Today was sort of a waste. I didn’t get any paying work done really, instead I tried to get some monkeys off my back. Not sure what I accomplished if anything. By 8:30 am thought I had cleaned the litter box and tied up my tomato plants in the garden. The wife and I were back out by 10 am laying down garden fabric in the play area. The single roll I bought didn’t go very far so we spread out some playground mulch to keep it from blowing away and then turned our attention to the veggie garden. That was fairly productive. We were able to weed most of the veggie garden and we had quite a first official harvest of the year. We netted almost a dozen cucumbers and several zucchini including the biggest one I’ve ever seen in person. Additionally we pulled the last of the radishes and started harvesting beets. The pea plants all died but we gathered a couple more pods that were left. We even got a couple of peppers and green beans.
This year peas did horrible after starting out from seeds so well. Maybe all the rain killed them off. The tomato plants don’t look that productive yet either. The cucumbers, zucchini and squash all look like they will be out of this world productive this year. I spent the afternoon looking up recipes and going grocery shopping for ingredients. For dinner we tried a great zucchini recipe found here. It was excellent. I also pulled a zucchini bread recipe from Allrecipes.com too.
We tried to weed the front bed in preparation for laying down some weed fabric there too but it was just too humid and hot around lunch time, so I called it a day in terms of working outside. The afternoon found us getting hammered by severe storms and yet more rain on top of the too much rain we’ve already had. We literally have temporary creeks in the front and back yard it seems. There are a few spots, which are already landscaped, that need to be regraded some day, when we’ve got the money to do so.
I ran out to go grocery shopping, but I also stopped off at the lumber store and ordered some provisions for a couple of projects. Christine wants to make some toy bins for the family room so I ordered a 4×8 sheet of birch plywood ($68). This sheet will yield three bins. She said if I cut the wood she’ll make them. They will be covered in fabric of some sort and this should help clean up the family room a bit, maybe even provide some bonus temporary seating.
I picked up a 16′ treated 4×4 and bag of cement also so I can get that bat house mounted in the yard. Bats are endangered and they eat mosquitos so I like the idea of helping them find a place to live on the property.
For the screen porch ceiling I ordered some rough sawn cedar trim. Finishing the ceiling should be a quick project and the material should only cost about $150 for wood and nails. Once it’s done we can stain the ceiling and we should think about staining the decks too to protect them. The wood trim I bought is 1″x4″‘s which I’ll rip down to 1″x2″‘s and nail over the seams in the ceiling 4’x8’ plywood. I’m going to nail them in a grid pattern which will tie into our square motif for the house. Only bummer is the carpenters nailed up the sheets in an inconsistent pattern, so unless I go with at 16″ on center grid, I’m going to have some weird anomalies visually. I’ve decided on a 48″ on center grid and I’ll have extra trim boards to cover any leftover seams. It won’t look aesthetically perfect the way I want it to but the only alternative is to rip out the ceiling sheets and start over or do the aforementioned 16″ grid which is way too much wood and money, not to mention visually crazy I bet.
Well today marks the 2nd anniversary of my blog and two years since the bulldozer first ventured into the tall grass. We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go. My blog hasn’t amounted to much but hopefully I’ve helped a couple of people out. To this day my most popular topic I think is the “L”-shaped shower curtain I put up in the boys bathroom.
Stay tuned and spread the word. We’ve got some good Summer projects coming up including the laundry room and hopefully my studio soon.