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First off, being a home owner is a lot more responsibility than I originally thought. You not only have to make sure that the inside is warm and inviting but you also have to make sure that the outside has curb appeal too. And today’s post is all about that…curb appeal and how Gardening can be a workout.
We have now been in our house for a few months and things are starting to take shape. The palms that we planted back in the fall made it through our Florida winter unscathed. It actually got so cold that I had to go outside and put blankets, towels and sheets around the bases of them so they wouldn’t freeze. I know the Northeast was having a crazy snow storm this winter and lucky for us, we only had a few really cold days. One day Friday it was freezing and I was wearing boots and a Jacket, that Saturday it poured from 9-5 and then that Sunday it was gorgeous and I was wearing shorts and a tank while strolling through Disney.
Do you remember this Herb Garden that I planted a while back? Well it is now huge!
I forgot to take an individual picture with it before I took off half of its leaves for my homemade pesto so I cropped this picture and it will have to work for a reference as to how much it has grown. Look for the pesto recipe coming soon.
You’re probably thinking……”So Lara, you haven’t told us how Gardening can be a workout.” And I apologize, I was just so happy that my herb garden made it through the winter and that I was able to use it again for another recipe!
So what have we done?
- Raked 7 bags of pine needles and lugged them to the front of the yard
- Removed a bunch of the annuals, because they were dying and looked pretty scraggly
- Unloaded the new plants and palms from the truck (to the back yard and front yard). After today, I know why in bootcamp classes they call the exercise a “farmer’s carry or farmer’s walk” see video HERE for explanation.
- And if I thought unloading the palms were a workout, it failed in comparison to unloading and carrying to the back yard 40# bags of top soil.
- We then topped all that off with this lovely red mulch. The mulch makes the yard look much better and is really eye-catching.
We are hoping that the baby palms grow quickly to provide us with privacy from the 2 story house located directly behind us. We planted a bunch of young queen palms (4-5 ft) and 1 older queen palm (10-11 ft) in the back yard and then some Foxtail Palms , a Bismarck and a few Adonidias in the front yard. We are also hoping to put in a DIY paver fireplace in the backyard so we can enjoy some of the cooler weather when it comes.
*Breast Augmentation Update*
Today was my 1 week post op appointment and the doctor said everything was looking good and that the incisions were healing nicely. He normally has his patients who under go breast augmentation start to massage the implants 1 week post opt so that the implants can form a pocket in the muscle and start to drop. Since I had a mini lift as well he wants me to wait a week so they breast tissue can heal a little more and to come back to see him next Tuesday (St Patrick’s Day so I’ll be wearing something green). I still have to take it easy and no cardio for 3 more weeks and no lifting for at least 4-6 weeks. Going from being a very active person to a totally non-active has been an experience that I don’t every want to repeat again. There is only so much that you can do around the house and even mundane things like opening the refrigerator and getting into a truck are hard. It is bike week here in New Smyrna and I miss going out on the bike and going to the bike week festivities. We have this bar called the Cabbage Patch and they even do coleslaw wrestling. I love people watching and there are definitely some interesting people who come out!
**I recently had surgery and this yard work obviously isn’t recent. I had all of these photos stored on my computer and I just hadn’t had time to do the blog post. But since I’ve been cooped up at home for a week I finally managed to write it. I really do enjoy yard work. It’s something that I didn’t think I would take pride in until after it was finished and I’m actually looking forward to doing more once I’m healed up.
Check out my post about 10 Things You Wish You Knew Before Getting Breast Implants
Also if you missed my initial post on My Breast Augmentation Experience
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