Muddy Yardwork

April 3 and I’m finally able to get outside to start the yardwork.  It’s very muddy as well so raking is out of the question.  I did do this spot by the quilt shop so the leaves don’t continue to blow in the door but I’m not doing anymore.  There are plenty of sticks to pick up and winter things to put away.


Bentley loves the leaf blower – he jumps for the leaves and tries to catch them.  Silly dog!


And the first thing Hazel did was find a mouse that the cats killed and off she went with it in her mouth.  I could not catch her!  I guess she ate it so we’ll see if it comes back up or passes through.  Yuck!

I couldn’t sleep early this morning so I got up and actually started cleaning some drawers.  Here’s some memories – a pencil from Mary Ellen Hopkins’ It’s Okay Seminars and a wool pin made shortly after 9-11.

21 thoughts on “Muddy Yardwork

  1. Carolyn

    Bentley is not just looking at that leaf blowers he is thinking, “Now just where is that “go switch”.

  2. Kathy Schwartz

    I saw your barn coupala in the photo. I bought one years ago and I painted the top and the middle copper and the rest is hammered black. I have had people call and ask where I got the copper coupala and I tell them in the paint can at Ace Hardware. It is sharp looking and does have a few bullet holes in it. Hazel is a keeper.

  3. Martha Engstler

    How smart of you to use time when you can’t sleep to do something constructive like cleaning a drawer. Interesting some of the things we can find. I found some unfinished objects (UFO’s) I started years ago. Mostly quilts from classes. I’m inspired to finish now.

  4. Julie Burkhardt

    Mary, I could not sleep the other night either, so got up and folded fabric and cleaned in the sewing room. Unfortunately, I was sound as.eep when the alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. Ugh.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Julie – isn’t that always the way? At least I’m retired and can catch a nap! Never thought I’d be that old lady that takes naps – ha!

  5. Rose Mikulski

    I had to read this right before dinner. I really going to enjoy my refried beans on flour tortillas now. “Oh that Hazel”, I’m sure this is going to be the first of many times I’m say this.

  6. Diane

    Ugh Hazel. But, that’s what cats do so she probably thought it was a good idea:) Natural selection, I guess, but I feel sad for the little ones, too. Isn’t it fun to clean out and find fun “stuff”?

  7. Paula (Texas)

    Unfortunately, my cats like to catch baby rabbits in the Spring. Makes me sad. So far no little body parts. Go, rabbits! The lizards aren’t doing so well. I have lots of “stumpies” running around. I spend a lot of time rescuing critters!

  8. Sue

    Yes! She was doing her thing which is what she was bred to do. Get those small critters. I bet she was very proud of herself.
    Yard work this time of year is not fun.

  9. Marsha Ivers

    Hazel is showing she is a terrier breed, they do AKC events where a dog goes through a tunnel and tries to find the cage of rats and then they have to bark and charge at the cage. Tthe whole run is timed and the dogs get “legs” of the title they are working. Dachshunds are also a breed who competes in these. They are called Earth Dog trials. They might be fun for you and Hazel.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Marsha – a friend of mine said that Hazel became a real terrier today! Ha!

  10. Louise

    Oh dear, Hazel may have a touch of stomach problems later..yuk..I have been going through some
    purging as well but like you everything has a memory attached..been quilting well over 40 years, that
    is a lot of stuff and memories. Enjoy your spring, I am going to if it ever decides to appear!

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