To Did List

1. Raked and hand de-thatched entire back yard. As always, done in a moment of first-breath-of-spring madness, beginning with much adrenaline and gusto and iced-tea fueled vigor, and ending with a quarter-sized blister on my right hand because Damn The Gardening Gloves, I'm Doing This Spur-of-the-Moment Commando Style!

2. Woke up next morning in utter agony as each one of my "raking muscles" made itself known in a sort of all out sado-charley horse knot fest. Wept freely until the 600 mg ibuprofen kicked in.

3. Surveyed rake-damaged lawn and then sped off to Home Despot for $45.89 worth of sun-and-shade mix high traffic area grass seed. Barely cajoled remaining uninjured muscles (those would be my tongue and the muscles controlling my eyebrows) into lifting the bag of seed out of car and into garage, upon which I then promptly began forgetting about it. Made quick note to find bag of seed again in mid-December and with a family of mice nesting on it.

4. Wrote a list enumerating all the wonderful perks of owning a 1/3 acre of dirt as opposed to a 1/3 acre of grassy lawn. Convinced myself after no. 3: Making mud buffets keeps kids quiet for hours.

5. Found a dead squirrel under yew. Dug squirrel grave with my eyebrows.

6. Ate more ibuprofen.

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How's your Spring going?

26 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have so far avoided the frenzy you describe (although spring is still young). I'm hoping to convince the teenage members of my family to do the heavy lifting, squatting, and bending this year. This may have to involve an exchange of money!

It wouldn't do for me to be immobile when Bossy gets here!

MamaMo said...

I see we have the same penchant for landscaping. Do you also prune bushes down to an inch within their life?

Blog Antagonist said...

Two words for you: Lawn. Service.

Yes, it's terribly indulgent, but it's one of the few things that we splurge on. We both LOATHE yard work, and I have a brown...no, black thumb.

My windows are FILTHY. They need washing badly, so I suppse that's my Spring project.

Karen said...

too many sticks in the yard, too too many & way too much wind to convince the kids it is fun, fun, fun to pick them up.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oy, not looking forward to the yard stuff. Fortunately, real spring is still a few weeks off so I can just look outside and procrastinate.

Noelle said...

I'm dreading and fantasizing about spring cleaning. But either way, it's not warm enough here yet.

Life As I Know It said...

We're still waiting for the last of the snow to melt before we tackle everything you just described.
But I did find a few ants in the house already - a sure sign of spring ;)

Heidi said...

Luckily enough Joe has been the one raking and hand de-thatching our yard. Though he's only finished the front yard so far. The back yard is way smaller, though, so it won't be long. This technique really cuts down on my blistering and need for ibuprofen. ;)

Angela said...

Um... I guess that is one good reason not to have a lawn.

Spring going pretty well

Leaf, probably... said...

Whoa... There are designated raking muscles?? The things I did not know...

Rima said...

I went for a walk today with some rocks in my pockets, to counterbalance the junk in my trunk.

It's been a long, tasty, winter.

anne said...

I need to learn how to use those eyebrow muscles to sling hay bales.

So far, about the only thing I've done in a fit o' spring frenzy was yank a whole lotta viney stuff from what was once the old pond. Why? I don't know.

kgirl said...

What is this 'Spring' you speak of? I have heard birds chirp, yes, but if I want to see what's left of my lawn, I'll have to use a shovel.

Kristi said...

Those mice will be very appreciative come winter!

Mad said...

3 feet on snow everywhere. No end in sight. This is April?

Peggy Sez.. said...

We have an arrangement here in DivaLand.
Husband:Doer of Yard work and mover of Heavy Things.
Wife: Distributor of Frosty Adult beverages when Yard Work and Heavy Things have been done/moved.

All praise me for my bartending abilities! ;p

Julie Pippert said...

Well if you measure by amount of gardening done:

Worse than yours---have not engaged in such frenzied commado style yard work

Better than you---see above; and have planted twelve saplings in pots to cultivate for city tree project

Julie Pippert said...

Hmm do I mean Komodo as in dragon style yard work or COMMANDO as in elite military style yard work...we'll never know...from such a typo...

apathy lounge said...

Lots of pollen. Scratching my nose a lot. Fingers are tired. Can I borrow your eyebrows to get a tissue and blow my nose with it?

Amy said...

Picked up pine cones. Picked up sticks. Planted the peas. Picked up pine cones. Planted the spinach. Picked up pine cones. Admired the daffodils. More pine cones.

Today workman came and planted posts in my garden. Over the spinach, and laid boards over where the hostas live.

Grr.

Oh, and thatch raking might be Sunday.

mothergoosemouse said...

Chase that ibuprofen with a glass of wine. Feel better.

(I sent Kyle out to work on our backyard. He's been chasing his ibuprofen with Natty Light.)

Jess Riley said...

"Dug squirrel grave with my eyebrows."

HAA!!!

I need to rake our lawn in a very bad way. And suck up the mountain of sunflower seed shells under the bird feeder with the wet-dry vac. And pick up the Mardi Gras beads and empty beer cans the float into our yard from the party animals next door. Good times!

Theresa said...

Wow, you must have the most amazing eyebrows. Ever thought of going into show biz with 'em? Then you could pay someone to to all that raking. ;)

Variations On A Theme said...

Ohhh yes. Spring frenzy is rampant. This morning (and afternoon) raked five large yard bags of magnolia leaves, then push-mowed the lawn with my three-year-old in a backpack carrier! (I actually really do enjoy all that, though!)

painted maypole said...

i didn't get quite as ambitous, but i did start to weedwack the 4 foot bramble growing in the drainage ditch beside our fence. I got one third done, and 3 days later am finally over the ache. so i guess that means it's time to hit the next third.

womaninawindow said...

Why does all that work feel so damned good while you're doing it? That's such a lie of the body, isn't it? My spring is aptly full of large amounts of my lab's doggie-DO like jewels in the melting ice.

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