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Saturday, August 10, 2013

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!
BUMMER!
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LESLIEJEAN43 8/14/2013 4:32PM

    That sounds like an awful job! I admire your tenacity! emoticon

Hugs, Leslie

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RORYLYONS 8/14/2013 12:15AM

    We girls gotta stick together I would have my tools handy and moseyed on over to chisel out the wood... emoticon Seriously you earn a big emoticon for all your hard work. We oldsters are hip nowadays that's for sure.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 8/11/2013 7:15AM

    Oh girl, ya gotta get SOME Spark points for all that?!!! Check & see, by golly!!! How's bout chopping wood? Double check that list, Gwen! There's gotta be something!!!

I hope you took it easy the rest of the day! Perhaps a soak in the tub was warranted! Be kind to yourself!!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/11/2013 6:02AM

    I think I would look at the list of exercises and find one that came as close as I could. One way or another, I WOULD enter it SOMEWHERE!!!!!! emoticon

HUGS
Pam

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/11/2013 12:58AM

    You're too funny! I would've loved to help you on that one too. No, really! I love doing stuff like that. It comes with a certain satisfaction! Knowing that you have labored and actually being able to see that results of that labor. You Go Girl! Do us proud!

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JRDIAMOND4 8/10/2013 9:47PM

    This is one of those projects that IF I lived closer I would have been a good neighbor and come over to help you but OH DARN I live in Florida. I will just have to sit in my easy chair and think to myself IF ONLY I lived closer I could help emoticon

All kidding aside, I do hope you find some help or as you get that first box started the rest becomes easier. Things I build like that have a tendency to fall apart on their own. lolol

You amaze me with what you do!!

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