I Don’t Have Enough To Do

Our front yard.  April 2, 2009.

Our front yard. April 2, 2009.

The picture above was obviously taken several months ago — in early April, to be exact.  I’m showing it because I want you to note the drop-off from the road.  I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older that the slope is getting steeper and more difficult to mow.

Our new retaining wall.  August 13, 2009.

Our new retaining wall. August 13, 2009.

This second picture was taken a few days ago.  As you can see I have been building a retaining wall (it’s not yet finished).  I’ll then fill in the area between the wall and the road.  Our first thought was to have a level strip of grass, which would certainly be easier to mow.  But then we realized that we could put a pretty good flower bed up there.  That area of the yard gets more sun than just about any other part.  If you look closely you can see that we’ve already planted some ground cover at the extreme left of this area.


My parents are experiencing some plumbing problems and Dad won’t call a plumber until I look over the situation.  So Betsy and I will be making a trip to Hendersonville today (Monday).  Unfortunately we have to go to Knoxville (in the opposite direction!) first.  I have no idea how long we will be in Hendersonville or when we will get back home.

If I don’t post tomorrow (Tuesday) that will be the reason why.

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14 Responses to “I Don’t Have Enough To Do”

  1. Kathy Says:

    How far are you going to take your retaining wall? Nice work by the way. You know I outta take a picture of this new account we just took on. The whole lawn is on an incline straight up. Don’t think we will keep it after this mowing season though.

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Very clever solution to the problem!

  3. Darla Says:

    Lovely way to fix this problem….It’s beautiful and I can only imagine what it will look like next spring!! Hav a safe trip!!

  4. Happyone Says:

    The wall sounds like a good idea and looks really nice.
    Hope the plumbing problem is easy to fix.
    Have a safe trip.

  5. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: The wall is looking great and I’m sure it will look wonderful when finished.

  6. Susie Says:

    Ya’ll have a safe trip to Hendersonville. Hope the plumbing isn’t a major problem.

  7. Tarolino, Finland Says:

    I can see why a dip like that would be tricky to mow for anyone. Luckily you are handy and can make life easier whilst actually improving things at the same time. Its a nice wall and I like the round flower construction too. have a nice trip. Hopefully the plumbing will get sorted out.

  8. Leedra Says:

    I hope everything is ok at your parents. Yep, you are going to be on the road for a while today. I like the flowerbed at the road. Think Betsy’s closeup photo of the semp are from there, it looks good.

  9. imac Says:

    Clever chappie George. Im pleased my garden isin that big, too much like hard word.

  10. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    The new area will look really good once completed.
    I thought I should let you know,I have had to stop viewing your ‘Senior Moments’ blog,because my computer has a senior moment when I do.It freezes up almost everytime.

  11. busy bee suz Says:

    I hope you have some luck with helping out your folks today, as well as a safe drive.
    I love the idea you came up with…It does look like work now, but will be ‘hopefully’ easier later on. Your grass is purrrtyyy George!

  12. Jen Says:

    Good solution to the yard dilemma!
    Good luck with plumbing situation too-you must be quite the handyman!
    Lucky Betsy.

  13. MaryBeth Says:

    Great project and it does look quite nice now.

    Hope your folks are ok. MB

  14. Rose Says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished product! I mean project!

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