The Colonel's Lady -- the comely and kind-hearted Miss Brenda -- has been down in her back the last couple of weeks. She's feeling better -- the Colonel has been a good nurse.
But, the chores are piling up.
And, there's the annual late winter/early spring project season looming on the calendar.
No matter how effective the Colonel is at supervision -- and he's world class -- if his work force is lame, the chore and project completion rate bottoms out down around the speed of smell.
So, the Colonel has been reevaluating the project list for his vast holdings here at the shallow northern end of deep southern nowhere.
As much as he hates it, breaking ground on the cabin down on the shores of Lake Brenda -- to which the Colonel planned to escape when things got too hot (or too cold) up at the Big House -- will have to be pushed to calendar year 2017. The Colonel's Knotty Room -- completed last year -- will have to suffice for solitude-seeking in the interim.
The Bridge over Caleb's Creek -- completed in 2010 -- requires considerable preventive maintenance, without which the Colonel's vehicular access to the western third of his vast holdings here at the shallow northern end of deep southern nowhere is in jeopardy. As it is, the Colonel is practicing the so-far proven effective "high speed transit" across the bridge. The comely and kind-hearted Miss Brenda needs to inspect the underpinnings of said bridge and effect repairs as needed ASAP or her man and his rusty red pick-up may end up in a pile of timbers at the bottom of the ten-foot chasm spanned by the bridge.
In the interim, the Colonel has painted a crude Confederate flag on the cab of the truck and is practicing his best Beau Duke "yeehaw!"
Although ground-breaking for the Colonel's Cabin has been delayed, cutting the timber and milling the lumber for it must still be accomplished this year. The Colonel, ever the loving husband, purchased a lighter weight chainsaw for his lady on her last birthday.
So, even if her back is not at 100%...
But, listen, the Colonel is not the heel you may think. He really does have the comely and kind-hearted Miss Brenda's best interests at heart. Therefore, he has decided that the one and half acre garden will be significantly smaller this year.
The Colonel is thinking that shaving the planting by approximately a quarter of an acre should account for his Lady's reduced weeding and harvesting capability this season. The comely and kind-hearted Miss Brenda has been notified, however, that the 2017 planting season quota must be increased significantly in order to maintain the long-term average yield increase required by the Colonel.
Everyone knows that if you aren't steadily increasing output in quantity and quality, you're falling behind the competition.
The same goes for great nations. Expand or whither to inconsequence.