I took an extra long weekend by taking Friday off in lieu of the overtime hours I worked to co-present my work in Halifax last week.

Sleeping in didn’t work so I got up when Jeff went to work and by 9am I was outside ready to go.

I did a 3 hour yard work marathon in the cool morning, in a hoodie and track pants to keep the blackflies from eating me. I spread 12 more bags of cedar mulch, edged the gardens, weeded them as I spread the mulch, trimmed the lawn around the gardens, and dug out all the yellow day lilies in the garden against my house.

I left the web cam on, so Brian and Dad both watched me and the wheelbarrow travel around the lawn.

It felt so good to get that done and it looks terrific.

Side effect – I had to get up early this morning because I’m too sore to sleep. I guess the bending over and lifting of the big mulch bags was a good work out.

Luckily, I didn’t see any snakes yesterday. I have a blue and purple knee from wiping out on the gravel after a snake surprised me while I was weeding the other night. I tried to run away from it, but I was sitting down to weed, so by the time I got up and started running I was quickly on my face on the gravel driveway.

There was a heavy frost last night so it was a good thing I didn’t plant any more than a few pansies so far.

Vegetable garden is next. We bought more manure and soil for it that we need to spread out. The $80 I won at work in the Survivor Pool (I drew Sandra out of the hat) all went in to mulch, manure, and soil!

Now we have to figure out how to fix the Black and Decker edger/weedwhacker. It felt like a belt came off inside and now the plastic blades won’t turn. Unfortunately we can’t figure out how to get it open and I don’t imagine they have a service facility anywhere near here.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

We don’t have any yet – other than relaxing, and hopefully getting out in the boat to fish.

This was always the weekend we went up to the Stock cottage on the Bruce peninsula to kick off the season. My cousins and I would always find some place to swim, even if it was freezing, just because we could!