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Thursday, October 8, 2009

...and then it....was Over.

Yep- those are the virginia creeper vines on the front of my house. My to-do list includes getting them secured to the post and trellis work as soon as possible...Those damaging winds last night...didn't help my cause any.Oh I wish they were evergreen! lol
Do you remember the list? Good...Then you remember that it included cleaning up the gravel area of the yard...and removing the trampoline....sound easy?

Not so much. What a disgusting mess....just shameful! But WAIT!!! WHO is THAT??? is it Superman??? nope! Wonder Woman???? nope!!! IT'S TOOTSIE!!! (imagine lots of noise...and a flurry of activity) lol
(30-40 minutes later...)
Where did those springs come from?Why the trampoline of course...the tarp and safety net got folded up nice and small...and stowed safely in the garage for the winter...the rails...dismantled and put against the fence in the corner.
What???? These came out of my flowerbeds!!! yes...they did...and there are more too....I just about lost it when I found about 32 GOLF BALLS in and among the flowers IN FRONT of the GREENHOUSE!!! Not to mention the hard rubber HOCKEY PUCKS!!! (not pictured here -are in confiscation)-is that a word?
not as pretty as it once was....but it is all I have left! See to the top right... the pieces of plexi? yep...that's why I was ticked about the golf balls and hockey pucks...those are windows that were replaced because of hockey pucks!!!! grrrrrr....!
Ta-Da!!! The trampoline is gone! those silver rails are agains the fence in the top left corner...the rest of the crap either got put away...or tossed out...the only part of the original mess that was actually mine...were the pots.
..NOTE TO SELF: NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER FREEZIE!!!! you guys would NOT believe the amount of freezie wrappers I picked up!!!!
NEXT!!!! yep...Super Tootsie is looking at the treehouse with determined strength...
EWE!!! what an eyesore!
Oh for crying out loud...how many pots does one girl need?????
(more noise and a flury of activity)
Ta-DA!!! The garbage cans hold the styrofoam pieces that I put into the big pots as space filler.
This is the area right beside the greenhouse by the fence.
Well Now!!! This looks neat and tidy! All the pots are protected for the winter! I put them here last year and it worked wonderfully...they did not get all filled with snow and ice and I could see everything!
A little sidewalk tidy up...
Took apart my fountain...
Got the little roto-tiller out and fluffed up the beds....well most of them...turning the soil in the fall helps keep the slugs down to a dull roar, lets some air into the soil, and deters some weeds...
They look so clean and fluffy!!! Just need to put the edges back to standard! Some of the soil has spilled into the trenches. Oh the day was going along well....it was going by quickly and I was getting so much done....and then it happened...(scary music)
IT SNOWED!!!! Yea...it snowed...damn weather! My work outside day was OVER!
Lets just add an insult to the injury...it wasn't even nice pretty fluffy snow....it was this stuff....ugh...
so much for the tying up of the vines on the front of the house....oh well...maybe Saturday!
See you all tomorrow for Fertilizer Friday! I hope you will link in...if you are not familiar with the weekly party...see the menu bar at the top of the page! I do hope you will join me and Flaunt some Flowers and plants....I can't wait to show you mine!

43 comments:

Erin said...

I wondered about snow...I heard Western Montana got its first snow last night...I guess you timed it pretty well, now didn't you?

Stacey said...

You are good! You are my hero! You are bound to be very tired.

I don't know anyone who puts the trampoline up for the winter. You hate to see your kids grow up but I sure was glad to get rid of that thing. Our pond is now in the spot where the tramp used to sit.

Great work!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh my glory, snow already! The only thing I have done is cut off my dead perennials. I purchased some bulbs I need to plant. I think I'll do that on Friday. I got a Burning Bush I want to plant, too. You certainly put in a lot of work.

SILVIA said...

omg, i cant believe all that work, you are superwoman,lol...and snowwwwww already NO WAY! stay warm...
xx, Silvia,

Evelyn Howard said...

Amazing how you could do so much! I look forward to seeing your Friday post.

Alice Grace said...

