Sunday, June 20, 2010
Gonna dig me a hole (gonna dig me a hole), Gonna put a nerd in it
Todays activities: baking a cake and planting more flowers.
The cake is butter pecan with vanilla frosting, both from box/can because I'm super important. I need to do super important things like go to Home Depot and impulse buy flowers.
I forgot how frosting works, but nothing says Happy Father's Day quite like "I was too stupid to think of buying back up frosting when I went to Kroger's earlier today, and going to Wal-Mart could interfere with digging holes in the yard."
This is probably the gayest Father's Day cake ever, but I didn't know if I'd have time to pull off anything awesome. And without karate to bring leftover desserts to, cupcakes wouldn't be practical. (I did consider the lazy, store bought route, but finding James Bond cake toppers is, as always, a challenge.)
And then it was time to dig holes in the ground and stuff plants in them.
Have I mentioned yet how much I hate annuals? And our horrible dirt? And digging in our horrible dirt to plant annuals?
I think it's super important that you know that, after finishing this project, I was covered in dirt, purloined suntan lotion, bug spray, and sweat. Lots and lots of sweat. We Simonsens are notorious sweaters, and apparently after twenty minutes tilling the soil and being abused by Angry Sun, my stomach gleams with the sweat of an honest day's complaining.
I also decided it was time to dig the suet cage out of the front bushes and accept that the squirrels won't let me have nice bird feeders.
I don't think I've ever seen snails out here. One time when Mike and I were in LA, a lot of them came out on his patio after it rained, but I can't remember seeing any Virginia snails before. Definitely slugs and a lot of those little pill bugs as the old man and I have been digging shit up and killing grass, but no snails.
Yes, part of the recent gardening project has involved killing the grass. We attempted to suffocate it under garbage bags, and then got tired of waiting and just dug and tore it up. You may be interested to know that this grass was doing much better than the rest of the lawn.