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Well, I can definitely say Spring is here and Summer on the way – the trumpet vine is almost to the top of our very tall evergreen tree in the backyard and the pecan tree is leafing out. It is always the last tree to get its leaves. We planted that tree – along with another one that has since died – when we first moved up here about 13 years ago, but if you were to look at it, you’d never know. It has got to be the slowest growing tree on Earth. It always amazes me when we drive by pecan orchards where there are hundreds of large pecan trees, they must have been planted ages ago by some one who knew better than I just how long it would take those trees to grow.

 

Chomp! Chomp! Yes, we’ve been trimming trees – and also taken on a new project. First the trees. I mentioned David received a JawSaw from his brother as a Christmas gift. He couldn’t wait to get out in the yard and start chomping limbs. As a matter of fact, I made him promise he wouldn’t start cutting anything until I could go with him. David is very good about the yard being my domain, but there have been one or two occasions over the years when he took it on himself to ‘help’ with disastrous results. Like the time he was ‘weeding and feeding’ the yard in Houston so he thought my newly planted petunias could use a little feeding, so he gave them a generous spray… ‘weed and feed’ is not ‘weed or feed’ – it does both, so you can imagine… next day I went out to water my little flowers and everyone of them were laying flat on the ground – deader than a door nail. Maybe that’s why a few years later, he bought me 150 bedding plants when I mentioned I wanted to put some color in the front yard. Do you have any idea how long it takes one person to set out 150 bedding plants?! A long time. In fact, I was getting so tired of them, towards the last 50 or so, I was putting 2-3 plants per hole. Yikes!!! Never again!!

Back to my story. Have to say the JawSaw (look towards the bottom of the Amazon page for the JawSaw) works as advertised. It is safe (as safe as any chain saw I’ve ever seen) and is easy enough to handle and work – as long as you follow the directions. Can’t cut too much at one time or the weight will cause the chain to come off…. but it is easy to put back on. We ended up trimming the cedars, the oak and some of the cypress trees with ease.

 

Next we started on our project which was to extend the small deck-walkway between the fence and the deck. We enjoy sitting out there at night watching the stars but the area was too narrow so David decided to cover the whole space with plywood.  (He drove the truck around and used it as a work station for cutting so we wouldn’t have to carry the pieces so far.)  Once finished we’ll paint it to blend in with the rest of the deck. I’m thinking black bricks would look good. Had the red brick look before, but it is a bit overpowering.

So where does the saw fit in? In order to steady the plywood, David had to put some bracing underneath the plywood that was overhanging the existing walk. He had a large (18+ foot) 4 x 4 so we carried that over to the deck area where he proceeded to cut it with his new saw. Really didn’t think the saw would work as well on a piece of lumber, but was pleasantly surprised when it cut right through it without any trouble. One good thing about the saw – aside from the fact that the cutting part is protected – is that when you are cutting limbs of any size, or anything else for that matter, there is no vibrating or shaking. The jaws hold steady whatever is being cut and you just slice through.

On a little different note. Received the following email that I thought had a lot of good advice for life. Thanks Becky for sending it to me.

“Someone has written these beautiful words. One must read and try to understand the deep meanings in them. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time.

1) Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble; it is a “steering wheel” that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2) Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

3) Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4) All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

5) Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!

6) Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

7) When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8.) A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision.”

9) When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10) WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.”

God Bless!

PS – Don’t forget, if you like antiques, the Round Top Spring Antique Show is going on through April 7.  Information on the shows is available on Texas Antique Mall Show Page 

 

 

 

 

 

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