Wow, Tootsie! I could just see you like a whirlwind out there doing all that cleanup! :)

Sigrun said...

AS you've no doubt found out, I'm not nearly as devoted to my garden blog as I am to my other blog--even though the plant-related activities take up a lot more of my time. I don't know what to even do on the garden blog during the winter, since I don't do much with house plants. Maybe I'll have to put the garden blog into hibernation until we start up in the greenhouse in February. If I decide to do that, please follow my other blog. Maybe next year I can be more into it.

Shelia said...

Snow? Wow, it's ove 90' here! I'm just amazed at your energy! Well, you are so young and all! :) You've been one busy gal and everything looks so good. I guess your winters are very harsh, huh?
Happy Thanksgiving coming up!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie said...

Oh Tootsie...it is always so sad to see you packin it in when winter starts! Sad to see the yard all bare! I hope you will have a wonderful, full, and fun wintertime. Garden will be back very soon!!!!! :)

Urban Green said...

That's a lot of work, Tootsie...great going!
I hope the virginia vine revives soon. Sigh!
And did you actually write 32 golf balls? Oh! that's quite a no.
All the very best for the long list of chores you have set out for yourself. Take care!

Queenmothermamaw said...

That is the reason I decided to make my blog eclectic. I don't stay on one project too long. But I sure did enjoy your gardening this year.
QMM

Jessica said...

You are superwoman! I can't believe it snowed already...it was 95 here today and humid. :/ Bad hair & heat...doesn't make me a happy girl, HA!

Hugs~ me,

Tracy said...

Oh my gosh Tootsie! Snow already? Girl they are calling for 90 degrees here tomorrow (east texas) Wish we could meet in middle...that would be perfect weather! Hey have a great day!
Tracy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Ok I still waiting for that magic bottle of energy you were sending to me...Oh girl I would give anything to have some of yours...And No white stuff yet the weather man lied again...Oh I just love him to death for that ha ha!! I just hate to see winter come...I did food shopping today and got lots stuff to start crock pot cooking with already...nothing better than running around in my warm old sweats, socks and the crock pot going...Thanks for coming by and seeing Dawna the Bride...only took me 2 kids and 17 years to get her down that aisle ha ha!!Hope all is well in your world girl...love ya...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melissa Miller said...

~Ah...Snow! Just kidding. I know you weren't wanting to see it just yet. That is early in the season even for Canada isn't it?

Enjoyed touring your clean up. How cool! You did great Tootsie! :)

Green thumb said...

Oh dear! that sure was some heavy stuff Super Tootsie put in. Can't wait to see the look once everything is in order, though it is already looking very nice.

tori said...

wow you got an amazing about of stuff done! I'm sooo impressed. I've still got so much to do! I love looking at your pictures. I can't wait to spent some major time looking around your blog....just so tired tonight!

trash talk said...

Are you kidding me? Snow? What the heck?
Girlie, I'm sending you my cape!
Debbie

Mary said...

Send some of that snow down here would ya? Wow. You really do have a short short season don't you? Everything you do is so beautiful, is it all worth it?

CiNdEe said...

Wow you worked so hard!!! And then snow??? OMG it was 85 here today!! No cold weather in sight for us!!! I wish we had rain though. I worked in the yard all last weekend got a lot done. Gutters cleaned out stuff raked. Lots more to do and of course the leaves will be falling soon!!!!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Tootsie, I can't believe the spring and summer seasons are over! It seems like we just got started...especially you! I had my flowers planted along time this spring and you were still waiting for it to stop freezing! I can't believe it snowed there already, wow!

I will be pulling up all my summer flowers soon and putting in my pansies. They usually last all winter and bloom out really pretty in the spring.

You are doing alot of work outside, everything looks nice and neat,Have a good one! Kristen

Teri said...

You are Super Tootsie! You sure did get a lot done. You rock!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

You're certainly amazing oh Wonder Tootsie! You made so tired with all the pulling, stacking, tilling & tidying! Fantastic job - now for a few tears to say goodbye to your beautiful yard.... ☺

Darla said...

