Sweating is Not My Thing

Sweating is Not My Thing

We have been working in the yard for the past few days getting ready for a big party tomorrow.  Two of the girls are graduating so we are having a small ceremony with family and close friends.

I don’t like yard work.  I am not one of those people who enjoys sweating and getting my hands in the dirt.  I hear people talk about how satisfying it is to get their hands dirty and all I think is, “Yuck.  Haven’t they heard that cleanliness is next to godliness?!”

I also don’t like tomatoes.  Just a random bit of info that I thought you might need to understand that I don’t care for yardwork.  It seems like people who love that also really like to grow tomatoes.  That’s just my assessment from the other side of the glass.  By that I mean inside the house where the air-conditioning is.

What DOES interest me is having a beautiful yard.  So sometimes I do actually have to sweat and get dirty for that to happen.  Thankfully I have a full crew so our family rallies together like a little machine and gets the job done.  Then we jump in the pool.  Because lounging in the cool water does interest me.

An as an update on our green swamp, it is crystal clear and staying that way.  I used the advice from a website called Trouble Free Pools. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but now it’s going fine.  It has been freeing to be able to do this myself without the help of the expensive pool store chemicals.

Back to the graduation prep, there’s also plenty of inside work to be done.  Bathrooms have to be cleaned and stocked, tablecloths have to be ironed and someone has to cut a watermelon half into a Pinterest worthy fruit bowl.

Being a true Texas gal, I am ordering bar-b-que from a local place that slow cooks it all night into a melt-in-your-mouth slice of heaven.  The whole meal is going to be gluten-free in honor of the 2 graduates who both are GF.  It’s been a challenge, but I’m up for it.

I decided on an ice cream bar instead of cake.  This morning I’m having one of the kids scoop ice cream into small mason jars so it will be ready to just pull out and serve.  No bowls and scoops and drippy messes.  Seriously y’all.  I am making it as easy on myself as possible short of hiring servers and landscapers.  Which I tried to talk James into but he insisted it wasn’t in the budget.

He and I don’t see things the same way.  I see a whole week’s worth of exhausting work ahead and he sees coming out of his office on Friday night to a beautiful yard and prepared food.  But then, I see the money in the bank account as just magically appearing, and I don’t think he sees it like that at all.

I am looking forward to hanging out with my people and laughing about the old days.  There’s nothing like an evening with the people who knew you when you were 12 to keep a girl humble.  It will come as no surprise to any of them that I don’t like to sweat.  When I was in the second grade I insisted on signing up for girl’s softball then cried through the entire first game because it was hot.

It’s gonna be fun.

Have a happy fourth!


  1. Have a great weekend and congrats to the two grads! I actually don’t mind the sweating but tend to prefer James method of coming out to it being done 😉

  2. I don’t like to sweat either. And I’m also not a big fan of yard work. I try to keep my entire years’ worth of yard work to well under 10 hours. I do grow tomatoes. And herbs. And green beans.
    We are such kindred souls.

  3. Lisa,

    I don’t like to sweat either! Yuck!

    But I do like a beautiful yard and garden! I began paying my almost 12 year old for weeding! It has been such a blessing this year!

    Congratulations to you and James, and to your sweet girls! Well done!

  4. One of the many benefits of Senior apartment living, is the beautiful landscaping is done by some men who come in a big truck with leaf blowers and mowers and flowers to plant every month. Beautiful Crepe Myrtles outside my windows also. Although I am seriously thinking of planting a salsa garden in a long box on the patio next year…..tomatoes, peppers, and onion! We will have to see how sweaty that is first though, cuz I’m with you on that! 😀

  5. I hate to sweat, too! My friend and I used to say that you always hear that southern girls perspire, but we SWEAT! And I just can’t STAND to sweat. Blech. 🙂 I do love homegrown tomatoes, though, although I can’t grow them myself for anything. Hope your party was wonderful! The ice cream bar sounds like fun.:)

  6. I’m not a fan of yard work, either. Mostly for the same reasons as you: I don’t like to sweat and I don’t like to get my hands dirty. The older I get, the more OCD I get about that. My daughter appears to be the same way. She doesn’t like to get glue on her hands (although I do, because that’s just fun, peeling the glue skin off your palms. Takes me back to kindergarten.). I’m not a fan of tomatoes, either. In fact, I don’t like the smell of the tomato plants. However, I do love salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and other yummy stuff that has tomatoes in it. Most think I’m weird for that.

    Congratulations to the graduates! What are there plans now?