The weekend was good-Hubby discovered that he passed his bar exams (YAY!), I cleaned the upstairs and then remembered that I have a French test on Tuesday and hence started studying like a mad woman. On Sunday, I had lunch with the lovely Jennifer Kerkshaw while Hubby attacked the weeds in our backyard. (and they attacked back!)
Back in June, I de-weeded and planted new stuff and gave myself a big pat on the back for a job well done. But Mother Nature had other plans-Stinging nettles and out of control grass. ie:
See those big tall plants in the back covering that cute flag-Yeah..those are nettles, apparently. I’m not sure why our backyard went to hell (I suspect it’s because our neighbours have weeds the size of giraffes and the “seeds” have spread to our yard, but I’m no expert on plants), but it is a bit frustrating. While de-weeding the second time, Hubby accidently ‘brushed’ up against the nettles which caused a severe allergic reaction. He’s better now though, thankfully! We also have this crazy plant which tried to claim one of our patio chairs:
It was trimmed back a bit, but I don’t want to get rid of it, because..well it looks neat. (Which is crazy, I know, considering the nettles that we had!)
One solution to weeds that I found worked more long term (I used them on the weeds in another part of our yard) is to pour boiling salt water on them. Vinegar mixed with water is also fairly effective. The good thing about these recipes is that they are all natural and don’t harm the environment like weed killer. (Just be careful where you pour them, if you hit your “good” plants, they might die)
Anyways, while Hubby was battling it out with the plants, my lunch with Jen went so well. She is full of great advice about improving my art and is so honest and down-to-earth. She also offered to help me develop my painting skills, which makes me positively thrilled! 🙂
The weekend closed with a trip to the local dog park:
Lemon-Who is such a cutie!
Blurry Burmese mountain dog:
cute little Dachshund, who according to one of her owners, got dog poop on her face. Oh..
And lastly puppies running: