Much needed day off and in the backyard I go 6/11/17

It's been a long, long week.  39 hours in three days.  My co-worker is sick again.  
I'm hoping that he will feel well enough to come to work tomorrow.

The first thing I did this morning was to go into my backyard to fill up both trashcans with branches and tree limbs.  Trash day is tomorrow. It's amazing how much I can fit in those cans once the limbs are broken down into smaller pieces.  I can see my little shed again and will be able to get to the propane tanks inside if I need to.



These limbs I'm leaving until I get a chance to cut them into smaller pieces with the chainsaw.

Then it was off to the front yard to get rid of some of the weeds.  The Royal Princess Tree is now 42 inches tall.  It's still growing about an inch per day.  With some luck, I'll have some shade in the kitchen sometime this summer.

The Sweet Woodruff is growing well.  I'm thinking that I might have to throw some water on my plants tonight.  It's been awfully dry the past week.

This is some of a vine that was growing at my mom's house.  It's really taking off.

This is some Cat Mint.

And some more Sweet Woodruff.

Since I could now get to my spare propane in my little shed, I decided to grill some porkchops.

I also made some German Fleischsalat. That's cut up Bologna, sweet pickles, Mayonaise and sour cream.  It's resting in the fridge and will be good on crackers later.  
I got the recipe from http://www.theomaway.com/

This is my delicious breakfast at noon. 

I guess I'll wash clothes and then iron to get ready for work tomorrow.  
Maybe I'll also watch a movie or something.

Downed Tree Limb Part 2 6/4/17



 This is what I was left with.  
No matter what we tried, the limb would not come down.  
It was about 24 feet up off of the ground.


T-jay and I had the idea of attaching a dumb bell that I had, to a rope, then a clothesline, and finally a cable wire.  All three of them broke, leaving two pink dumb bells up in the tree. 


Here's is T-Jay trying to get that limb down.

On Thursday, I called a company that I had used last year when
a limb from that same tree ended up in the neighbor's yard.  
They came a couple of hours later and got three limbs down.  
Two I didn't even notice that were also up in that Pine tree.  
These guys were awesome and didn't charge me a cent.


 T-Jay and I got a quick course in operating an electric chain saw.  
Not as scary as I thought it would be.

This is the chain saw I got super cheap at Harbor Freight.  


It was recommended by "SeeJaneDrill" on You tube.

 Last week I had that trash can stacked up with branches and the trash company took every ones trash except for mine.  That's okay, I'll break the branches and limbs down into little pieces.  They WILL take these tree limbs bit by bit.  I don't care if it takes me all summer!!!





All gone!

 Got my pink dumb bells back!
 This is the backyard now.  I have whittled it down a bit.

I was going to grill today, but I don't think I can dig my propane tank out from the little shed that's under all that tree.


Downed Tree Limb Dilemma 5/24/17

Last Thursday's storm left two tree limbs 
from my Maple tree in the common area of my subdivision.



Yesterday morning I received a message from the HOA.  I was told if I didn't remove the limbs, they would hire someone and charge it to me.  I knew it was coming, but not so soon.  It's been raining every day this week and I really didn't want to deal with it until the weather changed.  Well, the HOA gave me until this Friday....Rat Bastards!

Today I left work early.  It was drizzling rain off and on, but mostly it was cloudy.  
I got out the trusty old reciprocal saw and started cutting the limbs up.  




After bending and breaking four blades I dragged most of the limbs in my 
backyard to dispose of when it was convenient for me.

This is now my backyard.  It looks like a jungle.



This is what I see when I sit on my chair. 


This is what's left of the tree limbs.



My poor little saw can't handle anything this big, I was fresh out of blades and it started raining harder.   I took these photos and sent them in an email to my HOA asking them how much I would be charged to just have this one tree limb cut up.  No answer yet.

Two days after the storm and cleaning chairs 5/20/17

Two nights ago we had an awful storm that actually didn't last long.  One minute it was just raining hard, the next minute came the wind.  I didn't think to bring down the umbrella in the back yard and was afraid it was going to blow out of my back yard.

I went to sleep and didn't realize how bad the wind had gotten until I looked behind the fence of my backyard this morning.

^^^^This is my tree in my backyard.  
The limb that is now missing was facing 
the rear of my home.

 ^^^^This is a tree that is behind my fence in the common area.
The tree limb from my tree is on the ground.

 ^^^^Another photo of the tree limb from my tree.  
How is this even possible?  
The limb was facing my home and somehow managed to break off, 
turn around and fly to the other side of the fence instead of inside of my yard???

^^^^Lunch for next week is in the crockpot.  
Chicken breasts, Cajun Sausage, can of Golden Mushroom soup, can of regular Mushroom soup, a package of dried onion soup, 1/2 a can of Whipping Cream, 1 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and 8 ounces of cream cheese.

^^^^No Crust Cheesecake.  One package of plain Gelatine dissolved in 1 cup boiling water. 
Two packs of Cream Cheese.  One tablespoon vanilla flavoring and one tablespoon of Mio Lemon.  
It's delicious with whip cream on top. 

^^^^I picked up a bottle of SuperClean this morning.  
I'm taking it to work later.

^^^^^So that I can clean the pretty red chairs at work this afternoon.  
It's amazing how filthy they get. I'll have them looking like new in a few hours.

Since I'm cleaning chairs today, I'll be taking tomorrow as my day off.
I don't know what possessed me to volunteer to do this today.  
I've been up since 4:30 AM and really don't feel like going anywhere this late in the day.
Okay, on my way to work.  The sooner I get this done, the sooner I can get back home.

Sprucing up the backyard part two 5/7/17

The rain finally stopped and it was 42 degrees when I started this morning.   
After five hours, I'm beat!!!


^^^ This is how I left it yesterday when it started to rain again.  
All night I was wondering what to do to slow down the weeds, 
now that it is all clean and weed-free.  
I don't want to use any poisons, so I did a bit of search on the internet.  
 I didn't want to spend any money and this was one of the suggestions.
Cardboard paper.


Many years ago we had the bright idea of putting rocks in the front garden.  It looked so pretty.....for about 5 months.  Then the stones got green and ugly looking.  We decided to pick them all up and put them around the Maple tree in the back yard.

I just spent about 3 hours picking up bucket after bucket of small rocks to put around the stepping stones on the cardboard.  What a pain that was....literally.  I am so sore.

I also picked up most of the small rocks in the walkway.

Look at all those roots.  I'm going to try to remove some of them so that 
the walkway will be more level.


Finally finished.  I will see how this method works on keeping down the weeds.  I left the grass on the top left for Silly.  She likes to eat her salad when she comes outside.

I saved the worst for last.  Those roots were really hard to remove.  Some I couldn't remove at all. 
I need more powerful equipment.


 This is the best I can do for right now.  I think it looks better than before.  Still not level, but hopefully a few of those stepping stones will sink later.


 My lonely Royal Empress Tree.  She sure looks pitiful right now.
Well, that's all I'm going to do today.  Tomorrow it's back to work.  
One of my co-workers covered for me today.  I knew that I would need two days to finish this.

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