Friday, March 16, 2007

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Today was the first Friday in three weeks that I haven't had to work. I spent my entire morning with my grandson. I thought it would be a good idea to get him outside for some gardening. He wasn't too excited with the idea of gardening at first so he went around the yard playing with his Hotwheels. I decided that he needed to get dirty, so I supplied him with a small hand shovel and a plastic flower pot. Needless to say, my grandson had a blast. before I knew it, he was lying in the dirt making dirt angels... It was great. It didn't occure to me to get pictures later on in the dirt discovery morning, but he was pretty well covered and quite happy with himself.

The best part about spening time with a 3 1/2 year old is that they look at things just a little bit differently. We're slowly working on getting the house in shape. Remember that the house is circa 1947ish and had nothing done to it 20 years prior to us moving in last year. The interiors are just about finished, for now, but the outside needs a decent paint job. My grandson pointed out this rust stain, just outside the sunroom door. He said "Mimi, he's sad. He's crying." I told him that we'll paint it soon and make it happy again.

While the little guy was enjoying the dirt, I was pulling some major weeds and overgrowth. The hot July 2006 temperatures and the freezing weather we had later on in December pretty much thrashed most of our plants, so we did almost nothing to keep anything going, so we're just like stating over. Amongst the weeds were signs of spring. The poppies that I had planted last year are coming back.

Today was some serious yard work. It was like doing several sets of squats, deadlifts, upright rows and tricep exercises. It's back to the "Yard-work Workout." I don't mess around. If I'm going to be digging in the dirt, it's going to be heavy duty. None of this picking little weeds with tweezers and my pinky finger extended business... I've got tools and I'm not afraid to use them. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Tomorrow I run. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketIt's going to be in the 5 to 6 mile range, perhaps a little more. I'm in the zig-zagging phase right now, where one week I put in the longer mileage,and the next week I back off. Next week should be a 16 miler. The interesting part will be fitting in two 20 mile runs (in May) instead of just one.

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KatieFeldmom said...

I've got tools and I'm not afraid to use them.
LOL! I'm doing gardening on Sunday, but unfortch, I don't like it. Although I wish I did.

Love the pics of your grandson!!!!!
Enjoy your run!

shopper said...

The poppies are beautiful! The color is awesome. Your grandson looks dirty and happy!

I know this one.....AC/DC!

Dori said...

What a cutie your grandson is! And I love your California poppies. We're in the ugly stage here: too cold for flowers, to warm for snow. The accumulated snow is rapidly melting, making for dirty cars and dirty snow.

I don't know how you can run the day after serious yard work. I'd be too sore!

Melissa said...

Your grandson is a cutie pie!!! I love pictures like that...ESPECIALLY the ones where they're all dirty. Sounds like he had a lot of fun hanging with his grandma. ;)

WADDLER26.2 said...

aweome photos-what a handsome grandson!

Anne said...

I can attest to the wonderful benefits of cross-training through yard work. Last Saturday we spent three solid hours paining signs and the next day it felt like I'd run a marathon. I'm sure that beautiful backyard of yours is going to look like quite the jewel box soon.

P.S. Amazing how much your grandson favors you.

frugal zeitgeist said...

What gorgeous pictures, especially of the kidlet. The way children look at the world is so refreshing!!

Irene said...

I've always liked gardening, even the yucky stuff... ;)

Spring has sprung here, finally. I hope it found it's way to you! Letting the kid play in the dirt was great. He went to bed an hour earlier than normal. :) Winner with AC/DC!!!

He's one of the joys in my life. :)The yard work was mostly upper body, but the going up and down thing to pull weeds was like doing squats over and over again... I hope all of those storms miss you this week. It sounds like you really need spring!

It's fun when they get all dirty! I don't like it when he's glued to the TV. It's great when he gets outside and plays.

He's even more handsome when he's not covered in dust! LOL. Thanks. ;)

It sure breaks up the monotony, that's for sure! You should see my biceps this morning! LOL... I'm hoping we can bring the backyard back to how it was in its glory days, when my grandparents took great care to make it look like a park. As for the kid, everyone thinks he's my kid and that my daughter is my sister. I love that!

Frugal Zeitgeist,
Thanks for visiting! The kidlet is also going through a "why" stage. He makes life interesting. :)

barbie2be said...

i love that song. :)

great pictures of your grandson! he is a cutie.

Irene said...

He's my "squishy." ;)

Pat said...

I think the best pictures of people are when we've got some of God's green earth on us. Your grandson looks great.