Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tree trimming, crocheting, bread making, bees

 Hello Folks ~ It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon, not too hot, big blue sky, some clouds, and a nice breeze. Fall is coming to s.e. FL and FlowerLady is happy about that.

This past week has been very busy. I had the tree trimmer come out Wednesday and in about three hours he trimmed everything and raked and cleaned it all up and carted it away.

Some of the tree limbs were up in the power lines along the driveway so they had to go. The owner to the east will have to take care of them on his side. The trees are all on his side, and DH kept them cut back on our side.

Before:

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During:

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After: He left his huge truck here over night, since he was going to come back to do the neighbor’s black oak the next day.

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Before:

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After:

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Another view after.  I had to take the gate off, and lucky for me the screws in the hinges came out easily and the gate wasn’t too heavy, just awkward to handle.  The tree guy helped me to carry it to lean up next to porch below, but when he left to cart tree debris away, he remembered the gate after he was already gone.  I got it back up my self. “YES!”

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While the tree trimmer was here, my neighbor to the west came over to talk with him about taking down his black oak, which was hanging over the workshop, the neighbor’s house and over some of our property behind his house. 

It was starting to cover our avocado tree also.

Before:

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After:

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Tree trimmer in his bucket next door.

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Black oak hanging over the workshop and covering avocado tree..

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After:

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This below is the back half of the black oak, the darker green.  The front half was already cut back when I took this photo.

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All gone!

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The black oak was an all day job and then some, in the heat.  The guy and his one man crew cleaned it all up, had a truck or two to take it all away.  Really amazing and a great job.

It is brighter and feels lighter in feeling, not so melancholy.

Now that all of that is done I am raring to go in doing more outside work, but this morning noticed bees flying into a hole in an old phone pole we had set up for birds, squirrels, frogs, whoever wanted to live in there. Not bees though.  I don’t know if they moved in there because of the noise of the sawing going on around here for two days or what.  I watched and lots of bees where flying into the hole.  So I came in and googled a bee removal service for our area and emailed them since it is Sunday.  I’m afraid now to go out there to weedwack or mow.  I hope they come out here soon and hope it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg.  I don’t know how they are going to do this, but the fencing is wired to the post.  If they have to take it all down so be it.  That whole potting area needs to be reworked anyway. The large hole in the post is where they are flying into.

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Now that has me worried.  It seems to me, like it’s been one thing after another since losing my husband in Dec. So keep praying for FlowerLady that she doesn’t go berserk.

I did make a new recipe in my bread machine this week.  Lemon Poppy seed.  Not a sweet bread but a delicious bread none the less.  It smelled yummy in here while baking.  I think I’ll make French toast with it for breakfast tomorrow.

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I got news this past Thurs. that a widow friend will be going into the hospital this Wed. for surgery and I got the nudge to make a prayer shawl.  I looked them up online and then came up with this simple pattern.  I prayed on the way to Walmart the next morning, on the way to work, that I would find a nice soft, bulky yarn, and I did.  It took me a little bit to get used to working with the yarn and a huge crochet hook as I’m used to working small. This worked up fast, and I finished it yesterday afternoon.  I wrapped it up and gave it to her this morning before church.

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I saw this blessing on one of the prayer shawl websites put it in my card program and added the heart border, cut it out and put in in the card.

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Yesterday morning between 4-6 I dreamed of my dear husband and he had this big, beautiful smile on his face.  I can’t tell you how that made me feel then and still makes me feel now.  Wonderful to be sure!

So, that’s what’s been going on down here at Plum Cottage.

I hope you all have a great week ~ FlowerLady

12 comments:

Nancy J said...

One very busy week, and you still found time for a shawl, and the words are beautiful. Continue to be held in all our bloggers' arms, with love and support, the bees will find a new home, and with all that greenery gone, light and happiness shines all the more. Greetings fondly, Jean.

Terra said...

A prayer shawl and those words, what a great gift you made for your friend. Your yard is getting huge improvements made. Don't stress over all that needs doing, think baby steps. Hugs from me in California.

It's Just Dottie said...

I would love to have the recipe for the bread machine poppy seed bread. I thank the Lord that everyday day is a new day. Smiles, Dottie

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Things have really been happening at Plum Cottage Lorraine!
The prayer shawl for your friend is simply beautiful. What a wonderful gesture.
Your recipe brought memories back of when (beloved) and I used to think up all these various recipes to try in the bread machine - he loved the thing!!
Can't believe the gardens and all that trimming and sawing and cutting and carting. You must be so relieved, especially the power line part!
It looks terrific and as you say not so meloncholy.
(I didn't have a prayer on my list for you not to go berserk, but I will now seeing as you asked!) :)
(Amid it all you certainly know how to bring forth a chuckle.)
Dear Lorraine I hope your week is filled with calm and grace.
Hugs
Rose

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That lady is blessed because she has a friend like you. What a thoughtful thing to do!

denimflyz said...

Your yard looks amazing now, more open, and much more sunlight. You need some sun, my dear friend.
You are doing amazing, and still have time to create a shawl. I love mine you gave me, and I have washed it gently, since I moved, it was a little squashed from being packed but I have it ready for my lap when its starts getting chilly at night with a book to read and a cat in the lap.
I will send prayers to you for no berzerk-ing. I'm the one with the patent on that at the moment. LOL
Please take care, and I will try to shoot off an email to you. It has been a stressful week last week. But you are in my thoughts daily.
Hugs my friend.

Elizabeth (eli) said...

How nice to get some breathing room from the trees, especially for you avocado tree.

That shawl is just beautiful. I love the color.

This weather of ours in truly invigorating. Too bad the bees will keep you on edge outside. Hopefully that issue will clear up for you soon.

Hugs,

eli

Kit said...

What a lovely shawl! It will make a wonderful present. I will be curious about your bees. :) Love, Kit

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

The prayer shawl you made is beautiful, and the wording of the blessing was perfect.
You have had a very busy week with all of the tree trimming, gate keeping, bee battling, bread making, and even making time to crochet such a beautiful shawl for your friend. Wow!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I imagine it feels good to have that trimming done. Are bees aggressive where you live? The ones here are not. I get close to them here, and they are not interested in stinging me.

sharon said...

im so glad mark came for a visit..they say the spirtit of love one caon in our dreams...i have not dreamed of my friend....

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

This is beautiful.
I crocheted years ago.
Need some handwork to do this
winter. Wish you were near
to help instruct me :)