SoCS – A bad sense of distance and backyard woes

Do you know that thing that people do when they say, “He was standing about 20 feet away”; or, “She ran about 20 yards”…?  I can’t do that.  I have no sense of distance.  I’d probably make a terrible witness, especially if I had to be any judge of how far away things were.  The only thing that sort of put it into perspective for me was to imagine a football field, but even then, I can really only gauge 100 yards, ya know?  I can tell you that football became much easier to watch when they started adding that fake yellow line to let you know where the first down was.  Otherwise, I was lost.

When my fiance and I were looking for a house, the one thing we didn’t really want was a backyard; which is funny because most people are looking for that (at least where I live).  I remember many conversations that went exactly the same way: “The house was beautiful, but did you see that yard?  It was awful!  Can you imagine the work that will go into that?”

We finally ended up in a place where the yard is very small and the HOA does all the yard work except for this little area in front of the house.  I’ve been looking at that area for a few weeks now wondering what the hell I’m going to do with it.  I know I need to pull weeds, but other than that?  I sure hope those little bushes and things know what to do with themselves because I don’t have the first clue!

I’m a creative person, but I’ve never understood the inner workings of grass and plants and things.  I can’t even keep a houseplant alive.  Except maybe the one that I don’t even know the name of that tends to grow whether it’s watered or not.  Sure, it isn’t quite as green or cute when its lacking water, but somehow it keeps itself growing.  Luckily, one of the plants we have is that type and it seems to be doing okay, even with the lack of love I tend to give it.

My fiance is better with houseplants, but not by much.  I remember about every other week or so to ask if they’ve been watered.  Sometimes they have and sometimes not.

I’m also sitting here looking out the basement window and realizing that we also have these window wells that we need to figure out.  Why is it that green things and other things grow everywhere?  And why is it that when you are out in nature (hiking for instance) those things are all sorts of beautiful, but when they show up in places you don’t want them, they’re a pain in the ass!

Well, in true SoCS style, I am now completely off topic.  But, I’m feeling somewhat better for getting all that off my mind, so thanks for listening.  I hop you all have a fantastic Saturday!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “yard”.

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4 thoughts on “SoCS – A bad sense of distance and backyard woes

  1. I’M completely at a loss when it comes to eyeballing distance, too! Even worse, my girl told me yesterday that she’s been having trouble with standard measurement conversion and I’m all “ummmmm…maybe you could ask your dad to help?” At least metric is on a base 10 system — standard is a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me.

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