Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Dab of This and That...

Temps in mid 60's and sunshine  today, so decided I needed to get busy doing a major cleanup in the courtyard.  I have visions of.......

 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....
Actually not to bad, but had rather had some of the crunchy/fried  things that are higher in sodium, more crunch, etc..  Yeah - You probably know what I am talking about  (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


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You sure did luck out with good timing, it's a good thing they walked by when they did. I think it's wonderful that at their young age they're trying to get out and earn some money. It's a win-win situation for all of you. Have to keep the little one happy you know. I remember my grandmother always had her peanut jar full when I came to visit.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What enterprising young men and I'm so glad they were well rewarded for their effort. I'm sure you are too :) No raking here until we get rid of the snow. At least six inches of it has melted in the past week so we're getting there.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So jealous of your weather! And that two helpers just happened to be going by! I would pay that much to do here once the extra foot of snow we just got melts!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

We have been enjoying the warmer temps - so nice!

You were so lucky to have those boys come by. I wish I could find someone to help me with my yard!

xinex said...

Is that your granddaughter? She is such a cutie! Lucky you for having 2 kids do the job for you. I wish there were some in our neighborhood too....Christine

Donna said...

That red head is adorable :)
You got a great deal with the boys working for you and it was well worth the money!
I LOVE Cheetos and Goldfish but the Cheetos are so addictive! I try to keep them in the house too much.
I love the blue sky in your header!