Summer Project

The nature lovers in our family have been trying get a pond installed in our front woods, but downer Daddy thinks it will just be a place for mosquitos to live….sigh. But we have a gardening issue that could lead to a possible compromise. I struggle with when to trim back the flowers and plants in my gardens. I like the natural look of everything growing like it should in nature. But this also means that things can get out of hand….like weeds. There is one area in my front garden bed that is constantly consumed by Japanese grass. Oh and this year a new friend….dog fennel. When Samantha shared that my plants looked like they were all growing into one giant blob, I knew it was time for some major work. As I started weeding, spraying killer poison on my unwelcome visitors, I came up with an idea….a water garden (also known as a small pond 😉 )

Here is my vision.

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Here is my existing area at the start of the project.


Here is my helper and her tools after day one.


And after day two. It is so damn hot here, and my neighbor in the front has been burning leaves all summer. Of course he decided to burn when I started working in the garden this am. Needed to bust out the inhaler after an hour in the smoky air. But, we are making progress. I call it summer sweaty baby steps.


Tomorrow there will be no progress made. I have my weekly sprint work out (read: run super fast for short distances and need the inhaler to breathe after). But it is my favorite day of the week. I LOVE beating my times for each timed interval. You cannot stop getting old, but you do not have to be old and fat. After sprinting, I am taking Aidan and a friend from school to Frankie’s Fun Park for the day. Hoping to have more updates Wed night.

Sweaty, happy Kristan

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  1. I look forward to seeing the end result. I love water features!

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