Saturday, December 21, 2013

Clean yard and " to do" list

Shoot!  I forgot to take a picture of the "clean" front yard!  That's right!  Things are getting accomplished around here and being marked off that list! :)

Here's the picture (inserted) I forgot to take yesterday...


Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  I was in the yard raking and mowing...raking and mowing.  For five and a half hours, I raked and mowed!  At 4:30 I limped inside, brushed the dust off myself, combed my hair out of my face, shook myself off again, washed my hands, took a Tylenol, and started supper. 

When you are, as mama used to say, "simply worn out", it's hard to do anything right!  There was pain between my shoulders, my arms and hands felt weak and shaky, there was a blister on my thumb, and my toes were hurting. 

Had to get supper started!  I needed eggs for the cornbread and salmon patties.  I opened the refrigerator and no, I didn't drop the eggs, I knocked over a bowl of garden peas.  Peas rolled all the way to the kitchen sink.  Peas and juice went under the vegetable drawer, and in the bottom shelf on the refrigerator door, under all the jars and bottles, and made a puddle of peas and juice on the floor in front of the refrigerator.  Grabbing a plastic grocery bag and two pieces of cardboard I began raking up peas and juice and dumping it in the bag. Then had to mop the kitchen floor.  Why didn't we finish eating those darn peas the night before!!!

With the pea mess cleaned up, I brought out the carton of eggs.  The first egg I picked up slipped right through my fingers and splattered on the floor at my feet.  Seriously!!!

As tired as I was, supper turned out good...or maybe I was starving!  No telling how many calories were burned doing all that raking and mowing!   The salmon patties fried up nice and crisp.  The stewed cabbage, pinto beans, sliced onion, and cornbread was good too! 

Anyway, a few cards are in the mail.  Most of the shopping is done.  The decorations are up...although I keep standing and staring, wondering, "am I done here"?

Hopefully, all the family will be here Christmas day.  That excites me and makes me happy.  Lots of cooking to be done.

Thank you for visiting.

Love ,
Henny Penny




14 comments:

  1. That looks and sounds like a LOT of raking and mowing! You could just pick up the little sticks (and big ones )as they come down and then just mow the leaves as they lay on the ground. You know they really get chopped up by the mower and will just decompose and enrich the soil. By spring you won't even know they are there.

    We have a place out in the country and I do rake the leaves around the house and between the ends of the driveway (it forms a loop in front of the house) but off down the hill away from the house I just leave them alone (no shredding at all) and by spring they have magically disappeared (either blown away or crumpled up and decomposed). It's really surprising. Also when raking near the house I take them into piles from around the trees and then after shredding just rake them into a ring around each tree so that grass is less likely to grow later on and need to be mowed and it saves raking them into a sheet and carting them off.

    You probably have figured all this out already but just thought I would put my two cents in. Sure saves a lot of time and energy!

    Hope your Christmas is happy.

    Victoria in Indiana

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  2. Hey Victoria,

    I think you mentioned before that I should get a mulching mower. I had not thought of mowing the leaves until then. That's what I tried Thursday and it worked, even though my mower is a cheap, small, regular mower. The leaves in the back are too deep to mow, but I actually enjoyed mowing the front. That was easier than raking and hauling off. I want to try your idea of mowing over the leaves and leaving them. Our yard could use the nutrients! I appreciate the help!

    Hope you have a good Christmas too!

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  3. I am sorry that you had such a hard time in the kitchen. That seems to happen to me to when I am really tired.

    Love you
    Vicki

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    1. Thank you! I survived. Are you all ready for Christmas? I love you!

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  4. Your yard looks great! I am a disaster waiting to happen somedays in the kitchen myself..hope you get some time to relax: and enjoy:)

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    1. Thank you. Hope your Christmas is relaxing and fun!

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  5. Henny Penny, this is hilarious blog post! I can just see you now all tuckered out! I wish I could have been there for supper, it sounds so delicious. The thoughts of good meals like this that you cant have can make you cry! XOXO Therese

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    1. Oh thank you Therese. I was a mess! Love, Henny

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  6. Something to be said for snow..if it means you don't have to mow!!
    Jane x

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  7. I hope you make good use of all those leaves, and use them to make compost/leaf mould ?
    What's Tylenol ?

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    1. Wean, I surely do. I dump the small Willow Oak leaves in the garden. I have a special place where I dump all the others to use later. Tylenol is an over the counter pain pill like Advil or asprin. Hope I've explained that right. :) Merry Christmas!

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  8. Well, Henny, you sure worked hard on that yard. I don't think I could do that without doing some serious training first . When I dig in my yard, and crouch to plant things, I wonder if the neighbors might call the paramedics sometimes. When I stand back up I have to bend way back to get straight! Sorry your dinner got off to a shakey start. Isn't that just how it goes when you are pooped! We had all of our family here last night for an early Christmas as. It was glorious fun, 22 of us, including the children. I've been putting things away this morning and have some toys to pick up in the upstairs play area. Makes me realize that it would be fun to have the kiddies just to play with, without being the host of the dinner, etc. too busy and confusing. I'm going to check my gift corner and see what I have managed to buy so far. ,maybe I don't have to go out for anything else. I hope you and your family have a lovely time together, I'm wondering what you will be cooking. We had a spiral cut ham and smoked turkey and scalloped potatoes. And a huge salad!
    Merry Christmas,
    Pam

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    1. Hey Pam, I know what you mean about trying to stand up after digging in the garden! It is my legs though, more than my back. I'm glad you all had a good Christmas. 22 is a lot! We will be having 12, which will be a crowd in this tiny house! I plan to bake a spiral cut ham too, and a turkey breast. Our Christmas dinners are always the same...broccoli casserole, green beans, corn, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, creamed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable tray, and a bunch of deserts! Enough fattening stuff to gain a pound or two! Merry Christmas! Henny

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