All the coolest blog poster children are doing this new thing called “Two Pic Tuesday”. It’s pretty complicated, what you do, is wait till Tuesday. (That’s the hardest part). Then (on Tuesday) post two pictures.
Allow me to demonstrate:
See? That’s all there is to it!
Here it is a lugubrious morning. wet, rain off-and-on. I don’t have much motivation to go to work. But if you think about it, a lugubrious day like this is good for working. Save the sunny days for days off work! But when the weather is lugubrious, I seem to feel lugubrious too.
Lugubrious. I like the word lugubrious. It’s one of my favorite words. Another one of my favorite words is orts. “Hey mom! What’s for dinner tonight?” “Oh, we’re just having orts tonight.” “Ewwwww, that makes us feel lugubrious!!”
The weekend went exactly as planned. Friday the wife and I went out for sushi.
Saturday, the wife had to work, and I didn’t do a dang thing, as planned!
Sunday, I continued to work on cleaning up the back trees some more. For Chris, I have included a before and after shot. The before shot is the same one I posted a few days ago. There’s still a lot of bush to clear. Well, not a lot.. There’s lots of vines, I cut a tree and it would just hang there, because of the vines holding it up. Then I pull it down and get the wood, there’s big piles of vines for me to cut up and throw away.
But I am surprised at the difference in the before and after shots. I wish I’d have taken one before I even started!
And now it’s Monday, Issac the storm disapated magically overnight this weekend, (as I planned it, HA Ha) We still might get some rain this week, but we might not! I will bebeach lunch ready all week!
I’m going to tell you two stories, both I told a lot when I was younger, neither have I told for probably 20 years at least.
STORY ONE: The Hole In One.
When I was a teenager in school, I used to play golf. Hole 8 was a short par three. The tee was at the top of one hill, the green was at the top of another. The hole was heavily wooded, with big oak trees mostly. There was a considerable “valley” in between, and it was kinda a long walk, but the tee and the green were pretty close together. If you missed the green, you were probably in trouble, all around, it was very “woodsey”.
One day, I teed off, and the ball went way high, it was headed over the green into the rough beyond. But it hit this giant oak, bounced onto the green, bounced a couple of times, and rolled straight into the hole!
STORY TWO: The Bicycle Ride.
On another day, as a teen or pre-teen, I was riding my bicycle, really really slow, talking to somebody walking on the sidewalk, and I ran into a parked car. I didn’t get hurt, just sorta fell off the front of the seat and landed on my feet. I made a tiny dent in the bumper of the car.
There was an old man, sitting on his porch across the street, he called out, “How stupid can you get!” It was funny.
I’ve told these stories so many times, I remember both clearly. I remember the golf swing and the feel of the hit, the sound, seeing the golf ball fly, and the “oh shit” feeling as it took off. I can still see it hit the tree way up high and bounce and roll. I remember the leaves and a few little branches on the green. I remember not making a big deal of it, because of the people I was with, kinda mad at me, because I was a real crappy golfer and everyone always got mad if I beat them, even on one hole. I didn’t deserve a hole in one. Nobody mentioned it when we got back to the clubhouse.
I remember the dent in the cars bumper, the weather, it was fall, cloudy with white light ad cool. Like it had rained earlier, but quit. The person I was talking to had on a wool red and black and brown plaid lumberjack shirt. I remember everything perfectly.
Except in both cases, I don’t remember who I was with. And I wonder in my head if either really happened. I think they did, but I have a doubt. Could they be stories of a little kid, told to be cool and funny and brag? I honestly don’t know. Over the years, doubt has crept in, and I’m not sure anymore.
They could be lies, and as a grown up, I don’t want to tell lies. I don’t know if either is real. Something is going on in my brain. I don’t tell anybody these two stories anymore.
This morning, I noticed a crack in the screen of my tablet. I don’t know when it happened, I’ve dropped it exactly once, it fell off the bed when I got up for something. The crack is invisible, except from this angle.
It works fine, on both sides of the crack, so I guess I’ll just live with it, but it’s disappointing.
My wife broke her new phone a few weeks ago, now my new tablet is cracked, is Samsung making them cheaper? Nothing but Gorilla Glass for me from now on.
AND yesterday, I broke my tooth off at the gumline. Next-to-the-back lower right molar. I was eating a Kirkland protein bar. No pain, it just got crunchy and my tooth was gone afterwards. I thought it was something in the protein bar and threw the chunks in the garbage. So a trip to the dentist is in my near future. I doubt it can be fixed, there’s nothing left to fill.
