I have a seasonal hobby – a summer hobby – a hobby many homeowners (and some renters) share – yard projects.
The husband and I bought our house a few years ago – the back yard was a great size but it was a huge dirt space. So every summer we add concrete and make it a little less dusty – this summer had been no different.
This weekend we laid more concrete. I know way more about concrete and laying it and the tools that you need than someone who would rather pay to have their yard landscaped. However, my wonderful husband believes in doing things yourself (which is really quite attractive) – And makes him seem super smart because he knows how to lay concrete and do other weird DIY stuff that I have no idea where he learned. Well actually I lie – I know where he acquired this knowledge from – his dad, who lucky for us is sweet enough to help us with all our yard work. And so is Shane’s brother Gavin and my brother Nick.
I would also like to point out that I totally helped too! There is a job for everyone when it comes to concrete! You always need a gofer and someone to do the annoying little things the “real” words don’t want to! Also, I must say, I am strong! I handled those 80LB bags of concrete like a champ!
Doing yard work is especially rewarding to me because Shane rewards me with food, as long as I don’t complain! The rule is I help, he feeds me. And I don’t feel bad eating horrible food because I just lifted nine 80 pound concrete bags and five 60 pound mortar bags. And did all the other fun concrete stuff like drive a wheel barrel full of wet concrete and shovel it into tight places.
I never knew how hard it was to “build” and make things. Hats off to ALL construction workers who do this for a living. And I am especially in awe of construction workers who do this in the heat! It was 90 degrees this weekend – I can’t imagine doing manual labor in Las Cruces where we used to live or any other place that is horribly hot! Construction works of Phoenix you are my hero’s!
Another thing about doing all this yard work – after a long day of working you smell horribly, have concrete stuck to you in the weirdest places and are so tired you can hardly walk. But after a nice shower – You get the BEST SLEEP EVER!!!!!
No need for a sleeping pill or any other sleep aid! Can’t sleep you should think of becoming a construction worker.
It is so rewarding to sleep after you put your body through the ringer. And having a nice place to relax outside (after you are done and clean up) is so fantastic! It’s also crazy to see what started as a patch of dirt is now a cool patio Even if your husband won’t let you put your handprints and name and year in the concrete.
I have included some yard work/DIY work for women below:
1. Wear A LOT of sunscreen! Don’t get burned! Make sure you use sunscreen and apply every two hours. Especially if you are working with concrete or anything else that requires the use of water.
I discovered this great sunscreen that is not oily and goes on super-fast! After two days of doing work outside I didn’t burn once!
Also throw away your sunscreen after a year – it goes bad and is not as potent after a year.
2. Drink A LOT of water! I mean this A LOT!!! You are out all day and sweating, you need to drink water so you don’t get dizzy and fall face first into the wet concrete! That would be horrible! So make sure you and your helpers stay hydrated! With water, beer should not be consumed until after you are done and all sharp objects are put away. . . .
3. Get some pretty/fun girly stuff. It will make you more excited to work! Target, Home Depot and Lowes all have “accessories” for women. Cute gloves or a hat will make you feel better about all the manual labor you will be doing.
I found these accessories. Also, get a knee cushion especially if you are gardening or doing concrete because you will be on your knees all day (no need for gross jokes!) – Your knees will thank you later.
So for all of you doing DIY yard or house projects have fun and you are in my prayers. For all of you who are paying other people to do it for you – well screw you! And please talk to my husband . . . .
Father and son
Bruce is done!!