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

    Hugs, Leslie
    1770 days ago
    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
    1770 days ago
    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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    1773 days ago
    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

    1773 days ago
    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!
    1773 days ago
    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!!

    1773 days ago
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