About June I thought it would be a really great idea to order a bunch (like 300 or so) spring bulbs that I would get to plant in the fall. Oh how pretty....until the box arrived full of these bulbs and it has been icky weather. ugh! However, I can finally wipe my brow (with my hand covered in mud) and say that I have finished planting every last one of those bulbs....with Anna's help of course. Whew!
Okay, so about that winterizing the house and yard....Yesterday I was taking on the back yard, which if you've been to our house you know it is nothing but different levels and stairs....Thank you Bob Carey (the man who built our house). My job was to move 4 tires and the rack that sits on top of the Rover to the storage area under our deck. For some reason the HUGE rack didn't seem like much of an issue to move, but those tires....now those were another story. I have moved around many a tire in my life, and have never been quite as dumb about it as I was yesterday. I'm looking at this stack of tires, and maybe it was because I was tired, wet and cold that I thought there must be an easier way than lugging these four tires down our narrow stairway to the lower level. All of the sudden I came up with this FABULOUS idea, so it seemed at that moment....I thought, I know, I'll just roll these tires down the stairs and then carry them in to the storage shed once they reach the bottom of the stairs. So, off I go, I get the first tire and give it a teensy, tiny little push and whatdya know....it rolled quite nicely down the stairs, then gained more speed and rolled right over the retaining wall, then gained even more speed and was in perfect alignment for my neighbors very nice, very large bird bath. Well, thanks to my FABULOUS idea we can now say, what used to be my neighbors very nice, very large bird bath. YEP!....that's right, the tire hit it perfectly and sent the bird bath toppling over and cracked it right in half. Now, my first instinct is to break out in tears, because I was so mad at myself for letting this happen and even more I felt TERRIBLE that I just broke my neighbors bird bath. Before I even reached my neighbors steps to ring the doorbell to explain what had happened she was outside to find me in a heap of tears. She was so nice and forgiving, and that made me cry even more, because now someone is being nice to me.....boo hoo hoo! (Pull it together for crying out loud!) So, even though she said not to worry about it, of course that is what has been on my mind all day today. Thank goodness for neighbors like her (Barbara)!
Lesson Learned: It is not necessary to give a tire even the teensiest amount of a push down stairs....a tire is round, it will roll without much effort.
Second Lesson (which I already knew, but thought since its Thanksgiving month it was worth sharing): Before you break something of your neighbors make sure they know how much you like them and appreciate their friendship....makes it easier when you get the FABULOUS idea and the unfortunate happens. (Like the bird bath)
Final thought: If anyone knows of a Tire Bowling team that is looking for a bowler I would like to apply. I had no idea I had such a talent.