The west side of the back yard is looking much better than last month around this time. I've pruned the crepe myrtles, removed two whole garbage-can-sized bags of weeds/ivy from the beds, edged & mulched half of them. The vines literally grew through my daffodils, so careful as I was, I think I knocked them over when I removed the vines. Oh well, they're still a bit pretty, and now I have incentive next year to remove the vines before the daffodils actually get too far.
The other small-but-meaningful task this week was getting a big bag of birdseed and filling up the feeders. When I did it 2 weeks ago, I didn't appreciate just how resourceful the squirrels could be, and it was a mini disaster (they knocked the dumb thing over and almost broke it). THIS time, I only filled up the feeders that have squirrel guards ... and it seems to be working! At least, this squirrel couldn't figure out how the heck to get to those tempting-but-just-out-of-reach seeds.