There is an old song that has been playing in my head for the past several weeks while my DH and I landscaped the front yard. I think it was Tennessee Ernie Ford that sang "16 Tons" - "You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt." We moved 16 tons of rock - some 2" rock by the shovel full and 3-8" rock by the piece. We also laid 150 square feet of pavers to make a walkway and they weighed nearly 2 ton. We were blessed to have the money put aside for this project so we didn't get deeper in debt, but we did get -
1) Much quality time together working as team to complete this project.
2)A few back rubs were exchanged
3)Lots of strength training, which resulted in stronger, better defined arms and legs
4)A lovely yard with 'curb appeal'
A flash flood hit our neighborhood last Saturday as we were finishing up. The creek near our home which is normally dry, roared and raged by at over 5 feet high. It never got to our house as we sit a little high but it washed out 1/2 of the road that usually went over it. The water subsided in a few hours - I don't understand where it went that fast - and our landscaping survived the downpour. Praise God.
Our daughter got married the evening of 9/9/09 at a beautiful little chapel nearby and the reception followed at our house. A fun time was had by all; the bride and groom are off to Sedona for a short honeymoon; parents of the bride are pooped!
I haven't been on SP much of late and haven't done much exercising (other than the rock moving!) because of so much going on but I'm back at it today. DH asked me last night if I'd like to walk the Peavine Trail with him this morning - YES! YES!
Being a proud parent and grandparent, I have to add a few tidbits to this. My eldest granddaughter, Kelly, missed her Aunt Shelley's wedding because she was being sworn in to the Air Force on 9/9/09. Her dad, my eldest son Paul, went into the AF right out of high school and has since retired from the AF. He is currently IT Manager for a school district in Phoenix. While in the service, he earned his AS and BS degrees. Since then he has completed his Masters. All with highest honors - I assure you he didn't get the brains from mom. On 9/10/09, Paul was accepted into the doctorate program at a local university.
Do I sound like I'm bragging a bit? A lot? Well, I guess I am. My kids and grandkids are all pretty neat. Oh, there have been many issues in the growing up years, many of the usual things parents have to deal with. But all said and done, they are each beautiful and unique, and I love each and everyone of them. Hope to add photos soon.
May God richly bless each of you as you go about your day. May it be filled with the same joy and happiness you bring into my life.