We're getting there.
Yesterday afternoon we cleaned and put away the solar cover for the pool, vacuumed the pool, and filled our 10 bird feeders and the two hummingbird feeders. That sounds like a lot of feeders, but we have a big property, and we like to keep the birds around because they eat bugs too. :-)
I spent 3 hours on the riding mower this afternoon, mowing down the jungle (I'd been waiting to mow close to the weekend, so I didn't end up having to mow twice --I might have waited a day too long.) Afterward I pulled some weeds I'd noticed in the gardens while mowing.
While I was mowing, Rob weeded and swept the patio, then used the hose to wash the spider webs and other stuff off the lawn chairs and tables. He renewed the mulch around the trees and cleaned the bee-baths (these are bird-baths with stones in them as landing places for the bees --important so the bees don't think the pool is a good place to drink. We have one bird bath without a stone for the actual birds).
Emma and I went grocery shopping after a quick, cooling, dip in the pool. We got the ingredients for the many desserts she's planning for the birthday party. There will be a cake, but you can never have too many desserts --at least, that is Emma's philosophy. She's also drawn up dessert menus for everyone. We also had to get food for our Sunday-thru-Tuesday visitors, so we now have an over-stuffed fridge.
The dessert menus:
Tomorrow Emma will make the cupcakes and frozen CoolWhip/graham cracker sandwiches she's planned. I still need to clean the bathrooms and get the spare room aired and cleaned, and vacuum everywhere.
Then, hopefully, Saturday evening through Tuesday morning will just involve relaxing!