Yard work


I raked this morning, for the first time in a dozen or so years. It felt fantastic. I'm sure that feeling will wane quickly, but right now, I'm soaking it all in. I think I like the smell of fall almost as much as the sight of all those colorful maples.

Anyway, Kostyn is loving the falling leaves too, and we had fun with him this morning. He'd never seen his mama raking leaves, and was eager to help. For a while...



I should mention that I debated whether or not to put this video clip up here because I REFUSE to believe I sound this rednecky. I DON'T. (Do I?) I had to have been channeling the accent of the woman I'd just talked to from Columbia, S.C. (I always used to sound more "Southern" after an interview with one of "them"...) According to Chris, my hint-of-a-Southern-drawl seems to come and go, and he doesn't always notice it coming out of my mouth. Neither one of us noticed this morning, for example, until we were replaying this video back tonight.

That's what nine years in the Lowcountry will do, he said. I replied, "Ah know!" Then I rolled my eyes at myself.

I think I need a few good weeks in the North Country to get me squared away with those flat "a's" and "i's" again. Hopefully next weekend when I hang out with Lisa, who in my opinion has a definite upstate New York accent, she'll shake the South right outta my words. Love ya, Lis!

Do me a favor and put the volume on "mute" before watching this, would ya?

6 comments:

Kim said...

Wow. I've never heard you do that before. It's like your possessed by the ghost of a Southern belle. Weird.

Once you're finished there, feel free to come on over to New Jersey and rake our leaves. See if the novelty lasts...

Amy said...

OMG, I've never heard you like that before, even after a bunch of beer!!!

It seems like you are really loving it up there! And if you want to keep raking, come do our yard during your next (first) visit back. I'll even let you seperate the leaves from the pine straw.

Robyn said...

You people suck at listening to directions.

Sounds like I could get a good side business going, though. I COULD use the cash....

Tara @ Feels like home said...

It looks like he loves to be outside! Have fun with those leaves. It looks like you've got lots of trees to keep you all stocked up. :)

Sheila said...

Your favorite southern sayin' -- "y'all". I've heard it a dozen times in conversations with you over the years and have always chuckled to myself after you've said it. I might miss it when it goes. One last thing -- Kostyn in a hoodie is downright precious.

Lyn said...

you do realize that asking us to put it on mute means we are cranking it up as high as it will go, right?