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The tree is trimmed. The lights are up. And, the sukkah is built.

I made it through Yom Kippur. It's supposed to be the most joyous day in the Jewish calendar because (assuming all goes well) God isn't bitter about your sins any more. I find it hard to be joyous when I'm feeling that cruddy. But I digress.

After Yom Kippur was over, we watched a movie (The Great Race, which I had never seen before) and then I went to bed. Karen stayed up and cooked. I got up and went to services, and Karen caught up on some of her missing sleep. Then I started on yard work. I'm not done, but 8 hours later, I'm finished...if you know what I mean.

I raked the front yard, bagged the leaves and branches, and then swept the driveway. I put three of the dead azalea bushes into lawn & leaf bags, and filled the rest with leaves and sticks. I swept the street in front of our house (we don't have a sidewalk, just bushes, so leaves & junk accumulate under them) and bagged that stuff too. I moved the sukkah stuff from in front of the garage, and put it in back behind the breakfast room. It had been sitting there for a few weeks, and needed to be in back so that it could get put together. After I moved it, I figured out how to un-stick the garage door, and did so. I put out three large boxes of trash (mostly cardboard) that had accumulated in the garage, and then raked the side lawn. I stopped by the Feld's to help Harold move his picnic table out of his sukkah, and then helped him bring an 8-foot folding table here. Then I started on our sukkah.

If you don't know what a sukkah is, try Google. It's important to not have anything overhanging the sukkah, so the tree that partially overhangs the patio got a severe cutback. That too went in lawn & leaf bags. During the trimming, many of the small hostas that line the patio were crushed, either by tree branches, footstools (that I was standing on) or me (after I fell off the footstool). Sadly, this hosta crisis will probably repeat itself in a couple of weeks when we go to take the sukkah apart. Thankfully, none of the tomato plants were close enough to be in the line of falling branches, so no seeds were spilled.

I turned two of the spotlights towards the sukkah; hopefully they'll provide some additional light. We also hung jalapeno lights, and generic white lights. Karen laughed at my lack of knowledge regarding Xmas (okay, "holiday") lights. *shrugs* I'm pleased to be ignorant on some topics.

So, 9 lawn and leaf bags later, the sukkah is up and is (for now) good to go. If I get some time later this week, I'll finish weeding the back corner of the yard that I missed. Hopefully I'll have some of the local boys come by and mow the lawn; failing that, I may have time to do it Wednesday before Sukkot starts. Now, I need a shower, and some dinner. Woo-hoo!


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Sep. 26th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
Karen laughed at my lack of knowledge regarding Xmas (okay, "holiday") lights.
Eh? What's there to know about xmas lights other than their existence and that they look pretty? I have purple ones; they are really pretty.
Sep. 27th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
I am culturally uneducated
The plug has a plug on it...that is, you can plug something else into the plug, so that you don't lose a plug to the lights. There's also a plug at the end of the lights, so you can plug another string into the end of the first string. I thought it was nifty. Karen said, "Where have you been for the last 20 years?" "Er, not putting up Xmas lights..." was my reply. Yep, I'm not In The Know. *shrugs*
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Sep. 28th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
Re: It gets worse...
They also won't work if one of the bulbs is loose and not making contact, which is worse since there's nothing obviously wrong with the strand.
Sep. 28th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: It gets worse...
Both of you are making me feel better and better about not being Christian. Or, in Steve's case, not being more involved in lighting. :)
Sep. 27th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm not done, but 8 hours later, I'm finished...if you know what I mean.

It stops, but it never ends...
Sep. 27th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
This is the song that never ends...
Ow, do I hurt this morning. No more saving the world today!
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Sep. 27th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: This is the song that never ends...
Everybody limbo!

Actually, I'm not feeling that bad today. That's good, because I hope to give blood at 4:30pm.
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