Worn Out And Late

Kage Baker understood very well what it was like to spend the day in physical labour. She knew what it was like to retire at the end of the available daylight, hoping vaguely that someone else would cook and find her a bottle of rum.

We usually ended up in the supermarket at the end of days like that, with a half-completed Faire set somewhere behind us. We’d buy beer and pastries for our crew, and I’d end up weeping in the produce section. It was axiomatic; that was always where exhaustion finally caught up with us. Kage would develop cravings for exotic things like star fruit, and I’d cry quietly into the Bing cherries.

I got no writing done today, Dear Readers, because today was New Lawn Day. The landscaping crew did most of the work, of course – but it was still exhausting to be the supervisor, to make sure nothing was tossed that we wanted to stay; that the right sod was delivered; that it was laid down in the right place, the right pattern …

In the middle of it all, the telephone main line blew down, and we had to send for ATT to come and re-wire us into the grid.The Corgi was coping with the landscapers pretty well, but the addition of things on the roof sent him into prolonged hysterics. Corgis don’t care about restoring Internet access – they only care about the fact the strangers are swarming all over the house and they, the brave but nervous Corgi, hasn’t been out in the backyard for far too long.

The crazy neighbor passed me on the street during the day, with a nod and grimace so twisted he looked like Watford Squieirs. Apparently he’s pleased by the effort being made, and was trying to be friendly. I thought he was having a seizure.

The mulberry tree was discovered to be sending a wide web of evil, neon-orange roots all over the lawn. Several square miles of them, all looking like deranged mutant carrots, were excavated with the old lawn. They all looked like Mandrake roots with Jersey Shore tans. That mulberry tree has got to go.

As a cost-saving maneuver, we are disposing of the weeds and dead grass ourselves. What we have been dealing with is a dross stack about the size of my PT Cruiser. We’re salvaging the dirt and tossing the weeds – but just trying to work triage on the lawn waste has left Kimberly, Michael and I in a state resembling piles of slowly cooling spaghetti. Michael and I used our last strength to drive off in the gorgeous ashes-of-roses sunset, in a hilarious search for Arby’s. Kage’s spirit guided us to the sacred site of Horsey Sauce, and we rejoiced.

So here I am, in a fine delirium of potato cakes and salt beef, redolent of horseradish. I’ve done no writing today, but I have served Kage’s other great passion of gardening. There are more, but less strenuous, goodies to acquire tomorrow … lavender bushes. Picket fence panels. A purple rose, and a white rosemary, and some black petunias.

Off to bed, now. I shall dream of lawns like Turkish carpets, and the ceramic crocodile Kimberly wants to install in our serene grass pond to give an eternal evil eye to trespassers.

Good night, all.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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6 Responses to Worn Out And Late

  1. Kara says:

    “Mandrake roots with Jersey Shore tans”
    Scary. Sounds like something they forgot to put in the bible to warn us of the coming Apocalypse.


  2. Medrith says:

    With your raccoon gang, you really do need to get rid of the mulberry. When we lived on Raccoon Gang Turf we could tell when the neighborhood mulberries had ripened…You do NOT want details.


  3. Luisa Puig Duchaineau says:

    ” … Watford Squieirs …!” OMG, LOL. This passage is so wonderful, I could *see* him with horrible delight from my much safer distance of 300 miles (or so). Brilliant, M’Dear, simply brilliant.

    May the ceramic crocodile do her job well, and keep Watford at bay.

    Many thanks for the laughs, Kate.


    • Kate says:

      I’m glad I could make you laugh, Luisa! He really looked as though the effort to be pleasant was causing him neurological pain. Mikey didn’t even recognize him – he thought it was some demented stranger pulling faces at us as he passed. Life is so weird.


  4. Mmmmmm Arbys! So with our without cheese sauce? I salute you as that is far more work than I am capable of doing. I can’t wait to hear what happens next.


    • Kate says:

      Dre – nope, no cheese sauce. Just lots of horsey sauce. Mmm-HMM, I do love me some horsey sauce. Especially on those triangular potato cakes. Harry the parrot likes them, too; he was horseradish to the eyes last night.

      And the lawn adventure goes on!


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