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Buckets, Buckets and More Buckets June 20, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 11:06 am

I have so much dirt to dig up and move to another location. I have filled 2 planters and plans to fill 2 more planters but there will still be sooo much dirt to deal with.

Solution: Take dirt to my parents house for them to use in their yard.

Okay, so I know it sounds silly to transport it to Santa Rosa but I can’t put it in the yard bin and I don’t want to pay to take it to the dump. I do still have one challenge, how do I get it to their house without a truck? Use trash bags? No, they get to heavy or could get holes in them.

Solution: Buckets!

I filled 12 buckets full of dirt and loaded them in the car. It was starting to rain again and the buckets had gone some water in them. Deciding it was better to empty them now than wait till I drove to Santa Rosa, went to the dumps to dispose of the dirt.

Removing full, heavy buckets from the back of a carpeted SUV is not an easy task. I had to lift them to the edge of the back of the car, breath, then dump them and hope it all fell outside the car.  After repeating that 12 times, I was exhausted and decided it was time to shift the plan a bit.

During my next trip to Santa Rosa I traded vehicles with my parents so that I was using the Dodge truck with hard bed cover to move the dirt. I went to Home Depot and bought 10 buckets to fill the back of my of the truck. Probably could have fit a few more buckets in there but 22 is a good number to fill and move.

When I went to start filling the buckets for the first load in the truck, the ground had hardened and needed to be watered a bit so that I could work. Rosco decided it was time to play in the sprinkler, his first time ever, so I was entertained while I waited.

Rosco did not want to stop either so I moved the sprinkler so he could play while I worked. Once I got moving it did not take me long to fill the buckets and load them in the truck.



I took 3 loads of full buckets to the dumps. It made a dent in the yard.


Monday afternoon I found a co-worker that wanted some dirt so I filled load number 4 into the truck for them to take home. That load ended up being the one to clean up the area I was digging and allow me to see progress.



There is a clean-ish edge to where the fire pit area will end and most of the digging is completed.

Remaining items to do:

  • remove pile of gravel
  • level ground
  • fill and reload all buckets to send with parents
  • budget sand and gravel
  • plan weekend installation
  • buy fire pit.

The list may look small but it is still a lot of work. I will share more with you soon.


Project Fire Pit Starts Now June 13, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:42 am

Every winter the water will build up on the sidewalk against the house which is not good for the fountain or walls. I have thought about what can be done to reduce the water or detour the water away from the house. Last year over Memorial Day weekend my parents were visiting and my Dad made an amazing suggestion. Okay so all of his suggestions are amazing, but I might be bias.

He suggested that we dig the dirt down and back away from the house. Once the level is below the sidewalk we should add a layer of sand with gravel on top. The sand will drawn the water into the ground. I thought since I was going to be digging anyways I would make a small wall with stairs down to the gravel. This will make it a separate area of sorts and add some depth to the yard. Of course I may decide later to lower the level of the whole yard but that will be for another day and another project.

Starting location was the first thing that I needed to decide, so I started digging by the fence. I quickly found that there is a concrete edging around the yard where it used to separate the planter from lawn. This is a good tool for me to have. I get to use it to measure how deep I need to dig.

There is the small area where the planter would be along the fence and I have decided to level that first. We can use that are as a permanent home for the trash and yard bins. They are currently against the house on the sidewalk but I would like to free up the sidewalk.

I took the first few loads of dirt and filled in new raised planters in the yard. I still have many more loads but at least I have the starting point and the vision. Now to get this done before winter comes around again.


Swing Grand Reveal June 6, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:21 am

After returning to work from surgery, I fell and hurt my right wrist. Shocking, right?!?! LOL! Not to my family. Hurt or not I really wanted to finally recover the swing and make the canopy top. Over Easter weekend we finally found and purchased the fabric for this project. Then the following weekend the work began.

I am proud to say that my amazing Mother took on the task for me, with me only helping verbally. She created the pieces needed using the cushions, did all the sewing and they look amazing.

The bottom pads did not have support below the cushions so my Dad drilled screw holes and my Mom wove burlap across the bottom to give it support.

