I love being outside. My yard is a place that provides a lot of comfort for me. I like it to be kept a certain way because I relax much better in a yard that is tidy. The truth is I’m a little neurotic about certain things in the spaces I live. Those who know the condition of my cubicle where I work might have a hard time believing it but I have some freakishly neat tendencies. I think the leaf blower is the greatest invention of all time. I have never smoked crack but I imagine that those addicted to it experience the same rush when they light up as I do when I blow leaves.
I am not a particularly stressful person but I was worried about how I would keep up with everything once I was on my own. I work full time and was lucky enough to be in a position before where my wife didn’t have to work. I had the time I needed to satisfy my obsessive compulsive disorder. I don’t really know if I have OCD but I recognize my need to have things a certain way and I questioned if I could keep things the way I wanted flying solo.
I really like to experiment with different types of plants in both pots and the natural desert soil around my home. I couple seasons ago I decided to try my luck with tomatoes and other vegetables in a small section of my yard. I wouldn’t say I’ve been overly successful with that project and I think it has a lot do with the western exposure of my backyard and the fact that I chose a spot that gets no afternoon shade. All my other ground plants get watered automatically but I hand water the vegetable garden. A single day without water in the summer is enough to do a lot of damage to my garden.
Birds haven’t really caused me major problems in the past but I decided to be proactive and installed a scarecrow in my yard next to my garden. This is one of my favorite uses to date for the dress.