Once we got home I determined that the best place for the irises was in the backyard behind the deck, so I ripped out some ugly spiny plants while hk loosened the soil. We then planted all the irises (nearly 30 of them!), and now just to wait until next spring. While I was at it, we went ahead and trimmed the maple trees and the bushy green thing that grow next to (and onto!) the deck. Finally, I got ezzie00 to clean out the nasty moldy cooler and meerkat299 to fix the patio screen doors.
Now I'm cooking a turkey breast with sliced oiled herbed red potatoes for dinner while the boys play Cel Damage. Life is good. :)