Well, last week I was swamped at work, per the usual "let's all have meetings and papers and exams and grading done before the break starts just in case the world ends and we don't get a chance to get anything done ever again after we take a week off!" madness.
But finally it was all taken care of, and I had a pleasant couple of days in the garden, replacing the stone retaining wall on a little raised bed by the back patio.
And then I got sick.
It's only a spring cold and not the sort of thing that should slow anyone down, but Walu came out into the garden yesterday and yelled at me for setting flagstones in the farm plot. Seems he thinks it's silly to overtax myself while the immune system is waging a war. He could have a point. Anyway, I had to waste a perfectly gorgeous day inside on the couch, honking and sniffling and watching insufferably bad daytime television.
I am really, really, terrible at playing sick. Especially when the weather is nice.
Anyway, I am now off to Midland to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law. Walu isn't coming (too much grading left for him to take any time off) and I can take full advantage of the weather to get outside and work in my dad's garden to my heart's content. It's a few days of general clean-up, with a tiny bit of shopping with planned for Mother's Day.
In the meantime, here are the before, between, and after shots of the raised bed, finished before the sniffles hit:
I think it looks loads neater and more polished. Plus, I'm taking all the stone and using it to add some spruciness to the farm--I'll show you some pics when it's all done. Provided I can either a) get over my cold before school starts back up, or b) do it when Walu is not hovering over me like a worried spouse.