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Men in trees

February begins a round of heavy duty work for me.  Not the least of which is working around the weather to prune the 8 trees in the orchard of our yard.

still need ladder for smaller trees

still need ladder for smaller trees

Our young neighbors got in the spirit of things this major sunny weekend – the wind was freezing cold and the sky crystal clear.  We were so happy for the assistance and by adding a hearty dinner to the end of the day – it made the day feel like a regular barn raising.

Ground crew

Ground crew

Even Zip, our puppy came out to help and chew on fallen branches.

While the sun still shines we are fertilizing the rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberry bushes.  There is lots of weeding to accomplish also.

On to all the paper work, because the rain is coming back and we need to prepare those income tax forms.

There just does not seem to be enough hours in the day!

Needed a nap after all that work

Needed a nap after all that work

Do you have times during the year that are just amazingly busy?  How do you organize your time around the weather?  If you have to fill out income tax forms do you get right to it or procrastinate and contemplate?

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21 Responses to “MEN IN TREES”

  1. Talon Says:

    I love outdoor productive days like that when Mother Nature co-operates and radiates goodness as her contribution.

    Zip looks zonked :)

    Taxes we get get done and out of the way in advance – we have until the end of April here. And now I can’t wait for Spring to get so I can get back out in the garden (we got 4″ of fresh snow overnight), but that will be a while. Definitely some chores are left until the weather is fine. And the indoor ones are great for those days when outdoors is best visited through the window :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    It was such a cold wind Talon…I needed a hot bath after it all and I was not outside for all the time.

    I just love my friends who do their taxes on New Years Eve…then celebrate! I am just waiting on all kind so paper work to come in yet…Why are they so slow….but I like working on them a bit every week, so the job is not so huge

    Zip was zonked!

  2. Jannie Funster Says:

    Wow, I see a slip of that lovely lake at the back of your property — how nice!

    Jim keeps the papers monthly, takes them to the accountant so things sail along well now, unlike in the olden procrastination daze.

    You have a nice little orchard, lucky!

    Yes, Zip was zonked. And growing a lot, I can tell.


    Patricia Reply:

    That is reflection lake or Capital Lake – dammed up to reflect the Capital Dome – surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier….it is spectacular view…

    I do the paperwork monthly too – much, much easier

    Zip is getting heavy 5 months on the 20th and I am wondering if he is nearly full grown, and so worn out after all our activity

  3. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “do you get right to it or procrastinate and contemplate?”

    I almost never procrastinate… I get right to things.

    On the other hand, I often find it difficult to just relax and not DO and accomplish stuff all the time.

    So not perfect. 😀
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  4. Patricia Says:

    I am a get right to it person too – I love how my friends have their taxes all done on New Year’s Eve…oh that would be so satisfying to me – to start he year fresh.

    I am not even trying perfection – I am working on doing nothing!

  5. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! April/May gets kind of crazy around here – winter clean up, garden beginnings, spring house cleaning and getting ready for much of the summer at the lake house. As far as procrastination, I haven’t time for it! A lot changed for me years ago when I became fixated on the power of intention. If I entertain the Thought of doing something and spend the least amount of my time Thinking about something, I just go ahead and do it. Thoughts and intentions are worthless unless you put them into action.

    I can sure relate to your feelings of that days project being like a barn raising – how exhilerating! Love it!

    patricia Reply:

    April and May will still be crazy around here…as my husband is leaving for a 6 week bike tour through the mtn passes from Canada to Mexico May 18th….I will need to turn garden beds, plant tomatoes in June and peas…paint the deck and wash the windows to prepare for the Danish family coming at the end of June….all this by myself. My list is long and I just have to get going on it to get it all done.

    It was just wonderful to have the neighbors pitch in and climb the trees – oh youth! My kids always help when here but they are not

  6. Debbie Says:

    Love that picture of Zip! You certainly do have some spectacular views Patricia. I could almost feel the cool crystal air as I read.

    As for ‘procrastination’ sometimes I procrastinate a little but on the whole I like to ‘get things over with’ so for whatever reason, right or wrong, I tend not to hang around. A little more forethought might help at times. As for busy times – these past two years have been continually busy with the two weddings and the two births (one imminent) plus a new puppy on the scene. Tax returns – yuk! Mine is done for me by my accountant back in September so is well out of the way by January 31st when it should be in. :-)

    patricia Reply:

    The Mountains, Lake and Sound will make it very hard to leave this spot, but the house is feeling too big for me these days

    You are very busy this year and writing such good stories too.