Dadgum Tootsie!! You were a busy little girl weren't you. Oh the freezie wrappers..........argh! I know just what you mean with four kids at home..Your grass is so green...I guess your are just about tucked in for the season...I want to see what you mean about the vines..secure them? Aren't they gonna die back? It was 95 here yesterday and you had snow!!

Sue said...

Ah, the little styrofoam looking snow flakes. Well, it's time, isn't it. And your yard looks so neat and tidy. So, it's time to come to Michigan and help me with my mess!! We'll start about 8 this morning-I'll put on the coffeepot!
:D
Seriously though, you've done an amazing amount of work. I wish I had half your energy. It's going to take me weeks (that we don't have!).

artis1111 said...

If I lived up there, I would buy out a silk flower shop and just stick them in the gropund. I just could not put all that work for a short growing season. Your garden is beautiful but it would make me cry when the frost came. Only a true gardener would do this much work. LOL Kathy

"Blossom" said...

SNOW, WHAT! Oh my girlfriend that's insane. Steve laid the wall out and he and I installed.
So I'll bring him along for the ride! LOL I will be out of commision on Friday doing bridal flowers. Call me if you need me.
Have a great "Snowy" weekend. I know you will get me back for that.

onlymehere said...

This is what I mean by you amaze me with how much you do! If Freezies are anything like Otter Pops then I agree those things are evil! My problem this year was the kids would cut them open with the kitchen shears but the little piece of plastic they cut off never seemed to make it to the garbage but to Savannah's mouth. I was sooooo worried she'd choke on one this summer. Travis and Kaje' love them and bought their own bz I refused! I've dealt with wrappers everywhere since the kids were tiny and quit buying them a few years ago. Sadly, there are still a few left in the freezer. Congrats on all the work. We've had snow already too and I'm just not ready!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Looking good! You have been one busy lady!
~Michelle

Valerie said...

O.K. Thats it. You have got to come to my house....like NOW! I need you! You are a hard worker. My husband would love you!!! You go girl!

Ima Weed said...

Sorry Tootsie, but I don't believe for a moment that you are not a "wonder woman".

Jacque said...

I would like to order some of that energy! Wow you are making me look bad, hee hee Take a well deserved break~Jacque

Bonnie said...

It's coming our way. The snow that is. We are having another hard forst tonigh. You are amazing. Another great job done.

Love the Decor! said...

SNow? I can't believe you has snow!
Yard looks great and it seems you got it all done just in time!!

Helen said...

You have GOT to give me the name of those vitamins you take! I would love to have some of that energy. How on Earth do you manage to accomplish all of your "outside" work and then go inside and take care of your family? PLEASE let me in on your secret :)

SmilingSally said...

You ARE superwoman! I guess you're pretty glum these days of cold and snow--SNOW? You really SHOULD move to Florida. In fact, if you move next door to me, I'll LET you play (ahem!) grow flowers in my yard.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Yuk, snow.
Do you keep all of the soil from the zillion pots in garbage cans too?

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Too funny! I can just see you whizzing around the yard like wonder woman! LOL You did a great job with the fall cleanup. Everything is really looking tidy. Frost hasn't hit us yet, but it should any day now. Still too early here for snow flurries - it would be really unusual for us to get any now, but ya never know. -Jackie

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You really get a lot done when you get started. Isn't it amazing what you can find in your garden when you have kids? I have found some strange things. I always have broken plants from balls, I call them "sports injuries".

Bren said...

You do some wonderful things with the space you have. LOVE IT! I am always inspired when I visit your page.
Happy Autumn from Ohio!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hon, you had it right "super woman". I need your energy.

Ramona

Dirt Princess said...

You said you had been busy...and here are the pics to prove it! Wow! I need to fly you down here for a week and let you go to town in my yard!!!! BTW it's 84 degrees here ;-)

cindy said...

Where do you find the time?? You are one busy little bee!..tired just reading about the stuff you had to do to get your yard ready for winter.....is this whats expected of me when we get our landscaping done....oh my!