The mulch is dyed with a harmless food coloring that won't hurt anything. I went out to my newly trimmed flowerbed. I like having the nice white scallops lining the walk, and keeping the mulch back into the flowerbed.
I cut the bags open to flip a door back onto the side of the wagon to help keep the messy mulch sliding down a chute into the flowerbed area instead of making a mess on the sidewalk.
Oooohie I LOVE how that looks! It really makes the coleus and the heuchera plants really stand out. Once the coleus takes off and starts growing, it will be striking huge mounds of fuschia, magenta and bits of pinks in intervals along the side of the house.
I had a little bit left over to spread around the impatiens under the cherry tree. Take note, these are the NEW impatiens that Steve helped me plant after he killed the last ones with overspray from Weed N Feed last week. Ack! We dug out the dead plants and old toxic dirt, sprinkled some lime, and put in all new fresh potting soil before planting the new ones.
Now with the side flowerbeds completed and trimmed and mulched, I am able to enjoy my yard and the blooms throughout the summer. I am glad we went through the work to finish putting the scalloped edging along the south side of the house... now it matches the rest of the flower beds on the front and around the weeping cherry tree.
(I like things that match, I guess)
Around the back yard, when putting away my tools, I noticed that goofy Hens N Chicks plant has bloomed! I think it kinda looks like E.T. ya know.. the movie? "E.T. Phone Home" .... (not on MY Verizon minutes you don't!)
I did snip off some of the "chicks" from this plant and put them in some cactus soil in planters in the house. I am not sure if they will take off and root or not. I read that they are easy to propagate, so we will see. (The center planter is a different kind of succulent I keep in the same window)
Speaking of Verizon and minutes.... I was keeping an eye out for the Fed Ex truck today. Last week I had shipped them my tablet for repair and or replacement through Verizon under warranty. Although it took longer than originally promised, it did get shipped back to me from Tennessee on Friday morning. Wow... it was here in Green Bay by Sat morning at 4 am and out on a truck for delivery today.
We did run a quick errand to the neighboring town for some plumbing supplies, but having my phone with me and signed up Fed Ex updates, I could see if the device was delivered or not yet. We do live in a small town with very little crime, but a nice little Fed Ex box sitting out on a doorstep can be tempting to a passerby I suppose. I had forgotten to unlock the outer front porch door before we left, so he couldn't leave it inside even if he wanted to.
Just as we got back from the hardware store with Steve's plumbing parts (our local store didn't have them in stock) I saw the truck pull up. There... safely in my hands and no worries about it setting on the front steps! I unwrapped it and spent the next hour reloading all my apps, settings and wifi passwords. They said they replaced the motherboard, and I know it's my same tablet because I recognise the jaggedy cut I put in the screen protector with a scissors to get it to fit right. It's working now, so far so good! Thanks Verizon!
Rain was threatening, but not quite yet. I took a pretty picture frame outside to spray paint it for our half bath downstairs. I taped off the glass and had just enough paint leftover from the ottoman to get the frame finished up. There... I set it in the garage to dry. That is another project done that I had been thinking about for a while.
Steve had been thinking of cutting lawn, but just as he started up the mower to take a few swipes, whooosh instant downpour!!!! On to Plan B....
Time for him to cut out the huge old cast iron drain pipe where it is cracked and leaking. He had opened the wall up yesterday and found where the leak was. He got out the Sawzall and a handful of blades. He whirred and buzzed and roared his way through two batteries and three blades to finally get the pipe cut free! WHEW!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Nicole Curtis show on HGTV called Rehab Addict. In the opening credits she is slamming a hammer in to a wall and trying to unearth the brick behind it to expose and let it become a design feature of the home. She hollers "I JUST WANT BRICK!" Well, Nicole, here is my brick! But it is located behind a swinging door that is normally stuck in the open position and covering this wall of the laundryroom. Guess we don't need a design feature of exposed brick in here. Once the pipe is in place, we will close the wall back up the way it should be.
Steve put the new pipe into place, with two rubber boot devices called "fernco"s to adapt it from the old cast pipe to the new PVC pipe. He determined the water service lines going up to the bathroom were in fine shape and didn't need replacing. Now that he knows he can get easy access in the future, we will take care of that at a later date, if need be.
Once he was all done, he took a shower to test the drain. No leaks! What a guy.... for a $20 hunk of pipe and two $10 fernco's we were back in shape, with no more leaks in the basement. Ahhhhh
The rest of the day was pretty damp, dreary and wet. We didn't get much more accomplished other than the morning tasks. I reheated my good homemade chicken veggie soup for lunch and we had time for a little nap.
For supper I whipped up this new little cucumber salad I found on Facebook:
It came out really good!
Added a couple ears of corn,
some BBQ chicken breasts
and we had a nice meal.
I wonder what we are going to do tomorrow?