by Pa Rock
Master of the Yard
I had good intentions of taking the day off and going to a movie, My first choice was The Wolfman, but I got to the theatre too late for that one. Then I decided on The Blind Side because it was still in previews, but by the time that I got inside and saw the massive popcorn lines, I gave up and cashed in my ticket. I'm not going to watch any movie without popcorn and a big coke. And besides, I really wanted to see The Wolfman anyway. If I wanted to watch some feel good football flick, I would rent a copy of Rudy and watch it with Scroungy Bastard.
I should have known that Valentine's Day was a poor time to go to the movies - every cheap bastard in the Valley of Hell was standing in line with the love of their lives waiting to buy a pair of afternoon discount movie tickets. Ah, love!
With my afternoon plans in the crapper, I fell back into my comfort zone and went to Lowe's. There I bought a standard navel orange tree, bricks, blocks, potting soil, and bark mulch. Back at the hacienda I finished lining my street front with bricks to keep my yard pebbles from washing into the street. After that I went to work on removing a bougainvillea bush. By the time night caught up with me, I had the entire bush cut down almost to ground level, and had put a lot of work into digging up the base and roots. I still have that to finish tomorrow.
Why is it that the two scourges of desert landscaping, bougainvillea and lantana, have such beautiful names? I have spent considerable energy over the past few months trying to tame my bougainvillea bushes - thorny bastards - and pulling up lantana. Actually, both plants are attractive, but they grow like crazy and tend to take over. Give me some simple citrus trees, a few cacti, and a strawberry patch - that I can handle!
The weather is beautiful right now in Arizona - and visitors are always welcome at Pa Rock's place!