Have really slacked this Winter - but for good reason. We all know how irritable "Mother Nature" has been this Winter. She kept many of us in a deep freeze for long periods of time, and she decided we needed icicles to decorate our trees and roof lines, and turn the highways/interstates into skating rinks.
*********OK - back to the clean up. Started raking mountains of leaves out of one of the flower beds and the handle on the rake broke. Still determined, used the outdoor broom (also not in the best of shape). Fortunately I had the gate open and 2 enterprising young men (guessing about 11 & 13 yrs old) walked by, and one asked if I needed some help. I could not say yes fast enough - showed them what I would like to have done, and asked how much they charged. The youngest (who did most of the talking) said $5 each. Told them, do a good job and I will double that. I supplied the leaf bags, and another broom and they went to work, and in no time they had it done. When they said they were finished, I gave them $13 each and those were 2 very happy young men. Also, told them to tell their parent(s) where they earned the money, and if they had any questions to tell them where I live.
Perfect? No. Good job and worth $26? Yes!!! Not to mention it kept me from having to take ibuprofen, walk funny for the next couple of days, and keep reminding myself "Dab of This and That, you are NOT as young as you used to be".
Oh ! And one of the outside brooms bit the dust in the process also. Make note - Buy new rake and outside broom (hopefully some that are more durable).
*********Not the kind of snak I had in mind, but it will do in a pinch....
(crunchy cheetos). I don't buy these often, but there is a certain little red head that wants to know if I have any when she comes to visit, so try to remember to have some on hand when know she is going to be here.
Hope you are having a great week, and hopefully enjoying warmer temps in your part of the country.
Dab of This and That