This weekend, we added a rototiller and machete to our arsenal of country-living equipment.
The women working at Home Depot didn't even know what Mr. W was talking about when he told them he wanted to buy the discounted rototiller in front of the store. And when the checkout guy at OSH scanned the machete, he laughed and said, "Who're you guys killing this weekend?" Apparently even though the new gear seems customary for these parts, it's not...
I look forward to seeing Mr. W in action with his Crocodile Dundee weapon. I think he'll need a special hat to complete the ensemble. Here he is rototilling the side yard where we plan to create a raised bed garden at some point in the near future.
|Mr. W was covered in dust after this but I think he had fun playing with his new toy.|
Last week, I received another crucial item for our new circumstances: Garden boots. Flip flops just leave your feet way too dirty and although sneakers work pretty well, I figured these would be handy in the winter when things get wet and muddy. They also offer greater protection against lizards or giant spiders that decide to run across my feet while I'm weeding.
|Yes I got polka-dotted boots. Just because a girl is getting|
dirty doesn't mean she can't look cute doing it.
Speaking of weeding, while I was sweating away in the front yard Monday, our neighbors drove up in their golf cart (bearing fresh melons from their garden—gotta love that) and taught me that the bulbs I keep finding all over the yard are called Naked Ladies.
|The worst looking naked ladies I've ever seen...|
|Our green waste bin has been filled to the brim pretty much every weekend|
since we bought the house. It was a delight to fill it with the lady bulbs.
Amidst the garden tools we brought up from Hollywood, I discovered a little handheld pickaxe and after using it to pluck a bunch of these babies from the dirt, I literally said aloud, "Pickaxe, where have you been all my life?!" Country gear. It's the best.
I think we'll probably be working on our property until the day we die. Or perhaps become bedridden from straining too much in the garden, but it's not a bad backdrop for such hard work.
|Midcentury rambler, how I love you so. Maybe not your old driveway, but the rest|
of you for sure.
|Please disregard the dead grass in the corner. I'm still mastering the sprinkler situation.|
|Fuchsias were my favorite flowers when I was a little girl. I think I called them |
"fairy flowers." They kind of look like little dancing fairies, don't they?
I'm sure I'll be posting a bajillion more pictures and stories about our transformations to the yards. We have many dirty days ahead of us. Hopefully no one loses any limbs under the swipe of the machete...
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