Building a Set of Broad Jumps, Part III

Me and the beast

Well, I took the saw out of the box today. I knew I was off to a bad start with it when I couldn’t find the directions on how to open the box from the top. You can’t. It’s a side opening box. But I got the saw out, read the directions, attached my special saw blade, and 75 minutes later proceeded to saw my first piece of white vinyl house siding for my broad jumps.
My handsaw and meThe Dent and the Electric Sawing Product - all half a foot of it

After about 15 minutes of trying to saw the thing and getting no further than half a foot and making a nice dent in my really nice outdoor table, I put the beastly saw down (It is heavy!) and went in the laundry room to find my hand saw. This worked much better. I sawed more in 15 minutes with this hand saw then I would have gotten done all day with that beast I started with.

Look at this beautiful sky!

While I worked, the sky had some magnificent shows. Now and then, I stopped to look and I had to take some pictures. This was an awesome view.

Taylor resting with Lilith Taylor and her trophy. Thar she goes!

The FDSP had to go in and out the whole day. They got hot, they wanted to go inside. They got curious what I was doing outside, they wanted to come out. I got a lot of exercise. They did too. Bunny Butt (aka Taylor) was the busiest, as Aussies often are. She found a planter Frisbee and carried it around most of the afternoon. She occasionally rested.

Go, Regis, go!

When I finished the first jump of four, Regis was the one to go for it and he came running to me and cleared that jump, well, mostly. He is a very enthusiastic older gentleman, who has a sense of humor and a lot of dignity. Plus he loves to bark at the other boys every dern night when I’m making dinners. He’s the dinner policeThe broad jumps from the backThe front of the broad jump

The jumps are 90% finished. Yippie! I still have to get some longer screws for the one and only exception bar, and screw that end of the white vinyl house siding in, then the set will be officially complete. Meanwhile, we can still use them. Too bad I was too tired and got finished too late to do that tonight. But there will be other days to use them. For sure!


About Helen

I’m a Southern California living in South Florida. I’ve been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I’m a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don’t understand. So I’m an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.

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