The backyard trees are gone. It was a seriously weird day when they took them all out.
Weird yet fascinating.
Crazy CRAZY bright in our backyard now. I kinda hate it. And it's just so... bare. No more happy leaves. We need shade trees soon, but first we need that fence!
The view from my windows this week has mostly included ladders.
But hey, new, shiny windows to look at the ladders through! And a lot less melted siding blowing around! Yay!
Aaron has been working his butt off before and after work getting burnt stuff hauled to the dumpster and digging holes for the fence. He comes in covered in soot. He's been working crazy hard.
I have my 'regular' stuff I do (kids, meals, laundry) but I wish I could go help him out there more! I'm afraid I'm not much use at digging post holes. But I wanted to do something besides be here for the siding guys and keep their cooler stocked with ice and drinks.
So I decided to take over the garden.
Re-take over the garden, which the weeds had declared victory on. The garden is Aaron's thing, but he hasn't had time to work on it. He doesn't usually have to weed much as he mulches really well, but the mulch burned off in the fire. So I've been weeding. And taking out things like bolted lettuces (they are so pretty and ruffly!).
I've never helped much in the garden, but my friend Ami came over to help me tackle some weeds. She brought over (good) gardening gloves and a bucket. I thought 'Aw, cute bucket!' because this is not a bucket job. It's a wheelbarrow job. We filled more than one that first hour.
I've also had some help from my mom and another friend - so the garden is looking better - and the food (a few re-planted post-fire and some that has come back) is out of danger. We are SO happy that so many plants are coming back. I've found a few surprises among the weeds, too, like the strawberries that we gave up on making a comeback and a volunteer tomatillo plant. Yay!
Most of the weeding has been done mid-day when it's HOT and BRIGHT. But I LOVE the garden very early in the morning or after the sun has gone down. LOVE it.
We had some of the teenage boys from the neighborhood over last night to help haul away yet more ashy shed remains and melted sprinkler hoses. They took out our cherry tree (we're down from 8 fruit trees to 3) and some burnt landscaping timbers. So nice of them.
I also started a new pinboard of inspiration for fixing up the garden/yard/patio. Because I'm determined to make our backyard a refuge. A fun, BRIGHT refuge.
In other weirdness - the girl has been gone this week to camp. We've missed her like crazy! She has always been so confident about everything she's done in her life, so when she got nervous about camp it made me nervous. And when we dropped her off and she looked so forlorn... yikes! But I did manage to find out the (secret) theme of camp and which tent she was in, so I snuck a surprise bag into her pack that had ewok and other Star Wars themed paraphenalia. And I new she'd be okay. I don't know if you remember, but we're big fans. What a great theme for her first year at girls' camp! (And she comes back today! Yay!)