I LOVE gardening. I LOVE that I have 7 gardens in my yard and room for so much more. And I HATE that I have a disease that makes me have to avoid the sun and makes me too exhausted to pick up a shovel or pull a weed.
My gardens were beautiful at one time. Over the past two years, I haven’t been able to take care of them and seeing this everyday made me really upset about the condition of my body and my yard. This is what my front garden looked like last year.
This year, I decided that SOMETHING had to be done. I couldn’t let another year go by with my yard looking like this. I was ready to take a gasoline can and a match to it all!
Instead of blowing the garden (and quite possibly the house) up, I decided to pull ALL the roots I could find out of the garden. I wanted a clean slate.
Unfortunately, the top-soil I ordered WAS LOADED WITH ROOTS!!! I don’t think I need to say how pissed I will be when new kinds of weeds and ground cover starts to sprout! I put garden carpet/weed block on top of the dirt hoping that helps. If I could have used cement, I would have!
I am so happy with the garden now. I really hope I can keep it up!! It was a lot of work and my body is shot. I will need about a week of rest to recover but it was soooo worth it!!
AND SHE CLEANED THE ENTIRE HOUSE!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MY BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL!!! I LOVE THE CRAP OUTTA YOU!
Ever since my son was 3 months old (and my daughter was 4), I have been a volunteer FF/EMT for the fire department. I love the snot out of it! Yeah, there is the cliche…I love knowing that I am helping others…but I love it for more selfish reasons than that. Reasons other fire/EMS people are less likely to share because, well, it makes them sound selfish. What are those selfish reasons I speak of?
- Being part of a family that will call me “Crack-Head” one minute and would kill to help me out in a moment’s notice the next.
- Being called “Captain”
- Feeling like I am a part of something bigger than me
- Having people pull over for me because at that very moment in time, I am pretty important and I have someplace to be in a hurry.
- THE RUSH
- The unpredictable nature of the job
- Pride in knowing that I can do such an unpredictable job
- Wearing the uniform (See #’s 3 and 7)
- Having an excuse to leave anxiety-provoking family events when the pager goes off (Sorry Honey, 911 is open 24/7 . There is nothing I can do about it).
- Feeling productive
- Knowing that if my power goes out at home, I always have a place to stay with a generator.
Our fire department has an explorer post and for a while now, I have been hoping my son would join it but really thinking that it was just wishful thinking. Over the past few weeks, I have been REALLY promoting the idea. He has acted very interested but when it actually comes time to walk away from the video game to observe a drill to see if he would want to join, he is all, “MOM! I don’t want to join!”
Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t force him to join but I KNEW that he only denied interest because of that damned video game. I KNEW that if he tried it out, he would like it.
Last night, my husband tried to convince him to go again. He dug his heals in and refused and there was nothing that could be said to change his mind….except…
My husband: ”Mom won’t bother you again about it but she is disappointed that you won’t try it.”
My son: ”I will try it tonight for her. It can be her Mother’s Day present.”
I was sooooooo excited that he agreed and sooooooooo touched that he didn’t want me to feel disappointed. I thanked him profusely and promised that if he didn’t like it, he would never hear another word from me about it again.
He liked it and wants to join!!!! He has no idea how much he is going to like being a part of something bigger than him.