Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day! Pine Mold and stitchy update

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

It's a windy but warm Sunday here in the heartland.  My plan for the day is to do nothing that looks anything like work.  I think I'll stitch some, maybe do a bird or two but that's about it.  Dan got up this morning and had breakfast waiting for me when I got downstairs, he made homemade biscuits and gravy with sausage and orange juice.  Very good it was!  (said in my best Yoda voice)

I hope everyone out there has a wonderful day, whether you are a mother or not!

Yesterday, while Dan was teaching, I decided to start taking down the last of 3 dead/dying Evergreen Trees in our back yard. Pine Mold is a bad bad thing! 

I've heard it can spread to other types of trees too and there is nothing you can do for it either.  This tree should have been taken down last fall but Dan kept saying it would "come back".  Yeah, right.  I really think Dan was thinking "I don't want do all that work".  I've done it twice already.  So while the cat was away this mouse decided to take the bull by the horns and get 'er done! 

Here she is after 3 hours of work.

 And after 5 hours of work....

I found some interesting things while I was chopping away.  Garbage bags, wire, cool whip bowl, part of the shed, a golf ball and this little guy!

I think he's been out here a while!  He has an incredibly poopy butt!

Then there was the tragedy.  Now keep in mind, although I am currently not very fond of birds (see previous post) I wouldn't deliberately throw a baby bird to the dogs but sadly that is what happened.  I checked the nest before chopping that branch off and it was empty but apparently, it must have been flung out prior to that without my seeing it because when I found it, it was in Gracie's mouth and she was chomping away.  I screamed and she dropped it only to have Kallie swoop in and pick it up and start chomping.  I yelled SPIT!  (handy thing to teach a dog to do btw) She SPAT but it was too late.  Baby bird did not survive.  Rest in Peace baby bird.  Bad dogs!  Bad Bad Dogs!! 

And after another hour or so of clean-up we have this.

The rest Dan will have to do as my short little self couldn't reach that high up!  I'm hoping it will get finished today.  I must say this was one of dirtiest jobs I've had to do.  I don't even want to know what kind of creepy crawlies were in there.  That's one of the reasons I wanted this done sooner rather than later.  Later gives the creepies time to really settle in and I just can't have that!

After all that work I took a shower and sat down to stitch for the rest of the night.

Just got a Mother's Day call from Adam!  He's planning on doing some sight seeing in Alaska today.  Not much is open up there yet but he wants to see what he can while he's there.  Abby just got home, she gave me a nice card and Amy posted a really nice thing on FB so all my chicks have checked in today.  I'm lucky to have them, they turned out to be good kids.  Even if they do drive me nuts sometimes!

Snapped these pics of Abby yesterday before she headed out for the night.  She said it was her Grunge look.  WTH is a grunge look?  I didn't want her to think I didn't know what she was talking about so I just said cool but inquiring minds would really like to know!

Think I will go do something productive now.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving the great comments on the last post!  I have printed them out to show the ladies that participated!  Keep the comments coming and Welcome to my new followers!  Looks like I am approaching the 200 followers mark.  Best start thinking up a giveaway!

Take care till next time!



reader4519 said...

Hi Julie - I am a new follower. I have been enjoying your blog for a couple of weeks now. I don't have a blog, but I sure do enjoy reading others.
You really did a lot of work on that tree. Wow! What a job.
I kind of knew what grung was, but not sure how to explain it. So I went to old faithful "Google" and typed in grung and this is what it gave me. I think the holey jeans is what your daughter was talking about.
grun·gy (grnj)
adj. grun·gi·er, grun·gi·est Slang
In a dirty, rundown, or inferior condition: grungy old jeans
Happy Mothers Day. Mary

Sally said...

Grunge - as in Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc. She looks too neat and tidy for grunge but very cute, nonetheless.


Cari said...

Holy have been very busy girl!! Taking down that tree was one huge job. I'm glad you got some stitching time in. Your daughter is adorable. thanks for sharing a pice. Have a wonderful week Julie. Hugs.....

Yvonne..... said...

WOW! You were able to stitch down and stitch some after tackling that tree?! You Go Girl!! Happy Mother's Day!!

Carole said...

Lovely pictures of Abby and boy does she look like her mother in that last one.

Sorry that you murdered that little bird!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you really gave that tree heck. I'm sorry to hear about the baby bird, but you can't save them all. I just hope it was quick. Your stitching looks good. I was under the impression that the grudge look was dirty, shabby, and run down. Faded, holey jeans and the like. She looks far too nice for grunge, lol. Glad all your chicks checked in today. I bet that makes for a happy Mom's day for you!!

Siobhan said...

Your daughter is beautiful--even with the grunge look. ;)

Good for you on the tree! We have a few small trees/big shrubs that didn't make it through the last two winters so need to come down. :P

Lovely stitching!

mbroider said...

Not sure what grunge means. I would go with cute though, thats what your daughter is:)

Happy Mothers Day. Love your WIP

craftygal43 said...

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