It rained quite a bit yesterday and I came home to find this:
The drain across our driveway usually does a great job...if I clear it out a couple times a year. Obviously, I have not yet done so this year.
That means I'll be spending one morning this weekend with a crowbar (to pry up the grate), a trowel and a bucket, scooping dirt and leaves out of the gutter. It's too bad I don't fish, because I'm sure to find a lot of juicy earthworms in the process. Perhaps I can get a compost pile started and use them there.
I also couldn't help noticing that the dandelions have taken over my flower beds already. If it ever stops raining long enough, I'll get out my roto-tiller, get the beds back to neutral and plant flowers. I have a $100 gift certificate for a plant nursery, so I should be able to do something pretty with a little advance planning.
My back hurts just thinking about all of this.