2004-03-15

Toil, and More Toil

Friday morning, four cubic yards of dirt are delivered to my driveway. I drove home for lunch and put plastic sheeting on the dirt so I could have topsoil and not mud.

On Friday night we met my parents in South Austin for some Chinese buffet. Our main mission was to borrow my dad’s truck in exchange for Hailey so we could get some yard work done.

Hailey enjoyed the Chinese place but not for the food. There was so much going on around her that she couldn’t concentrate on food. First, there was a man behind us in a cowboy hat. Hailey couldn’t stop staring at him and his family. Then, the waiter brought Hailey a helium filled balloon that she played with until she knocked over my mom’s tea glass. Hailey was brave enough to try a California roll but she didn’t like the rice.

Once we had the truck Brianna and I made our first of at least four trips to the home improvement warehouse. On our first night we bought: gloves, landscape edging, six bags of mulch, air conditioning filters, trash bags, a water filter for the refrigerator, and a new solid rubber tire for my wheelbarrow.

On Saturday morning we woke up early and went back to the home improvement warehouse to buy plants and shrubs and more mulch. We also got started on the yard. At about one or two it started raining and we had to call it a day. So we went to get Hailey from my parent’s house.

On Sunday morning we pawned Hailey off on Sanna and Elizabeth and we got back to work. We had planned on doing the front and back yards but could barely finish with just the front. By Sunday mid-morning we were back at the home improvement warehouse to buy more plants, and more mulch. We finished with the front yard and I started the very hard task of moving the remaining dirt to the back yard. Nightfall prevented my from finishing.

On Monday morning while I was at work Hailey coned her Great Grandfather Roscoe and Great Uncle Ralph into moving the rest of dirt into the back yard.

As you can see from the before and after pictures, the yard looks good.

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