Our weekend at #thetackybrownhouse was home focused. It’s been an unusually cool spring in Northern Alabama so we have waited to do our outside growing beds. I am a beginner at gardening, more successful with flowers than my vegetable garden. A few years ago we purchased 3 above ground boxes for our urban home, and I thought we’d begin there this weekend.
Our local FFA group had plants just right for planting at $1 a 3″ pot, locally grown from seed just down the hill from our place, I have hopes I can keep them alive with less shock. Last year we fenced in a little back yard space for when children come to visit, and two of the boxes went in one end of that little yard. It will keep my weeding in my vision so I don’t forget to go out to do it! Are you a visual learner? Whew, I am, out of sight is truly out of mind if I am not attune to reminders.
Dear husband rebuilt the guard rail coming into the house, it was a good bit more than he bargained for as the concrete was pebble built, which meant that re-driving in the bolts required repouring the footers. It is lovely to have a more stable handrail for our visitors and friends though. During the icey weather, I was aware more than once it needed to be stabilized.
The Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market opened on Saturday, it is always a happy place for our family to go on an outing. We picked up fresh strawberries, sweet potatoes, and bought a few irises to plant to begin a new color strain to go with the ones we were given.
Saturday night Les worked to burn more of the scraps from trees taken down. We’ve cut the firewood, but there are still so many branches that are not the right size to chip and simply debris. We had 4 trees down and it made over 100 feet of debris after cutting up the wood, so this has been a multiple week cleanup process. Daughter made cupcakes midafternoon to support Dad in the effort…fresh strawberries added that special touch to her efforts!
I mowed and swept it seemed like a good bit of the weekend as we build, mowed, sawed, and made messes again. I’m working on being a reformed mess, but you surely couldn’t prove it by the way the house looks this morning! Dinner after hours in the yard are always good moments. We feel accomplished and exhausted and share our hopes for the season.
The morning greenery greets me at my window. I am ever thankful for the beauty of the scenes outside our home. It’s rustic and rough, but it reminds me each time that God has gloriously provided.