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WHAT A MESS – UPDATE!

WHAT A MESS – UPDATE!
“We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.” – Francis Bacon

One lone flower blooming amidst the carnage.  It seems even nature knew how upset I was over this whole fallen tree and the mess it left, that my Gardenia bush decided to put out a bloom to cheer me up.

Here we are at a stopping point until it stops raining and the wood dries out some.  Everything has been stripped of small sticks and leaves and piled in one stack for cutting.  The larger chunks are drying (if it stops raining for a few days) and will need to be split and stacked.  Then there is the remainder of the trunk, just hovering over my aloe.  When it gets cut, I’m sure I’ll lose a few aloe leaves. Oh well, the aloe grows like weeds here, so I’m sure it will be ok.

With all the rain, my bromeliads are doing great in their new growing place. I don’t know what is in the needles of the leaves but I sure got pricked by the leaves.  My arms and legs looked as if I had poison Ivy or some kind of rash, and it took about two weeks to clear up!

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WHAT A MESS!

WHAT A MESS!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a pictorial update to my post dated June 16th and titled “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” In that post I mentioned how we lost a Hickory tree in a storm and posted pictures of the aftermath.  Following, in this slide-show, are pictures from when we started to clean up the branches.  I clipped all the leaves from any branch that seemed a good candidate for firewood.   The pieces that were too small, all the leaves, and all the fallen moss, were put into a burn pit to dry out before burning.

The next big project was transplanting all the bromeliads from around the fallen tree.  First I  had to dig them out, then some of them had to be separated and cleaned of the dead leaves before going to their new home.  You’ll see some of my bromeliads laying in a wheelbarrow waiting to be transplanted.

Meanwhile, my husband Rob, hacked away at the larger branches and the trunk of the tree with his chain saw. He thought the pieces should be left in the sun to dry before stacking in the back for firewood.  With all this rain, I wonder how long it will take for the wood to dry before we can split it and stack it.  We still have quite a bit of trunk, and all the roots sticking up in the air left to cut. Between the rain and the high, humid temperatures, neither one of us feels like going out to work on that tree.  I hope it cools down some so we can finish it up and be done with it!

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SUMMER VACATION

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SUMMER VACATION

“Travel is certainly more than seeing the sights; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”   –  Miriam Beard

I attended a graduation this evening which led me to realize school is almost finished for this part of the year and that means summer vacations.

And given the economy, you might be wondering what you can possibly afford to do and still enjoy the season.  Well, there are actually a lot more things than you might imagine.  Budget travel has come a long way since the roadside motel and “staycations” have become a popular way to take time off in your very own neck of the woods.

Whether you’re looking for a fun family overnight trip or something interesting to do closer to home, the following link to an article titled “Budget Vacations” will give you some pretty great low-cost/no cost vacation ideas that will be sure to make your summer sizzle.

Have a great summer and don’t forget the sunscreen!

SUMMER HAZARDS

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SUMMER HAZARDS

Many people think of their home as a safe place for themselves and their loved ones.  Unfortunately, injuries occurring on residential property result in nearly 21 million medical visits and 20,000 deaths each year[1].  It is important that you and your family be aware of potential hazards that may exist in your home and the ways to keep your environment free from danger.

Today’s article titled “Home Safe Home” outlines the most common causes of unintentional home injuries and deaths.  It also provides ideas you can implement to make your dwelling safer, such as ensuring that you have an emergency evacuation plan and checking for recalls on potentially hazardous items commonly found in residences.

As usual, to view this article, just click on the red words above to read or to save to your computer or print.

I hope that you find this information helpful.  Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.


[1] homesafetycouncil.org

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