Sunday, May 22, 2011

~Embarrassed ~ Hard Work Has Paid Off ~

Embarrassed doesn't even begin to say how I feel looking back at these pictures. The last time I put any mulch down was almost 4 years ago. Man alive does this look bad. I knew it was getting a little sad looking, OK, let's me honest it looks down right nasty. With all that's going on around here I just didn't have the energy or the desire to tackle all the yard work. I kept it mowed and trimmed and let all the finishing touches go. I've re-grouped taking another look at life tackling all sorts of issues now.


More black paper and liner showing through. A girl just ought to be whipped for letting it go like this.

Everyone needs some type of a cart to work around the yard with. Many have wheelbarrows, golf carts, or gators, I have a mule. We've had this great Little toy for about 10 years now. For 4 it sat in the garage and didn't get used. Well, she's back!!! LOL
 I've unloaded the mulch off the back of the truck into the mule, now to unload it onto the ground. Do you   have any idea how much bags of mulch weigh? I don't either! These were wet on top of that, let me tell you   they weighed a bunch. I definitely got my work out in!


It's finally starting to look like someone cares, like it's loved once again. After taking these pictures I realized I had forgotten to take one of all the bricks matching, a gal can't have bricks lining an outdoor area that doesn't match. I had gathered bricks from the left over planter boxes to use for this project, in the future I may purchase some of the new-style that you can stack and lock. We'll see, for now this works out great.




The little corner even got a bit of mulch. Naturally I had to add the bunnies back in somewhere. I've had these little cuties for almost 12 years now, originally purchased at the Dollar General Store for 50 cents each. YaH! I love a bargain. The railroad ties in the background are next on the list to get all dolled up. We've had soooooo much rain, it's hard to catch a dry day to do any outside painting. I'll re stain them black, that should finish up that little project area. YaH!!!


The rest of the mulch is for the East side of the house, Boston Ferns went to the front porch.
I'm off to head to the East side of the house to put down more mulch. Hop on and come along, if the rains ever stop I'll have more pictures of updates to share with you of the outside getting a small face lift.
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I finished All the painting of the inside of the house on Sunday. I"m glad to be finished with that for the time being. Now, it's time to play with my dishes, the outside garden work and reading on a few books that have stacked up along the way and naturally Visiting With All of You.

22 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looking good! I have not put new mulch in my flower beds in a few years, and they are looking sorta ragged. Has rained here just about all day. :(

Babs said...

Lynn, Whew! Your really worked and it shows it. Your yard looks great with the addition of the mulch. Love your Mule. I'd love to have one in our yard. It' amazing how much mulch and potting soil weigh.
Have a great Sunday,
Babs

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Looks great, your hard work paid off. And I love the little bunnies!
Best,
Gloria

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your little cart, it is fantastic and all your hard work really is paying off. Your yard looks fantastic. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a great job, Lynn, I know how much work that is. I usually get the 40 lb. bags and sling them over my shoulder. I'd love a cart like yours!!

Everything looks beautiful and neat. I can't believe you have more to do, poor girl! Have a nice long soak in the tub when you are done!! ;-D

XO,
Jane

Linda said...

Looking great! You must have a really big yard to have that mule...I use a wagon myself!

xinex said...

Big difference, Lynne! It is so lovely now...Christine

Shelia said...

Hi Lynne! Wow, you've worked so hard and everything looks wonderful. Lifting all of those heavy bags of mulch and dirt broke my tee tee and I had to have a tee tee repair surgery! :) Well, that's what my doctor told me! :)Needed to poke a little humor in!
Now look at your toy, that would be fun to just drive around and I guess you can since your yard is like a park! Have fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hi there....so glad to hear from you!!!! hope your keeping well,been way to long since we talked! Yes, mulch works wonders does it not..your garden is looking very well cared for...now want to come and do ours??? only 6 more days till Meg is home,can not wait...I miss her sooooooooooo much!! Anyway,lets do better to stay in touch,lots of love,Chrissy

Designs By Pinky said...

Lynne! Please don't be so hard on yourself!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know how the heck you do all you do as it is! You are Wonderwoman to me!!!!! I know that mulch is HEAVY!!!! We have ours delivered in a truck, and use a pitch fork to put it in the wheel barrel and then onto the beds. Most years it is 15 YARDS or more! That is ALOT of mulch. It is a mulch mountain, LOL!!!! As soon as the drivway is DONE we can order mulch. Not really looking forward to the WOPRK but the results are beautiful. Your yard looks beautiful. You should SOAK in a tub and relax now. XO, Pinky

Dolores said...

Oh my..... I love your motorized cart.... it's wonderful.

Your yard is looking great!!! Mulch makes such a big difference in the way a flower bed looks.....

You deserve a nice relaxing evening!!!
Hugs,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is hard work putting out mulch. Looks good. We have a lot of neglect going on here, too.

Cheri said...

Looks great - my favorite type of mulch~ New follower!

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

As someone who spent last weekend remulching, I can tell you that each of those naturescape bags does indeed weigh 500 lbs each!! Looks like a lovely spruce up.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Great job Lynne! Everything is looking so pretty now! And that mule really must have came in handy as that is really hard work!
You go girl, now you deserve a rest!
Hugs,
Cindy

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Love that mule! Wish I had one! Your yard is looking great. You have really been working hard so take a little time to relax now!

onlymehere said...

I don't know how you find the time to do all this! It looks great, and of course the bunnies are the icing on the cake. :)

Rene said...

Wow! Isn't is amazing what a little mulch can do? Need to do this myself. Thank you for leaving the nice comment on my blog, by the way.

BECKY said...

Beautiful! And I love the bunnies!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks very neat, Lynne! I always notice and admire nice beds when I'm driving around. I have an area like that in the front near the street that I need to tackle. I keep putting it off because I know it's going to take me a few hours, but I'm hoping to get to it over the long weekend.

once in a blue moon said...

i love a good day in the garden, i have a mule too, named ours tessie, best toy around!

Kathy said...

Love working outside..
Nice job with the mulch , everything looks great, well worth the effort girl!
Now enjoy!
xo, Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...