What a day, what a day. It started at 6:30 this morning when I drug myself out of bed, threw some clothes on and had a bowl of cereal before my brother showed up at my door with his truck. We then headed out to Steuber Distributing in Snohomish (30 min. away), which is a nondescript "hole-in-the-wall". Actually it's a commercial catering set of yards chocked full of pallets of all sorts of agricultural supplies. They had everything! For $300 I got 13 bags of vermiculite (4 c. ft) and 7 bales of peat moss. FYI, that totals 4 c. yards of material, and it ALL fit in the truck! Even if we did have to put four bags of vermiculite in the jump seats in back. Of course, my all my brother said was that's going to be the $500 tomato. Ah, gardening roughly 170 years of gardening experience to help me, gotta love it. I completely recommend Steuber Distributing if you're in the Puget Sound area. CHEAP gardening supplies and they had pallets of vermiculite and peat moss.
On the way back we stopped at Starbucks for an IV and picked up 4 big bags of coffee grounds. We got back to my house at 9:00 and I took my brother home. We left the truck backed up against my garage door with a tarp over the bags and strapped down tight. We don't have room to unload inside and the vermiculite will be easier to handle dry. Besides, at 10 I had to take my youngest to Music Together class. Then we ran to the party store and got balloons and plates. I took a shower and raced off to the Children's Museum in Everett for play time and a 2:30 cake and presents party. Boy was it hard to keep an eye on two toddlers in the midst of a hundred others while my wife greeted the guests. Thank goodness when my in-laws came and I could help set up. Whew, how my wife does it I have NO idea. She's a goddess for sure!
After the party we went out to dinner with the in-laws, and if I didn't notice it before then, I certainly came to the conclusion that I am very under the weather. PERFECT timing. Dirt day is tomorrow and I'm feeling crappy. So we're back and the kids are watching cartoons while I write this. I'm going to take some NyQuil and hit the sack early. Hopefully the sleep will do me good and I'll be up for working hard tomorrow, racing all over creation. It's hard to be excited when I'm feeling like this.
The plan for tomorrow is to wake up early, unload the truck, run to the lumber yard and get the sheets of plywood ripped to 1x8 pieces. Then head back there to Sky and get the first of two yards of Cedar Grove compost to create my Mel's Mix on a big tarp in the middle of my driveway. Then we wheelbarrow it to the beds, mixing in some coffee grounds in the top six inches. It'll be a process, but hopefully I'll have tons of help.
Night all, the NyQuil is working.