Monday, May 5, 2014

Why it's important to eat dessert first

Up until a few years ago, I always did my homework before I went out to play. 
Lately, I've dumped that misguided approach to life and always eat dessert first.
In other words, I would rather go on an early morning ride
and be too tired in the afternoon to do chores than the other way around.
So Sunday started with a nice long ride with Lucy. 
Saddling her up on a clean porch made it all the more fun.

My simple goal for the rest of the day was to plant these flowers in the pots by the front door.

But I knew I would want to take pictures of the flowers when I was done, and the windows would be in the background, 
and the windows were filthy, so why not wash them first? It was a warm, non-windy day...what the hell? 
 But before I washed the windows, it probably would be a good idea to turn Toro loose on the garden path, 
and before I did that, I should give all that sage a haircut...

One thing led to another...

...and before I knew what hit me, I was blowing the dirt off all the window ledges.

Then I went to the front porch and blew off all the gravel that the chickens manage to kick under the railing. 
Then I removed all the window screens and blew those off. How I love my leaf blower...let me count the ways.
After all that was done, I finally washed the windows. By now, I was tired and filthy and thought about bagging 
the flower planting, but with my luck, we'd have a dust storm before the next time I got around to it and 
the windows would be too dirty to take pictures and I'd be right back where I started. 
So I shut up and planted the flowers.

Look at that clean window.

And look at that snake crawling towards me.

He turned around as soon as we made eye contact.

See him down there below the clean window?

He made another turn and headed across the path to who knows where.
I didn't bother to catch and relocate him since he's just a harmless bull snake.

Smooch was in the house watching him slither off, adding noseprints and slobber 
to the other side of my clean window.  *sigh*  Good thing I rode Lucy first.


  1. Ha-ha. I do the same thing. One smaller chore turns into a much bigger one by the time I get sidetracked over and over.

    I wonder if the Magnificent Toro does windows? Hmm…off to Google. ;)

  2. Well done! There's nothing like the feeling of standing back and seeing the finished product of those tasks that push us past our comfort zone. Not only is it just SO nice to see the finished product, but there's something about that kind of tired that makes for a good rest and sleep. Thank goodness for painkillers, however, right? The older I get, the harder it is to 'push through'...but I got a double dose of stubborn within my genetic code, and that helps out a lot. Your flowers look great. That snake, would have caused my tired heart to stop completely, AND, isn't it just so fun playing with new toys?! Gotta love a dirt mover that can help with so many areas. Great post...have a splendid week! OH, by the way, the look on Lucy's face is wonderful. What a sweetie patootie.

  3. I love it that you know your snakes and don't let them bother you. I don't want them IN the house, but they are free to roam and eat vermin all they want here in the Smoky Mountains where I live. We too, 'encourage' copper heads to live further away. We have timber rattlers here, but have not seen one on our property. On the trails in the park (GSMNP) we frequently see vipers, including rattlers. No telling how many see us as we pass by, unaware of their presence nearby. Wish the Toro could be used to dust inside. I'm afraid all my memorabilia would bite the dust, so to speak.

  4. Sometimes, I don't just have dessert first, it IS dinner. The chores will always be there. Always.

  5. Riding Lucy first should always be a first priority!!~

  6. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK......... a snake. now that I have that out of my system can you please send me some of your energy, thank you!

  7. I agree. Good thing you rode Lucy first! :-)
    Cheryl Ann

  8. Life is never dull at the 7MSN. I've been trying to plant but were still

    below zero here at night. Hurry spring! BA SP

  9. I love a woman who has her priorities straight. Always the good stuff first, even if that is a new mighty tool to wield. You are a dynamo when you get to "choring". I used to be but my get up and go, got up and went. Nowadays I'm more like my turtle buddies, slow and steady wins the race. Carry on strong woman. xoxo Oma Linda

    Great snake photos.

  10. thanks for my first laugh of the day.... and it happens here to but you have more fun with your work

  11. Smart to leave him as they also kill and eat rattlesnakes. They are like guardians for your ranch.

  12. It's always a good choice to eat dessert first! I'm like thing leads to another and before I know it I have 5 things on the go at the same time. Speaking of which...I'd better get busy...

  13. I could not do the snake thing. Nope. Love where you live other than that though.

  14. Ha! What would a window be without slobber and nose prints?

  15. Congratulations for the flowers, the nice back and front yards! 7MSN Oasis it becomes. Hope the snake is not problem for Johnny. and yes the leading chores, shall I call them like that: one after the other

  16. Yuk another snake at Morning Bray Farm, 2 snakes in 5 minutes, that will make my day!

  17. Loved this post! I had to come back and read it again a couple of times during the day.

  18. I am a lifelong homework-first-pain-in-the-@$$ myself,\ and will take this as my wake-up call to reform. You make a persuasive case. Keep it up, and you will become a spokesperson for Toro.

  19. I knew snake season was coming. Dang that thing is huge. I do not mind spiders of really any size...well not like wolf size spiders, those are gross. But can't kill those with a can of spray. Now see I would be shooting at the thing with a pretty good size gun and then those nice clean windows would all be blown out. Snakes...there are just no words. Your place looks fab!

  20. Nice

    By the way.....
    Just an FYI.
    It's led, not lead. You said: "One thing lead to another"
    It's actually: 'One thing led to another'

    You're welcome,