Monday, April 30, 2007

feels so good!

We’re putting a vegetable garden in our back yard. We have attempted this before in a teeny-weeny area. But we’re not city slickers anymore, we’re suburbanites now. So the veggie bed will be 6’ x 30! (That’s huge to me.)

I borrowed a tiller and spent a couple of days getting sunburn and breaking my back. My next-door neighbor is putting up a new (vinyl) fence for somebody in the next town, and offered to give me the old (cedar) fence. Totally, dude!! So between passes of the tiller, I was tearing down old sections and putting up the new ones, including a new gate.


That’s super-hard work, and I was feeling especially driven. When I get that way, I will push myself to work until I am ready to pass out.


I was pretty focused on the projects, and not talking to anyone. But when Mrs. Craver came outside (cue music) with a tall glass of iced tea for me, that was a very welcome treat! She said she liked how the work was coming along. Let me tell you, that was the very best glass of iced tea EVER! She slaked my thirst, and refreshed my spirit at the same time.


That gal of mine, (smiling) she’s alright!


Every Square Inch said...

I'm not much of a's all I can do to keep up with the mowing so all your talk of hard work is making me feel guilty. BTW, what are you planting in your veggie garden?

L.L. Barkat said...

And oh so wise too... now she's got a way to keep you out there with the tasks to come... weeding, harvesting. I like that Mrs. Craver. :)

Anonymous said...

LL, you are sooo right. Fattening him up for the kill! *snicker*

Actually, she probably wasn't. But now she may have ideas....

Llama Momma said...

I'm with the ladies on this one. That Mrs. Craver is one smart lady!

Good work, Craver! Now, I've got a few things that need to be done over don't mind, do you? :-)

Craver Vii said...

(Stepping down off the “what-a-guy” pedestal)

ESI, nothing. I have no intention of planting anything in there. I will cultivate the ground and build the fence, and maybe a trellis or two. That’s it. My Mrs. wants to plant a couple different kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, and that’s about all I can remember, but after the prep-work, I have other projects to keep me busy.

She has been asking me to do this for the last two years, and I finally got my act together.

I sure painted myself in the best light, didn’t I? The spotlight needs to be on my bride. And no way people, there is too much other work for me to do; she knows I will not be planting, watering, weeding, or harvesting.

Craver Vii said...

There is quite a lot we have going on this summer, but now that I am not going on this missions trip, I might be able to find time to sqeueeze in a neighborhood barbecue with the fam. (hint, hint)

jazzycat said...

I am glad you enjoyed that tea, but
that ice took electric power to freeze it. That meant you used energy that put carbon dioxide into the air. That means you left a carbon footprint.

However, you are in luck because over at Jazzycat we are offering carbon credits to offset your splurging by putting ice in that tea.......

How many shall I put you down for?

spaghettipie said...

Two things I loved about your post today:
1) In a world where it seems like being publicly critical of your spouse is the "funny" and "normal" thing to do, I really appreciate that you wrote a blog to honor your wife with public praise.
2) The example that your wife is - reminding us that paying attention to those seemingly small acts that refresh our spouses have huge payoffs.

Llama Momma said...

Craver -- I'm thinking a summertime bloggercue would be a lot of fun! ;-)

L.L. Barkat said...

Actually, kidding aside, I have to agree with Spaghettipie. My first impression of the post was that it was nice to see you both doing things for each other, with love and kindness (and a little sweat on each side).

Craver Vii said...

$o funny Jazzycat, you’re crazy.

My lady really is something special. She’s not so keen on blogging or public speaking, but you should hear her sing! She probably won’t sing for us at a bloggercue, but I could probably talk her into making her potato salad, which is always a big hit.

Lifelong Learner said...

I wish we could have a garden. We're in a small apartment in a big city. We do have a series of 5 gallon buckets on our balcony for our "salsa garden." But that's about it. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I guess stacy's bringing salsa to the bloggercue, then.

I just planted strawberry plants in what should have been my very properly mulched suburban flower bed. So I'll bring strawberry shortcake.

Craver, I also love how you honor your wife. This is not the first time, either. Thanks for letting us peek (over the new fence) into the life of the Cravers.

Ester Wilson said...

congrats with the new fence and garden! I can imagine that it's beautiful! I so love growing plants, and am totally envious right now, as I'm stuck downtown in a tiny apartment. My living room overflows with green things and no space.

Maybe you could share some pics of it? Hope the heat isn't killing you too badly :)