Backyard Adventures

It’s morning. My schedule says a client’s taxes need to be done.
And another client’s financials need to be reviewed and sent to them.

Neither one is getting done today. I have far more important things to do
so I look at the rest of the week and reschedule both the tax and financials.
Then I can concentrate on today’s number one priority: the backyard.

A day before I had a landscape working crew clearing a good portion of the backyard
and reseeding the grass. They told me to make sure it gets lots of watering.
Sounded simple enough – I can do that.
Not so simple!
Some sprinklers stopped working.
And others are spraying more water into my neighbor’s yard than mine.
That means I need to get the hose out and use it where water doesn’t reach.

I take Flipper and Sunny along with me.
Sunny of course wants to do some “gardening” while Flipper wants nothing to do with dirt.
She is a city girl!
I have enough of their antics and I put them both on a branch of a nearby tree so I can finish watering.

When I’m done I go back to get them.
Sunny is in the same place I put him. Not Flipper!
She decided to climb higher!

We finally get back inside the house.
But I need to keep an eye on the backyard.

I don’t want the wild birds to eat the grass seeds.
For the obvious reasons.

Plus, I assume the grass seeds contain fertilizer.
And that wouldn’t be good for them to eat.

The birds keep coming.
Red robins, doves, and a whole bunch of other little colorful winged creatures.
(They are used to come here – they get food and fresh water; but now I want them to stay away!)

As a good backyard cop, I keep shooing them away. I can see they don’t take me seriously.
Instead of taking off flying they merely walk farther away.

I literally have no choice but get my dirt-shoes on
and chase after them. As the doves take off they clearly complain!

This one red robin doesn’t want to go away. On a closer look I see why.
So I stand back and let him enjoy the “catch of the day” – a big, fat worm.
Then I shoo him away.

At the end of the day I’m exhausted.
Who knew?! Working on taxes and financials
it’s much easier than chasing wild birds.

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/Comments/in Work Life Balance/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

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2 replies
  1. Donna Erickson
    Donna Erickson says:

    Mariana, D & B Supplies may still have some of the shiny streamers to hang out to scare birds away. Or a party store might have something like that. Or maybe get one of those little animals with a sensor that croaks , if a frog, or similar, when something comes near it.
    Of course then you would have no excuse to procrastinate on desk work….


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