Another banner day for St. Louis, Missouri, USA on Tuesday. The temp got up to 68 degrees – and I just COULDN’T stay inside! I got A LOT of work done before most folks were even out of bed this morning (that happens when one wakes at 4am wide eyed and ready for the day), and decided to do a little work outside while it was nice.
Mid-morning I purchased 500 lbs of sand, loaded my car with it, unloaded my car, then wheelbarrowed it to the back yard (with a wheelbarrow that has a tire that won’t hold air) where I filled about half of the cinder blocks that make up the outline of the shallow end of the pond. I added a second layer in the middle of the pond that will separate the shallow and deep part of the pond, so it is the same height as the outside of the pond so I can actually put a liner in the shallow part and have it hold water before getting the larger part of the pond done. When the larger part is ready for a liner, I’ll just remove the second level of blocks running across the center of the pond. I have leaves and weeds to pull, and a few large tarps to purchase to keep everything clean until the liner is purchased – but I feel it getting closer! It has been five years since this project was started – and to see an end – if even to part of it – is wonderful.
I found lots of landscape timbers around my yard, and I outlined what will be a new 8’x10’x1′ garden just off my patio will go. I shaved off the sod in most of this area… I still have a bit to go. Sometime before it gets cold again, I hope to buy compost at my local compost/mulch place and add an inch or two to this bed, and cover with landscape fabric until the spring when I will get a few truckloads of amended soil from the same mulch/compost place to fill the beds for planting.
I also took a bucket and sponge out to my driveway and washed my poor car. My poor white car was dangerously close to looking black – and it is amazing how good it feels to have a clean car in my garage now. Of course it rained after it was washed…
It is supposed to get down to the 30’s by the end of the week – so I’m going to enjoy this weather while I can.