Tuesday, May 24, 2011

No Patch This Time

I went on a scout camp Friday and Saturday and had a great time with the boys throwing tomahawks and burning things up.

After I got home and everything from the camp put away and rested for a few minutes, it was off to the grass cutting business.  The rain we have been having has been hard on us but wonderful for the grass – it is long and strong!!

Everything was going great until I started doing the edging with my little electric trimmer.  Only a few feet into my work I felt a stinging sensation in my left eye and knew something was not right.

Rretrieving the small item that had lodged itself by the tear duct, and tossing it away (probably should have kept it for a souvenir) the decision was made to abandon any further work and return home for medical attention.

What I got was sympathy and a trip to Instacare, followed by a quick stop at Home Depot for a pair of safety glasses.  Then came a stern lecture from my sweetheart about the need for taking care of our eyes for the next 30 or so years.  Taking it to heart was not difficult considering the state of my eye (see below).

Warning to all who use yard tools!!
Don’t be fooled by success in bypassing damage to eyes.
Use protection or pay the price!!!
And that’s the way it is.

BTW, it is only a bruise and no permanent damage was done to the eye but it sure grossed out some of my kids at school.  And Bryce said he couldn't look at me with "that eye."  

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Family Rocks

Once a month we all get together for a “family party” to celebrate birthdays and such.  We also try to do one project at the home where we are meeting.  In the past we have painted, cut roses, erected swing-sets, hauled dirt from the ‘hole’, and other fun stuff.  Last month our party was at Brian and Paula’s new house and we tried to remove rocks from their yard so they could have a garden.

I have always heard the South Jordan soil is full of rocks but there have been many places that say that so I was a little skeptical.  After all, Josh lives in the same area and his garden produces pretty well. So we began the process and started raking the gravel (about 2” diameter for the most part) from the area they wanted as a garden.  The first layer of raking netted a pretty good sized pile of rock and I was certain this would be a great improvement on the situation.

Using our new tiller (shared by the whole family) we made a first run through the garden area.

And there were more rocks than when we started!!!!

Each pass brought forth even more of the little pests until we decided it was counter-productive to continue.

Sure hope the kids like bent carrots and potatoes with stones cause that’s all they are going to get.

I am also including a few photos of random experiences with the grandkids.  They are so much fun (especially when they aren’t cranky).

 Becca's Pretty Hair
 Little Emma
 Lot's of boys
 Uncle Brian's Backyard
 Ellie at the party
Logan... we don't know???

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