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36 Days to GOal: The Benefits of Past Work for Growing

Posted 04-06-2010 at 10:01 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Did you ever notice that, if you keep up with things, you end up having an easier time with them?

I've been putting years of backbreaking work into planting, clearing weeds, trimming, clearing weeds, carving out little garden areas and, did I mention, clearing weeds?

Well, each year it seems to take a little less time to make the yard MUCH nicer.

This year I must have already put in about 20 hours in the front yard but, after maybe five more bags of mulch, it is going to look like something.

I also notice how, if I wait just a few more weeks to pull up new weeds and get the garden beds under control, I have almost a whole summer of weed wresting in front of me.

Another thought...one of my friends told me how her landscapers came in with their leaf blowers and blew over all the budding Spring flowers. I remember that happening every year when I had other people do my Spring yard clean-up. I'd looks at all my daffodils and hyacinth lying broken on the ground, and I'd wonder why the landscapers hadn't figured out that this is NOT what people wanted.

I've also had landscapers spread mulch in the past, which somehow meant plopping large piles of brown on top of budding flowers so they would choke.

So, I am rambling on without much of a unified point, so let me try and pull it together.

One of my goals is a trimmed, nice looking yard. I may have worked very hard these past few weeks, but I think I may have a shot at actually having a nice yard this year by anticipating the dreaded weed season and doing some of the work by myself, I just might be closer to my goal.

Sorry, but that's all I've got for today's blog entry!
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    I have a good shot too, this year. With a new home that the last owners seemed to have neglected. It was so funny - so many neighbors welcomed us to the neighborhood this past weekend, and thanked me for being in the yard actually making it look nice... It'll take a while, but I think we are on the right track.....
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    The house we bought was so neglected that we were clearing a crab trap, old dishes, old rugs, YOU NAME it from the yard.

    The worst, though, was the dirt mountain that I moved. Maybe one day I'll blog about that. Actually, that has been on my mind alot because it took almost a year of backbreaking work to get it moved. My neighbor kept running out and yelling "Stop, you're going to kill yourself!"

    I have a photo of me standing on top of it with a shovel hung up in my office. It reminds me that I can, in fact, move mountains, so I should not be afraid of anything.
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    Could you share a copy of the photo here please????? Pretty please We'd love to see it
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    Hmmmmmm, I wonder if I know how to scan it. That was before digital photography. The one is of this giant pile of dirt and rubble, The next one is me on a pile even taller than I was with a shovel. It was already half way gone by then.

    In down times, I can look back on that year of sifting dirt through rubble and feel disappointed that I didn't get any help. (Though we would get estimates of a couple thousand dollars, THEN they would just never show up!) My problem solving skills and my belief that I could get help were not as good as they are now.

    Anyway, instead of feeling sad because I lived like I was on a chain gang for a year and, maybe, that could have been the year that the energy went toward my best-selling novel, I've come to see it as a blessing.

    I moved a mountain!I moved a mountain! And I have photos and witnesses to proove it.

    After that, what is left to fear, right?
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