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Adventure Girl strikes again, which is why Darling Husband may be a teeny bit cranky tomorrow

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be married to Adventure Girl, just ask yourself, “Why is Darling Husband so cranky?”

I had the brilliant idea this week to put flower boxes on the gate that goes across the driveway to keep the dogs in the yard. It’s a wonderful gate that Darling Husband constructed after I experimented last summer with chicken wire and snow fencing. An unsuccessful experiment, I might add.

I thought the window boxes would serve two purposes: look pretty, and hopefully give the dogs a reason not to jump on the fence. Because these dogs jump on the fence and eventually someone is going over. (Again; last week Scout took a flying leap and sailed right over. But that was a fluke.) I figured a visual barrier would help.

I bought the boxes and gave Darling Husband instructions on where I wanted them hung, leaving him to figure out how to do it. He’s an exacting kind of guy and I knew he’d make sure it was done right. I could tell he had some doubts about what I was doing, but over the last year or so he’s stopped arguing with me. Or in his words, “I give up.”

And so he hung the boxes. And I planted the flowers. And doggone it, they look fantastic. Even he said so.

Then he brought up the one thing I hadn’t considered: that the weight of the boxes on one side of the fence might cause the gate to be unstable. I kind of remember him bringing that up before he started the project, but I ignored him, and he was in an amiable mood and figured this was one of those projects where, if it didn’t work out, it could be undone fairly easily.

So the plants look great. But sure enough, he’s right. Try and open the gate. It’s super top heavy.

Ooops.

So now he’s out there trying to figure out a way to shore up the gate without having to put a post actually into the driveway.

Darling Husband is a man of many ideas, some of them good, some of them exceedingly more complicated than they need to be. It’s best if I stay out of this fix it situation. The flowers look great, and he’s still in a pretty good mood from the success of that.

But if he’s cranky tomorrow at work, just know that it’s not your fault. Adventure Girl struck again.

New Lawn – Day 1, Part 2 (photos)

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Well, I did it. I finished the sod job. Well, 99% of it. I left a couple of rolls so David can tweak and fill in places where the sod didn’t quite reach.

I was going to leave the job for him to do tomorrow, since he’s kind of particular and I knew I wouldn’t do it the way he wanted. But I went out after dinner to check on the rolls – you have to lay them within 24 hours of them being cut, and I don’t know when they were cut – and realized some of the rolls were steaming hot inside and starting to brown. I figured I’d lay a few and make the job tomorrow that much easier for David.

And then I finished. Not because I didn’t think he could do it, but because I think I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. And I did.

New lawn – Day 1, topsoil and a little sod (photos)

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The topsoil was delivered this morning. It was supposed to be delivered yesterday morning, so David could spread it last night after work. He works till close tonight. But that’s OK; his dad and I took care of the job in about an hour and a half. I know, I can’t believe it either. I actually got out there and shoveled dirt!

No photos of me working, but here’s the progress so far:

After we did the topsoil, Art went and picked up the sod. And just for kicks, we laid a few rows. We could have done the whole thing – it’s pretty easy – but when I called David to update him he asked, “Did you use the fertilizer?” I replied, “We don’t need no stinkin’ fertilizer”, which isn’t the answer he hoped for. So while he was madly excited at the amount of work we got done, I figured I’d leave the rest for him tomorrow so he could enjoy the fun.