We make holes in teeth!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Raking the leaves, raking the leaves...!

Title meant to be sung to Judas Priest's Breakin' the Law, with the ... and the ! as the pause and then heavy chord exclamation. I'm sure you're beyond thrilled. Bad 80's heavy metal, rock...rock on!

So today was raking the leaves day, something which isn't terribly poignant in anyone's life, I presume. This will not stop me from divulging my raking philosophy. Once a year I give the yard a once-over. Up til now I merely mowed the leaves with the lawnmower, an action which has caused this piece of machinery to run as if it had caviar, or any other foreign substance, in the fuel tank.

Today I still mowed the bulk of the leaves, an action my mower is looking at with increasing annoyance. But this time I raked the resulting mulch mess that had been starting to cover the yard to this point. I figure once a year is good to give the yard a solid cleaning - much like I do with my teeth! No, just kidding, I clean my teeth twice a year. The rest of the year is the mower for those too.

So I mow the leaves and rake the slop. It leaves the yard nice and fresh looking, and rather bald to be honest. We've got a lot of clay here, so the absence of leaves and sticks and whatnot makes the decided lack of full grass coverage more obvious. Maybe I should just leave the slop there. In addition to this I stoke up the chiminea and burn the trash while I mow and rake. It's really a rather holistic yard cleaning.

With the exception for a 30 minute lunch break and an hour bike ride, I was at it from 8:30 this morning until 5:00 tonight. I'm rather tired at this stage, to say the least. Waking up for work tomorrow is probably going to be a chore. But who cares? I digress. This is hardly a worthwhile blog entry. Given my tired state I suppose it's to be expected. It's not like a diary of my daily activities is really what you want to read.

So once a year I clean the gutters, rake the shed roof, and rake the yard to give it that oh-so-fresh feeling. Sadly I didn't finish, which means I have to try and get it done on Thursday when I work from home, since I might be away next weekend. Again, here I go with the useless discussion on my personal life. Did I mention I wore shorts and boots? I bet you care...a lot.

For all the wood burning I failed to really enjoy much of it. Nine and a half hours of chiminea later, and the only time I really grooved on it was when I was done, for 10 minutes. Sometimes it's easy to miss the good things in life. This is common for human beings. At least I can acknowledge I was missing it while I working. So much of my day was spent not really enjoying the moment. It's easy to do when you're trying to get as much done as you can. On the other hand, you wonder what you're spending your time for if you can't enjoy some portion of it. To be sure I did enjoy some of it. But I'd be lying if I said that it was pure enjoyment. The multiple blisters on both hands would be testament to that.

Anyway, there's my Sunday. I made pork medallions with miso-mushroom sauce for dinner after I knocked back a few Sierra Nevada Pale Ales. I wonder how my fantasy football team did today.


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