Just a Quick Ten Minute Job

There are small jobs.

There are large jobs.

And, in my family, there are the infamous “ten minute” jobs.

“Ten minute” jobs always – always –  morph into something much larger, more time consuming and gigantic than anyone was expecting. A “Ten Minute” job is the one that ends up taking two trips to a hardware store, and finds problems inside of problems. In my family the words “I just need help on a quick ten minute job” have been met with dread and fear.  I’m not sure why any of us even think it’s possible to do a job in ten minutes. I certainly should have known better…

My dad came to my house with a Kaboda equipped with a winch, a rusty cable, a three-hundred pound lead weight and a plan and told me it would just take ten minutes to get the unwanted willow branch onto the ground.

So deceptively small looking. So very heavy.

…I should have known…

We enacted the plan.

And then there was the part where the 300 pound weight went up in the tree and stayed there instead of coming back down so the old rusty cable could start to cut the branch. More weight was added, different angles were tried…

Hours later the plan was working. We might not have been “sawing” the branch off, but we were certainly “sanding” our way through it.

Look at that sawdust fly!

My dad and I are long on stubborn. The branch was going to come down and with a bit of extra rope and planning…

It did.

Down it comes, nice and slow and just in the right spot!

Five and half hours after we started it was all sawed up  and hauled off.

Around here, as I should have known, that’s just your typical “ten minute” job.

12 comments on “Just a Quick Ten Minute Job

  1. Sharon Jacobson says:

    I know all about the so called 10 minute jobs. There is no such thing. I won’t go into details!!

  2. Hilarious. Especially because I do stuff like this at least once a week.

  3. Andrea S says:

    Hilarious! I love the fact that you were so certain this would be another drawn-out, nothing-goes-right situation that you took pictures at every step! I’m glad we aren’t alone with our “10 minute” projects.

  4. Widdershins says:

    Hilarious!!! 😀 … no-one had a ladder and a chainsaw, right? 🙂

  5. Elizabeth J Eloranta says:

    Don’t get me started…..just remember what your last name is….enough said.

  6. I’m just going to say that sometimes all my projects seem like this…

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