Monday, April 05, 2010

What You Saw


What we saw? We sawed part of our landscaping. Chain-sawed it, to be precise.

There is this very very limited time frame to clear out this hill we live on. By way of the calendar and Mother Nature, there is about two weeks when we don't have snow and then that everything is greened-in and filled-in, making it nearly impossible to navigate through the over-growth and brush to do what you need to.

Sunday was the day. And we know we wouldn't get to all we needed. I think we got to one-sixth of what we would really like to, and it is not even the entire property, just the hillside that runs along part of the acre.

For full disclosure purposes, the image you see of me at the title is a photo-illustration. The chainsaw was not running. No matter when I touched it, the thing went dead. It's like how I deactivate sodium streetlights when I go near them. Weird, but true.

Mostly the picture was/is for my cousin David, whom I made fun of using a similar device and how I didn't think he'd come back with all appendages. I'm not sure I would have either - and I'm already down an appendix, a femur and one of my nuts had to be augmented, so I really really wanted to keep all my fingers and toes.

We started where that out of control car went up the hill. You can see where that "accident" killed all the ivy. By the time I took this picture, we had already taken out the trees they ran over or damaged so badly they had to come down.

Then we just moved part way down the hill, but while it doesn't look like we got too far down (and we didn't), we did clear out a lot. See?

It doesn't look like a lot, but trust me, whomever we hire to haul this crap away will be happy they didn't have to collect it. We probably would have put in another hour or so of yard work (we had already done four), but then this happened.....

This is a deal-breaker, ladies! I'm sure we can fix it ourselves, but it was a good sign that it was quitting time. We were already banged up from cutting and hauling stuff - and most it had 3" thorns on it.

Oh, and of course there was the requisite garbage bag of litter we picked up - usually about 20lbs of crap that folks driving or walking by just toss in our yard. Mostly liquor bottoms and clothes! But yay! This time I found a used condom. I guess I should be kind of happy these losers are using condoms and not procreating, but still.........ICK. And this 20lbs was from the same one-sixth of the yard we chopped down, so you gotta figure there is another 20-40lbs left. And we do this twice per year.

Since we were out there for a few yours in the sun and warmth (another record setting day), I got a little colour and my vitamin D, so all in all, it was a good day.


Song by: Don Dixon

4 comments:

Birdie said...

You know, I was going to wax rhapsodic over how manly the whole exercise was, until I read "liquor bottoms." Liquor bottoms? Oh my. Calling Dr. Freud...

Birdie said...

But, for the record: still manly. :D

david said...

Yours is bigger, kind of...

Blobby said...

It's not nice to boast!