Yard Day

April 9, 2011

Home 'Improvement'

Warning: Picture-heavy post ahead.

Today was weird. The forecast said it was going to be hot, but that was difficult to believe as the day started out cold and extremely foggy. As I was going upstairs to take a shower I was surprised to see a large bird in the tree. It was a duck!


I took a hundred photos of it, wishing I could go outside to get a better view, then I remembered that our windows actually open. That is right handy. In fact, there were two ducks!

Can you see the second one?

That was a nice way to start the day. I highly recommend watching ducks for a little bit in the morning.

Eventually it warmed up and Lloyd headed outside to mow up the leaves. I tagged along to document the process, and perhaps even help. Brad, this is for you – the Yard in April! (It’s the first video I’ve ever taken with my new camera and for some reason I sound like a robot. I’m going to guess that it’s because it has a stereo microphone. Oh, and it was really, really windy.)

So, after filming the crummy yard, we worked to make it better. It was hot work, since it got up in the mid-80’s! That was the crazy part. It reaffirmed my dislike of hot weather.

Leafsucker to the rescue.

Leaves were raked out and mulched, some dead foliage was cut back, and I found a hollow tomato from ConBloGar!

It looks so much better.

I didn't burn the zebra grass, it's in the compost pile.

It was so papery. I was fascinated.

Oh, and Lloyd found 20 bucks in the yard! Beth and Harold, are you missing some money?
I was in the bathroom.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

View all posts by Lauren


Stay connected as you care to...

9 Responses to “Yard Day”

  1. Kitt Said on:

    Love it. I weeded for two hours today in one stretch of garden and it still looked like hell. But a weed-free hell.

    You’ve got a lot to mow!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Hooray for garden walkthroughs!

    That hot weather is going to be here tomorrow! I wish I had a ‘get out of school free’ card. I’d love to work in my garden all day.


  3. Beth Said on:

    Yes. Yes. I’m sure we’re missing that $20! It was probably caught up in the leaf sucker, yes? 😉

    And wow! Your yard looks beautiful!


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Hooray for spring! And ducks!


  5. Lauren's dad Said on:

    It must be nice to be young—you cleaned the whole big yard so quickly! It looks nice! I think the new windows make your house look stunning!


  6. Deborah Said on:

    Your yard looks fabulous! Did I mention that it’s been snowing for 3 days here?


  7. Peggy Said on:

    Excellent job you two!!! I’m afraid my before & after pictures mostly look the same.

    And after all that hard work, I think you deserve to treat yourself to this Lauren:


    I’m also with you all the way about the hot weather. Yuck! Low 80’s with a nice breeze is the highest I want to go…maybe 85.

    Finally, are you sure Brad didn’t plant a money tree in your yard?


Leave a Reply