Saturday was a fine day to relax. Some weekends relaxing means an early-morning hike with my friends and the dogs. The dogs and I were a little out of sorts – I think they count the days between weekends knowing that Saturdays are the hiking day. Today we had an appointment so the hike would have been more of a chore having to rush through. On other weekends, I have household chores – often home maintenance is a weekend project that I have learned to hire professionals when hours become days if I do them.
Sometimes I channel wood-working and gardening ambitions to build a gate; this weekend I built a raised bed frame for vegetables – attractive and also to create a pee-free zone. Dogs must believe that little pee on anything green and living makes it BETTER. I began March by erecting a temporary dog-free zone of chicken-wire. While I am gathering decorative fencing to keep the critters out, I resorted to “splash guards” that are more pleasing to the eye – reusing materials that once had been a section of fence, a gate and a picnic table.
A half-day later, and two trips to the Lowe’s home improvement store, I stood over wood chips, sawdust, and fence plank scraps on the patio. A raised planter is ready for dirt and the plants.
On Sunday afternoon, I survey the front yard; without the dogs peeing in front, I can be more decorative. For Spring, I have color on the front patio. I need to savor the moment. Tomorrow, work comes early. And even a little dog-pee won’t make the job easier.