It’s been another busy weekend here. Mr. C² took a much needed vacation day on Friday, so we were able to finish a few projects we had started that were on our to do list. One of the items on the list was to move the existing crooked path of bricks that runs from the garage to the side of the house. When we moved in this path had these big white rocks alongside the bricks. They stuck up out of the ground, which made it impossible to mow around and they were a tripping hazard. Of course, the white rocks were removed right after we moved in but we didn’t fix the crooked path until now.
See how crooked they are? And if you look closely along each side you can see where the white rocks laid. You can see the pile by the garage. the previous owners had them everywhere. So the plan was to straighten out the path and to get rid of the pavers that were by the deck. We started this project a couple of weeks ago (before I painted the door) by using string to make a straight line from the garage to the house. Then, all of the pavers that didn’t fall under the string were pulled up (which were most of them).
Mr. C² carefully dug up the grass, which was used to fill in some of the bare spots left from the old walkway, and placed the pavers in the new holes. He also used some of the topsoil that we still had left to fill in any low spots or holes. We still have more to do and the grass needs to grow in, but they are nice and straight and level now, which means there’s no tripping when you walk to the garage.
I found these large white rocks buried in the yard under old wood and bricks, so I had Mr. C² put them by the deck. I’m not sure they will stay but they are good for now since it is hard to grow grass in this area.
We also finished our vegetable garden. We haven’t been able to have a good garden in almost 20 years, it’s really hard to grow veggies in Florida and Georgia, so we were excited to get one in. The spot we chose to put it in is next to the deck since it gets a lot morning and early afternoon sun.
Some of the many bricks we had were used to make a border around the garden. We removed all of the grass, worked the soil and planted lots of tomatoes, some lettuce, celery, broccoli and basil. Since this is our first garden here, we’re not sure what will do well and what won’t. We will probably modify it some once we know how things will grow but for now this is good for the Mr. This area is his baby and he doesn’t like me to play around with it too much. We’ll see what I can get away with. 😉
There was some fun this weekend, well I had fun while Mr. C² grumbled about eating and being hot. We went to the Kane County Flea Market. It was hot and dusty but wow, there is so much to look at. I think you could find anything you wanted there and some of the prices are really reasonable. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen some of the great items I saw like these fabulous old rockers that were in really good shape. Everyone that passed by looked at them. As you can see they were already sold, and not to me.
These large metal letters were fun and rusty and $50 each.
I also saw this old barn door, with rusty hardware and beautiful wood. Right after I snapped this photo though, it was taken away to go to its new home.
Like I said, there is so much to see. The only thing I ended up buying was some plants to replace the 60 year old junipers in my front flowerbed. I had been looking for boxwoods at the nurseries in my area and haven’t been able to find what I wanted. I found them at the flea for $14 a piece (3 gal. I think) and some hostas for $5 a piece. Great prices. They hold this flea market once a month so if you’re ever in the Chicago area and they are having it…go!
That was my weekend. They seem to go by so much faster than the week days don’t they? What did you do this past weekend? Have you planted a vegetable garden?