Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My lawn

I spent nearly 6 hours yesterday removing the thatch from my lawn and filling the gaps of the sod that was laid last fall. I had started this in May but when I broke my fingers - this activity had to cease. So, now the grass is growing and has thickened up, thus making the raking even more strenuous for me! It's a long story, but had the sod been put in the correct way in the fall, I would not be working so hard to repair it now.

I had many thoughts come through my mind while doing all this.
  • Many issues in our lives that should be done "right" or taken care of immediately get very difficult to resolve or change if they sit for too long.
  • Had we insisted on something being done right in the first place, the "clean up" would not exists.
  • From afar, sometimes, things look fine! But up close inspection can tell us differently and we see what really needs to be done.
  • Fixing or changing something is sometimes grueling work but if we don't do it -- it will never get better.

I didn't really enjoy the sunburn, the sore back, blisters on my hands and sheer exhaustion from all this (and I"m not done yet) but it's getting better.

And so it is, with life..................................

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hannah is 14!

Hannah turned 14 on the 4th so she got to choose her activity for her special day. Of course, being 14, she chose to go Utah. No problem I thought. My first shocker was filling up the suburban..............when then young man pumping my gas (still get that at Rays' Chevron if you're female!) asked me if I wanted him to close out and start again. "What" I thought. What did he mean? Then I had an "ah ha" moment. That darn pump had hit the magical $100 mark and shut off. But starting it again meant my tank was.........not full? Oh brother! I peeked out the windshield to see that mighty $4.02 gal and about died? When did this happen? Is is too late to get on the shuttle to SLC? Needless to say, it was almost full so I didn't have him pump more! But I did have to refuel in Utah................

We got such a late start that I knew we'd have to hotel it ....RATS! Then, meals out and more gas and driving around, then the clothing and accessory expenditures........ugh. Well, next year she gets a trip to K-Mart on her bike!

All in all we had a nice time. Did I mention that our little Toyota Scion is now the car I drive? hahahahahaha. And you can bet I have a list with me to get everything done in one trip.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Living in my Own Private Idaho

For those of you who are familiar with The B-52's, this song is true. It really is it's own little world over here!

I'm about DONE with Idaho! We are just having terrible weather and summer just won't come. I bought annuals for all my pots last week and today, I couldn't stand it anymore and I put on my fleece jacket, ear warmers and braved the wind/clouds/sprinkles. Will they grow? I don't know.......we have not had sun in over a week now. This is typical for Seattle but not here.

More on Idaho............. Todays news cast was very revealing about where I live these days.
  • The newscaster was excited about "the moisture" we are getting. She was not going to have to "irrigate" this weekend! Irrigate? Does she live on a farm? Now, you must know, the word moisture is used regularly around here...It's not rain or snow, it's moisture. Basically they'll take what they can get.
  • Our Govenor was just shown on a news brief and he actually said "Pocatella".....It's Pocatello (with an "O")
  • A story on a soldier returning home from his second tour in Iraq (should we be calling it a tour? it just doens't sound right). His family suprised him with a new drift boat. Apparently this boat is for fly fishing. News to me for sure. The funny part was, during the interview it was revealed that it was not a suprise and he knew about it the whole time that his wife was ordering it. Why did they even air this ridiculous story!

At least our news sets here don't look like a Idaho-ized "Waynes World" set anymore. I could barely stand to watch the news when we got here but between me being desensitized and the stations stepping it up a bit - I can watch nearly every day now!