Feb 26, 2012

Adventures in yard work

When we moved into this house 2 years ago, our bushes were so overgrown we could not get cars into the garage. My favorite tool soon because electric hedge clippers. Soon I had a stunning box hedge. I still struggle with the other hedge, because it lacks definition I always am at a loss of how to trim it. Yesterday was stunning weather, the kids and I were all stir crazy, and the teens were driving my crazy glued to electronics.

I decided it was time for some good old fashioned forced vitamin D and fresh air. I had finished about 1/4th of the top of the box hedge when my sunshine turned to clouds and blue skies started dumping hail. I unplugged my electric trimmers and started whacking at it with shears until the rain passed. My sunshine never did come back, but my hedge looks so good (except for the two bald spots, oops!) and we raked, swept, broke down boxes, cleaned the garage, the storage room, then swept them both. Within 2 hours my house was looking so nice again, until we finished and tracked mud all over the stairs. Oops!

Feb 17, 2012

As we approach a year

In ten days, we will reach the milestone of one year since Bobby left for Afghanistan. I approach this date with mixed emotions. On one hand, we are likely over the hump. It could be any time within 1 to 14 months when a job opens up stateside and he comes home, more than likely, we have already passed the half way point. On the other hand, one year is such a long time for all of us. Seeing the possibility of another year on the horizon scares me a bit, but I keep telling myself we have done 25.5 months before and we all survived to tell. We CAN and WILL and ARE doing this!