SHOCK to my thinking. Oh me!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dang, durn, darn, blast it all! (This blog was for Monday, March 29, 2010)

Most of you know I enjoy working outside now that I have the time for it. I began by trimming the Italian Cypress trees, went on to two of the tall bushes by our house, have done a little bit of the hedges surrounding the perimeter of our back yard. Began a 4x4 sq ft mini veggie garden. Yadda, yadda.

Well, we also know we need to install a fence in the back yard for Penny Dog's protection. Of course, first we need to get an accurate measure of the property line. We have a hunch where it is, but one does not install a fence without accurate information. Anyway, as I was starting to trim more of the hedges, I realized they are so overgrown, the outside edge hang WAY over any potential property line. emoticon Do you know what that means? I DO KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS! emoticon They either need to be trimmed on the back side WAY back...or shock of SHOCKS, I need to rip them entirely out! emoticon

SOOOOO, today I started by trimming them way back, particularly on the back side. If they can be left in, the fencers need to be able to work around them. emoticon If they need to be taken completely out, I have begun the process. emoticon Oh brother, there is a lot to be done. emoticon AND I don't want to have to pay for any of the trimming, I am capable of that. BUT if they need to be removed, I don't want to have to pay more than I have to; again, I am capable of doing some of the work myself. emoticon

Look out you hedge bushes, I am coming after you. And you BEES just leave me alone....(I had to promise the bees that I'll put in something better that they will really enjoy, dwarf fruit trees - ultimately 3 of them).

So yes, I have had a little shock, aaaah, a BIG shock regarding this project. All for my Penny Dog....AND since I'm at it, told my DH that on one side of the property line where there is a four foot incline, I would like to have a sloping brick retainer wall installed. Now that gave my DH a SHOCK! Tee Hee. emoticon Might as well spread the "joy" around.

I guess this is not so bad. I'll get PLENTY of exercise and time outdoors with all of the activity.
All because almost two years ago, we told my daughter that we would take care of Penny Dog for..."awhile". Ha to THAT!....We LOVE our little Penny Dog and actually told my daughter that she could NOT have Penny Dog back.

I am pretty darn sure I have had my quota of exercise today - 5 hours of work.

Good night, sleep tight, Rusty emoticon emoticon
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    You go girl ;^)
    3884 days ago
  • JODIB5
    What a great idea! You have done your exercise plan and your home improvement plan at the same time. Not to mention a little menu planning, with the fruit trees and veggie garden. You are an expert multi-tasker. I know how you feel about that little dog we have our own "Daisy" and we just love her.
    I put in 2 4x4 square veggie gardens and planted onions, lettuce, radishes and cabbage so far. Thinking about adding another square since I have some materials left over. This is my first square foot garden. Keep on keeping on.
    3886 days ago
    Go Rusty Go! That Penny Dog is one special little lady! The job sounds daunting, but you are focused and looking at it as exercise, home improvement and beautification and a treat for your pooch. That's terrific! emoticon
    3887 days ago
    I'm tellin' ya... by the time you finish all your yard projects, you'll be a professional! You're more than welcome to come tackle my yard next! LoL

    Just think of all the good exercise you'll be getting... and all the time you'll get to spend outside too! I'm a little jealous actually!
    3889 days ago
    You sure did get some good exercise with the bush whacking!

    I'm hoping to go after mine (azaleas) as soon as they're done blooming. They are blocking my view when I pull out of the driveway.

    3892 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Oh boy, once a project gets started, it always grows, doesn't it?! Hug that cutie Penny dog - She's worth all the effort!
    3892 days ago
    You burned a few calories with your activity Monday! My back yard has a steep slope also and boy would I love a brick or rock retaining wall... just out of the question financially. By the way, that Penny dog has it pretty good. Isn't if funny how the animals that come into our life "by accident" bring such joy? Have a great week and (¨`*•.¸♥ Spark on! ♥¸.•*´¨). Hugs, R.
    3892 days ago
    I just love reading your blog. Such a sense of humor. Have fun with all the yard work and logging in all those minutes.
    3892 days ago
  • MTNHIKER1971
    Oh man, that sucks! Be careful, and mindful of the bees... oh yea, put on some sunscreen tough stuff, don't want you to get a nasty burn
    3892 days ago
    Hey, I can tell that you are UP TO THIS CHALLENGE!

    GO FOR IT! :-)

    3893 days ago
    Keeping my fingers crossed that you don't have to remove your hedges!
    3893 days ago
    Yep, isn't yardwork the greatest exercise!?? I'm still waiting for my grass to grow tall enough to mow it the first time (yes, I do need help...I'll be less enthused by July).

    Have fun with your bushes!
    3893 days ago
  • _MAOMAO_
    You won't give Penny Dog back? Isn't that sort of like kidnapping your own grandchild?
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    Oh yeah, Rusty's just gloating bout all those exercise minutes!
    3893 days ago
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