pretty excited about the whole thing…..although it was a lot of work and time…..almost 2 months….just to get where we’ve gotten so far!
Home Depot called yesterday….the store manager, who I finally had to end up calling….to say that they will NOT have to wait (almost 2 weeks!!) for the carpet manufacturer insurance claim to be processed BEFORE they order/install the new-new carpet. That was a “well, dah” moment to me! Why should I have to wait XX weeks for them to sort out that issue…..I’m the customer that doesn’t have what I paid for, so to me, this wasn’t my problem at all. That said, it’s still taken 2 weeks to get this far and it probably won’t be until next week that the carpet is finally installed…..just a pain in the ass as far as I’m concerned. I’ll certainly think twice about using them in future for carpeting…..or blinds for that matter. Apparently with everyone on vacation, that 4 weeks for blinds is morphing into 6…..I am not a happy camper right now!!
I’m not going anywhere today……or at least I have no plans that include going out, so far. I had a busy weekend and was busy Monday and yesterday. I’ll be busy around here but at least I’ll be at home.
This retired life is a busy one…..having all this stuff for one person to deal with makes for never having a dull moment!
PS…..the terrible brown patchy lawn is NOT due to my ineptitude as a gardener, it’s because of the current watering restrictions…..keeping grass green is something I actually can do….when watering is allowed 🙂