Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Fat Farm


That's what we used to call them.  You know...the "retreats" where you go to lose some weight ...get refreshed and then go back home to your normal routine.  Political correctness decrees that we shouldn't call them that anymore...but, I ain't politically correct...so I call it just that.  The Fat Farm.

This one is my sister's acreage.  We have joked about it being that since the first time I went there and did a lot of physical stuff ...and did come home 5 pounds lighter.  Since then, I don't always manage to lose, but still do a lot of things while I am there ..so at least I am in a bit better shape when I get home ...except last time when I had an infected fingernail area... which had nothing to do with work or even her place.  It was wrecked before I left home ..but,  progressed to the point where I needed antibiotics by the time I got back here. 

This time we picked major weeds, made a new little garden area where we planted pansies given to us by a guy that had accepted the last of her spruce and fir 'baby trees' that she has been trying to get rid of for ...oh....about 8 years.  She bought them in a silent auction.... thought she was only buying a couple... she ended up with a couple of "lots" ... which consisted of plenty.  The total number of trees was well into the many hundreds. This was the last 20 or so .. by now, they had rooted right through the bottom of small pots and straight into the ground.  We had to pull them out by the roots to move them.  some were pretty big ..and heavy........... some even had 3 trees to a huge pot...

On the day before that she had begun to dig around the leaky yard hydrant, which is near the horse waterer and just outside the fencing around Mickey's paddock.  Not much room to work around it as it was situated between the waterer and a fence post, but it had to be replaced.  Digging commenced... but had to be abandoned on the first day...    too hot and it became too late in the day and ...well, one can only do so much in a day.  I forget what else came into play...but it was something..........

Next day the digging continued.  We needed to get down deep enough in our narrow trench to see the bottom of the hydrant pipe and the coupling ... everything was totally rusted and wrecked.  It was a narrow dark space; we were running out of daylight and brought out a trouble light... there were rocks and roots and rootlets everywhere and it was damp and smelly.  I hated having my head in the narrow space..could hardly breathe.  She was the trooper, as usual, and was right down in there with the crowbar.... digging around behind the pipe as well as in front of it.  We had to make enough room that when we took out the old pipe...no dirt would be dislodged and fall into the lower pipe as we tried to carefully place the new one onto the threaded portion.  Once we found the lower drain area we made sure it did drain out a bit ...then, of course, there was also mud..... oh it was great.  
In the end... we got the old one off...  guided the new one into position and tried to lower it into the proper area..... et voila ..... success!  It turned into the threads nicely... we got it tighter.... tested it and it worked perfectly.  A lovely new blue handled yard hydrant.  Woohoo!  I'll just add that to our résumé  ....... along with massage, dental assisting, secretarial skills, .. re-jetting a motorcycle carbureter, baking pies, churning out muffins and cookies, doing landscape rock work, house painting,   etc...  ...  stitching up things (and, in her case, even making clothing and costumes, I don't really sew)   .. worming horses, and all the other stuff that goes with that.. etc, sheeesh.... she's got me well beat in the 'extras' department of any résumé  . ... we can now also claim to be able to replace a frost free yard hydrant.  Hah!  As if anybody would hire a couple of 60s women to do the task.  Not that I want a job.

I'm not going to tell you about the weed eater episode ... suffice to say...some things turn in the opposite direction than you may think... especially when they need to stay in position while operating in the other direction..... nobody was injured in this process as it can't even be turned onto the threads unless you get it right.

So, the upshot of it all is.....I lost 5 pounds!  

Now, off to get some groceries.  The fridge is bare.  

Oh, and.... deer.  These two came down from the top of the property one night when I was on the porch .. sitting quietly.  I'm not sure if they recognized me as a human..or if they were just not afraid...I quietly took several photos and they never did seem nervous.  Finally they moved off back up the hill.  That was fun.
Click on them to see their little faces up closer .... 















As you can tell....they were pretty cheeky and nibbled on every leaf or flower that looked like it could be tasty .... and wandered around the yard at will.  Checking out every single thing.































10 comments:

BeadedTail said...

I'm such a wimp when it comes to hard work so I'm totally impressed with all you did at your sister's farm! The deer are super cute! We had one visit our cul-de-sac this morning which they don't do often even though there's a lot that live in our neighborhood.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Those deer were a definite reward for all your hard labour!

Beedeebabee said...

"Fat Farm" works for me, and I could use a little stay there myself...I've got a good 5 pounds that can surely go (plus another 10!). Wow, Vee...you're a real jack of all trades! I can't remember if you included your artwork in that resume of yours, but you can definitely add accomplished stitcher, sculptress, painter and doll maker to the very top of that very diverse resume! ...and humorous too! :) I LOVE the doll in your banner photo! xo Paulette

frayedattheedge said...

I love the deer photos, and your meandering tale had me chuckling out loud!!

Sue (this n that) said...

Your Sister's place is definitely where to go for lots of exercise and fun!! Love the deer visits as well :D)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh Bumblevee, you girls rock!! I am in awe of what all you gals have on your "resume"! I remember "fat farms" for sure. I bet the time passes LOTS faster at your sister's than on those old fashioned fat farms. lol Your photos of the deer are amazing. You captured their personalities so beautifully Vee.
Thanks for your visit. I have so much to share. It was such a dream come true for me.

Blessings for a save holiday, Edie Marie

ps Congrats on losing that 5 lbs!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Well it can only be good to loose 5lbs. The deer is beautiful.

Lin said...

I love to work like that. Manual labor and getting dirty is good for the body AND the soul. AND you lost a few pounds in the process--can't beat that!

The deer are lovely.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Vee, Your and your sister are truly "Jills of All Trades".. you tried your hands at everything. Now I know who to call!!!!
and the deer are sweet!

Gretel said...

Vee, I'm exhausted just reading about it! But I agree, it's quite amazing how the pounds fall off with a bit of extra activity. If only it worked the other way round...X