Barely made it to work this morning . . . the alarm on my clock has quit working and I didn't even wake up until quarter to nine this morning! So it was a BIT late by the I got to work -- like almost 10! Oh well, using up my vacation time early isn't going to be a big deal this year since Mark will be offshore for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas this year. Won't matter if I have any time left by then or not!
It was a great weekend, though. The weather was absolutely gorgeous both days. It didn't start raining until the wee hours of this morning. Of course we got 3 inches or so then, but still - it was at least a gorgeous weekend.
Bryan and his help managed to clear out 3 of the 4 downed trees and our place looks so much better! The front is completely cleared once more:
|It got cut up, but it was impossible for us to pick up even the sawed-up branches. |
They were all just unbelievably heavy.
That white "X" on the tree standing near the base of that downed tree above is the other tree that came down back there DURING the storm (the one on the ground in the picture below). Next weekend Mark is going to go rent a really huge chainsaw so they can get that horrendous tree off the fence back there.
Then it'll all be done. Now -- if there just aren't any more storms this year . . .
Buddy and Lisa managed to clear up the filthy paddocks that Mark and I hadn't managed to stay on top of over the last month, too. Then Buddy made yet another wonderful lunch for everyone. Something new and different. Huge oven-baked meat balls that were then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried long enough to make the crumbs nice and crispy. He served them in a yummy (and spicy!) corn and shrimp soup, with some wonderful homemade bread topped with cheeses and soaked in olive oil. Yum! But boy was that stuff filling! I ate just half of mine yesterday and had the rest for lunch today (and it was JUST as good today, I might add!)
|This was an "extra" serving and it had been sitting there for a while -- |
I took this picture after we all ate and it STILL looks wonderful!
Buddy and Lisa both rode Duke for a while, too -- something he definitely needed! None of them have been ridden for months. Then we got both Duke and Lizzie bathed. About time. They haven't had a bath in a couple of months either! Last night when I check on them, everyone was sound asleep in their stalls so it must have made them feel really comfy.