Saturday, September 23, 2006

Shrub Removal

Today my Dad took us all over to the office with him, since my Mom is still recovering from a dental procedure. The kids (well, I guess I would be considered a kid in some circles, but for simplicities sake I'll refer to my younger siblings as 'kids') went down and played at the creek that's behind the building, while I drove the truck and trailer with the skidsteer on board (my Dad was with me)up to the Polczinkies (man do they have the longest drive way ever!) to pick up the backhoe that we had left there.

When we got back to Mulberry Center (my Dads office) we (A contractor named Todd that works with us, his son Zack, my Dad and I) used the backhoe uproot all the shrubs that were growing around the building. Sanna was absolutely fascinated by the whole affair and we had quite a time keeping her from joining in herself! Eventually Mattea took her inside and I opened a window right in front of where we were so she could sit there and watch.

It all went rather well until it came to loading the last few plants on. These happened to be sumac, which is poisonous, only we didn't know that until after we handled it.... My Dad, Zack and I all ended up touching it (Todd somehow avoided it). By the time we drove home I had hundreds (or close to that many) of little red welts all over the back of my right hand and the underside of my left forearm. Fortunately, I wasn't affected to badly since there gone now. My Dad still has some though.

I was upset when my Mom looked at my schedule for the next month and found out that I was on for line duty both days of the weekend that the E team is hear, which really shouldn't happen, but it did. I sent out an email to the group to see if anyone can swap times with me (at any rate now it looks like I may be on once just about every weekend in October). If that doesn't work out then I guess I'll probably just skip, even if it means getting kicked out of the club... I don't want to miss the community fair.

Speaking of scheduling, I just got a jolt when I realized that I was on for both Ushers and worship tomorrow morning. I guess that's pretty much my fault though since I haven't been looking far enough ahead to tell them when I have conflicts, so I'll have to start getting the two things more synchronized.

PS. Damaris, I would try to see you as a surfer, except that I don't think that I've ever seen you before, so it's kind of hard to visualize. : )


- drew

7 comments:

dams said...

i've pulled up shrubs. hard work. we don't have sumac. not that i know of. and i dind't get to touch the backhoe...
today, we're putting in a fence. haha. i still say i'm no redneck...

true. and i couldn't see me surfing either. i've never stayed standing longer than 3seconds.

Andrew said...

Well I didn't really get to touch the backhoe a lot either (aside from accidentaly slamming my hand into it)

I never thought you were a redneck! Stop assumeing I think you are things that you aren't!

; )

dams said...

oh, my. i'm really bad about miscommunicating on your blog!

it's a joke around the blogosphere-i live in a redneck town...the kind where everybody's got a truck (fords mostly) and the super target is a big deal. :)i don't mean redneck in the deragotory white-trash way. i mean more of a southern cowboy type thing.
anyway it's a joke cause i like trucks and [some] country but i refuse to become a redneck...

sorry. i did't mean to imply that i thought you thought that i was a redneck...
wow.

is that confusing or what...
haha.

Andrew said...

lol, good, I'm glad they mostly have Fords.

Sherlock said...

Dami a surfer? HAHAHAHAHAHA wow that is a funny mental picture!


Hey andrew if you like paint, have you ever heard of Photoshop C52?

Andrew said...

I've heard of photoshop, but I'm not familiar with it. Do you use it?

Sherlock said...

Yeah. it's really cool. I'd show you but, i have no clue how to post pics online.