Monday, June 2, 2014


Well, most of the garage garden got planted on Thursday afternoon after work. Or should I say Thursday afternoon into early evening. That was a whole lot more work than I expected it to be, and these old bones are still screaming. The chiropractor will be seeing me at 5 p.m. Then I can start all over again. And then I'll need the chiro again next week.

Bags of dirt are heavy! I had stopped and gotten four more bags to go along with the five we had originally bought, and I still didn't have enough.  As I figured, I also need a lot more flowers. I didn't even get to start the small section. Sadly, I don't think the Snapdragons will make it. I think they were in their tiny pots too long, and I think frost got to some of them while they were in the garage after we first bought them.  If I have to dig those suckers up to plant something else, I will not be happy.

When I first started, I thought it was kind of fun. About halfway through I thoroughly changed my opinion. It looks pretty good, I think. When I grabbed those four bags of dirt, I also grabbed three Daylilies. Those seem to be pretty well established and are super pretty. I hope they make it.

I didn't have the Equinox over the weekend, and my Alero isn't really conducive to loading anything so I told the hubby we'd have to get more stuff when he gets home.  Being the impatient person that I am, on Saturday I ran to Menard's to buy more dirt. I grabbed one of the big flatbed push carts to grab the bags. Of course, I got the one that wouldn't steer. At all. I spent a lot of time trying to not run people over. When I got to the bags of dirt I wanted, the bags in front were broken open which meant I had to stoop under the railing and drag those damn bags out. By the time I grabbed the fifth bag, I could barely lift it onto the cart. 

It was at that point that I knew five would be all I was getting. Whether that'll be enough or not remains to be seen. I then saw they had rose bushes on sale for $3.29. I know that I need to replace the one in front of the house that didn't survive this winter, but I bought two really pretty coral ones to put by the garage. I really hope they live cuz' I do love me some roses.

After I paid for those, I actually asked for help getting them loaded into my trunk because I knew there was no way I had any strength left to lift them. Then I went to the main part of the store and bought every kind of mosquito repellant known to man. Those little bastards are out in force this year!! I don't recall them ever being this bad. A lady that was looking at the same stuff told me that mosquito stuff is sold out everywhere in town, which explained why the Menard's selection was so picked over.

When I got home, I immediately went to the front yard and sprinkled the stuff I bought all around where I sit to feed the hummers.  And then I sprayed fogger just for good measure. Then I waited for the magic time when my birdies are most active, grabbed my folding chair and headed on out to play.

And was immediately attacked by a gazillion mosquitoes, who evidently had just been waiting for a snack. Crikey!! I ran back in the house and sprayed myself down with the other repellant I bought, added one of those clip-on things and went back outside. Luckily that finally did the trick, and I was able to feed a couple of my little friends.  That's an awful lot of bug stuff just to feed a few birds, but whatever. If I don't get to go out there, I pretty much stare at the windows and pout, so I have to try.

I watched all weekend to see if the birds would use the birdbath. I didn't see a single bird in it. Of course, that doesn't mean they haven't, but I can't stalk that in the back yard at the same time as stalking the front window. Geez. I'm only human.

On Saturday before I spent some time laying in the sun, I grabbed the hose to fill it up with some fresh water. I was standing a few feet away with the water streaming, and all of a sudden a hummer came over and hovered right in front of my knees to play in the water. Um, hello, little boy....there's an entire fountain to play in. I stayed very still and watched him, and then he flew off to a feeder. This put a big ol' smile on my face.  After a few minutes he came right back and actually sat down on the ground right by my feet and drank out of the little puddle the hose had made.  I don't know if he's stupid or what, but he sure was being cute. He stayed there for a long time. Still, use the damn fountain I bought. And tell your friends.

I think it's been awhile since I did a gradient with a stamp, but I could be wrong. I have completely lost track of what I did and when because I haven't been doing my nails as often because I've been too busy around the house.
China Glaze Spring in My Step, Julep Winter, Sinful Colors Snow Me White gradient, MoYou Sailor 06 stamp
This one is China Glaze Spring in My Step, Julep Winter and Sinful Colors Snow Me White with a MoYou Sailor 06 stamp.  I do realize that Sailor stamp is probs suppose to be used with oceany colors, but I don't care. I'm like Honey Badger and just don't give a shit. 

I liked it. I am a big fan of pink and grey together. Always have been, always will be. I just think they're pretty colors together. The only problem with this one is maybe I should have used a color other than white because the stamp doesn't show at the tip. 

Is it 5 o'clock yet? I just do not want to be here. I would just like to be at home even though it's rainy and gloomy outside. I could still probably dodge the raindrops and get some more dirting done.

Luckily Kev got home late last night and can lift the bags of dirt out of my trunk. There was just no way I could manage it yesterday.

If I had tried, he may have found me laying in the driveway when he got home at 2:30 a.m. last night. 


  1. I love this mani!!! And I would sure love to see pictures of your garden with the hummingbirds!

  2. So far the hummers are ignoring the garden, but there isn't a whole lot of flowering happening. I have a million pics of my birdies, but 99% of them are just the ones at the window feeders. lol

  3. I ran across a meme on pinterest the other day...and it reminded me of your post last time about gardening. I'd post it here for you...but I can't post pics via this site. Maybe I'll send it to you on OLS.

    Anyway...this mani is a nice one. My oldest DD is trying to learn how to do gradients and is currently trying to learn how to also do galaxy nails. It should be interesting.

    1. I had a hard time with gradients at first. Of course, I had a hard time with almost everything at first. lol

  4. Gradients are HARD... you make them look easy!!! Nice mani!!! Ugh on the mosquitoes!!! Hope all that spray is ok for the puppers too!!!???

    1. No worries on the spray. I only use it in the front where the dogs don't go.