Backfill in motion
I've been leveling the excavation site and backfilling as I go. Even a half hour spent shoveling means the site looks more like a future home and less like a hole in the ground. Plus, it'll be easier to lay higher courses of block if the ground is evened out. This particular leveling is where the stairs and landing coming down from the kitchen door will be.
Found this pretty wildflower by my front gate. It reminded me of the poem/song from Lud-in-the-Mist, which I gather is actually traditional:
Within and without, in and out, round as a ball,
With hither and thither, as straight as a line,
With lily, germander, and sops-in-wine,
With sweet briar
And strawberry wire