Suddenly I have gotten once again involved in the improvement of the estate. Not only have I (mostly) cleaned up the workshop area of the garage, I've been installing insulation boards in the ceiling. This is a formidable task (just ask vgqn
) involving ladders through the beams, and much offensive language.
I'm using 1" styrofoam boards, 4 x 8 feet in size, with an aluminized mylar thermal barrier. With the barrier facing into the garage, three beneficial effects: (1) light reflects off the ceiling and helps illuminate the room; (2) dirt and dust and chipping paint will no longer drift as readily into the workspace; and (3) oh, yes, there may be some insulating effect.
In other news, the path behind the garage is in progress, but on hold while I work on the insulation. It had been there, in unsatisfactory form but was turned upside down by the fence-builder who dumped earth on the rocks. In its new incarnation it will be clean; the too-large rocks will have been removed in favor of smaller ones you can put your foot down onto; and it will be free of dirt and weeds (for a while).
I've even helped Karen dig up part of the back yard, for its new life under mulch. A few years ago I dug up the entire front yard -- rototilled it too, and then double-dug and double-rototilled part of it; then rototilled in several hundred pounds of coffee grounds from our local Peet's and Starbucks outlets. It's now planted in raised beds (one half) and a meadow with gazebo and succulent garden (other half).
The hard part of digging up the lawn hereabouts is getting all of the roots of the Bermuda grass out. You never get it all, even if you sort it by hand -- which we did. But with time, and the fierce dedication of fanaticism, you can get it all, generation by generation. As we hope.
Karen will have to tell about the roses she's been taking out, to move in salvias, on the sidewalk terraces. Today we established a perimeter where Tropicana and one of the Birds of Paradise must establish a do-not-cross line. (No more of this reaching in for the other's innards, you two.)