11 June 2008

Random-ness and Yard Work

Just making himself at-home...in my bed.I was done cooking, ready to start the clean-up...but he had different ideas...
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Ah, a moment to blog. Well things have been pretty busy around here the last few days. To start a little more than a week ago, I got a job. I deliver pizza for Dominos (yeah, free pizza!!). I go to work when Josh gets home, and stay pretty late (between 10 and midnight). Josh's parents also came home for their 1-week break from driving, and we've helped them complete a few projects.
A hugely overgrown cedar has developed some rather threatening plants underneath the branches, so Josh and I trimmed the tree (6 feet up!), and we've started clearing the nasty stuff from underneath. As we all know, all those branches have to go somewhere, so we dragged them into the back half of the property for burning. Chris and Laurie decided since one tree was getting cleared out, why not get to all the other branches from last year that didn't make it out there. So we ended up having a huge pile ready to burn.
We had had an entire day of rain, thoroughly soaking deep into the ground, making it perfectly safe to burn (we really didn't want to start a brush fire in the back yard), and they got the jump on me the next day. By the time I got up, the branches were crackling merrily, the day was turning hot, and the ash was blowing everywhere. I didn't end up helping in the morning, partly because Dallas needed to eat, partly because I kinda didn't wash my uniform, and I had to work that night (whoops!). So after he went down for a nap, I grabbed a rake and started after the remnants under the cedar we'd given a haircut. Shortly thereafter, Sarah (bless her thoughtfulness!) came out to get orders from everyone for lunch from Sonic. I left Dallas napping, and went with her to pick up the food, and everyone took a break to eat and cool down a little.
After lunch, Dallas woke up (and refused to eat anything I offered), and we all trooped back outside. This time I helped Chris chain large, heavy branches to the tractor, and he dragged them to the back. Laurie attached the utility wagon to the riding lawn mower and Dallas and I helped her load the smaller sticks into it. Then Dallas rode with Laurie and I walked alongside, picking up the stuff that fell, to the fire to toss the last of it on. We left Dallas playing with the dials and knobs on the mower while we tended the fire. We were nearly finished when Eddie and Joey drove up with a truckload of branches from Sarah's yard. The fire took a long time to burn down, but this morning there isn't anything back there except a large pile of white ash.
So, today, now that all the branches are off the lawn, I mowed the fenced-in portion of the backyard, and the western half of the front yard (I really need to post pics of the whole thing, don't I?). I promised myself I'd do the eastern half while Dallas napped, but it's hot....and I wanted some lunch...and...okay, I admit it: I'm just too lazy! But I did pick up his toys, and wash those glasses sitting in my sink, and washed that puppy he can't sleep without.
Now all I have to do is decide what's for dinner......

5 comments:

Farrell Family said...

Wow! That sounds like a really productive couple of days to me. It's 2:30 and I'm still sitting in my pajamas. You're doing good.

Stephanie said...

Busy day! I'm glad you were able to get so much done - it always feels good to be so productive (not like I would know from personal experience, I'm usually not very productive at all!)

Nicia said...

The work just never seems to end, does it?!

Kathy & Dave Whittle said...

Now that's what I like to see - a male in the kitchen! Dallas is such a cutie.

Karen said...

I love your little kitchen helper:) I'll bet the yard looks great with all the brush and branches cleared away. What a lot of work!