Yesterday was Stephen's last day in the military. Today was our first day of being retired together. I have to say: things are off to a great start!
The highlights of this first day included a nap, a long walk, and some serious discussion of finances. And this:
|Thirty-five days in the military and the first day off, what does he do? He digs a trench.|
Last weekend, as we walked the dog, we came across a bundle of hostas all roped together at the curb, ready for waste pick-up. It seemed a shame to leave them to die when we could give them a good home, so we grabbed them and stuck them in a big bucket of water.
Steve and I both realized that we couldn't leave the plants in there indefinitely, so we made it a priority to get them in the ground. But I didn't want to stick them in the pitifully sandy soil that we inherited, thus the trench.
As well as getting the hostas for free, I also scored some end-of-season bags of black earth from Wal-Mart!
|It took 19 bags to fill the trench he dug.|
Here's how that area is now:
It still needs work (there's a huge pile of useless soil that you can see the tip of in the lower-right corner), but it is moving in the right direction.
And would you look at those tomatoes! This is what that garden looked like a month ago.
I think we found the perfect spot for this garden!
|Can't wait for these to ripen!|
Anywhere you see a new sprout at the juncture of the main stem and an existing branch, just pinch that thing off. (Your fingers will get a little sticky with sap.) If you look at my picture of the bunch of tomatoes, you'll see that there is a tiny sucker on the branch above the tomatoes.
The six plants we bought seem to be going like gangbusters, so you may expect to be reading a few tomato recipes from me in the near future.
|More tomatoes on the way!|
After all that sweaty work, we rewarded ourselves and Kane with a dip in the pool.
We're still training Kane to go in and out of the pool using the stairs, hence the leash. He also gets very excited when he swims, so we need to grab his leash as soon as he gets out or he will tear up the entire back yard.
And then it was time for a Corona, dinner, and blogging.
All in all, I'd say we have retirement off to a good start: a lot of rest, a little work, some relaxation. And, most of all, lots of time together.