Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wonderful Weather!

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~John Burroughs

Long but lovely day yesterday. Nearly 70 degrees, sunny and almost no wind. I walked with DD and Dakota twice -- about 3 miles the first time, and only 1/2 mile the second. I cleaned out flower gardens and saw how much is coming up -- hopefully when the weather cools down to the point we'll go into the 20's overnight next week, nothing much dies.

DH wants to have an orchard of sorts on the edge of our lawn. We already have two apple trees that are producing pretty well, but he wants peaches, too, and maybe more apples. Not a lot of fruit trees will grow here (I'd sure love oranges... *sigh*), but I'm going to research what does best.

However, in order to plant where he wants to... there needed to be a massacre. Out came the chain saw. Casualties of war thus far? One maple, one HUGE birch and a beech tree.

Now we just need to dig back about two feet into the woods and clear out all the blueberry bushes ... not an easy task. DH mentioned that he has a friend who "collects" large equipment, and he could borrow a backhoe or some-such thing but there is NO WAY I'm letting him loose with that kind of machinery. Our entire plot of land would be re-excavated. So, I told him we'd (mostly me and DD) would do it by hand. It took us about a month to clear out the space for DD's swingset that way, and I had my mom to help then, so as soon as the ground isn't frozen (almost there!), we'll get to work for a couple hours every day.

After hauling brush and stacking logs yesterday afternoon, I told DH that I'd changed my mind -- I didn't want to be a pioneer woman. I wanted to go live in a condo in the city and spend my days at the spa and my evenings at cocktail parties and Broadway shows.

I don't think he believed me.


The only writing I did yesterday was in my brain, but I did think of what kind of pets I wanted my heroine in my "Kitchen Matches" sequel to have AND their names. And no, I'm not sharing because it will ruin the effect when you read it *G*.


You Are Skepticism

You live by the philosophy "Question Everything." And you do question everything, including this quiz result.

You think people believe in too much, and you think very little is true. You scoff at astrology and psychics.

You're not a nihilist - you believe in some things. But you only believe in what's true and tested.

You have lots of opinions and theories, but you never take them too seriously. You're always willing to change your mind.

Not close at all! LOL...


Ceri Hebert said...

You Are Hedonism

You believe in enjoying all of world's small and large pleasures. Life's too short to feel guilty.
If it feels good, you do it. And you try to avoid pain at all costs, because pain is a major bummer.

And while you enjoy the baser pleasures, like food and drinking - there's more to you than that.
You find joy and delight wherever possible. You truly live well, and you're proud of that fact.

I don't know how they got that from the questions, but I guess part of it is right.

Last year we did some major clearing over at my mother's place. Took out a juniper. Man that was work! But it was worth it in the end. Have fun with your yardwork. I'm sad for the maple and birch though.

I worked a bit on a story for HQ Blaze (I hope). Still looking for 7k to lose on Forever Home.

Enjoy another beautiful day!

Maria Zannini said...

I can understand your reluctance to let a husband loose with big machinery. It's always been my personal nightmare. LOL.

On the other hand, in hindsight I wish we had used more machinery and less muscle when we were clearing our first land. I might still have some of my original parts. :o)

There's a reason pioneers didn't live very long.

MomJane said...

Sad about the maple, but DH has to keep busy. He always looks for more projects.

Michele said...

Guys LOVE to play with big Tonka toys. And they can get carried away. Maybe a little Bobcat would do instead of monster machines?
Sad about the Maple, esp since it's sugaring time. And the Beech didn't product any nuts? Birch is always a great one to chop, very weak trees, tho pretty.

My quiz results are sort of a mixture of truth and "yeah, right".

You Are Stoicism
You are one tough cookie, and it's part of your life philosophy to minimize pleasure and pain.
You feel like too many bad things can come from obsessing over pleasure - and that some of the biggest gains come from tolerating pain.

You try to lead a good life and be the best person possible. You are very honest, humble, and compassionate.
You don't get in a race to have the most stuff or the most money. You understand that true happiness comes from within

Brandy said...

Ack! I want a Maple and the thought of one being chopped down is sad. But, I also understand how men get into a project and "full steam ahead!". *G*
I'm glad you've had nice weather to enjoy.
Supposedly I am Hedonism. Um, NO. Not even remotely close.

Have a great day, hope you have wonderful weather!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm exhausted just reading about what all you've been doing! :)