Ramblings

7.17.2011

Yesterday and Friday morning we had some wonderful rain and much cooler air. It has really felt more like fall than summer. After sweltering with 105 degree heat index for the past week this was a welcome relief. Only thing is when it gets hot again in a couple of days it will feel awful.

While it rained in the morning I worked on a small paint project that I will share later. I also painted some things Friday and will share those later, too. I was going to go get groceries yesterday since the cupboards are bare, but instead I worked on the paint project, since a new can of Annie Sloan chalk paint was delivered yesterday, and then I did some ironing while the paint was drying. I am trying to keep it caught up better, but I still hate doing it.

Then the rain stopped and the sun was in and out and a cool breeze was blowing so I told Mr. Savvy that while the ground was soft and damp we needed to fix a bare spot in the front yard and get some grass seed put out.

This is the huge area that died out this year. Mr. Savvy is stomping in the grass seed.

This is the bucket of weeds we hand pulled out of that bare area. Oh, my aching hiney.

The seed we put out and hopefully it will come up and not wash away or get eaten by the birds.

More stomping. Just look at him go.

After we finished with that job I core aerated the yard with our riding mower and aerator.
This helps oxygen and nutrients get to the roots. You can see all the dirt from the holes it pulled up.

We had a bid by a company that wanted $2500 to do it for us and to spread top soil. We bought our on aerator that pulls behind the mower and do it ourselves.

While I was out I thought I would grab the camera and show you how full the crepe myrtles are now.

I don't think they can get much fuller.

I captured this butterfly on my verbena which is finally doing much better now. I think we got the
Seven insect killer put out just in time before I lost all my plants. 

I love it flowing over the rock wall.

Friday morning, in the rain, I went to my very first estate sale and I will show you a couple of things I purchased there soon. The sale was at a very large home in a very expensive neighborhood about five minutes from our house. Mr. Savvy said he has heard that there is over one hundred foreclosures in that neighborhood. It's so sad.

After we finished working in the yard we got showers and went out to eat at Ted's Montana Grill and shared a burger and a salad since there is no food in the house still.

Well, I think I am through rambling. I shared what I did this weekend. What have you done so far?

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I used my old Canon camera to take these shots since I didn't want to use the tripod.

38 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you the cooler weather was much appreciated. Good luck with the grass seed. Your Crepe Myrtles are beautiful and I really like the butterfly picture!! Happy Sunday to you Kim.

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  2. I'm looking at our small amount of grass and thinking it needs to be renewed - top soil and seeding. Good for you for doing it yourselves!
    Your crepe myrtle is gorgeous - someday I'm determined to see crepe myrtle in real life.

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  3. I was BUSY today!!!! I "Summerized" the house by decorating with SHELLS! All ove the place. I did the dining room, somje in the living room and in the foyer. I will be posting that Monday probably. I love the look right now! We are having nice weather too, but by next Fri. it is going to be 100 even at the shore!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to my girlfriends, who lives at the beach, for the weekend but it will be too hot to sit on the beach! I YI YI!!!!! I love your yard, Kim! XO, Pinky

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  4. I love your crepe myrtle. I have always wanted one (or some), and the purple verbenas...love them.

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  5. Love the crepe myrtles.
    I gotta ask - "What do you do to keep new growth from growing from the base?". We keep cutting the new growth off but it keeps growing back faster and we can hardly keep up. It ruins the looks of our myrtles...Mister and I went to see a movie today, "Midnight in Paris" - beautifully filmed in Paris. Sweet!

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  6. Sweet Tea, we just cut ours, too. Ours even put out little shoots from the roots out in the beds and in the yard where the roots have run.

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  7. I love your photo of the butterfly on your verbena. Beautiful!

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  8. Oh Kim how I wish! We have had record breaking heat and a cool day or 2 would be great even if it meant muggy heat afterwards. It's almost impossible to do anything outside right now. I had one of those days too, one project after another. I guess that is what Saturdays are for! :)

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  9. Your yard is so stunning! I am in love with your crepe myrtles! Gorgeous, gorgeous!

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  10. Kim, glad you've had rain and cooler weather. Send some west to TX. Your yard is beautiful. I can't imagine taking care of this large space. You and Mr. Savvy must have tons of energy! ~ Sarah

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  11. It rained here too Kim but nothing major. I think it was 78 around 1 but within an hour it was back up to 90s. I am sooo ready for fall and sooo ready for some real rain.

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  12. Wow you got your exercise in today for sure. Looks lovely as always. Can't wait to see what you got at your estate sale. I love to go to them.

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  13. It was too hot here today to do anything outside! Your flowers look so pretty and your crepe myrtle is beautiful! I'm so jealous you guys ate at Ted's this evening. That was one of our favorite places to eat and then last year they closed all of the Kansas City locations without any notice. We were in shock!!

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  14. I always love listening to "ramblings" . I think you learn a lot about a person when you hear them. We have bare spots too and I really like the idea of stomping in that grass seed. I hate to say it, but I think I'm ready for fall. too darn hot! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, don't go hungry, te he. xoxo Debra

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  15. We went swimming and just enjoyed the "fall" like weather! 85 feels so much more fall like than 103!!! We had a lowcountry boil on our neighbors driveway with several of the neighbors and then we all hit another neighbor's pool! Loved this weather today! It is supposed to be the same tomorrow. I see a bike ride in our future!

    Our crepe myrtles are full too! I just love them. I didn't cut them back this year because I wanted to see them big and full, but I think next year, I will cut them on the bottom. Your white one is gorgeous. I love that verbena! Does it like full sunlight?

