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08 October 2006 @ 08:01 pm
ow. my legs.  
In a contrast to my mostly hideously lazy weekends of the last couple of months, I was Active! and Hardworking! this weekend. I spent five or six hours on Saturday helping motleypolitico and malacissation put in the floor in their new glassed in porch. It was Ikea tongue and groove, which mostly meant someone shoving and holding the board in place and then me whacking on the end with a hammer. We broke two of the plastic blocks Ikea supplies to buffer the whacking, and finally resorted to a piece of 2x4. People like katchoo_too and tnalpgge who were feeling more powertoolish and mathematical measured and cut the end boards. I was more in a mood to hit things. Whang!

You'd think leaning over and hammering on flooring would kill your back, but it turns out it's your calves that complain.

Then today I went up to the Mountain View farmer's market to see if the nice herb man was still around. He was, so I brought a rosemary to replace the stolen rosemary that replaced the one the plant thief stole the first time. And this time I put it straight into the ground to prevent it from being stolen for the third time. I also put in some sage and thyme and oregano, which will all theoretically overwinter. They all went in a semicircle around the rose to form a little herb garden.

The bay laurel I planted in the back of the yard since it will grow to 30 feet. It's fortunate I brought a small one, because even though it's rained twice this week and I soaked the area with a sprinkler for a hour, more than 3-4 inches down the earth is absolute concrete. I had amaryllis and narcissus bulbs to plant, but I was only able to put in the smaller narcissus bulbs. For the amaryllis I'm going to have to dig an initial hole and then soak that for a while before I can dig out the rest.
 
 
 
malacissationmalacissation on October 10th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
The help was muchly appreciated. Today went to OSH and bought the correct jigsaw bit to cut through laminate. So we got 3 of the last 7 boards in place before something went wrong enough to delay the project again. Almost!
Lauratavella on October 10th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
So now it's like 97 percent complete, at least.
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Lauratavella on October 10th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
I hadn't done too much gardening here because it's rented, but I think I'm going to stay for a while so I'm putting some stuff in.