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Very busy day - I will sleep tonight

March 12th, 2016 at 01:29 pm

As I headed out to yoga class at 8:40 am, I saw my neighbor had arrived with his chainsaw. I called out to him but he didn't hear me over the sound of it rumbling in his hand as he walked down to the giant felled white pine.

So I raced onward to yoga and returned an hour later to find him still there. I got to talking with him and realized I was late for bereavement support group, so I raced again to the church where it takes place about a half hour south.

I walked in just as they were saying the Lord's Prayer, which is how they start each session. I get something out of the group (misery loves company?) but it's such an emotionally exhausting 2 hours (tissue boxes are strategically placed everywhere) and I just wanted to go lie down when I got back home, which i did for about 10 minutes, but then I heard the revving of the chainsaw and knew my neighbor had returned as he promised.

I felt obliged to help him, which I did, and I had him cut off some cracked limbs of the huge burning bush which had taken the brunt of the crashing white pine trunk.

I paid him quite a bit for his time, $160 for about 3.25 hours' work but he's done me many favors in the past 15 years and they could use the money. This time he thanked me for the money and didn't give me a hard time.

In between all this I kept missing phone calls from my mother's neighbors, who we (dad and me) were supposed to go out to dinner with. He had told me last weekend he'd call me this afternoon when his wife got back from doggy daycare.

He remembered it differently, and said he meant for us to go out to lunch, not dinner, and that when they didn't hear from me, they went out themselves.

I left him 2 messages but he never seems to answer the phone, and I missed his calls as well.

It's just as well, I'm so over extended today. So I called dad to tell him we weren't going, and we agreed the 2 of us would go out for dinner somewhere anyway, so he's coming over here at 5. Smile

Before the last call to mom's neighbor, i ran out to local gallery to pick up a piece of art I had framed, and becus they knew mom well, we got into an extended conversation. During our talk, I felt something itchy on my stomach and I started thinking TICKS. I pulled something off my stomach and looked at it between my fingers and yes it was a live, squirming tick, which I put outside.

When I got home I called my neighbor and advised him to do a tick check, put his clothes in the dryer and take a shower. I doubt he'll take my advice.

At some point this weekend my mason will stop by to inspect the driveway, now with all the asphalt pulled up, to see what they have to work with and to give me a start date. The sooner the better because I'm walking and driving in dirt, basically, and tracking it everywhere.

Here's what it looks like now:

On tomorrow's agenda is a drive up to a different gallery one half hour north to drop off a few more small works since she actually sold a few. I want to vacuum my car and I'm meeting a woman i met on facebook to sell her some swiffer dry cloths which were my mother's but i don't use.

And I hope to do some further tree cleanup as there are still many smaller branches on the lawn which I can rake. This time I'll spray my booths with tick spray and be extra vigilant.

4 Responses to “Very busy day - I will sleep tonight”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Hope your day calms down and you can rest tonight.

  2. Dido Says:

    All those daffodills on the verge of blooming--how nice! I love this time of year. Enjoy your dinner with your dad.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can see why you'll sleep well tonight. Smile

  4. Kiki Says:

    Your yard is beautiful. That drive will be gorgeous.

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