The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy!
My day yesterday started out with a fizzle, (or whatever the opposite of “bang” is.) I confused the location for a morning appointment, I left my beloved reusable coffee mug behind; and then when I stopped in at the library to cheer myself up, it turned out to be closed.
However, my day took a turn for the better when I noticed that a family up the street was having some tree work done. A sneaky peek into the back of the truck showed a load of rather lovely looking cedar wood chips. And best of all, a quick conversation with the worker was all it took to arrange for them to dump everything into my driveway.
Now, you may remember when I scored a similar deal in 2009, but the time had come to re-mulch the yard.
Since yesterday was neither cold nor rainy, I knew I had to act quickly to spread the mulch around the yard. So I strapped on my CD Walkman (complete with an Agatha Christie library audio book) and got down to bidness.
Up the stairs with a wheelbarrow, down the stairs with the wheelbarrow, dump out and spread. Over and over, with only Tommy and Tuppence for company. My back was aching, but the result was worth it.
Here is some photo documentation for your viewing pleasure:
Because I had such a huge amount of mulch this time around, I was able to lay it on thick, (which oddly, is one of my natural talents. 😉 ) This means that the mulch will last longer, handle any standing water issues better and provides an enjoyable springy experience when stepped upon.
I ended up with enough leftover mulch to spread out under our tree house/play structure, although I didn’t have time to prep the space. (A.K.A. clear out all the piles of bricks and miscellaneous stuff that lives there.) Hence, the mulch is kind of just piled in place until I have another non-rainy/non-working day.
I do like to remind myself that “Every day is a fresh start,” but yesterday was an primo example of how the quote should actually be “Every hour is a fresh start.” If you keep your eyes and ears open, plus employ a willingness to turn on a dime, you’ll be amazed what your day can bring.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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