Monday, June 29, 2009

Just call me "Sweaty Betty"

Well, it has been a toasty 111 DEGREES this past weekend here in Phoenix, AZ! Hence my new name "Sweaty Betty". Yes, it is a dry heat here in Arizona, but Hot is Hot! As you can see by the above picture, I didn't let a "little" heat stop me from getting some things done around the yard. I painted a few picket fence sections that will be going up around my pool area.
The old pool fence was rusting and was just plain ugly, so we took it down...... over a YEAR AND HALF AGO! Geez! I finally just got around to digging up the old fence poles. This took a few days. I would like to speak to the person or persons who installed these poles. Did we really need to use 2 bags of cement per pole???? The ground here in Arizona can be like.....CEMENT and it was no easy task getting these poles out. I'm sure a few cuss words were heard throughout the neighborhood.

Next task. Dig new holes for new fence posts and move sprinkler to other side of where fence will be.

Here is a better picture of where I moved the new sprinkler. I cannot for the life of me, figure out why the original sprinkler was next to the pool. All it did was help rust the original fence.

Here's the old sprinkler capped off. :-)

I forgot to mention that I am also removing rock (lots of it) from around the pool area. The entire pool is surrounded by the stuff. It is sharp on the feet. Weeds try to make a life in it. It is almost impossible to remove fallen leaves from it without blowing them all into the pool. I could go on, but I won't. This job will have to be done in sections, as the rock is about 3-4 inches deep. I want to put pavers and plants in it's place. Yes! Plants! This is my total motivation. More areas to plant something pretty :-)
In my next post, I'll show you my picket fence work. It is turning out really pretty.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Mosaic snail that I made for my yard to sit next to the pond.
I'm enjoying meeting all of you garden bloggers!!!!!