On a different note, IT’S FRIDAY! Yesterday, I rode my scooter, and it rained, super hard from the time I got to work till just before time to go home. I didn’t get rained on, but I was trapped at work during lunch hour. Today I have the van, and it’s beach, rain or shine!
Today and tomorrow will be rough days for North and South Carolina and Georgia. Hurricane Florence will be headed ashore. Y’all stay safe and good luck.
Yesterday I “moved in” to a new phone, a Samsung Galaxy S9. It seems quite different than my old S7. So far, I’m neutral.
Speaking of neutral, I’m feeling pretty neutral today, blah. It’s almost the weekend! The weather looks very clear today, I think it’s a day I can ride my scooter to work.
Yesterday afternoon, I started on the overhanging trees on the back property line. My left forearm is very sore, I think from chucking pieces of wood over the fence. I’ll probably wait till Sunday to do some more.
I should have taken a “Before-I-Trimmed-The-Trees” picture, but I didn’t. I didn’t think the change would be so drastic. Above is an ‘after’. Before, you almost couldn’t even see the yard. The poincianna (sp?) tree near the middle was twice as big, covering the area to the left, and was practically touching the porch where I’m stnding to take the pic. Out of the frame to the left, there were two (three maybe?) small mango trees that I cut down. They were weird, scrawny trees, that reached out oddly for the light, covering the cactus bed, the round circle of rocks thing on the left. Another practically covered The Jamaica Apple tree in the lower left corner.
In the picture, you still can’t even see our back fence. The trees on the property behind ours reach way over the fence and steal the sun from my wifes’ screen house, (that shed looking thing). I’m going to trim those as well. A lot. They’re mostly nasty, scrubby trees with thorns. It will be a rough job, almost guaranteed to scratch me and make me bleed. Don’t care, I’ll get it done. If it ever stops raining. Then the picture above will be the “Before” pic in my upcoming after I trimmed the back trees pic. You’ll be able to plainly see the fence after that.
It’s supposed to rain all week, I predict this rain will move away and create another tropical weather system that will head north. Hopefully not a hurricane, but probably a tropical storm. That’s my prediction.
The wordpress App has practically totally quit working for me. Images fail to upload. I don’t know what happened. Maybe I’ll uninstall and reinstall it, see if that does any good.
Yesterday, between rainstorms, I neatly trimmed the heck out of our trees. in the back and side yards.
I really like the pole trimmer/electric chainsaw I bought.
My pole saw, the saw comes off, and becomes a chainsaw
We, (the wife helped, even running the chainsaw!) really opened up the back yard to more light, and neatened up the yard a lot! And there’s still lots to do.
I know you lumberjacks out there are saying, “That’s not a chainsaw, it’s a little toy!” Well, it gets the job done, and I was originally planning on getting a big ‘ol gas chainsaw, but gas engines, when they sit around, tend to not start and need a lot more maintenance than electrics. Plus, I’ll hopefully only need it once a year. I’m happy with the one I got!
Here, it’s very rainy, with rain expected all week. It rained a lot yesterday.
Now I gotta go make my lunch, and get ready for work. Have a great week!
Today, I mowed the yard, the architect came buy and has started the quote for the plans for the ‘under-room’. After that we went and I bought an electric chainsaw/ pole trimmer. The chainsaw can go on the end of a long pole, for reaching high branches.
We also had lunch at Seve Mile Burgers, a new burger place.
It was quite good, I had a burger and fries, then ordered another burger. My wife says you can tell a good burger when yu don’t have to add anything, no ketchup, mustard or mayo, it’s good just the way they serve it. This was the case.
We did some gocery shopping and came home, and I found out I needed “Bar and Chain Oil” for the chain on the chainsaw, so we had to run back to town and decided to take Sheba for the ride.
Sheba loves a ride in the car.!
Tonight it’s steaks on the grill and tomorrow, major tree trimming.
This morning to the east was crystal clear, no haze, no clouds, the crescent moon looked extremely sharp and clear, much better than normal.
To the west was the opposite, huge thunderhead clouds, bright lightning and loud thunder.
I took Sheba on my walk/swim this morning, and made her “Stay!” on the end of the dock while I swam.
Then we came back and I showered, dressed, made coffee and out on the back porch to post and saw the above rainbows. I say rainbowS because there were really two, and the almost make a complete arch across the sky.
Yesterday, as you may have read, started off yukky, but after a great beach lunch I felt much better. Today, I feel much better, and it’s FRIDAY!!!!!