I did everything I hoped to do in yesterday's work-in-the-yard day: Hurrah!
I have discovered that I can step over the weeds in the sidewalk cracks, while saying, "Not on my agenda." Ha!
I can walk by a rose bush and not deadhead it because it was "Not on my agenda." Ha!
The weeds alongside the side fence in the back yard were not on my agenda either, but I did put them on the Husband's.
It got him outdoors on a hot, but pleasant in the shade, day. He got a break from reading maddening and heartbreaking current events. That's a good thing. All in all, the Husband didn't mind the weeding and, before we went in for lunch, he agreed to eventually clear out all the weeds along the fence, including down the driveway. Thank you much!
While the Husband weeded I repotted our Christmas tree who we've named Mister Alton. The poor guy. He was tightly bound in his quart-size pot. It was very slow-going loosening the dirt from his roots. When he was free, I let him sit in a bucket of water, while I misted water through all his branches and gently massaged the branches apart. Doesn't Mister Alton look like he enjoyed the attention and is quite happy with his new pot? I might paint the pot the the next time I have a crazed got-to-paint-something moments.
After lunch and a movie (The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, who survive a plane crash and make their way down an icy mountain in winter), we went back out in the backyard. The Husband sat under the trees reading on his tablet and trying to cool down. It was nice to have his company as I turned the wheelbarrow into a succulent planter.
I didn't feel like drilling holes, opting instead to place broken pieces of a blue vase and clay pots on the wheelbarrow bed to allow for drainage. As long as the succulents aren't sitting in soggy soil, right?
Here's how the planter looks right now with various succulents lying on top of the soil. They're getting used to their new home. I'd like some succulents to be at a higher level. Any suggestions on how to execute that?