Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mowing The Lawn Is Harder Than You Might Think

Growing up my dad cut the grass.  When he died, my mom hired a neighbourhood teenager to do it for her (my brother is highly allergic to grass, and fresh mown grass can cause an asthma attack, so him doing it wasn't an option). Eventually she hired a yard company to do it for her, and then she took over the job herself a few years ago.

When hubby and I moved into our house, he mowed the grass (and still does)  I can remember him complaining the odd time about having to do it, and I always wondered why. It seemed so simple to me....walk up and down with the mower on and watch out for your feet.

My mom injured herself a few months ago and wasn't able to cut her grass, so I have been doing it for her.  The first time I did it, I realized that it really isn't as easy as it looks.  If you have a perfectly square or rectangular yard, with no obstacles it may be simple.  My mom has a BIG yard.  Her front yard has a garden with curved edges, and also a pine tree.  It isn't too bad to do (but definitely needs a whipper snipper around the garden edging).

The backyard, however, is not so simple.  There is a hill in the middle of the yard, so that makes it a bit tricky, and there are a few gardens along the fence, and then in the middle of the top part of the yard as well. Add in a few trees and it's not as simple as going up and down, or side to side when you have to worry about getting around all these curved areas.

She also has a table with 4 chairs, and 2 benches for seating on the lower part, so once I have done one area all the items need to be moved to be able to do the rest.

I am in NO WAY an expert at lawn cutting, and there are spots that I end up missing, but it gets done so she doesn't have to look at her yard and think it's turning into a jungle of tall grass and weeds.

Tips For Cutting The Grass

  • don't wear sandals (you want to keep your toes)
  • wear pants (getting hit with a flying twig or rock hurts - at least pants provide *slight* protection)
  • if you have an electric lawn mower, keep the chord out of the way
  • do a quick sweep of the yard and move any toys or items that might get damaged/damage the mower
  • don't cut the grass in the middle of the afternoon when it is H-O-T out
  • be sure to keep an eye on pets and children to avoid injuries

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Bucket List - Update Week 4

Hard to believe that 4 weeks of summer have gone by!  The boys took part in Vacation Bible school last week and had a blast.  They ended Friday with a recital (each group had worked on a song or skit) and a potluck lunch.  

July 27th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

So hard to believe that we have finished FOUR weeks of summer vacation already.  The time has gone so fast.  Last week was a bit rough for me emotionally as the 21st marked the 20th anniversary of my fathers death.  The boys and I went to the graveyard with my mom and had ice cream and toasted my dad with a beer - so it turned out to be a pretty good day.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fuel Up For Summer With This Kellogg's Vector Giveaway

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Summer is such a busy time of year; we are on the go a LOT. Sometimes, it is easy to forget that our bodies need fuel to keep us going.  I am definitely guilty of grabbing quick snacks as we head out the door.

Kellogg's sent me a package last week containing their line of Vector products.  I was super anxious to try them (especially the Honey Almond Granola and the Chocolate Chip energy bars - which are a chocolate lovers dream, by the way!).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dreamworks HOME Available July 28th {giveaway}

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"The HOME PARTY EDITION is Packed with over an Hour of Hit Music and Fun Dancing Content that will Get the Whole Family Shaking Their Boov Thing!

LOS ANGELES, CA – Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation’s HOME, Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time...the journey HOME. Hailed by critics as “an animated triumph” (CBS Radio News) that is “family fun with tons of heart” (Fox TV), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks Animation’s HOME PARTY EDITION on Digital HD June 26 and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 28."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ice Cream Memories From 20 Years Ago

20 years ago today, I went for ice cream with my cousin. You wouldn't think that a single trip for ice cream would have such a lasting effect on you, but this one did. When we arrived back home, my father was dead.  I didn't know it at that moment, just that my mom said the ambulance had taken him to the hospital - she thought he'd had a heart attack.

After arriving at the hospital, we were taken to a small, quiet room (a clue to getting bad news, they didn't make us wait in the common waiting room) and were told he had died.

I was 14 years old.  20 years later and I still remember the exact events of the day, and all that happened leading up to those moments.

My cousin and I had gone horse back riding with a friend that day, and then back to my friends for a swim.  My cousin stayed at my place for dinner, my mom made taco's.  We wanted ice cream for dessert, so I yelled down the stairs goodbye to my dad, and she and I walked to the ice cream place; I ordered a mint chip ice cream cone.  We walked home, and half way there I had to stop and throw my ice cream away.  I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.  We sat for a few minutes and then continued home.  I must have heard sirens (we were close enough that I would have) but never in a million years would I have thought they were going to my house.

Coming down the street, a car stopped and my mom jumped out and threw my cousin into the vehicle...she was petrified that I would get home and see the ambulance outside.....she had to get to me first. The paramedics had left by the time we got home though.

20 years of memories that he didn't get to be a part of.  20 years of wishing things had ended differently.

20 years later and I still think of him everyday.....20 years later and I still miss him as much as I did then.  20 years later and some memories still have me in tears.

20 Tear Jerker Movies

I don't know about you, but sometimes I just need to have a good cry.  Not because of anything happening in my life, but just for some tension that has built up and needs to be released.  I don't spend hours weeping, what I do is put on a good tear jerker movie.

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I have put together a list of Tear Jerkers (the top 6 are my go to's when I need a cry) and the rest are from other bloggers. If you have one not on the list, let me know in the comments!