Saturday was SO nice in Portland! It was about 76 degrees out. I was in my shorts, sandals and tank top doing yard work all day. Michael and his friend Jeremy made a trip to Home Depot for supplies to build our raised beds AND to buy our new composter! Michael and I have been discussing for over a year about how much we want to compost. We have lots of plans for our garden. Michael’s yard is humongous; it was one of the selling points when he bought the house. We’ve spent so much time clearing the weeds/blackberry bushes and other odd plants from a corner of the lot for a composter.
The above photo is just half of the yard. We also have plans to build a chicken coop and have our own chickens! We eat a lot of eggs and I think it will be financially sound to have chickens. Plus, we both want to eat more home-grown foods. Jeremy worked on clearing the spots for the two raised beds where we will plant veggies:
I pulled weeds all afternoon. It was quite therapeutic and I enjoyed it. This time I did it smart: I brought out a pillow and towel and kneeled and sat while I pulled weeds. I hope this saves my hamstrings! Michael spent the afternoon building the composter.
He bought the kind that we can turn with a handle–which will be much easier for mixing the compost. Everyone we’ve talked to hates the manual kind where they have to use a shovel to turn the compost. We didn’t want to have yet another house chore that we hated so this model was the best for us.
The raised bed was in a great place for direct sunlight and there were so many tomatoes we had to throw a lot of them away. Our goals for this summer: tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers. Maybe we can do sweet potatoes too. I’d like to grow strawberries but I’m not sure if I could do those.
I am really looking forward to doing this with Michael. I have a Black Thumb when it comes to gardening. I wish I had a Green Thumb because I REALLY want to have a garden! But I just don’t have that gift to grow things, or um…keep them alive….except for cats. 🙂 After spending the day in the dirt, we cleaned up and went to Michael’s Mom’s surprise birthday party!
The party was a lot of fun. Michael and I were running around trying to pick up last minute things (cake, ice, etc) and we were both starving and tired by the time the party started. It was great that Michael’s sister Julie did so much to plan the party! It was so nice out yesterday I got to wear my new sun dress and sandals!
Michael’s stepdad was the mastermind behind the surprise party and it was a fun time. I’ve only had one surprise party planned for me and it was when I was a kid. I’ve thrown one surprise party myself (for Michael). I like surprises. 🙂
I went over my calories a little bit for the day but I didn’t go crazy with the buffet so I feel pretty good about the evening. I’m glad we were able to help with the party and his mom was surprised–so I call it a success! After everyone left I helped Julie clean everything up (dishes, packing up food) and we finally left around 10:30pm. I don’t even remember falling asleep last night I was that exhausted!
QUESTION: How did you spend your Saturday?