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Re: I hired a gardener

Sometimes, you just need some help. With my rotator cuff surgeries two
years in a row, I had to give up the nagging feelings. My helper took
two tons of pruning and vines to the landfill. Then, I was happy just to
keep it up but definitely needed to get a handle on it. No guilt. As I
get older, I can't do as much as I could so take short cuts. Yesterday,
a neighbor boy who loves autos, detailed my car. Gave him some money and
I instantly had a clean car that I had no time to do. Here's wishing no
guilt for you. Enjoy.

ETN Zone 7 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Friday, August 6, 2010 11:32:51 AM 
Subject: [CHAT] I hired a gardener 

I finally made a move towards getting my front garden back into shape. 
The gardener came over a couple nights ago to give us a quote on doing 
the front yard. I was expecting a basic "mow and blow" operation with 
maybe trimming the shrubs around the house, so I showed him that. Then 
he asks me if I really wanted all the little weed trees in the planted 
area...why, no, of course not, I just haven't gotten around to digging 
them out. I was surprised - the people I know who have lawn service get 
just that, lawn service. They don't weed or do anything that requires 
decisions. So we had a conversation about weeds, he told me it would 
take a while but they could dig out all the grass and even hand-weed (!) 
where necessary, he seems to know which are plants and which are weeds. 
His English is a little broken and my Spanish is practically 
non-existent but I'm pretty sure we understood each other. So I hired 
him. It's cheaper than I expected too, they started yesterday and it 
already looks better. This guy does the lawn at a rental house we own 
and has been reliable there so I have hopes it will work out. 
In the "You Just Can't Please Some People" department, I should be 
ecstatic, and I am mostly, but I still have this nagging feeling like 
this was my responsibility and I'm failing at it. No doubt it will pass 
as the area gets whipped into shape and I get to do fun stuff like 
planting again. 
I'll be picking peppers and tomatoes this weekend, I'll make roasted 
tomato sauce instead of boiling it down since it's faster, but maybe 
I'll pull out the canner and put up some marinated peppers. 


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