The weather was perfect and the yard needed the attention, so I spent most of the weekend out there cleaning things up. I managed to get four of the flower beds clear of the weeds and dead flowers. I still have two beds that are in desperate need of some attention, but they may be getting a redesign for next year, so I have to figure that plan out first. The extra rain and cooler temps so far this summer have lead to better luck with my flowers and plants this year. If I can replicate the success I had in the four beds I cleaned up this weekend to the other two, I might have a pretty nice looking yard next summer.
I also laid out 520lbs (13 bags x 40lbs/each) in the yard. There must have been a tree in the middle of the backyard at one time, because I had quite a depression/sink hole forming. After digging up the grass, I discovered it was a little bigger than I thought. Many bags of topsoil later and some grass seed will lead to a flatter area that is easier to mow. The remaining bags were used to put a dent in the large depression that I have over in the side yard. It is still going to need several more bags to level it out, but the ones I put over there today were a good start. There are few other areas that could use some leveling, but they may have to wait until next year.
I’ll have to make a trip back to Home Depot to get more topsoil and mulch, but I think I was able to get a lot accomplished this weekend. My sore legs and shoulders are a testament to that. I am not goign to complain because hauling dirt and pulling weeds is much more enjoyable than shoveling snow.
This is going to be a long week at work. Most of the applications team is going to be out on PTO throughout the week. I am the only general applications analyst covering both hospitals Monday through Wednesday because one is out on PTO and the other two are in Boston for training. That means I am on call Monday-Wednesday as well for issues outside of normal hours. Our lead clinical analyst is out Thursday and Friday, so the end of the week is going to get any easier. Pile on-top-of that an overnight downtime of two of our modules on Monday night, which is not the best planning and a little risky if you ask me. I am going to need a really big drink on Friday afternoon.
I been wanting to get a bigger ladder for use around the house.. I already had a 6-foot step ladder, but anytime I needed a bigger ladder, I had to ask my dad to stop over with one of his big extension ladders. He didn’t mind bringing it over, but I always felt bad having to ask him to bring it over since they are big and heavy.
I had been looking at this Werner combination ladder for a couple of weeks. Lowe’s placed it on sale last week, and Amazon followed suit by lowering their price too. I had some Amazon gift cards burning a hole in my pocket so I ordered from them. When it arrived, it had a pretty good scratch/gouge in one of the legs because they didn’t bother to put it in a box or wrap it with more plastic for delivery. They just slapped a UPS label on the standard overwrap the company put on the ladder and sent it out the door. I didn’t think much of it at the time because it was only cosmetic.
As I was taking it down to the basement, I started thinking about the gouge and it got me mad. I sent them feedback about the poor delivery packaging and my disappointment with a damaged item. They got back to me within the hour and apologized. They even offered to give me a $30 credit to compensate me. I wasn’t expecting them to offer money back, but I appreciate it.
The ladder turned out to be a great deal. The original price is $160. I bought it on sale for $120. The price drops down to $90 when you figure in the $30 they are sending back to me.
I was looking at the vacation schedule two weeks ago and noticed no one had requested off the Monday (a.k.a. today) after the 4th. I jumped at the chance to extend the holiday weekend by a day. After spending the weekend in Vermilion relaxing at my parents’ camper, I spent today working and relaxing around the house. I’ve gotten 4 loads of laundry done, put new sheets on the bed, vacuumed the upstairs, and watched a condensed version of the gentleman’s Wimbledon Final. I am going to try and make a stop at The Home Depot tonight, and I will try to work a little out in the yard before it gets dark.