No...this is NOT an interesting blog. Just thought I'd report on my non-interesting, but tiring day.
I should have taken "before" pictures...but IT was so ugly, I would have been embarrased.
I'm talking about the wood-tiered, re-bar "infested" flower box implanted by the former owners of my house. Judging from the number of re-bars inserted into the wood tiers, the owners felt certain this flower box would be permanent. Sadly, time and weather has a way with wood. So I have this rotting, re-bar infested flower box. It's 3 separate tiers high, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet long.
Because it's rotting so badly, I thought I'd just be able to yank the wood beams out. Nope! It's "Re-Bar City" in there!!!! It's not budging.
So today I started my deconstruction. Mind you, I'm OLD lady. I got out my handy-dandy shovel, and my "Sawz-All" saw. I started digging out all the dirt, weeds, and dead flowers from the first tier. Notice, I said...STARTED! Three hours (count them...3 hrs) later, I managed to get MOST of the dirt, weeds and dead flowers out of the first tier with my handy-dandy little shovel.
Next came the "Sawz-All" for the one portion that was fairly cleared.
First...check...any evidence of re-bar in intended area? Nope.
Oh, this is going to be easy because the wood is rotted...right? Wrong! The Sawz-All only wants to go part way through before it starts vibrating to the point my arm-flaps are jiggling at 90 miles per hour. AND it's not going to go any deeper. So then I have to cut into the first cut at an angle. I'm beginning to feel like a lumberjack. Whoo Hoo!
First cut done. Yank!!! Oh no...besides re-bar; there's giant screws! Really????
Okay...so I finally got most of the dirt out of the first tier, and I finally managed to get the wood tiers off 2 sides of the first tier.
I'm TIRED. I'm HOT, I'm SWEATY. I CAN'T SEE through my glasses. My legs are SORE. My back is KILLING me...........I'm going in.
But the real killer????? SparkPeople doesn't give you points for lumberjacking!