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Friday, March 22, 2013

raking up the sycamore tree seeds! We live on about 12 acres and have about 2 acres of "yard". When we were building the house 15 years ago, DH wanted to cut down the sycamore trees because they have the prickly seeds that we call "gum balls". I was having "tree withdrawal" at the time because the property next to us had cold cut their land of hardwoods and I didn't want to see anymore trees cut!

Big mistake! And one that DH reminds me of each Spring. There are literally thousands (if not millions) of the prickly balls everywhere in the side and back yard and they hurt if you step on them (not good for an Easter Egg hunt). So every Spring we rake up and haul these off into the woods.

It's supposed to rain for the next 3 days, so DH wanted to get this done yesterday. He and DD#2 and my Dad (86 years old) worked on it last weekend (she's earning money for a Spring Break trip to Fl.). So for the past 2 days after work, I've been raking and hauling. All 5 of us worked on it last night and we finished. More of these "little buggers" will fall, but it won't be the massive invasion. Needless to say, I haven't been able to run, but I did get a good workout. I have blisters and my arms are hurting this morning.

The rain came in as predicted, so DH, DD#2 and I will run tonight in the gym. It's supposed to be cold and rainy all weekend, so there goes my hiking plans for Sunday. I've still got lots to do in the house to get ready for my Easter party next Sunday, so I'll be doing some housework like really cleaning the nasty basement that I try to avoid!

I'm hoping to see my little grandnephew on Sunday. My niece was supposed to go camping this weekend and my sister was going to pick up the baby and babysit Saturday night & Sunday. Not sure what they're going to do because of the weather, but I gotta see that baby!

I took DD#3 shopping last night for an Easter outfit and spring clothes (DD#1&2 had their day on Sunday). Everyone is disappointed because after weather of 70+, it's cold again and they can't wear their new Spring clothes! By the time we got home last night, I was so tired I really wanted to eat the peanut butter eggs, but I resisted!

It's been along week and I'm really looking forward to the weekend!

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