A BIG Workday at Grandma’s!

We had made plans to work at Mark’s mom’s house yesterday.  My mother-in-law had some yardwork that needed done and Mark told her we would be able to do it.

Well…*my* day did not begin as planned.  It seems Murphy had an upset stomach at about three in the morning, and he threw up all over the bed.  I rolled the blanket it landed on into a wad and figured I would wait until I awakened at a more “decent” hour.  Sure.  As I lie there, wondering if the wee wonder might throw up once again,  I became aware that the room was smelling like dog food. (Thankfully, it didn’t smell like vomit!)

I grabbed all the bedding and took it to the laundry sink in the basement. I rinsed everything well, then threw it into the washing machine.  On my way down to the basement, I had noticed there were dishes waiting to be washed so I began kichen cleanup before 4 am!  By the time I was done with dishes and cleaning the cooktop, it was almost five.  Too late to go back to bed, so I continued my household duties.

We left home around nine and went to Mark’s mom’s.  She has four garden areas that needed to be weeded and then have have fresh mulch put down, so I immediately went to work on the weeding.  The sun was beginning to shine and it was getting hot fast.  As I worked on the gardens,  Ben went up on the garage roof and began cutting branches from a tree that had been shading the roof.  The roof had suddenly turned green with moss growing all over it!  Mark decided the branches over the roof were creating far too much shade, so he had Ben take down quite a few limbs.

After the limbs were cut, Ben and Michelle worked to carefully scrape the moss from the roof.  The trick was to remove the moss without removing all the stone on the shingles. They worked for quite a long time and when they were done, the roof looked terrific!  The house will also be getting more light now, too.

As Ben was working, Mark noticed that the electric service lines on the side of his mom’s garage seemed to be hanging low….only eight or nine feet from the ground!  He called Rochester Gas and Electric and they said someone would be out that day or tomorrow.

When the kids came down from the roof, it was after noon and they were hungry.  We began hauling off the branches Ben had removed and as we finished, a Rochester Gas and Electric truck pulled up to take a look at the service.  Sure enough, the “neutral lines” were broken and there was about a six foot  space between them.

I had finished weeding and we estimated how many bags of mulch to buy, so we left as the men worked.  We picked up the mulch, then went to lunch.  When we returned, the men were gone and the sagging lines were now gone as well!  They were now nice and tight.

We worked on mulching, then Ben and Michelle scraped and sanded the steps on the back of the house.  They worked on that, then applied a coat of primer.  By the time we cleaned everything up, it was almost seven o’clock.  We left and made a couple of stops in Henrietta.  By the time we got home, it was ten!

Mark and I talked about it and were amazed at all the work we had accomplished in one day. The only downside is, we were all too tired to even think by the time we got home!!!

I did take a couple of photos yesterday….

One of this beautiful male cardinal that serenaded us as we worked!

And one of the awesome clouds that graced us with an amazingly colorful sunset!

Since I was too tuckered to post an entry last night, here are some photos from Thursday.

This is an incredible annual daisy planted in the front garden. I only wish these luscious yellow flowers were perennial! I love these!

And a wild daisy.

I wandered over to the leach field that is a cool “meadow” where I came upon a butterfly.  I loved the ethereal feel in these two photos….

Well, that’s it…hope you are having a delightful weekend!  After yesterday’s warm temperatures, we are feeling lots cooler today!