Naturally, I didn't get started right away. I lazed around with the pets for a bit until I got hungry, then I went out to breakfast and treated myself to pancakes and coffee. I'd brought a magazine to read, but I ended up spending the whole meal chatting on Facebook and Twitter.
When I went to pay, I discovered that my debit card was missing. I called the restaurant where we'd eaten dinner last night and they had it. I put off my chores a little longer so I could drive out and retrieve the card.
Finally it was time to get serious. This year I'm putting in a couple of small raised beds for vegetables, but I decided that I would save that for tomorrow and do some other yard maintenance first. I still need to decide exactly what I want to plant.
First on the agenda was a trip to the local hardware store to drop off my loppers for sharpening and purchase some grass seed. Last fall I tried to grow grass in the area where our big, dead locust tree had been, but nothing ever came up. I figured it was worth raking and sowing seed there one more time to see what happens. If it fails again, I'll consult a master gardener.
With the lopper in the shop, I used a small handheld pruner to trim back dead fronds from last year's peonies, snip off the first shoots from our chronic volunteer trees, and remove the dead parts from last year's mum plants. All of my mums are coming back, which is great. I gave them a little drink of Miracle-Gro to encourage them further.
Being outside gave me the opportunity to talk to my next door neighbors for the first time in a while. Turns out they have a baby now. I am a terrible, terrible neighbor, in case you hadn't figured that out.
My last accomplishment of the day was to take my big tub of recyclable glass and drop it off at a Ripple Glass bin. Then I went to the liquor store because that tub isn't going to refill itself.
Our lawn guy hadn't been by yet this year, so I texted him and told him we were ready whenever he was. By the time my husband and I got back from supper, the lawn was mowed. All the better for my raised bed project tomorrow!
I'll be spending my evening playing canasta, which will be a lovely way to cap off a day of light manual labor. We'll see if I can be equally productive tomorrow.