I spent most of Monday working on trimming and digging up weeds. Now that we are having nice weather, it's almost time to plant out the summer vegetables. The flowers in the front yard have really taken off, and even the orchid left behind by the previous homeowner is blooming. I replaced the deceased Japanese maple with a pie cherry tree. (Most sweet cherries require too many chill hours in winter to grow here.)
I devoted pretty much all of today to preparing the area to be paved under the pergola. I started by getting rid of as many weeds as possible and distributing some of the topsoil to my other raised beds. After that, I spent the rest of the afternoon digging a big hole. I didn't quite finish, because there was a big root and a sprinkler pipe making it difficult to get everything with the shovel. Also, my hands needed a break before they got too many blisters. I'll probably work on it more next Monday.