    I am just getting ready for the accountant, our taxes are due April 15th, but the office is just too complex for me to do any more so we have a bookkeeper and an accountant and I have an accountant for my little business…I just try to keep the paper work right up to date for my own ease.

    Oh wow now it is hailing ( how do you spell that?) and snowing finally Winter may have arrived?

  7. northpenninegallery Says:

    I’ve never seen two dogs look so similar! I have a thing for trees, but I also have a thing about step ladders. During autumn, the boys (reluctantly) and I made an ID of every tree on our village green I have plan somewhere which shows each with its own unique reference number. I know, sad isn’t it! I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog- it’s good, it’s wholesome and makes me feel happy.

    patricia Reply:

    Hello Keith,
    Zip was supposed to be getting his first trim up today, but we woke up to quite a snow storm and calls for ice storm tomorrow so the fine folks called off their days work and Zip is chasing around the deck enjoying this new experience.

    Thank you for you kind words about the blog and my partner has Rheumatoid Arthritis in his feet, hands, hips and spine – I now have a huge thing about ladders – I was so happy for our neighbors assistance !

  8. Arts Web Show Says:

    I hear you on the not having enough time in a day.
    I often think this, i can never seem to get everything i want to do done. lol
    Ah well, enjoy your work.
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment – greatly appreciated

  9. Val Says:

    Zip is such a pretty little pup!

    I remember filming a short video of a guy working on a tree in the next door garden when we lived in London. He never knew…!
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    patricia Reply:

    This tree is over 100 years old – I worry about the fellows climbing in it every year. Hilary suggested we work on getting roots started and then cut the giant beauty down…we are not having any luck root stocking this tree.

    It is a stunning tree…and the apples taste wonderful. I am trying to catch many memories of it – full of finches and sap suckers and piliated woodpeckers…there are rows and rows of neatly pecked holes all around the tree.

  10. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. never enough time – but I do what I can and don’t get stressed … I used to.

    It’s keeping up to date, being prepared, thinking in advance & they all make things easier .. and just apologising for not doing some things!

    Beautiful looking property .. orchard and lake view .. sounds a lovely area to live .. all houses and gardens have work – they don’t stop .. thank goodness!

    Enjoy the Spring & puppykins .. looks delightful .. full of bounce and then crash, splodge and she’s out for the county .. the sleep of the angels!

    Cheers and have a lovely rest of the weekend .. Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    We are having mountains of snow, wind, and now rain turning to about 12’F tonight and more freezing …Winter finally arrived and San Fransisco got it’s first snow in 35 years from this storm…schools were closed and I had to reschedule a ton of things.

    I hope it goes away…I need to take the ferry ride to Vancouver Island -Victoria for my Aunt’s memorial service on Friday…About a 6 hour trip with driving the back highway and taking the ferry – I hope the weather clears up and I can find a spot to take ZIP for 2 full days…and no flooding???

    patricia Reply:

    Wow Hilary,
    I am getting your response to this comment on my email but not here on the blog??? IT GIRL I need some tech support!

    We will take the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles to downtown Victoria after a 2 hours + drive around the Peninsula on Hwy 101…if we have flooding part of that road will be flooded and even Salmon over the roadway!

    My sweet neighbor is going to take ZIP for the whole weekend, even if that means dropping him off at 5:30am – no problem she says Thank goodness…She is in one of the pictures.

    We will walk on and take a taxi out to the service. I think I found a B&B within walking distance of the ferry.

    The Victoria Clipper walk on – does not start service until May….a 1 hour trip…I have never been on it…someday.

    I have taken all the Canadian Ferries to Victoria – stunning trip just in iteself

    Hilary Reply:

    Hi Patricia .. glad the trip is all organised .. and Zip well taken care off .. & now I hope the weather doesn’t mess you around.

    Do ferries run from Seattle to Victoria .. I guess they must do!

    I have a funeral to go to next week in Cornwall – Mum’s best friend has died very suddenly .. a huge shock to me – I have yet to tell Mum .. it would kill her without a lead in ..

    I told her about one of her carers when she owned the Care Home .. who had had breast cancer .. and had given Mum no warning … never again – for someone who can’t express sad emotion .. too difficult.

    Your aunt had had a good life .. and reunions are ahead for her .. it will be sad, but it will be a celebration of life .. thinking of you – Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    My mum and I went to so many services the last 2 years of her life – it was very sad and she lived so long there were not many left to attend her service.

    Lots of ferries in the Seattle area and then north near Anacortes, they are just very crowded with commuters and they stop and most of the San Juan Islands…we would need to go all the way into Vancouver, BC which is not a very car friendly zone to be needing to store a car.

    It will be a wonderful celebration of life