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Sunday, June 25, 2006

What does 8 men, good food and a LOT of beer make?

My new fence! That's what they make!! WOOO!! Just a quick blurb to show you's the "so far" pictures of our brand new privacy fence. The fence party started yesterday with a rocky start. First off, my Hubbs' crew from Arkansas ended up having to work for the company yesterday and we didn't know if they were going to be able to make it over to help out or not. This was the good kick in the heiney that was needed to realized that people who have good intentions, may not be able to follow through because of unforseen circumstances and how you should really plan for that kind of outcome.. which we didn't. Oh no... Hubbs decided that he'd have so many guys here yesterday that he really didn't need to finish clearing out all the hedges and wild life that surrounded the old chain link fence. Being a dutifully nagging wifey, I kept telling him that the clearing of our small Amazon looking yard would be a day's work in itself.. but did he listen? Mmm hmmm.. moving on! Our faithful friend, Stump (yes that's his nickname which he prefers over his real name, Pat) showed up first and we were so grateful, as Stump has pretty much become a fence building master - he has put one up in his yard a few years ago (with the help of Hubbs) and helped a few other friends put theirs up. So I felt a little better knowing his expertise would make this process go a little more smoothly.

Of course there really wasn't much they could do by themselves other than to clear out the wild life and take down a section of the old chain link.. and just as they finished, two more guys showed up unexpectedly. They work with us but weren't on Hubbs' crew but they had heard about the fence party and just decided to come give a hand. Bless them. With their help the section that was wide open to our neighbor's yard could begin to get the posts set. Happily, a few hours later the whole crew showed up and after being fortified by some lil snackers I made (my cheesy sausage snackers and some chorizo & manchego quesadillas) and some frosty beverages.. all the posts were set and the frame work was done! Today they will fill in with the dog eared boards and install the gates. I'm so excited!

After all this hard work, I made them a huge dinner of Jack Daniels' glazed ribs on the grill, pasta salad, potato salad, broccoli slaw and a peanut butter gooey cake (one of the many variations of Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake), which I will post about another time. Tonight's "thank you so much you all rock!" dinner will be my London Broil, roasted potatoes, corn on the grill, left overs from yesterday and another Gooey Butter Cake that I'm going to concoct myself, as Paula says that ANY flavor can be done.. so we'll see if she's telling the truth ;)

Okay here are the pics and now I'm off to start preparing the snackers for their lunch break!

6-24-06Fence
Going to hide the ugly neighbor's house.. teee!

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Putting a fence on this side of the back yard will allow us to take down the ugly chainlink gate that the previous owners decided to install directly over the driveway, making using the garage for our vehicles impossible).

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This is the back of the yard, where you can see what I mean about the "wildlife" that has taken over the chainlink fence. Because there is no space between the new fence and the neighbor's picket fence, they decided to just leave that section of the old chainlink and bring the new wood fence in a foot.. which I kind of like as I hope the ivy growing up and through will start to climb the new fence and grow over it. =)

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Comments on "What does 8 men, good food and a LOT of beer make?"

 

Blogger ilva said ... (6/25/2006 10:19 AM) : 

Congrats! But how do you make whiskey glazed meat?? Could I use Irish whiskey?

 

Anonymous emily said ... (6/25/2006 5:37 PM) : 

The ribs sound so good.If you keep feeding the help like that,you'll have more help than you need.Word will get around.lol

 

Anonymous Ellie said ... (6/26/2006 1:14 AM) : 

Hurrah on the new fence (and a usable garage!!) - any chance of a picture of the ribs? ;)

 

Blogger Lis said ... (6/26/2006 6:31 AM) : 

Ilva - Thanks! As soon as I'm done answering my loverly comments, I'm going to post about the ribs. Quite frankly though, to answer your question, I think any whiskey would work - because you really can't taste the whiskey at all. My guess would be even if you were to leave the alcohol out completely you'd never be able to tell =)

Emily - Ha! You'd think.. until noon of Sunday when NO ONE showed to help.. can you believe it?? lol

Ellie - Comin' up darlin' :D

 

Blogger Acme Instant Food said ... (6/26/2006 1:06 PM) : 

I was gonna leave an inappropriate comment about the title of the post...but, naaahhhhhhh. ;)

Ribs sound tasty too!

 

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