With the lovely weather (at least that day), Friday I put up one of my birthday gifts from my husband, these three beautiful birds made from recycled oil drums (the same artist who made my garden girl that I got for myself two birthdays before!), on our new garden gate.
We finally replaced our circular saw (the last one was ripped off 2 years ago when my bikes and power tools were stolen) and my husband wasted no time in getting into the garage and building this DIY boot brush/scraper out of scrap wood we had lying around and 3 brushes from the hardware store, inspired by a Pinterest clipping I’d found! The bottom one is a stiffer bristle for the bottom of shoes and the side ones are softer, and it works great! A wee bit crooked on once side but doesn’t affect it. We just need to find a metal piece to attach to it for the scraper part, but in the meantime this has already been awesome to have by the back door!
And speaking of repurposing, we’re almost done with our new, gigantor compost bin! While the hubby was working on the boot brush project, I was reusing a bunch of old fencing and posts to build this! All we have to do now is trim the top, build the lid, and figure out some kind of trap door for collecting the finished bits. It’ll be more than double the size to accommodate our growing garden (and family!) and much prettier than the old plastic one. And yes, now that I look at it I may have to decorate it at least a wee bit 🙂
Mellowed out on Saturday evening to watch The Family on Netflix with Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Nice little movie – nothing life changing but amusing enough to keep our attention, good cinematography, and a funny smaller part played by Tommy Lee Jones. (image source)
And finally, after a really nice weekend, I got a little too ambitious and after running errands to pick up some extra soil for one of the raised beds, and being very good about “using my knees” when lifting the bags, the very last lift caught my body off guard for some reason and I threw my back out again. My husband was at work so it was up to me to breathe through the pain to get in the house and find an ice pack, which was awful, but when I let him know what happened he came right home and showed me again why I love him so much, making me a wonderful chicken curry, helping me move around, icing my back and rubbing it several times with arnica gel. Sleeping is awful when this happens even if you have the pillow under your knees (on back) or between them (on side), but I forced myself to get up and walk around slowly most of today to keep things from completely freezing me up again. It still hurts like a mofo and I can’t sit for more than a few minutes at a time much less focus on anything significant. What sucks is that I’ve been recovering from this for a few months and was about ready to return to yoga but pushed myself before I was 100% . Grrr! Anyhow, I’m headed to my wonderful ND at Bloom Natural Healthcare for some acupuncture and back work to see if we can get things soothed and back on the right track.