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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Keeping Up Apperances


My husband would roll over in his grave if he saw the weedy mess the chain link fence has become. We had the entire back yard enclosed with 5 foot fencing. It has been there now for years, not to keep people out, but we use to have a neighbor who had a pack of wild dogs that would eat anything and everything, including people's garden veggies. Back in the day, when the kids were little we had a gentle, huge, male collie named Bud, he was in a kennel and this pack had managed to dig under the fencing and eat his food, drink his water. So, up went the fence, 3 feet just wasn't high enough. We had to worry that those dogs could also attack our children. My husband always used weed killer all around at the base of the fence to keep things looking kept up and tidy. Since his death I was doing good just to keep mowing the yard plus 2 strips on the outer fence (also our property). With all the rain I never thought I was going to be able to spray the weed killer. You have to have dry sunny days for that. The longer the grass/weeds got the more I began to dread this job. You see, the weed eater cord would get all messed up in the fencing, so the only other alternative was.....yep, you guessed it, getting down on the ground and using the hand clippers, then spraying the killer.


 On Friday evening, with my big plastic trash can and hand clippers in tow, I started back in one corner, working my way toward the front of the property. One section done (from post to post), two sections done, mosquitoes in my face, biting me, my knees getting sore and knowing all along that it would be a job just trying to stand back up. The garden shears (I had 2 pair) were about worthless and I kept thinking, "Why didn't I buy the new pair I saw at Lowe's back last week?" These were definitely going into the trash, I could use scissors and do a better job, heck I could get me some sheep or goats and they would earn their keep and be as fat as could be with all this grass. Then a big black spider ran out from the fence and I started thinking about snakes! The mosquitoes were terrible and all I could think about was the spray bottle of Avon Skin So Soft that was in the bathroom (good mosquito repellant). I knew if I went back up to the house I would NOT come back out here. I did get 2 sections done that evening and did spray the weed killer in that area. Yesterday I went out around high noon and got 3 more sections done. Needless to say, I saw a big shadow fly over head and when I looked up it was, of all things, BUZZARDS! Now give me a break, I know darn well I was not smelling or looking like I was dead! Oh for heaven's sake.



Today my hands are sore from using those crappy hand clippers. I am off to buy new ones. I am so glad it is Sunday. It is the perfect excuse to not be out there on my knees......but then on one's knees it is a perfect time to pray. God Bless You All. Hope everyone is having a restful and peace filled Sunday ♥






 

10 comments:

  1. Susanne you cracked me up about the buzzards. I think that's your sign to stay in the house. :)

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  2. Girl, you work way too hard! I think it looked fine before! But we live on a wild farm and there isn't anything that is perfect, so I'm used to nature doing it's thing. I'm working on my last teddy bear.. can't wait to be done so I can do something else. I have some cotton in my stash that is calling my name.. KnitPicks "Billow".. it's pretty soft and handspun looking. Enjoy your week! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. I bet you are sore, when I work in the garden my back hurts, so your knees and back must be killing you today. I wish you could find someone to help you with all this hard work. The buzzard comment made me laugh, you still have you sense of humor, So we can all be thankful for that.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  4. Ugh, mosquitoes. How I detest those little beasts! If there is a single bit of skin to be had on me, they find it and bite me! Heck, they even ride in the house on the dogs and then terrorize me as I sit innocently crocheting! Can't wait until the weather changes and they cease to be! You're a good woman doing all that work on your knees! I can't get down on my knees like that anymore! I guess I would have had to buy some goats! LOL Take care, my friend and I hope you have a good week! Hugs, Annette

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  5. Hubby would be so proud of you! Looks great!!! Next time, spray first!!
    xo Kris

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  6. Would you believe, I've just come in from spraying big weeds in my back yard. I opened the gate to the wood yard and instantly closed it again. We have broadleaf weeds as tall as myself. I'm not going into that jungle yet. Once the hot weather hits again, it should die off ... hopefully.... gulp! Sue

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  7. Good for you, Susanne....and it looks great! I have a wilderness in my back yard I need to tame, but waiting on the weather to warm up/improve. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it LOL!

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  8. I'm visiting from Maa's Journal. My fences look just like yours...funny how grass and weeds like to grow right on the fenceline :-/

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  9. I admire you have a big field of green. Do know it's a hard task to keep it tidy. Raise sheep to keep them and use the sheep's wool to make something...... haha.... only my thought and wish. Hope your hands are alright now. Thank you Susanne for your sweet comments on my blog. You're my great spiritual supporter keeps me juicy flow of creation.

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  10. I hate weeds. This garden isn't too bad but we do get nettles, and surrounded by trees we are already imagining the work when the leaves start falling. Have you thought of planting some climbers that would weave in the fence, but then I guess you can still get weeds. Hope your hands feel better! :)

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