Twenty-one bags of coco bean mulch later, the prairie was completely mulched. I, as the bags recommended, pulled out the hose and wet down the new mulch. This seems to help it bind together. We certainly didn't need the moisture after a week of pretty steady rain and a big storm last night. When I was finished, however, the aroma of chocolate from the mulch as it warmed in the morning sun was delicious. This smell, apparently, deters deer from gardens where the cocoa bean mulch is used; I hope it has similar effects on squirrels and rabbits.
I took a much-needed shower when I was finished and got a few hours of sleep. I was awoken by the barks of our friends' dogs. I'd forgotten we were watching them today as they had a combination work party to assemble a new play set and birthday party for the youngest of their two sons. So I got some sleep on and off through the later afternoon, made some dinner and settled in front of the tube. Saw Friday night's Twins game where they battled back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 6, only to give up 5 runs in the late innings and lose 11-6. Drat. I see they won Saturday night, though, so the rubber game on Sunday will be fun to watch.
After the dogs returned to their owners, I started watching a bad movie on the SciFi channel and dozed off. Ericka woke me up to get her ready for bed. I've heard through the grapevine that there's a party going on that my invite to may have been lost in an email snafu. At this late hour, however, I'm not up for dragging myself out of the house, even though it would likely be great fun. No, I'll stay in and watch a couple of movies instead. Maybe catch more nap.