It is the time in our life when we have to downsize things to do in our backyard! If I had energy and time I would have the whole back yard planted to veggies, herbs, flowers and fruit but I don't! So the rose bush circle was one of the things that came out and grass seed planted. Sue's friend and her son came over and took three of our rose bushes for her yard and helped us for awhile. We appreciated their help!
Here is Sue hard at work digging out the flowers behind the house. Took out part of the sidewalk also. Grass seed planted.
Mike is working at putting in a divider where the sidewalk and flower bed ends now.
Here is our supervisor hard at work overseeing everything! He does have an excuse as he has neuropathy and a pinched nerve. Besides every job needs a boss!
Craig is taking some junk out in the wheelbarrow. Looks like we have another boss on the deck but she was put to work also!
Melissa and Gracie are weeding around the peach tree. I think I may lose my peach tree. She found some gold gelatin type stuff at the base. Could that be the peach tree borer?? What should I do?????
Cali is weeding around the dwarf sweet cherry tree!
The bird bath was moved over into the corner of the veggie garden by the dinner bell. I hope to put some plants in it.
The water barrel was brought out. This is the rose circle seeded with the grass seed. I hope all these areas that were seeded will grow grass soon as I have to put Coco on a leash to take her out or she plods through them leaving her footprints and the dirt on her paws! We are use to just opening the door and letting her in the back yard because we have a fence.
Sue took one of the bird houses home and one was not good enough to keep. This one was put out in the raspberry/flower bed section . It is white and when we replace the bird house with a new one it will be some color so that it shows up better against the white fence.
Another view of the bird house but also this shows the area left for my veggies, flowers and herbs. I have another 4x4 box I planted new strawberries in just recently. We sure do appreciate all our kids did for us to help with this!!
I am working at decluttering inside also. I have a service for six set of Noritake China that I can count on one hand the number of times I have used them. I just do not entertain fancy when I have someone over so it is going to Elizabeth when they come to visit this summer! Well, that is the changes so far and here's hoping I can keep up to the rest!
You are so lucky to have such a great "work crew".....and supervisor-haha.
I'm certain it's hard to downsize, but it's all about making life more enjoyable now and this will sure help. Best to you!
Yikes - that's so sad about the peach tree. Hopefully whatever it is doesn't turn out to be fatal. You certainly had a great "crew" helping you out! That's what I need...to get some friends to come over to give my ornamental beds an overhaul. Maybe if I entice them with a nice meal afterwards ;)
I'll be decluttering the house this spring/summer as well - we still have toys etc. from when the kids were 5 years old hanging around!
I have a set of Noritake that hasn't seen much use in the 40 years I've had it. Several years ago, I sold several serving pieces, but the set is still intact enough to see some good use. No one wants good china anymore since it must be hand washed.
Glad to see you had so much help with the yard work.
You have such a lovely BIG yard. No wonder you want to make it to be a little less work. Lots of changes happening, indoors and out.
Hi Sue, Yes, we are very thankful for the help of our kids!! Looks like you have been on vacation with your last post. I am looking forward to when you start posting pictures of your garden. Getting to be about that time! Nancy
Hi Margaret, Yes, I am sure you could get some friends to come help you by tempting them with a good meal. But then is that harder work than the garden??? Soon will be time to plant lots of things! Nancy
Hi Tired Teacher, Your right! Everyone is like me and it is too much work to use good china! I think mine could go in the dishwasher if you didn't let it go through the dry cycle. I would be afraid of chipping it though. Nancy
Hi Granny Marigold, I didn't think I had a big yard until I try to keep up to it! LOL I don't always like changes but as we grow older it is necessary. Nancy
Looks like you had lots of good help and they all look like they were enjoying it. Wish I knew more about the peach tree. You know, I am still learning how to take care of our few fruit trees. I love that nice fence around your big yard.
Hi Henny Penny, My "helped" work hard. I am glad that they could get so much done. I am just learning about fruit tree care also! Hope your feeling better soon. Nancy
Oh my goodness what a great crew. And what a great job they did. Do you lend them out?
Hi Leigh, Wouldn't it be nice if I could lend them out but it was hard having one day when they could all come to work! I do hope I can keep up now! Nancy
I love that you have so many helpers . . . that is so sweet of them. I know nothing about peach trees but if you call your courthouse they should have a master gardener on staff that can answer any questions for you. Their pay comes out of your taxes, so there is no charge for their help and they should know about all things vegetation in your area. Just a thought:)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hi Connie, Thanks! I had not thought about the extension office. I have been going to our local nursery for advice. The owner and another girl there are quite knowledgeable about trees. We had a lot of rain here today so not good for our newly planted seed! Nancy
Hi Nancy, Goodness! Downsizing looks like a lot of work but so is trying to keep everything up. How blessed you were to have so many helping hands to come together to make the load lighter. I hope the grass grows thick and green and your peach tree makes it through.
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