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  16. our lawn need some work too...wish my husband had more time to do everything. he is painting the front entryway this weekend. It has been so hot! I love the purple verbena and that butterfly is gorgeous

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  17. Your verbena looks so lush, Kim! I love it over your rock wall. I always get a hanging plant that has a mix {this year petunias and verbena} but it always includes the verbena. You had such a busy day yesterday; I hope you take a much deserved day off to relax today. I've heard we are supposed to be getting some horrible heat and humidity here this coming week. We've had it off and on in recent weeks.

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  18. I was so happy with the cooler weather....It felt like what we should have had in May! Your Verbena is looking so good...and you are right, it looks great growing over the rock. Glad you are having a productive weekend....

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  19. Your yard looks great and look at the money you saved! I hope you were able to take a long soaking bubble bath!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. In Boston we have been lucky with the weather as far as the garden is concerned. It has been really nice, but the weeds love to grow and the insects had started to attack my roses so I used something that seemed to work like you on your Verbena. Gardening and lawns are some work, but to me, totally worth it! Laughing at Mr. Savvy's lawn installation method. We put in a lawn this year with the least amount of effort and I think it came out the best lawn we have ever done. So go figure....have a nice weekend. I am buying a bike for some summer cruising with hubs and his 9 yr old. That is whats going on over in our neck of the woods.

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  21. Gosh, Kim...it seems like ages that I've come to visit your blog. I just can't keep up! Sorry to neglect visiting you, as you always have the most interesting projects going on.

    I really enjoyed seeing all your beautiful outdoor shots especially your verbena. Such pretty colors! I know its a lot of work but it is so worth it.

    I've never been to an estate sale but we paid someone to hold OURS before we moved to FL. I could KICK myself for selling some of my things. :/ Never again! I don't get rid of anything now...my DD can do it when I'm dead & gone.

    Hugs to you & yours,
    Rett

    I'll be here for at least another hour, trying to catch up on your postings. LOL

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  22. Your yard is beautiful! Love how full and gorgeous your crape myrtle is! Can't wait to see what you snagged from the estate sale. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Your yard is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you bought at your estate sale...I've never been to one of those. This weekend we took a trip to Ikea to outfit my office/craft room. It's looking fantastic, and we're having lots of fun putting it all together.

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  24. Kim, your verbena and that butterfly are stunning! And, the crepe myrtles always fill me with awe at how they bloom and stand so beautiful in all the most brutal heat and drought conditions. They are one of my favorites. I'm impressed that y'all did so much yard work. This heat has me scampering for cover (AC). Have a good day.. blessings ~ tanna

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  25. You were one busy lady!! I wish I had that ambition to go out and get my hands dirty!
    Pretty pics of your flowers!!
    Jane

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  26. OOO, Kimmer...I wish I had just half the energy you have. :) I had it when I was your age but at 73...whew, I just *don't got it* any more.
    I planted grass seed and am fighting birds off, right and left. They are hungry and thirsty and I can't keep them out of my yard. They have eaten just about all the new seeds.
    Good good luck on yours. Maybe you an make a cute scarecrow .....:))

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  27. Well, you had a busy week and it sounds like you got a lot done...ummm..except for the grocery shopping. I really HATE grocery shopping myself! I can't believe they wanted that much to aerate your lawn. They do it as part of our initial Spring service each year and it is less than $100...but we only have just under an acre to do. Hope your next week stays cool. We are in the midst of a heat wave in our whole area. UGH- Hot and muggy! YUCK! xo Diana

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  28. Oh Kim, your flowers are beautiful! My white crepe myrtles always bloom before the other colors and they seem to have more blooms than the other colors too. Your verbena is really growing! I just planted some in the Spring, but hopefully it will really take off soon.

    Lisa

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  29. Hi Kim,
    We had cooler weather in SC yesterday but no rain. So I spent yesterday working in the yard, weeding and watering. Your crepe myrtles are gorgeous. We planted two white ones about two months ago, but they aren't blooming! I guess I'll have to wait until next year. Can't wait to see your projects.

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  30. Kim, Your yard looks wonderful and I know it takes a lot of work to keep it looking nice. It has been so hot in Richmond everything is fried.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  31. Your home and landscaping are beautiful Kim, and the large area looks like you both put a lot of work into it. That is so sad about the foreclosures.

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  32. I have never heard of crepe myrtles! They are gorgeous!
    Stacy

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  33. Your crepe myrtles do look full and pretty. Mine look pitiful. They are young and in shock, I think....

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  34. We are preparing for the horrible heat for this entire week...again. Ugh. The weekend was hot, but ONLY in the low 90's. We had the little grands and took a road trip on Saturday. I'll have pictures later this week. Once we delivered them back today at noon...we have done very little:)

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  35. we're still sweltering in this heat and not we're nearing drought conditions. my daughter is in south Texas, they have it worse as far as the drought. all of my plants are deep southern fried! bring on the sweet iced tea :)

    your crepe myrtle looks great, we have several in our yard too, some deep pinks, a lavender and a few whites. i love them!

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  36. sorry...my comment should have said we "are" nearing drought conditions. see this heat is affecting my brain.

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  37. Oh your verbena is gorgeous Kim and your crepe myrtle...sigh. Just lovely. Sounds like it was a nice weekend. :)

    Heather

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  38. I love the trees and of course the verbena, which I've never seen so big...I am trying desperately to keep mine growing (no sun) that butterfly picture you could sell it is so spectacular! Hey why do you guys have all the long pine needles in your beds, we don't have that up here?

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