Writing, Writing Prompts

SoCS 03-27-21 Work, Work, Work

So Linda gives us a prompt every week and here is today’s:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Well, I couldn’t run to save my life with these wonky knees of mine, yet somehow they have (so far) been holding up for a ton of yard work yesterday and today! I’m terribly sore and tired, but so happy because I have not been able to make a dent in yard projects for a long time without my knee swelling, or starting to hurt, which stops me in my tracks.

After the “snowmageddon” we were left with a bunch of dead bushes and other plants, and we wanted them gone anyway. So I proceeded to take matters into my own hands and get started on them. Actually, I started last weekend with the three bushes on the driveway side of our house. After exhausting myself on the first two, Dave came out and helped me finish the rest.

This weekend was the three on the opposite side of the house, and they were tougher because of all the ground cover the previous owners had planted. We want all of it gone so we can fill the beds with rock and maybe some potted plants. That way, they can be rescued from the weather once it gets cold again. Anyway, yesterday when I got done, I had overdone it and my back hurt something fierce. I made myself stop for the day and could hardly move last night but we played a few games of pool so we wouldn’t stiffen up from sitting too much. I had a few good runs but quickly ran out of gas! I got this much done yesterday:

Today, I tackled the leaves, but the vines made it hard work and the stumps were in my way. Dave came and used the chainsaw to chop them low to the ground but ran out of gas when it came to chopping and digging them out. I was worn out too, so we got this much done and called it quits. He was already tired from taking Down a humongous bush on the other corner of the house.

Looking better but still a long ways to go. 

Proof of all our hard work

The remainder of the giant red tipped bush that reached all the way to the roof!

All that and laundry too, plus errands and yesterday working my volunteer job. It’s been a pretty productive weekend! Ready for a rest and possibly probably an adult beverage later. 😉

Have a good weekend everyone, peace out! 

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Why Won’t The Birds Come?

Why the birds still won’t come to my new feeder is a complete mystery to me!

I have tried everything from sprinkling birdseed under the feeder, to changing the location of the feeder from the backyard to the front, to adding a bird bath close by.

Bird bath, feeder, and plant in their new location

What gives? Is it the design? Maybe the lizards on the feeder scare them off! I don’t know, yet I am so frustrated. I sit in the dining room, typing at the table and I glance outside to hopefully catch a glance of the birds, either enjoying a bath or a tasty treat. So far, nothing. The closest I have seen is a blue jay attached himself to the legs of the birdbath for a quick sec, then hopped off.

I would really appreciate some advice. I even changed the plant I had out there from a begonia to a beautiful bougainvillea. Still nothing yet.

In other news, I kind of tackled a new project and I thought it would rain last night so I could see how well it worked…alas, no rain came. That’s the thing about living here in Texas, you just never know. Anyway, I probably should not have done it because my knee was already jacked up, but it didn’t involve squatting (much), just lifting and walking (a lot)!

My latest project

My thought was, my hubby wanted the pad made of red brick stones someone had made in the backyard before we moved in gone, and I thought of a great idea! I could use them to adorn my little bed in the front yard, and they would keep the rain from washing the dirt away in the process!

What do you think? 17 trips back and forth, plus 3 white bricks to finish the border. I think I have enough red stones to come up the inside walk, just not until my knee is better. 😉

Soon, I hope to finish filling the bed with plants and big stones, maybe filling in with small rock or mulch after that is done. It previously had jasmine ground cover and bushes which we hated. I wanted to open up the space in case anyone wanted to enjoy sitting out front.

Earlier, when I went to fetch the other plant, I noticed this cluster of mushrooms that had never been there before. What are they, I wondered, and why did they pop up here all of a sudden? I have little shorkies, so I hope they aren’t poisonous. 😊

What are these mushrooms?