Monday Madness…


It’s a brand new week, and I’d like to believe that it’s going to be a good one! ¬†The good news is, the tree trimmers are finished, so there won’t be any more destruction going on around our house–at least I sure hope not!

The bad news is, I’m starting out the week with another dentist appointment ūüė¶ because I’m having more dental problems! ¬†I just don’t understand what’s going on with my teeth. ¬†My latest mishap happened while I was eating a pork chop!

To get my day off to a proper start, I’m participating in the Monday Quiz. ¬†Here are today’s questions:

1. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite pair of shoes was my very first pair of Crocs. ¬†I bought them back in 2006, and I wore them completely out! Sadly, I retired them to the trash can, just last week. ¬†However, being the blogger that I am, I had to photograph them before I tossed them… ¬†I have other Crocs, but my first pair will always be my favorite!
100_26642. Do you get embarrassed easily?
Yes, I sure do. ¬†It doesn’t take much to make me blush.
3. What makes you cringe?
Crying or unruly children in restaurants or stores!  
4. July 29th is National Lasagna day… are you celebrating?¬† What kind of lasagna do you prefer?
No, I won’t be celebrating, but I do love Lasagna! ¬†My favorite lasagna is made from a recipe that originally belonged to our former pastor’s wife, and it’s delicious.
My question for you is:
5.  When was the last time you saw a snake, and where was it?
Weekend recap:

The last time I posted, I was feeling very frustrated and was looking for a ‘silver lining’ to the perpetual cloud that has been hanging over our house! ¬†I’m happy to report that I think things are beginning to look up, somewhat :).

We’ve actually had a three-day reprieve from daily rain showers, and all trees have now been cleared away. ¬†We won’t talk about how bad the yard looks, or the fact that our riding lawn mower is currently broken, thanks to Ed running over the protective netting on our blueberry bush! ¬†We also won’t talk about how my cd player and my photo printer both died last week, or how Ed lost his cell phone the week before that!

After an exasperating day on Wednesday, the tree trimmers took Thursday and Friday off. ¬†You may recall, on Wednesday, they busted our water line, cut the Dish Network cable, and bogged the Bobcat down in our yard. ¬†The trimmers returned bright and early, on Saturday, ready to finish the job. ¬†The day went smoothly–right up until they ran over Ed’s pitch fork and flattened the tire on their Bobcat! ¬†Ed’s pitch fork didn’t fare too well either!

The trimmers worked non-stop, on Saturday, not even breaking for lunch. ¬†I tell you, these men were determined to finish with us on Saturday! ¬†Did I mention that it also started to rain again during the course of the day and their Bobcat almost bogged down again? ¬†I don’t know who was more relieved when the job was finished, us or the workers! ¬†Ed asked Tim, the boss, if he’d be willing to come back if we needed him again. ¬†He said, “Yes, as long as it’s dry!” ¬†I joked and said he’d probably ignore our call when he saw our number come up on his phone!

Unfortunately, we had to call the Dish Network people again, on Friday, because the technician neglected to bury the spliced cable back in the ground on Wednesday! ¬†He merely spliced and taped the cable, then left, but we didn’t notice the cable still laying on top of the ground until Thursday, because our yard is a bit of a mess. ¬†Another technician came out on Saturday and buried the cable for us.

As the Dish Network technician was leaving, on Saturday, he stopped just down the lane from our house and killed a rattlesnake as it was crossing the road! ¬†This was quite interesting, because just two hours before, I ran over (with my car) another rattlesnake crossing the road–on that same little dirt lane! ¬†Two rattlesnakes in one day is scary! ¬†I couldn’t help but wonder if they were running away from the tree trimmers!

Speaking of snakes, our daughter nearly stepped on one last week, because it was stretched out in front of her door!  Fortunately, her snake was a non-poisonous one, but it nearly gave her heart failure!  Around here, the summer of 2013 seems to be the year of the snake.  There have been seven sightings/killings, in and around our yard this summer!

That’s it for me today. ¬†I must get going to meet with my dentist–again. ¬†This will make visit number four, since the end of May! ¬†Ouch, that hurts–in more ways than one. ¬†I’m trying to think positive, so thank goodness for dental insurance, it helps with the pain.

Published in: on July 29, 2013 at 7:05 am  Comments (9)  
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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Looking For A Silver Lining…


I’m trying to smile and be positive, but lately, it’s becoming very hard! ¬†I can’t help but feel as if a perpetual cloud has been hanging over our ‘neck of the woods’–literally and figuratively speaking!

Like so many others around us, we’ve been receiving daily rain showers for well over a month now. ¬†To say our ground is thoroughly saturated would be an understatement! ¬†To say we are living in a swamp would accurately describe our current living conditions. ¬†The ground is so wet it has begun to smell like a swamp, and the mosquitoes are so thick outside, it feels like a swamp, too. ¬†Insect repellent has become my new perfume!

Yesterday was a difficult day for our tree trimmers. ¬†As they continued their work at the far end of our house, they discovered the land is much wetter there than they first realized. ¬†Getting daily showers of rain hasn’t helped either!

The workers have taken down all but one tree (out of 47), but have discovered there is just no way to remove the debris right now! ¬†The ground is simply too wet, and the tree sections are too heavy with sap. ¬†The workers were stuck, literally and figuratively, as you’ll discover when you read on…

Among yesterday’s many mishaps with the tree trimmers, was a broken water line and a severed cable to our Dish Network satellite! ¬†To say it was a bad day for all of us would be another understatement! ¬†Both incidents happened while the men were attempting to grind a multitude of stumps on the front side of our house. ¬†Fortunately, within a few hours, both lines had been repaired, but there was one final mishap at the end of the day!

At my request, the men had ventured up near the chicken pen to remove a large pile of limbs and debris near our daughter’s yard, before calling it a day. ¬†While in that area, they decided to grind a few of the stumps near the chicken pen. ¬†Within just a few minutes, the Bobcat and stump grinder bogged down! ¬†It took the men well-over an hour to get the machine out, and by the end of the day, we all had a headache!

We’re expecting more rain today. ¬†Two sides of our yard are covered with huge hunks of many trees, as well as the tree tops and limbs. ¬†The massive stumps and sections of tree trunks are weeping tar profusely. ¬†The other two sides of our yard are covered with dirt, sand, and sawdust, which will quickly become mud, as soon as the next shower of rain comes. ¬†I can’t help but sigh when I think of how hard Ed and I worked on growing our lawn, which is practically non-existent now…

We’re not sure when the weather is going to dry off enough for the workers to get back in and finish the cleanup, so we’re playing a ‘waiting game’ with the rain. ¬†The workers can’t collect all of their pay until the job is finished, and our lives can’t get back to normal until they finish the job. ¬†I think I can safely say, everyone is looking for a silver lining in the cloud that continues to hang over our ‘neck of the woods’.

Published in: on July 25, 2013 at 9:27 am  Comments (4)  
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