Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Good morning crew,
Well, I couldn't take that stump mocking me every single time I pulled up to the house anymore. I swear, the way those sawed off branches were sticking out it looked like it was giving me the finger.
Since I didn't have to teach Monday afternoon I swung by the hardware store on my way home to pick up a hatchet, and I determined I was going to at least get started on digging it out.
I didn't really know what I was getting into until I started to dig, but what I had chopped down was more of a bush than a tree, so I found that I didn't have to dig down much more than a foot before I could get a good swing at the base of the root with my hatchet.
It's impressive what a nice, sharp blade with a little bit of muscle behind it will do. Once I got the stump dug out, barely fifteen minutes of chopping had the thing completely loose and I was able to pull it up with my hands.
I realize it's not much of an accomplishment. Really, any medium size dog could have accomplished the engineering challenge of digging a hole, but I take pride in what I can. No matter how pathetic.
Now all I have to do is fill the hole back in and fix the landscaping.
There is one more stump left to dig up in the backyard. I told the wife she could do that one. I even offered to let her borrow my hatchet.
Laugh it up,
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My 13-year-old daughter wasn't impressed. "So," she said, "he spent all that effort getting an Oxford law degree, and now he works at Starbucks?"
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My wife is a very adventurous cook. "How does this sound?" she called out from the kitchen. "Bonito, surimi, and anchovies in a decadent, silky broth."
"Sounds delicious," I hollered back. "Is that what we're having tonight?"
"No. I'm reading from this packet of cat food."