Fresh Dirt

chuckup.jpgI am exhausted tonight and I didn’t even do much today.

The day started with the phone ringing. “Unavailable” showed on the caller id, but when I answered they were “untalkative” and hung up. Less than 10 minutes later the phone rang again, it was a recruiter who decided to call me at the ass crack of dawn to tell me one of the jobs I applied for was not available. I thanked him for the info and made a mental note to avoid interaction with him that will encourage another early phone call.

I just got back to sleep and a creditor called. I told them I am still unemployed, and they said they would still wait for payment. Funny how that worked out. Then, just as I tried to climb back into bed the dogs went wild, and I realized someone was at the front door.

My brother-in-law showed up (just after the ass crack of dawn) with his nifty tiller to help us till our garden. Gidget has been working for more than three years turning the soil by hand to get the prettiest garden soil you have ever seen. The tiller went through it like butter and he was done with our modest 10x20ft garden in less than 30 minutes.

Gidget mentioned she would like to have another garden plot further back in the yard, and bigger than what we have now, so her brother took some time out of his day to create a brand new 20x40ft plot where we will be able to plant just about anything we can think of.

His old, almost broken down tiller ate through the grass and hard ground better than the tiller we rented from Home Depot last year that seemed to be afraid of the meadow grass in the backyard. It wasn’t long before he had turned the entire plot and Gidget was spreading her warm compost all over the top of it.

When she finished, he used the tiller to mix it all in with the dirt, and he was done for the day. The soil back there is much richer than the soil up by the house, but he is going to come back in about 7 days to till it one more time, and then it should be ready to go for this year.


I can hardly wait. Our small plot was just big enough for all our tomato plants, a few cucumber plants, and of course, our infamous pepper plants. The new plot will allow us to add several other veggies we have been looking forward to for a long time. One of my favorites is artichokes, and I know they grow here because I saw them at the Stone Mountain plantations, so now I have to figure out where to get artichokes for our garden.

I am hoping to squeeze in some fishing this weekend with the boys, but with the rain in the forecast I don’t know if that will be possible. I do, however, know what my wife will be doing…


Have a great weekend!