Then my mom created the canopy from scratch and recovered the arm pads. It was all finished in time for the rain to start so I had time to scotch guard everything. Now the sun is shinning again so I get to share my Mom’s amazing work!


Isn’t it beautiful! My Mother is one amazing woman!


Removing More Crab Grass March 27, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:48 am

Our shed is finally settled and the new plants around it are starting to grow in nice and healthy. We did notice that during the rain the water builds up in front of the shed causing a slippery mud pit. It is problematic because that is where all my decorations are and it is hard to get to them without incident. I needed to come up with a plan to correct this while also making the shred yard, “my secret garden” look nice.

I dislike mowing lawns because of my asthma so the thought of removing the crab grass from the area would be a double benefit. One: I would not have to move anymore. Two: It would no longer be traveling under ground into my planters. But how to do this smart and efficient. Should be concrete it? No. Should we use gravel? maybe. Should be use paving stones? maybe some added in.

The plan started forming in my mind….

  • dig up the layer of dirt with the crab grass in it.
    • The yard bin can’t get too heavy so this must be done is smaller portions or use trash bags and take it to the dumps to dispose of.
  • Spray a layer or two of weed killer on the ground, just in case.
  • Spread a layer of sand across the area and level it.
  • Finalize plans of how to fill area with gravel or pathway stones.

Sounds like a simple plan! Even so, I know that it will take me a long time to achieve this goal but it will be worth it.


Yoga March 6, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 6:14 pm

To me yoga was all stretches and breathing, then I started attending classes and learned how wrong I was. There are different level of classes and different type of yoga classes. My first class was Yin yoga.

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Yin was floor work which was a lot of stretching. It was harder than I thought and boy did I feel the muscles for a few days after class. The next class was a bit easier because I knew more of what to expect. So I decided to try more classes and boy…. I am more out of shape and inflexible than I thought.

I am enjoying the classes and the classes are helping me immensely. My anxiety levels are lower and I am learning to block out the tinnitus in my ears. Life is getting brighter, happier and healthier. Can’t wait to see how much different I will feel in a year from now.


Reconnecting with Eachother February 27, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:23 am

Over the years of treatment it has not been easy for Ash to be married to me. He has always been there for me, supporting me and taking care of me. Treatment has changed a bit now and I feel it is time for me to reconnect with him. To show him how much I love him and cherish him.

Weekend away at the coast sounded like the best plan! I planned 2 weekends away for us to enjoy. The first trip was to Fort Bragg/Mendocino in January. We celebrated our legal anniversary and shared the memories we had of the day he proposed to me there. We have so many shared memories in that area of California but we built some more.

The second trip was to Pacific Grove, CA which is right next to Monterey Bay. We stayed at the Lighthouse Lodge and Cottages again. It is a wonderful place and located right by the water so it is super peaceful. There were a jetted bathtub and fireplace in the room. We took the long way there and stopped for lunch in Palo Alto, CA at a restaurant his boss recommended. It was amazing food and drinks so of course we got growlers to enjoy later. The trip included the Monarch Butterfly Refuge, Monterey Bay Aquarium and loads of beach time. We enjoyed seals on the beach and sea otters in the wild.

On the drive home we took a fun detour to Santa Cruz Lighthouse too.


Battle for Good Health February 20, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:16 am

As you know I have been battling cancer for a while and now I have tinnitus as well. During some research Ash found that exercise/physical activities such as gardening or yoga can help to reduce the symptoms and improve health.

Gardening is of course my favorite on the list of things to do so I was excited for that. I have some projects that I would like to get started on. Such as a fire pit area and crab grass removal. Both require a lot of digging and time so it will be good for me all around.

Intrigued, I decided to add more exercise for me on top of the yard work. Last summer I got a tricycle and I have not really ridden it. I have decided to start practicing with Rosco on the street out front. I want to train him to ride in the rear basket so we can go for rides together.

Plus I tried Yoga for the first time. It was Yin Yoga so there was a lot of floor work and it was a wonderful class to start with. Now I need to find time to add more into to my routines.

Time for me to do some time management schedules so that I can get back to good health and hopefully stay there. It will always be a struggle but I am hoping to stay positive about it.