Due to the recent rain, and because my work schedule is a little funky this week (off Friday, NOT off on Easter Sunday), I decided to skip the cistern work this weekend. The ground over there is nothing but mud, and I used Friday to do a bunch of adult stuff, like an oil change for the truck, I needed to get done.
One of those Friday tasks was going to one Home Depot to buy some ramps for my truck bed, and another task was going to a different Home Depot to rent an aerator. I don't like to patronize Home Depot, but sometimes...ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Even with the ramps, getting that almost-300-lb machine in and out of the truck was no fun.
I aerated the yard and planted grass seed, but between Freckles' running and my complete lack of knowledge and skill when it comes to make things grow, there's no telling how any of it'll turn out. I'm just glad the aerating was over with quickly; having the aerator drag me around the yard wasn't real cool.
Saturday I dug up a bunch of random flowers, mostly lilies, leftover from a previous owner's landscaping efforts and replanted them where I thought they should go. I also trimmed a couple tree limbs on a backyard oak tree, raked up mountains of pine needles, and edged and cut the little strip of grass in the front yard. Everything is starting to grow and it was time to get the yard lookin' right before it inevitably becomes almost impossible to keep up with.
The other big event on Saturday was digging up a big bush thing in the back yard that had started out as a weed and just took off some time before I bought the house. It was in the way of where I think my little garden will go, which will be part of next weekend's fun...building and planting a raised bed, squirrel-proof garden.
Oh, and the cistern...I gotta deal with it too. Hopefully by this time next week it'll all be filled in and graded so I can move on to replacing the travesty of a fence on that side of the property...