Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A little of this and alittle of that.

What a beautiful day it was here today. The weather was gorgeous. Mild and cool with lots of sunshine. Sunshine just makes the biggest difference for me. It is just...good.

Hopper felt much better today. She and Scooter helped me plant the last of the tomatoes, peppers and strawberries today. We even got the onion sets planted. I really crammed the onions together, because I planted them at the base of the umbrella planter with the Clematis and in a pot. If I'd had a plot ready, they'd have been spaced out more and in the ground. Maybe next year. The thing is, it doesn't really matter how big onions are. They taste good no matter what, so if they're a little cramped it won't matter to us. We'll still eat them.

So this is a picture of our V Trees. From the angle I took the picture, it's actually sort of hard to tell how far down the left tree was leaning. It was actually leaning quite a bit more than the picture shows. The tree on the left was the one I was worried about the most, because if it had not fallen correctly, it would have landed on the bitter widow's fence, and we likely would have been sued.

Thankfully, it landed no where near her property.

The tree making the right part of the V was the one that was pulling towards the power line. The powerline was behind the shed several feet, but the tree was tall enough, and the wind was strong enough that it caused a few tense moments. They'd tied the rope about 6 feet above the roof of the shed and pulled toward the house. They knew, if they could get the heavy part of the tree to fall, it would fall straight down. It did.

Our backyard now looks like a jungle, because we still have to finish cutting the wood up. The hubby got a couple wood chippers from Craigslist today. Seemed to make more sense to buy a used one than to rent one for almost $200 a day after paying tax on it. One is a bigger gas chipper, and the other is a smaller electric one. Our plan is to use the gas one to clean up all the branches in the backyard that we're not giving for firewood and then selling it again. We'll keep the smaller one for things that may come up over the years. At least that's our plan for now. We'll make a final decision in a year or so.

It was a quick but productive weekend for us. Hopper did feel much better today, but she went to bed on her own around 4:00 this afternoon, so she's still not up to par. Hopefully, tomorrow will be her best day yet.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about our military. Those Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen that gave their lives to keep our country free. Those that made the ultimate sacrifice for us. We are so very grateful for each and every one of them.

We will remember.


  1. When it gets sunny here (sometimes up to eleven days PER YEAR) I always want to stay in and clean the house.

    How weird is that?

    But if I get an urge to cut down trees, I will think of you.

  2. It was beautiful here too, but we didn't do anything.... Hopefully today, here's to hoping Hopper feels better today!!

  3. I'm afraid to mention our beautiful weather, seems like when I do it rains or the winds kick up again.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    We will remember



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