Recently the 2 of us singlehandedly demolished our ugly old asphalt driveway and went back to the original natural sandy/earth drive---Much better looking with this old house.
We are quite proud to have done such a monumental job in a few days, involving backbreaking manual labor and of course, spending no money.
It took hours with a pick axe and jack hammer and then many more to load 2 tons of broken up blacktop into our neighbor's big truck and make 2 runs to a recycling center about 45 minutes away. The local dump wanted hundreds of dollars to take it---Are you kidding me? This clean asphalt is re-usable, and a recycling place took it all for free. Sure, we had to load it, get it there, and unload it, but our sweet neighbors came to the rescue, lending us their huge cube truck and refusing to take a dime for gas.
The driveway looks fantastic now, and it's on to the next free "saving our sanity" project.
We loaded 2 tons of heavy, broken asphalt chunks into the truck in 2 loads, and made 2 trips to a recycle center where we had to unload each piece...SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AND READ MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECT HERE ON OUR WEBSITE.
I have been experimenting with herbal teas lately. I have period gardens, growing heirloom herbs that are now exploding with the summer sun and rain. I grew many from seeds, and am using lavender, mint, feverfew, elecampane, bee balm, and many more, in creating my own fresh, healthy, and medicinal teas, and I drink them every day.