I had today off as a vacation day, giving me a 4 day weekend! Woo Hoo! Today was busy but somewhat frustrating as things didn't go exactly as planned.
We spent a while on a trip to find a new retractable clothes line. Our old one- that we have had for years, finally gave up the ghost this morning and refused to maintain tension- letting I12's sheets sink to the ground. While we were out, we stopped at the local cheese factory- picking up some local cheeses and inquiring about barrels. They sell 55 gallon barrels for $5! Unfortunately, someone else purchased the remaining barrels minutes before we arrived. But, the woman there indicated that we could call ahead and reserve a barrel if we wanted. We're looking for more rain barrels and for a sand filter for the pool.
A friend of ours lent us a motorized post hole digger for the weekend so we are planning to dig holes and make the new support piers for the deck that we hope to rebuild soon. In order for that to happen, the iris needed to be rebedded. So, after the children got home from school, we all worked to rebed the iris. It was fun to work outside with the children- Even K10 got into it and took pride in his job of watering the finished bed.
The iris in their new home.
They will form the first bed in an area that will become a flower edged path from the new deck to the front porch. This is in the area where the new solar edition will eventually be placed but we're not sure how soon that will happen- and nothing that is being planted will be difficult to move.
Also today, I started working on I12's birthday cake- making custom sculpted decorations from melted white chocolate while he wasn't home. I'm not going to share the idea for it with you, just in case...
And of course, the day wouldn't be complete without me hurting myself... while moving iris, I walked into one of the marker stakes for the deck posts and sliced open my knee. Not serious but definitely annoying considering all the work I need to get done this long weekend.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. We will be busy this weekend- trying to keep from thinking too much.