WOW! I can hardly believe it has been almost 2 months since my last posting, but, my dears it was not an intentional absence. Yes, I have been pretty busy, but mainly my internet was down for awhile and then I decided to not continue with my provider and several weeks later made the decision to go with someone else. Today I was hooked up again for new service and so here I am. I have never gone so long without internet, and frankly I have missed it. One never knows just how much you miss something until you do without it for awhile. Of course there are always negative and positive sides to everything and a positive has been that I have managed to put a nice dent in some of my obligations right here around the house.
We (my brother Michael and I) have been cutting down the dead ash trees, all 26 of them. We still have 9 more to go and he comes over when he can, on his days off. I have told him to not make those trees a priority on his off days, just fit me in when he can, nothing needs to be set in stone on the calendar. Frankly I am sick of picking up the sticks. They are so brittle now that a good wind brings them down off the trees. Before we started with the chain saw, it was nothing for me to spend a good hour and a half picking up sticks before I could even mow grass. Then with every tree brought down there comes the picking up of all the sticks again. Three times he has spent a day cutting and the days after that again I spend pretty much all day picking up sticks. I even get down on my hands and knees, (the best place to be to pray for an end to all this tree/stick business). So far we have spent 3 days, here and there, dealing with brush and a bonfire to be rid of it all. The main logs will be transported to my daughter Rachael's house and sawed into firewood for her to burn this winter in her fireplace.
I did finish up the shell baby blanket that I mentioned in my last posting. I have not done anything in the yarn or material department since then. I cleared my living room area of all the yarn totes and brought them back into my hoard of stuff in my sewing/yarn/craft room. This room is a fright, and heaven help me, I know it seems to stay straightened up about 5 minutes and in a blink of an eye it becomes someplace one would have to leave a trail of bread crumbs to find their way out. My computer is in there as well, and I felt the need to apologize to the tech who hooked me back up to the internet. "I'm so sorry you have to work in such a claustrophobic space, but this is my room and my hoard." He just laughed, and of course in my mind I was thinking, he is a man, what does he really know about the creative woman!
Anyways, it is good to be back in business again. I have truly missed all of you and know darn well it will take me ages to catch-up on all you darlings whose blogs I follow and that I consider my friends. I hope and pray you have all been doing well these past weeks, and I know as creative as you all are that you have not been idle and have been doing so many interesting and good things. I will return with news of more things I have been doing. As you can see by this last picture, I have a major ground hog problem, this is just one escape route under the privacy fence out back. Over where we are cutting the trees they have tunnels and holes big enough for one to twist an ankle in.
But not only these guys digging holes in the yard and under the fences, but also I have ground squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. I have been feeding the birds and so along comes these stray cats! This place has become a regular wildlife preserve and I can't even leave the garage doors open for fear that those little squirrels and the chipmunks will get into the insulation and walls. I have been ripping the ivy off of the house and discovered a nice nest of bumble bees, not the honey bees mind you, but those big black and yellow fuzzy ones.....yeah, I got stung, on the back of my neck, and I thanked God that at least it wasn't a swarm. They didn't like it that I was disturbing the ground nest under the mulch up next to the garage. I also miscalculated the number of steps coming down from the ladder, yep, I missed the last rung and fell right smack dab into the shrubs, twisting my right knee in the process (thank God I didn't fall on the bee's nest). Lucky I didn't break a hip, lucky that Kodak moment was not witnessed by anyone passing by. The shrub did survive, heck, it manages to make it through tons of snow piled on it, so what was a 200+/62 year old woman gonna do to harm it, ha! So, now I have a bum knee and neither ice nor Motrin seemed to ease the soreness. So, as you can read, I have been doing all sorts of crazy things. I hope you didn't give up on me. I know "ALL" of you are special to me. Love you all, always, God bless each and every one of you ♥