I guess you could say that the garden was beginning to get a tad bit overrun with weeds over the past few weeks, and we were feeling the teensiest bit of urgency to clean it up. It also didn't help that those plants on the window sill were kinda', well, in the way. I mean, if every time you had to open the windowsill, you had to move each individual cup forward and then back again, and there were only about 60 cups there...You kinda' get the idea that maybe some serious planting needs doing!
The weather was perfect! Just the kind of day that you expect to come outside and breath in that fresh summery scent that comes when you live in the country...Well, you know that compost of "this and that and a whole lot more" that has been rotting in our wooden boxes for the past months? Yah, well, what awaited us was the not so delightful fresh smell of chicken condensed compost...Need I say more :)
Of course, you come to a point in your day, after a morning of work when you can feel the energy has slowly been drained out of you, and the morning's coffee is beginning to lose it's effect...then you know it's time for some serious reviving!
Then it's back to work, and no more play...EXCEPT when older brother is weaseled into to giving some of the smaller members of our group a ride in the wheelbarrow.
Then their were times when the Houston needed some time to hone in on some of the finer techniques of baseball.
Now, I must say, there is one thing that is absolutely marvelous about having a bunch of siblings and getting to all work out in the yard together...You see, it all started with a scathingly brilliant idea; We would tell a carry-on story...where someone starts a story, and it gets passed on and added to. Then Jonathon preceded to make it into a hilarious, English style comedy, and we girls left most of the telling to him, with little one sentence fillers in the middle to prove that we were still a part of it :)
This is Ania during a break in weeding when I decided to give her a small bike lesson. The picture above is the flip scene of my endeavors. She's looking at me from a rather awkward angle and saying, "Nae-Nae, it's just the weather. Maybe we shouldn't be doing this today!"
Okay, so let me explain, this picture was totally on purpose...REALLY! I am not really this stupid...most of the time!Though I began to wonder that day whether I had some blond roots in my hair when I declared to the girls that with the sun burning down like it was, I was beginning to feel a little red on top...and then it struck me :)
Then...It's those last couple hours at the end of the day that just seem to drag on...When you're looking at the clock and thinking, wasn't it 4:30 last time I looked?
Course, for those of you who did not know, Annalise and Austin went on a delightful trip to Disneyland last week....So, as I had promised Ania, that night, Leisel and my weary bones took refuge in the rather unstable design of our tent made out of bedroom blankets and supported by books...we went to sleep tat night with the delightful thought, hanging over our heads (literally) that any moment, this little tent could come crashing down on our peacefully sleeping selves :)
But for the most part, our garden is mostly planted, and the optimists of our group are hoping and praying for a rather fruitful garden this year... in other words, very different results from the last two years.