Other "dirty work" has been on the agenda too. The gardens are beginning to give us results; zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, a few cherry tomatoes, broccoli and new potatoes are all on the table at dinner now. Early for a lot of these! I'm not complaining one bit, though. There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables, is there?
I am often amazed at my husband's versatility, even though I know in these mountains there are many men like him. Take last week: he fixed the leaky roof, unclogged the dryer vent and repaired the kitchen drain. He also replaced the belt on the riding mower, mowed grass and ran the weedeater, changed the oil in my car, refurbished an old wheelbarrow for selling, graded the driveway and cleaned out the ditches, tilled the gardens, picked berries, staked tomatoes, and a whole list of other tasks. In the process he got very dirty many, many times. Three showers and three changes of clothes a day are not unusual for him. We won't discuss the dirt he brings inside because he hates to slow down long enough to take off his boots or shake the grass clippings from his clothes! It's the price I pay for all the work he does, and while I complain about it regularly, I am well aware of the money he saves us by being willing to tackle anything that comes along. I think he is a dying breed though--are the young men in their teens today going to be able to do what Larry can do? I wonder.
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