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 ♥