How Brave Am I?

Our side yard, Fairfield Glade.  October 23, 2009.

Our side yard, Fairfield Glade. October 23, 2009.

I’ve always felt that I was pretty good at handling life’s little setbacks and disappointments.  I thought I could handle any adversity, but I’m beginning to have second thoughts.

As you know, Betsy is in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, with her childhood girlfriends.  She didn’t want me to be bored while she was gone, so she left me with a fairly extensive ‘honey-do’ list.  The two biggest items on the list were mowing the lawn (and picking up the leaves) and stacking the firewood that we were expecting to be delivered.

I finished the lawn on Thursday and it looked pretty good, if I do say so myself.  And just before it got dark on Thursday, the firewood was delivered and dumped in the side yard.

Unfortunately wood wasn’t the only thing that came Thursday.  Thursday night brought high winds and rain which continued off and on until Friday afternoon.  When the rain finally ended I went out, picked up the many branches that had fallen  during the storm, and faced my dilemma.

As you can see from the picture above there is a lot of wood to be stacked, and there also a lot of leaves on the ground.  There’s more wood than I can stack in a single day and the leaves are wet, so it’s going to take more than a day to clean them all up.

So the question — is do I have the necessary courage to face Betsy with an incomplete ‘honey-do list’?  What do you think her reaction will be?  Do you think I’ll end up in the dog house?  Would it do any good to ask Betsy to extend her vacation so I have more time to finish the list?

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16 Responses to “How Brave Am I?”

  1. Neal Says:

    I’d wait for Betsy to return. Are you sure you can even stack the firewood without Betsy there to supervise you? 🙂

  2. NCMountainwoman Says:

    You have nothing to worry about. Betsy will be so glad to see you she won’t notice anything until you tell her. Then she’ll smile and say, “We’ll get started first thing in the morning.”

  3. Kathy Says:

    Bless your heart. I would come help you clean it up if you were just a bit closer to me. Aww Betsy seems like a fairly cool lady. I bet she wont think a thing about the unstacked firewood.

  4. Cheryl Says:

    Hmmm…what a dilemna! I have a feeling that your Betsy will be so very pleased to be home with you that nothing else will matter! Love your header photo.

  5. Pam Says:

    I think you should consider a tall tale and it might sound something like this…
    I had the leaves all raked and the wood all stacked until a wind and rain storm blew the neighbors leaves into our yard and knocked all the wood to the ground. Just as I started all over again I tripped over a log and hurt my back.
    Well what da ya think, George… will that work 🙂

  6. Carletta Says:

    Some great comments before me George so I’ll just say I think it will be ok. It’s that time of year we have to expect the unexpected. Betsy will understand. But, if we find you not blogging for a few days we’ll know you’re in the yard! 🙂

  7. Rose Says:

    I’m sure Betsy won’t even notice its not done…she will be so glad to be home.

    However, you could ask Neal to come help…he is good at that kind of stuff.

  8. MaryBeth Says:

    Awww—she will just give you a hug and a kiss and say there is always tomorrow. (I hope so anyway) LOL MB

  9. Karen Says:

    I think Betsy will be so happy to see you that she won’t care one bit about the yard. 🙂

  10. busy bee suz Says:

    I think you should cook a nice meal, purchase (or cut) some flowers and a nice welcome home gift. She won’t even notice the outside. 🙂

  11. Neal Says:

    Or when you get home say….”Look, they delivered the wood while I was gone!!” 🙂

  12. Tricia Says:

    GOD Bless you George! Betsy won’t put you in the doghouse, she loves you! She’ll understand, you can do it!

    Happy reunion w/ Betsy!

  13. Jen Says:

    Excuses, excuses…
    Ha, only kidding. I’m sure your lovely bride was just happy to
    be back home with you.

  14. Karin Says:

    My vote is with all those who said Betsy will be so glad to be home, she won’t even notice that the honey-do list is not completed. Besides, you wouldn’t want her to stay away any longer either just so you could do the chores. No Way! LOL

  15. southlakesmom Says:

    You need to find some local Boy Scouts to do some good deeds!

  16. happilyretired Says:

    Methinks Betsy will understand and simply be happy to be home with you!
    Hugs and blessings,

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