Mudcat Café message #4065089 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4065089
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
20-Jul-20 - 11:21 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
The grape vines that covered the hackberry tree across the road (that I've harvested every July for more than a dozen years) were struck a near-fatal blow last fall when the property owner "cleared" the land and the little man who came in after to pick up trash cut all of the vines around the tree base that the bulldozer missed. I haven't walked over to look because anything in the tree is too high to reach; we can only hope that benign neglect creeps into their maintenance plan and the grape vines again droop down from above. I'll walk over with the loppers and cut any poison ivy vines that try to commingle with the grapes as they did in the past.

For the third week in a row I took my large trash can to the juniper adjacent to the driveway and continued my project of trimming off the long sprigs growing out from it. Once I have a can full of branches I drop my bag of weekly trash on top and drag it all to the curb. I nearly cut the entire evergreen shrub down two years ago, but at the last minute saw an interesting shape it the central part that hadn't been removed, so left it. Since it is a mature root system it can grow quickly so I have routinely trim it back. I don't want that thing reaching the size of a motorhome again, encroaching on the driveway and the yard. Right now it's about the size of a small Prius.

The dog training collar arrived and I'm reading the booklet before embarking on a no-barking plan for my blue heeler. There are particular times of day when she isn't doing her normal alert on the mail truck or the trash truck, but barks at the neighbors hoping for a treat.

Stay cool, everyone. A friend of mine from New York City has an overnight trip planned out to Fire Island during this heat advisory. I hope it isn't so hot that he can't get out and enjoy the sea breeze. Maybe it's time for me to plan a drive out to an area lake just to get out of the house. The dogs would enjoy a walk on the beach.