What does one do with a slope like this? I've pondered that question all spring and summer coming up with various ideas, but scrapping most as more project than my DH would be willing to do. After talking with Melanie's boyfriend, Daniel (our personal tree guy), and seeing Costco had these nice specimens for a reasonable price, we brought home six arborvitae.
That was about a month ago. There sat the poor little trees in their pots, patiently waiting for the day they would be placed in their new home. Two lucky ones were planted in early September. It then became clear that the retaining wall would have to be moved out a foot or so for the remaining trees to have enough soil to grow and be healthy. That takes time. Time for large projects is scarce in cross country season.
Saturday was the day, the only free Saturday for two months. Dutifully, DH trudged outside to work on the wall. After awhile, he'd succeeded in rebuilding it and getting one tree in. Hearing mutterings of his rotator cuff hurting and being done for the day, I frowned and commented that this was the only day we had for weeks for the project to be done, soon it would be cold, etc. I took the shovel and started to work myself for a bit. It was a hard task and could understand why he wanted to quit for the day - after all, there are always those infernal rocks to contend with! Soon he took the shovel from me and before I knew it, he'd completed the job. Yay!
We've been enjoying some beautiful late summer/early fall weather and my roses have been giving me a nice little display to show me that they're enjoying it too. Occasionally I go through the garden and pluck dead morning glory vines from the plants, then move my little vials of Roundup on to another unsuspecting vine, hehehehe. :)
Saturday was also the Homecoming dance to which Kyle took the charming Bekah Diebler.
Today is a league xc meet in Sunnyside and we'll be missing at least two of our best varsity runners due to illness. The team should still do pretty well, and hopefully by Saturday all will be healthy for the Sunfair Invitatational in Yakima!