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Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Month of Sundays

     It'd been "a month of Sundays" since I splurged on a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato.  Thanks to a gift card, I did so today.  Yum-o!

     It's also been a month of Sundays since we've worked the yard.  Just haven't felt the pull.  A looming "event" sort of forces me to clean up my act.  I'm hosting a wedding shower in June...plenty of time to beautify the yard!  :) 

     I dusted off my favorite gardening book, "Blueprints for Harmonious Gardens" by Tara Dillard.  Oh, you must visit Tara!  Such wonderful advice:

1.  Our exterior should match our interior (I mean really!  How many of us love to fluff & stuff?)  Gotta do the same outdoors.
2.  Have a lovely view from inside looking out every window.  Love that!
3.  "Cute" doesn't cut our yard.
4.  Buy pretty pots.  Even empty they'll look pretty.

And there's SO much more.  It'd been a month of Sundays since I read her book.  I revisit notes from Ms. Dillard, and as the Project Manager, tell My Guys what to do.  And they're doing it! 

Yard Guys

We're extending our front bed....but we're doing FAR more in the back yard. 

Oh, I had to find out about that idiom I am using:  A Month of Sundays.  It was first recorded in 1832. One writer suggests it originally connoted a long dreary time, since games and other kinds of amusement used to be forbidden on Sunday.  (

Back to the back:  we have a flagstone terrace and Ms. Dillard suggested enlarging it.  And so we are.  I desperately wanted pea gravel between the stones; but every nursery expert My Guy talked to talked him out of it.  My second choice was steppables, something green.  We are going to plant the short, tiny mondo grass between the flagstones. The Guys are doing the heavy labor, I'll plant mondo.

I've got two months until the shower and I'd like to have a couple of other projects taken care of.  I SO want my interior doors painted black.  Anyone that reads Joni of Cote de Texas knows all about black doors.  However, My Guy is really having problems embracing this notion.  He lets me do anything I want so I shouldn't complain.  But!  As much as I love, interior decorating is not his thing. 

Just look at Joni's bedroom:

And may I quote:  "Notice that my bathroom door is painted black - actually all the doors in my house are painted black. I think its a great look and a very inexpensive way to make a cheap, builder grade, hollow-core, paneled door look impressive, if that is at all possible."

I must get My Guy to read this post.  :)  Surely he won't be able to live with cheap, builder grade doors anymore!!

I'd like to raise my cup of Caramel Macchiato to you!  Let's not wait a month of Sundays to do what we love. 


Dawn said...

oh I love this post...I need to read more of Tara..and I am in my yard today, have been putting it off as well, but with an 18th birthday party and a grad party in the next couple of weeks, that is what I needed to kick it into gear!

I had a Caramel Machiato yesterday too!! xoxo

Dianne said...

Love your garden crew but NO ONE would have talked me out of pea gravel...just saying. :) It's instant gratifiction, mondo grass takes some time.

Emily said...

I had moss between my flagstones and removed it cause it took over the rocks! Too much trimming and maintenance. Then I tried a grass like mondo, but the grass from my yard grew in and took over it! Now it is just grass, and I am happy, except I still have to pull weeds from it all of the time, but I always did even with the moss. So, my point is, anything that grows between your rocks will create some maintenance. And I love the of pea gravel, but with dogs, it will not stay in place. Good luck, it will all work out for you!

martha said...

projects projects! Keep us posted on the black doors...would also love to, but we have MANY items ahead of that on the LIST...
A bridal shower! FUN! I am doing one in mid May but at our Clubhouse i think. We'll have to compare notes Va! luv ya!

Anonymous said...

Oh it's been a month of Sundays since I visited Vava's view. Oh my you are doing exactly what i've been doing for a month....soooooo refreshing so much fun. yesterday I planted 200 caladium bulbs. my roses are soooooooooo beautiful. I need to post to the teepee. oh yes I love Joni's doors. I had forgotten how cool that looked. gosh wonder if I could get a black door or two going on in my house. I'll get back to you on the B&B in LaGr after Easter. pal is having tons of company for the weekend and like us she's trying to remodel her house before then. LOL. You always inspire me. Happy Easter to you and yours. xoxox FRANCO

MA said...

I can't wait to see the bridal shower decor. I wish I had a work crew...maybe I need to crack the whip! :) I'm not sure my hubby would be on board with the black doors either and he pretty much gives me free rein too.... :)