Getting The Patio Cleaned Up & Ready For Planting

I have pretty much finished cleaning out the patio containers getting them ready for spring.

All that’s left is to wait for the brown leaves to fall from the tree and then scoop up those plus all the leaves on the ground. That will be a big job.

The patio work was two days ago and I’m still aching all over. Of course I shouldn’t have tried to cram all the work into one day. But c’est la vie and all that.

I just wanted to get it done. The chives, alliums, Lamb’s ear, and some sedum are coming up.

And I also trimmed the rose bush sans gloves. Ouch. But the garden gloves I had were ruined. I’ll need to order another pair.

Charlie was milling about sniffing while I was taking these photos.

It is overcast today. I think rain may be in the forecast in a few days. Or maybe sooner.

I’ve no real plans today but to sit with Charlie and rest from all the work I did outside.

Since this pandemic began a year ago, no plans seems to be the recurring theme. Not that I went out and about much to start with. So it’s really not all that different for me.

I’ll be glad to get my first vaccine in a little over a week.

Currently Reading:

“Little Secrets” by Jennifer Hillier

Plot Summary:

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company.

They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off.

But instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life.

She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.



  1. Your weather is so much further ahead than ours. We still have a month to go before I can even start to get my patio ready and to plant pansies, etc. I can’t wait!

  2. Are all your plants above the ground?
    This year I paid a different company to take my leaves. There were eleven bags.
    The frozen weather we had for days may have damaged our trees and shrubs since we do not usually have that type of weather in Dallas. We have to wait to see what blooms. The man who has been working in my yard as to stay closer to home because his wife dementia. The street sweeper is working right now. It usual comes on Tuesdays. We need rain, too. It is very windy and may blow in extreme storms later in the week. We have to stay weather aware this time of the year. I will be later before I can plant anything.

  3. Hubby and I have both gotten our 1st COVID vaccine. In 2 weeks we will have a 2nd and final dose. I am an RN but retired so I had to wait till my age group came up. After I made an appointment we we waited for 7 weeks for our first injection. Which was a long time! According to our age we were eligible those whole 7 weeks. But of course it was supply and demand.

    So glad it’s getting to be Spring when you can do your gardening again.

  4. Some RVer folks I read say that plans are made in jello…seems that life is like that for most of these days. Plenty of difficulty even so. I do wish for better days indeed!!

  5. I really am okay with not having a lot of plans. It’s been a year of telling myself if I really need to reintroduce all that busyness I had before the pandemic and I honestly can’t say I am anxious to go back to it. This pace suits my health and well being which has given me changes to my diet. My family has remained healthy too so I am very thankful. There are food banks who need our help so when I grocery shop I pick up extra sale items knowing it is useful but otherwise my spending habits are also in check so all good.

  6. Yea, spring is on it’s way! Little by little, each step gets you closer to bringing life back to your patio for another season. Looking forward to seeing all the blooms this year! I can’t get over how dapper Charlie is. To me, he does not look like an elderly dog with health problems, but a cute little dude.! Glad he can get out there and have a sniff around! Enjoy your day.

  7. I’m excited that you were able to spend time tidying up your patio although I’m sorry it’s taken a toll on your body. I think today you need to just be and let your body rest and recover. Soon you’ll be back out there playing the dirt. Isn’t it wonderful to have something in your life that feeds your soul like your gardening does?
    I had to smile at your statement regarding ‘plans’. It’s definitely a recurring theme, isn’t it. Big sigh!

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