Sunday, July 29, 2018

A LOT of rocks, a little yarn...

I wish I had a picture of all the rocks we've had in our driveway recently, but you're just going to have to believe me when I tell you in the last week and a half we've moved 6 tons of river rock - with the help of some young friends, I should quickly add.  Some things we wouldn't dream of turning into DIY projects, but after getting an estimate for having a professional do this, we decided moving rocks couldn't possibly be that hard. 

And, at first, it wasn't.


And then upon starting the shoveling of the 4th cubic yard we began to think the $900 a local landscaper wanted for the job was possibly in the neighborhood of reasonable.  But at over three tons in I guess we felt we were committed, so we paid our young friends generously and put our own bodies to the test, and I'm happy to say we survived for maybe a little over half the cost the professional with heavy duty machinery would have charged.  I'm trying to decide if I want to know the precise final cost so I'm putting off figuring it out.  The memories we created are priceless.  And the swearing (when the young folk weren't around) will hopefully be forgotten and forgiven in time...

Now, if it would just rain and wash the rocks clean and pretty so I can fully believe it was worth all the effort...   and swearing...  and forgiving...

Not that I spent much time with my yarn this week, but onto yarny things now...

Earlier in the month I made this little mandala:
Little is the operative word here.  That's a little dessert cup sitting on top of it.


And starting to get in the mind of donating some kid's scarves come cooler weather, I began making a squishy ribbed one:
I plan to trim it with big pom poms when I'm finished.  I hope someone grabs it who loves orange! 

And that's really about it.   Aside from shoveling rocks, it's been a good week with various activities that had me out and busy most days, but honestly...  I've missed playing with yarn.  Here's hoping next week sees more hook and/or needle time. 

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Becki wow thats a lot of rock,glad you had friends to help you. Beautiful work my friend ,love your mandala xx

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  2. That is a lot of river rock. Been there and done that too. It is not for the faint of heart either. I guarantee the swearing has already been forgiven. LOL But you are right, the memories are fantastic and in a few years you will look back on the experience and be able to be a bit prideful of the job you guys did and maybe even have a couple of laughs about it.

    Your little mandala is adorable and so nice and perky in color. The scarf for charity is so kind of you too. Rest up this week. I am sure there are a few sore muscles in your household.

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    1. Thank you, Marsha. The sore muscles manifested for me today. Groan.

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  3. That is a lot of rock moving. I am sure the swearing is already forgiven, memories of the fun side will stay with you. Love the mandala, so pretty.

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  4. Geez we had just 3 yards of gravel delivered and we exhausted ourselves shovelling and raking that out. The idea of three tons just makes my head spin!

    What a happy orange for that scarf! Looks lovely squishy too!

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    1. If you're talking 3 cubic yards, and depending on the weight of your gravel, you did shovel and rake over three tons. Three tons, in a pile, really doesn't look like that much rock. But my back confirms to me today that it is indeed a LOT of rock.

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of rocks. Quite enough exercise to justify extra doses of crochet next week!

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  6. That is quite the amount of rock but having moved it round my childhood home yard and present home yard I know all about it but it does create memories that you do talk and laugh about in time. I love the bright orange!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you like the orange. I love it, too, but I know it's not to everyone's taste. And even though I like it, it's not a color I can easily wear. But hopefully some young person will love it and have to take it home. :)

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  7. What? No picture of all that work you did? You have more energy than me. I've tried shoveling gravel before and it is almost impossible to get anywhere. Hats off to all of you! Love your little mandala and the scarf is really nice. My sugar maple has turned and is losing leaves but I think it is more drought than fall...although I can wish it was fall. It finally rained yesterday so hopefully the tree won't die but I'm sure it is stressed. I hope you get to relax a bit this week but I still want to see pics of that drive way! LOL!

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    1. The rocks aren't on the driveway anymore. We had them dumped there and we shoveled and carted the rocks to their final resting place. I'll be glad to take a picture after the rains wash the rocks pretty (or maybe I should get a picture of them wet) and the grass grows back next to where we had to dig. It's all (essentially) finished, but it isn't exactly pretty, yet. Also... The job we did isn't going to adequately show all the rock. We created something of a "dry well" just off our patio to help with the drainage, so most of the rocks are actually below ground level. I also need to get some large planters to set out there - that will make it all much nicer looking than it appears at the moment. Maybe a picture in a few weeks would be nice. Ask me again, if I forget.

      I'm feeling it today in my back. I thought I had come through it unscathed, but it looks like the muscles got abused after all. A little time, some ibuprofen, and I'll be back to normal again. Hopefully. But I'm done hauling rock.

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  8. That brings back memories of 2013 when we shovelled gravel into our new driveway. It was an extremely hot April, and we ended up lobster red and unable to move a muscle. We swore we'd never do that again! Guess what we ended up doing this year... Do take some time out to play with yarn, you deserve it after all the hard work you did. Oh, and I second Sams request for photos. Pics, or it didn't happen. LOL.

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    1. LOL. Okay... if you aren't going to believe me, I'll have to take those pictures and post them one of these days. But see my response to Sam above for my disclaimers. lol

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  9. My goodness, that's a lot of rocks!!

    That mandala is very pretty, and the scarf looks yummy - so squishy!

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