You were right.
All you boys in my life, you were right.
My husband who wanted the sod cutter roller thing-a-ma-bob. (Bah, said I, it’s not THAT much sod, we don’t want to spend the time and money renting that.)
My brother who offered to use a skid steer to help us out. (What are you nuts, I said, I’ll have nothing but mud in my yard for a month.)
I should have gone for the rental, I should have gone for the mud. But no, not me, instead I channeled Clara at two and said “No, I do it meself.” Well, I used more adult words than that but the sentiment was exactly the same.
And I did.
We now have a 16 ft diameter mostly/fairly/dear-God-I-hope-its-close-enough-to-level circle cut into the lawn. I had a bit of help, but mostly I did it meself.
Now, hopefully very soon, an above ground swimming pool will jump from it’s box by the garage and take up residence on the nice landing pad I made for it. Today while I was dreaming of the cool refreshing water that would someday be in the very location I was chopping roots out of with a dull axe, during my final multi-hour push to just get the *#! thing done, right about when the sweat was dripping in my eyes but after Ivy came out with sunscreen because she noticed my shoulders were burning, and just as I was wondering if maybe a friendly alien might drop in to make a nice crop circle in my yard, because probably they wouldn’t abduct me because I was way too dirty to be interesting, Clara showed up and asked how many blisters I had. I wouldn’t tell her, because I wouldn’t look, I was afraid if I inspected my hands too closely I might not pick the shovel back up.
But now that it’s done I’ll tell you- there are eight, and those boys were right- they were totally right.
Did you take any videos? Because then I wouldn’t have to waste my money going to go see Wonder Woman in the theater…
Bravo!!! You are Wonder Woman in the Willows! 😀
Heroic effort Jessie, well done you! 🙂
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The perils of being stubborn… but the sense of achievement was probably immense!
No, you were right, bu it will be a few days before you can look back and admit.it. Or two days, if you do therapeutic massage and ibuprofen. Which will cost about the same as renting a sod cutter and skid loader. 🙂
Good lord! I’ve been trying to finish de-sodding a 9-foot diameter quarter-circle since last fall. I’m afraid by the time I get ‘er done, the beginning will be grass again!
My sympathies. I have stripped a lot of sod and chopped many roots in my garden. As for men and machines, they can do considerable damage, but in your situation, perhaps not. 🙂
That’s a lot of work, it looks good!
My neighbors tried to do this themselves, they soon found out that they only had 15 feet, not 16.
That’s quite an accomplishment!! Good job! OOXX