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"When we're grownup, no one will make us do anything!!" [Mar. 26th, 2007|06:15 am]
Zoethe
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One of the lessons of life that I am continually relearning is that the stuff that made us holler and fuss when we were kids (such as having to use soap and hot water to wash out the burst blister at the base of the thumb attained by raking the yard) does not actually hurt less when we are grown up. We just grit our teeth and suck air, wincing against the pain, rather than hollering and fussing, because we know that it has to be done and there is no one around to inflict that necessary pain but ourselves.

For that matter, the same goes for the raking of the yard itself. I love having my garden. But I do not love the act of gardening nearly as much. Oh, sure, I enjoy getting out there for a while on a beautiful sunny day when the weather is just right. An hour yesterday would have been just peachy.

But two hard hours that only accomplished a quarter of what should be done before we get much further into spring? Or those days when it's drizzling or too hot and muggy? Thanks, I'll pass.

Only there isn't enough time when the weather is ideal to get done what needs to get done. Not when I have that whole pesky "earn a living" thing interfering with my gardening time! So I must force myself out there.

There's no one to whine, "Mo-om!!" at. There's no one to be angry and resentful toward as I work. There's no point in taking a desultory approach that only gets half the job done. Because there is no one to come after me, eyes rolling, and finish up the job the right way. The only one for me to argue with is me.

Which means, of course, there is no one to force me to do it at all. The consequences are all natural. And a whole summer of ignoring the garden last year due to the bar exam (a perfectly justifiable reason) means that this year I have twice as much to do.

I look out upon those natural consequences, cause by Mother Nature herself, and all I can think to say is:

"Mo-om!!!"
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2007-03-26 11:16 am (UTC)
So very true.

Sadly.
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2007-03-26 11:58 am (UTC)
Me, too. I'll be looking back at this over the course of the summer.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-03-26 12:01 pm (UTC)
lol I need someone to whine at. :P We bought our house in october & didn't have time to really rake. So we did it all yesterday & part of saturday. 25 home depot lawn waste bags.

Since we inhereted a really large garden that is popping up & droves if I took pictures could you tell me what things are? I don't even know what is supposed to be native to OH! & I think I'm embaressing the neighbor lady lol
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 12:43 pm (UTC)
That is part of the fun of buying a new house - learning in the spring what goodies are in the garden!

If you post pictures I can certainly try to help identify plants, but I'm no expert.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-03-26 12:14 pm (UTC)
I understand where you are coming from. We moved into a house in the fall where the previous owners neglected the lawn while trying to sell it. (They just mowed.) We have a lot of entrenched weeds and neglected landscaping to shape up.

So, yeah. We picked up the rake and the trowel this weekend alongside you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 12:44 pm (UTC)
I should have gotten some done on Saturday, but we were helping a friend move and it just didn't happen. I will have lots to do this coming weekend while Ferrett is out of town!
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-03-26 12:45 pm (UTC)
There's always time to work in the garden. Even if you don't get everything done during the upcoming weekend, that's okay. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I won't get it all done! Believe me!
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[User Picture]From: hyrkanian
2007-03-26 02:54 pm (UTC)
We had such Grande Designs ;) to get our garden patch plowed and ready for planting this weekend, but ended up helping a friend move as well. Which was good because she's been apartment-seeking for several weeks after unexpectedly becoming single and was pretty much homeless. Now she has a place of her own.

Here's hoping next weekend's weather is as conducive to gardening, blisters and all. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear!

Or perhaps it should be "Here, here!" which is where I want the good weather!
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[User Picture]From: fujerica
2007-03-26 12:25 pm (UTC)
I hear ya loud and clear. I told my kids (in an off-hand way) that kids who help their parents clean up the yard get paid.

Because our yard really is sort of that bad.
What I really need is a tiller and someone who knows what they're doing. 'Til then, though, it's all us. Yes, this is a scary thought.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 12:45 pm (UTC)
I occasionally wish I had more space in which to plant more things, but then I remind myself that it would mean more work, and I am grateful again for my teeny yard.
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[User Picture]From: fujerica
2007-03-26 01:25 pm (UTC)
*nods*
My yard isn't all that big, especially in the front. But I do have room for a small garden in the back. It's just that we're lazy, heh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that will be weird.
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2007-03-26 12:56 pm (UTC)
*giggles*

I'm not looking forward to the hell that will be my yard this year. I had started to clean stuff up, and then... Life kinda... yeah.

So! This year, I resolve to try to maybe think about possibly getting stuff cleaned up. *nods*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 01:20 pm (UTC)
You will have eager little helpers.

Who, when they are finally old enough to actually be helpful, will no longer be interested. But in the meantime, whee!
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[User Picture]From: fenton
2007-03-26 04:35 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't have a garden, and refuse to own a lawn which cannot be taken care of by paying someone else to mow it with the mower set on 'mulch' every couple of weeks during the summer (at most).

It would also be how I end up covered in mud, after shoveling a couple cubic feet of gravel mixed with dirt, in the drizzling rain. And, the next evening, shoveling another couple of cubic feet of topsoil.

On the other hand, it finally closed the grave on the remains of the failed 'dry well'/drainage improvement project, after half a year (which would be how the 4x4x4 hole got dug to begin with). Next up: finding a grass-seed-mat of local grasses, or some such, to lay over it so we'll have a chance in hell of selling the house any time soon. Or maybe flowers would be more apropos.

I hate physics.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ow, and yuck. Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2007-03-26 06:11 pm (UTC)

:)

(hugs)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 07:46 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Great icon.
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2007-03-27 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Tanx. ;) Made it my own self! (Crap, watching too much Firefly again.) LOL
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[User Picture]From: mommeeof9
2007-03-26 06:26 pm (UTC)

I actually own a 25 yr old troybilt tiller. I need to adjust the carburator, as it was stalling out last spring. It's no trouble to till up a garden and plant it. I just don't make the time to weed. My strawberries, raspberries and blueberries seem to survive the neglect, along with the spring and fall bulbs/perennials. If it doesn't survive, I don't plant it again.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-26 07:48 pm (UTC)
Our garden is pretty well set, small and almost all ornamental. It held out well in the face of my neglect last year, but everything is leggy and overgrown and the grass in encroaching - just not neat.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-03-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
regarding blisters: Garden gloves, esp. leather ones, will prevent that usually. Some rakes now come with a dense foam wrap that cushions against blisters, and I've seen somewhere the wrappers for adding to a rake you already own. Two bandaids over a current blister will help to cushion it from your next foray into the yard. Enjoy yourself!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-03-27 02:10 pm (UTC)
I was wearing gloves, but they were rubber-palmed for handling pokey stuff, and my hands got sweaty. Will rely on the leather ones for raking in the future!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-10 01:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Hope you don't mind...

Absolutely not a problem at all. I'm flattered! (I also didn't get this until this morning because our 'net was down last night.)
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