gratitude-for the ability to do hard physical labor
We are building a riverbed in our front yard, and will fill it with cobble. This is stage 1 of our landscape plan. The dry riverbed will provide a little bit of drainage away from the house and should pool some water in the meanders next to the "hills" you see in the photos. The red hill next to the golden barrel cacti is gravel we scraped off in order to do this landscaping. This gravel has since been moved-our elderly neighbors needed some in their back patio so we moved 5 wagonloads over there. This morning we transferred most of the rest to a common area behind our back wall (shhh, don't tell the HOA).
Stage 2 will be planting cactus, flowering bushes, yucca and some ground cover. Thankfully, the nursery provides this service as working with spiny plants is really difficult.
Stage 3 will be laying down a fresh layer of gravel. The rock we chose is called Sonoran Gold (sounds a little like what we used to buy in the 70s) and is a light colored gravel. We'll hire a few burly kids to do that part.
This is the long, slow part of transforming a neglected house and yard. We like this work, and I wouldn't want to have a company come in and do it for me. I like to plan, and to work a bit, and then change the plan to suit new ideas. Our yard in Oregon was pretty spectacular at times, and that was done almost entirely by us.
I'm feeling better, though I still have times when I deflate quickly. I appreciate all your care and cannot express how nurtured I feel by your friendship. I hope that I can return the favor to each and every one of you sometime.