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Gardening, zip-lines, tadpoles, and God

March 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments · The Joy of Fatherhood

life is about balanceI’m afraid this is going to be yet another week (week three) without a trade show related post, but I’ve got plenty of excuses. First, like most of us, I am working a lot these days. And, given that life is about balance, I’ve spent my small amount of free time on things other than penning more trade show wisdom. I’ve been doing things like gardening, revising zip line designs, and catching tadpoles.

Gardening: I’ve got a sore back. Last week the weather got nice and I decide to prep the garden for planting. This involved deciding to take out an awesome tomato plant from last year that had given us a half dozen of so red tomatoes in February but didn’t look like it would do a lot more, and lots of digging and mixing (hence the sore back). I also decided to start some seeds for transplanting later. In the past we’ve gotten seedlings, but I thought this year it would be fun to plant some seeds with the kids. We planted mainly several types of tomatoes (the most important garden vegetable and what must be planted every year), plus zucchinis, cucumbers, carrots, and several things the kids picked out.  We’ll see what happens, and how we do with snails this year.

Zip lines: I’m on about the fourth generation of zip line in the back yard. The first design used nylon rope, which ended up stretching and sagging way too much. The second generation switched to steel wire, but the hardware wasn’t beefy enough and needed to be upgraded. The third design focused on finding a faster (bigger diameter) pulley. The fourth and current design revision was to replace the handle one hung from by ones hands with a seat to sit on. I think the zip line is almost perfect now, but I’ve got to find a better way to slow kids down at the end. I’ve currently got a few tennis balls threaded on the wire that need to be moved each time, but I think a spring might work better.

Tadpoles: We were at a friends house recently and heard frogs nearby, so this weekend I decided to take the kids to a local creek in search of tadpoles. We found them… lot of them. I wasn’t planning on it, but we brought some home. It was supposed to just be for a day, but now maybe we’ll keep them until they turn into frogs… if they make it.

Well, I think these are three pretty good excuses for not having written a trade show related post. But you may have noticed the title of this post, and you may be wondering what God has to do with any of this. Well, Will over at his Healthy Living blog left a great comment last week with a joke about gardening and God, and I thought I’d close this (rambling) post with it:

A farmer bought an old, abandoned farm. The fields were grown over with weeds, the farmhouse was falling down, and the fences were broken to pieces. Soon the town preacher stops by to welcome the man, saying, “May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!” A few months later, the preacher stops by again to call on the farmer. Lo and behold, it’s a completely different place. The farm house is completely rebuilt and in excellent condition, there is plenty of cattle and other livestock happily munching on feed in well-fenced pens, and the fields are filled with crops planted in neat rows. “Amazing!” the preacher says. “Look what God and you have accomplished together!” “Yes, reverend,” says the farmer, “but just remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”


8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Will // Mar 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Wow! My name and God in the same sentence… There may be hope for me yet!

    You built your kids a death line? And you are on the fourth generation? How many trips to the emergency room did the first three generations generate? The hardware was not beefy enough? Sheesh, Just kidding, I am sure you have the kids all strapped in with elbow pads, helmets,

    To slow them down just fasten the downhill side of the line to a wall of the house.

  • 2 Will // Mar 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Arrgg! You really do need to install the ajax edit comments plugin I suggested a while ago for klutzes like me that don’t get things right the first time! Or often even the second.

    I did not finish a sentence above and missed a typo…. and you won’t let me fix it. grr.

  • 3 The Trade Show Guru // Mar 31, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hi Will,
    I fixed your typo (down hil) but I”m not sure what would be added to “elbow pads, helmets” and…
    Maybe a kiss and a prayer?
    I’d probably add Ajax in the future, but right now I’m too busy working on the “death line”. 🙂
    But I’ll find the time to look into it, I’m sure. ~ Steve

  • 4 Kikolani // Apr 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    There’s nothing wrong at all with taking time out to experience life away from your pc. I think doing so helps us post more rich content once we return than constantly droning out posts. 🙂

    ~ Kristi

  • 5 The Trade Show Guru // Apr 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks and I agree. We definately need to step away from the computer every now and then, and maybe walk around a lake and take a picture of a duck, or find a humming bird nest. ~ Steve
    PS. If anyone reading this comment wonders what I am talking about, click through to Kristi’s most excellent blog and do some reading. 🙂

  • 6 Rudy // Apr 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I’ve been having sore backs during yard cleanups, probably due to the leaf vacuuming. It made me wonder if I should hire a gardener to do the yard work for me.

  • 7 The Trade Show Guru // Apr 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Rudy,
    My back is still sore, but I say, NO, do the work yourself. It is good to breathe the fresh air and get dirt under your fingernails! Thanks for stopping by. ~ Steve

  • 8 Gardeners Are Busy People | Healthy Living // Apr 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    […] Does this time of year instill a sense of urgency in you also?  Or are you one of those folks, like Steve, who live in a climate where the seasonal timetable has no great influence on your […]

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