Sometimes I feel like my blog is the worst on the internet. All I do is post up trades that I complete, a pack break every now and then with a group break sprinkled in for good measure. I have a hard time coming up with "original" material like Night Owl, Nick from Dime Boxes, or Napkin Doon do on a nightly basis. I've never been a talented writer when it comes to originality but when I get a prompt (or in this case a trade) I can usually put together a few paragraphs and say thanks at the end.
I don't get a ton of comments (669 comments on 437 post, ~1.5 comments per post) but I understand why I don't. Most everything I post is "show and tell", so all of the readers just look and move on.
Baseball cards are enjoyable for me and I do it on my spare time (which is less and less these days). I work a full 8 hours and then I come home to do some work in the yard (more on that a little bit later) or household chores and by the time I sit down to look at cards, my brain is in shut down mode. Coming up with thought provoking commentary or witty banter about something I enjoy is sometimes tough when you're pooped from the day's activities.
I'm not trying to sound like a whiner or get some pity from anybody. I know everybody else has issues that they deal with on a daily basis too. Bottom line is I hope that my writing style isn't boring to read. My blog is what it is and I just want to thank everybody that does read. I'm not going anywhere for a while so you're going to have to cope with my blog for long time to come!
The boring stuff starts right here:
Let me jump back in time to last May when the wife and I moved into a new (to us) house. I've always been the kind of person who enjoys a well landscaped yard and we both saw the potential that the house has (and is slowly reaching). The only thing is that while the inside of the house was well taken care of, the yard had become an overgrown jungle since it was built back in 2007. Trees were out of control and the flowerbeds were almost non-existent. When the weather cooled last September (right after my adult baseball season ended) we went to work. I hate Sweet Gum trees, especially those damn spiky "gumballs" that they drop. Out of the roughly 125 trees I've cut down, hauled away the brush to the dump, given away loads of firewood and chopped up the stumps with an ax, probably 100 of them have been Gum trees! Luckily our county dump gives away free mulch so we've probably spread about 20 or so loads of that in our new flower beds that have been constructed out of nothing but our imaginations and the dirt under our feet. All of this has taken a remarkable amount of time and there's still a lot of work that needs to be done. Everything I've mentioned has been in the front yard!
I'm planning on cutting down more trees in the back yard and planting some grass so that there's a nice place for the Mrs and I to relax with our dogs. Then there's the garden that we're planning on putting in the side yard. That will also include cutting trees down and getting rid of the stumps!
I actually enjoy spending the time doing yard projects. I'm getting my exercise and fresh air and I'm told that's good for me. Chopping my toes off with an ax or having a tree fall on me would be bad. I'm looking forward to continually work on finishing up these projects but it just takes time. One bite of the elephant at a time is what I keep telling myself.