Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Mother's Day to Me!

 I got a surprise visit from one of my sons and he was here for a week to help me get the house ready to sell!  What a Godsend he was...literally!  I've missed all of you and I'm sorry I didn't blog but as you can see.....we were pretty busy and focused!  Plus, I hadn't seen my son for several years so I wanted to spend every minute with him that I could.
  Below is my landscaping project gone awry!  I started this project using landscaping fabric and 6" of mulch but that didn't stop the Bermuda Grass....one of the Top Ten most noxious weeds,
but down here they call it "grass".  I had started back using cardboard and newspaper but had only gotten a little ways when my son showed up.  After a week of he and I working on it (he doing the heavy lifting and toting) .........
This is what we created..........

This is where I had gotten to before he came down.......plus I hadn't mowed yet this Spring.  

My lawn mower started but wouldn't move.....he fixed it!  So, I mowed and he trimmed trees and brush.

Then we removed all the rocks I had laid and started over, laying cardboard and news paper I had been saving.
We had also taken the lawn trailer and gone off and collected bigger rocks in the woods....yes, they grow out there in the woods.  Sometimes I see people throwing rock seeds out there too and fertilizer so they grow bigger.  My son did all the rock collecting while I kept the trailer moving.  LOL! 
 Here's our assistants who guarded us while we worked...
 Then it was off to Wally World for mulch, flowers and not much else as you can see the Tahoe was pretty full! LOL!
 There I am in all my glory with a beautiful path FINISHED FINALLY.....thanks to my son!  I've only been trying to finish this project for a few years now!  That's the only thing I don't like about getting older is I don't have the energy or the strength I used to have and that makes me mad, dang it!  Benjamin was always my "gardening" sidekick when he was little and we always worked well together and still do.  It was a true joy to have him here.
 Then we started landscaping from the corner where I had started........
 We moved the octagonal raised bed to around the tree......and he reinstalled the edging better than I was able to do with a rubber mallet!  We put in another raised bed I had for my veggies.

 I planted 3 types of tomatoes here and 3 types of peppers and mulched with straw.

 Snce we had to fill in the raised bed with dirt but didn't want the dirt on the bark of the tree my son took a plastic pot and cut a slit in the side and cut out the bottom and slid it around the trunk to keep the dirt away from it.  Brilliant!!!  I planted marigolds around the tree and placed a little leprechaun there to protect them!
 And what's a tree without a birdhouse?
 I had 2 old sinks I had gotten for free.  The one here I planted with snapdragons.

 I have old tools and paraphernalia from the farm I used to have.......and I utilize it whenever I can.  There are my Rosemary and Oregano in the old washtub and an old pick axe, a hand pump and some watering cans.
Over the course of the week we did this little bed also with my solar fountain and some "odds and ends".  Unfortunately we had a frost and it took it's toll on my plants so I'll have to see what needs replacing.  Who knew at this time of year!?!?!  The orange pot had a nice healthy zuchini that was going to trail over the pot and leave nice squash throughout the mulch.  The old sink had Gerbera daisies I had overwintered from last year and some geraniums too.

Not only did we do all this but my son cleaned and fixed all my gutters, trimmed my trees, flipped my mattresses for me and cleaned up my garage so I could get the  mower and the SUV in there at the same time.  He took me out to dinner several times and wouldn't let me pay for anything and we laughed and had such a great time together.  It was THE best Mother's Day present I could have ever asked for and it was all a total surprise!
  I have missed you all so much and it's like I've been on vacation but it's always nice to come home too!  Bless you all and I'll be stopping by to see what you've all been up to while I was "away"!  TTYL!
P.S.  Here's a picture of my son, Benjamin.  This was taken up North last Fall I think.  A lot of the men grow beards in the Winter to stay warm and then shave them in the Spring.  I didn't get a picture of him while he was here as he was taking all the pictures!  Duh!  I should have taken pictures of him but I think I was in shock most of the week and thought I would wake  up and it would all have been a dream! LOL!


  1. What a grand gift from your son, a gift of time and love and a lot of sweat! Your home and the grounds look spacious. What is your plan when you sell and move?
    You son looks handsome and kind in the photo. We have two adult sons who live nearby so I appreciate sons.

  2. What a wonderful surprise and what a special gift. You have raised a wonderful son and all your hard work when he was young has come back to you!

  3. OMGosh, what a fabulous son you have...you are so blessed. What a wonderful huge job, you all undertook. It must feel so wonderful to have so much done!

    What a handsome young man...and he is good to his mama!

  4. What a wonderful son you have Sam!
    Such a great job, so much hard work you both have done, and amazing transformation in just a week. Never seen so many sacks in the boot before, its a wonder the car moved!
    And how great to have all those other jobs done too - the best Mothers Day present ever.
    Lovely post Sam.
    Take care and good luck with the preparations for moving.
    Gill xx

  5. This is such a heart warming post Sam! Your son is wonderful, and how lucky he arrived to help just then! What a great time you had together working on the garden.....and what a fantastic transformation! The perfect mother's day gift...and happy memories to look back on too.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen x

  6. What a wonderful surprise! I'm so glad to hear that your son came to visit and that he was such a great help! He sure is a handsome guy! And what a surprise to see a photo of you! Sounds like ya'll got a lot done. I've been finding it difficult to blog at the moment. Just not enough time for everything. I'm glad to hear all is well. I'm still walking and reading mostly. Thanks for stopping by. Tammy

  7. Wow that was a lot of work!!! You have a wonderful son.. Everything looks SO beautiful!.. I also have that yucky Bermuda grass.. I loath it but can't afford to reseed with anything else right now so we deal with it..

  8. You really got a lot done! Everything looks great! Sounds like you had a really good time! :)


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