Here are the pictures of Dad using the backhoe. You can see from the pictures Mom didn't venture out very far from the front porch while Dad was working.
Yesterday Mom and Dad started putting rock in the front yard. First they started with big river rock to fill in the large areas. Dad brought home 1 load (2.5 tons) and then went to get another load and Mom started spreading the rocks. The second load was 3 tons. Dad went to get another load of a different kind of rock while Mom kept spreading rock. The last load was about 3 tons of smaller prettier rock that was going in the pathways. Mom started helping with the smaller rock because she was really tired of the big stuff. There were no pictures of the rocks because Mom was too tired and sore. They did the pathway out front and part of the pathway in the backyard. There's still a bunch of the big rocks that need spread out. More of the smaller rock is coming later this week to cover the flattened driveway. Mom came home at lunch again today and didn't go back to work so she could spread some more rocks. It's cold and starting to rain (it might even snow!!!) and Mom is asleep on the couch whining about how much she hurts. When she does get up she walks funny and makes weird whining noises. Poor Mom. She said she knew she was out of shape, but she didn't realize she had no shape at all. Her office is upstairs which wasn't fun for her to go up to her office this morning and she said when she grabbed the railing, her hand hurt really bad. She keeps saying that she has sore muscles in places she didn't know she had muscles!
I'm going to go snuggled up with her on the couch now to make sure she stays warm. Hopefully we'll have pictures to share with you of the rock sometime soon. Mom can't lift her arms high enough to get her camera off the entertainment center right now. You should have seen her trying to brsh her hair this morning.