Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cold Spring

Stones for raised garden wall ordered this morning from Lowe's

Man, is it ever cold outside. This is one cold spring. 

I wasn't expecting it to be this cold when I returned from California a couple of weeks ago. 

Three weeks in a row we've had a Nor'easter tearing up the East Coast. Thank goodness, we didn't get any snow here in southern Delaware. The but cold bitter winds make going outside not comfortable. 

Yesterday I had a load of forty bags of mulch delivered. Last week I had a local landscaper edge out my flower beds. That was expensive. I decided not to lay out any more money and lay the mulch myself. I need the exercise anyway (I tell myself). 

This morning I ordered a skid of seventy stones to build a raised garden. Yes, I will build that wall. I need the exercise (I tell myself).  

I've always loved working in my yard. I hate painting but I could do yard work all day. I find it relaxing. But as my body ages, I have found I can't keep up with all that needs to be done.

Me with my hired landscaper (still smiling before the job was completed and paid for)
Four years ago I hired a local Mexican landscaper to help. At first his prices were competitive. He charged by the job. This year he changed his pricing and charged by the hour. Thirty dollars an hour. Yep, you guess it. He charged me for thirty-six hours but no way did his crew work thirty-six hours. And his "crew" often existed of just one guy. I hate situations like this. I confronted him about the hours but didn't get too far. He  speaks limited English. His understanding of English is selective. If I say something he doesn't want to hear, he acts like he doesn't understand me. But if I say something he wants to hear like "I'll pay you $1,000 to edge my lawn", he has no problem. I'm not a good bargainer.  I prefer to pay by the job. If it's a good job, and I consider it worth it, I'll pay. If I think I'm being overcharged, I don't use that person again. I won't be using Miguel again. He did do a good job, but overcharged. There, I feel better now after this rant. One of the reasons I keep a blog, so I can vent.

Now, I'm waiting for that sweet spot of weather between the crisp coolness of spring and the muggy hotness of summer so I can lay that mulch. Hope all that exercise can cause me to lose a few pounds. 


Practical Parsimony said...

To one aged body to another, rest often so you can go out and do it again in a few minutes and tomorrow.

Ron said...

Practical Parsimony,
That is exactly what I plan to do, a little bit each day, weather permitting. I used to get these jobs done all in one day but not now. I have to ration out my time but eventually I get it done. It's still good exercise for me. Much needed. Now for the nice weather. Just too cold now.

Raybeard said...

We're promised a return of what we call 'The Beast from the East' this weekend, Ron - freezing Arctic-Siberian winds with snow (Oh goody! - NOT!). Holy Moses! - it's nearly EASTER for crying out loud!!!

Travel said...

I have thought about having a house keeper come in once a week, but they charge per hour twice what I make - and I won't pay it.

Mike said...

The cold wind was awful yesterday, I'd almost prefer a good layer of snow. I'm impressed you're forging ahead with new gardens!

Ron said...

Just came in from the outside. COLD! Some spring here. Sunny but very windy and COLD! Looking forward to warm spring weather.

Ron said...

You got it! I thought the same thing, housekeepers charge more than I make an hour ($12.30) and I do way more with my experience as a hotel front desk agent. I'll clean my house myself.

Ron said...

Just came in from having that stone unloaded. COLD! WINDY! Looking forward to warm spring weather.

Larry Meredith said...


I want it to warm up. I did take a walk this morning although the wind chill was in the 20s. I was hoping we were heading up this coming weekend, Sunday is supposed to be 58 degrees, but they have it dropping back in the 40s the week after, with only 41 on Tuesday. I hope this isn't going to be like 1961, when I was still wearing a jacket through June. Cold really effects me with this ALS.


Ur-spo said...

Stone and Sea are deep in life...
I don't remember the rest.

Ron said...

I fully expected spring to await me when I returned from the warm temperatures of California. As you know, that didn't happen. I did manage to go outside today and lay three bags of mulch before the cold wind got to me. I hope we don't go from cold to unusually hot and humid like we have in the past.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
I must have been a stone mason in a previous life, I love working with stone walls.