Friday, June 25, 2010

The Mohawks are back

Now every day is wacky hair day.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Continuing the clearing of the front yard

Friday night we got home and started burning the huge pile of branches in the back yard that we hauled there thinking that we would burn it all there. We decided after a few truck and trailer loads that there would be too much to move and decided to burn the rest in the front yard as we cut it. After we got the pile in the back started we lit the front pile and got both of them burnt down, even though the one in the front was burning into Saturday afternoon.

Now the only thing left in the front yard are some pieces of one trunk. I am hoping that someone needs firewood and gets these pieces first. It is amazing how hard it is to give away free firewood when it is 98 degrees outside. The stakes are for our next phase. We cut down 6 trees and are going to plant 12 Crape Myrtles along our driveway. We are still looking and deciding what variety to buy.

And we still need to get the stumps ground out. We have someone that is supposed to come tomorrow to give us an estimate. We got one before I cut the trees down and I am hoping that this one will be less. I cut them all pretty low so that they aren't having to grind any more than necessary.

Here is the better part of four trees. There are two that I drug to the back yard that I will probably cut for myself, and someone already came and filled their truck with a load. If you need some good firewood you really need to come by. Bring a truck and a chainsaw, and someone with strength to help load it. I would help but I did something to my shoulder trying to load the last pieces left in the front yard. I am sure that there will be more about that in a future post.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Look, I can see my house again

We made lots of progress on the yard today. Hopefully by next weekend the huge piles of debris will be a distant memory.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Catching Up

Its been over two weeks since we posted anything, so I thought that I would share what we have been up to since summer break started.

Using an infared game camera we found out where our dog food has been going. Rather than try to trap the huge raccoon we moved the food inside. With his size I am pretty sure that he has been here longer than we have.

We made a trip to Texas on Memorial Day weekend for a very quick visit with family and to enjoy the annual "Big Deal" family reunion. Of course Oscar made the ride interesting. We thought several times about how we wish we had sprung for the $85 kennel stay.

We are now working a little on our front yard. We had six trees that were partially dead, poor health, in the wrong spot, or that we just didn't like so we cut them down yesterday. We still have work to do to get all of the debris removed and the stumps cut down to be ready for grinding, but the stressful portion is over. We have power lines on two sides of our front yard and they never met a tree so I consider the day a success.

This was the worst tree. It was huge and rotten through the middle with all of it's branches growing towards the road and the power line. Lots of chain and prayer were used.

Here is the yard with all six down. We will update more as we get time. Our plan is to line the driveway with crepe myrtles approximately every 20 feet, so we will need 10 to make that happen. We may not get all of them right away because we want to buy pretty good sized ones, but we will see.