Sunday, July 10, 2011

be happy in your work

There is no project too small that it can’t be made bigger. That mantra was imprinted on me by my late father-in-law, while I was young and impressionable, when a small kitchen project turned into a house remodeling job that only ended the day we sold the house (or at least that’s the myth). Well, back to the present. Pat wanted me to replace a path since removing it turned out to have a less than optimal outcome. And while we were at it, maybe we could create a new seating area on the east side of the deck, since we didn’t have one there. I estimated that it would take somewhere between 2 and 3 tons of number 57 river rock (3/4 inch pea gravel). Refreshing the rest of the paths would take another 2 or 3 tons so why not get 5 tons of gravel and be done with it. Let’s add 2 yards of sweet peet, because you can never have too much sweet peet. A half an hour after I placed the order, Jimmy told us that he was going to Detroit for a week. I was happy that he had work, but Oh Boy, that meant that Pat and I were going to shovel 10,000 pounds of gravel by ourselves. Now I have not lived a pure and healthy life like Pat has so all I could think of was the words of Sessue Hayakawa “Be happy in your work.” Yippee!

If you ever start a project like this do not try to figure out how many pounds per shovel full of gravel, or how much can a wheel barrow carry. It will bring tears to your eyes. You will get done when there is no more gravel in the driveway. Oh, and do not forget to pull the cars out of the garage before the gravel arrives.

The delivery was Wednesday morning and off we went, shovel, haul, dump, rake, rest. We broke the task down into what we hoped would be manageable jobs. We rebuilt the hydrangea path on day one and built the new seating area on day 2. Day 3, we widened one cross path and completed all those little jobs that never seem to get tackled. I was hoping that Jimmy would be home to help on day 4, which was Saturday. Man, was I overjoyed when Jimmy showed up late Friday night and volunteered to help finish up. Now Jimmy has not lived any cleaner and healthier life than his old man, but he is 30 years younger. He moved close to 3 tons of gravel in a little over 2 hours. The way Pat and I were wearing out, we would still be shoveling for weeks.











15 comments:

Sunray Gardening said...

All I can say is "WOW"!!! I mean really WOW, that looks gorgeous. I can imagine your pain but I have to say it was really worth it. Now kick back have a nice cold one and enjoy the beauty!
Cher Sunray Gardens

Kyna said...

Wow, you guys have such a beautiful yard! Great job :D

David said...

The paths look great! It really makes all your plants "pop". Hope you didn't hurt your back.

FlowerLady said...

WOW! I love it, it looks wonderful.

FlowerLady

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You really took on HUGE job but it looks great!

Eileen

Shady Gardener said...

Wow!!! :-) Wonderful outcome!

Lona said...

My lands that is a lot of shoveling there folks. Nothing looks any better though than fresh paths and beds in the garden. Now you can set and enjoy the views.

jeansgarden said...

It sure does look great now that it's all done. And think how many different projects you can now cross off your to-do list. (Hint: if you didn't have all these projects on your to-do list, write them down and then cross them out; it's very satisfying :-)) -Jean

The Redneck Rosarian said...

That ariel shot of your garden really shows off your garden WOW! such a beautiful outdoor space you two have created. Enjoy!

Kathryn said...

i love the new seating area!

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Wow! your garden looks fantastic!

Kalipso said...

Well, the job is well done! And it looks great.

Jim Groble said...

Thank you everyone for the kind remarks.Now all we have to do is fill in with some more plants. And maybe wash the stones every once in a while. jim

ladyfern said...

Amazing! Huge, huge job! My elbows hurt just looking at all that gravel! Just finished the planting of a 658 sq ft veggie garden and after clearing land, erecting fence and digging like some sort of demented groundhog, Looking at yours makes me ache for you! Spectacular job though! Looks beautiful. You should be proud!

elaine rickett said...

Gorgeous garden!