Confession: I do not have a green thumb. Hubs makes fun of me for it, but the thought of working in the yard makes me cringe. I’m actually not really much of an outdoor person at all. I was never athletic as a kid. Was always among the last to get picked in dodgeball (and I was skinny, so I really don’t know why!) When I see a bug, I run 180 degrees in the other direction (which, ironically, makes me a great candidate for any dodgeball team). Doesn’t matter how big or how small it is. And I get my husband to kill spiders for me, even if they’re tiny. He laughs at me when I call him into the room to kill a spider.
So… yard work. I hate it. That should come as no surprise considering I’m not a fan of being outside in the heat and I hate bugs. But when you’re a homeowner with a yard, somebody’s gotta do it. That leaves hubs or a landscaping company. Hubs is busy enough with his own stuff. Even if I wanted to do it, I’m busy too, you know, being a mom and working full time and all.
We recently hired a landscaping company to make the front of our house a little prettier. They did a good job, but it was pricey. I think they quoted me way too much money. We called a friend of ours to come and prune the trees in the backyard, and he did a fantastic job. That’s the great thing about having friends who own small businesses. We can call them anytime and get a discount on their services because we’re friends. They hooked us up, for sure.
Pretty soon, we’ll have to get our roof repaired. The summer storms last year were not very nice to our house. If you guys know of any good roofing companies, let us know. We found this one: http://www.roofercharlottenc.com. They put all new siding, windows and doors on my mom’s house and did a great job, but they’re about an hour outside of our area and I’d like to find someone closer.
Anyway, back to why I hate doing yard work. Besides the fact that I hate bugs, do not do well in heat and don’t have a green thumb or an athletic bone in my body … wait. I guess there really are no other reasons. But those are all good reasons. Wouldn’t you agree?
In all seriousness, I hope our kids turn out differently. I want my son to play baseball and my daughter to play soccer. I want them to enjoy getting sweaty and I want them to learn how to plant a garden so that one day, when the shit hits the fan, and the world is all out of whack, we can go off the grid, grow our own food and live together as a family. That’s basically my dream for the future. Maybe then I can find a way to enjoy doing yard work and being outside. At least I’ll be with my family while I’m doing it, right? :)
I can see it now. We’ll spend time on the front porch of our house together and sing songs until the sun goes down. It’ll look something like this, but with people and smiling happy faces:
Our grandkids will be born there, and we’ll get to watch them grow up. They’ll be talented and love doing yard work so hubs and I won’t have to. Once we reach a certain age, we probably won’t be able to bend over anyways…
Oh, who am I kidding. My kids are probably gonna grow up and move across the country, and I’ll see them at weddings and funerals like most families in this God-forsaken country…
Sorry for the pessimism. Hubs just called me outside to help him do yard work, and I got frustrated, which prompted this post, and now I guess I’m gonna join him and give this green thumb thing another go… wish me luck!