Sunday, December 27, 2015

The aftermath, cutting down and the cleaning up the fallen tree

The following day the crew arrived early, they had many jobs to complete that day, ours being one.


Standing in the backyard looking over the roof, the top had just been cut and lowered to the ground.


The boom truck had to park in the sloped driveway to reach the tree and once most was down, ladders were used.


Wood sections were strewn across the entire front yard.

Later that evening the wood was all moved to the driveway to make it easier to work on after Christmas.

The day after Christmas, we had a tree clean up party! Fortunately the day was only cold and dry, not cold and wet and for that I am very thankful!

This pile is deeper and bigger than it looks....

We had cutters!


And choppers who split!

And haulers and cleaners.


And we had loaders and drivers to deliver the split wood to the other house. And a chipper to take care of the leftover debris.

Then it was time to remove the stump, or so we thought!

The stump had a hidden surprise in-store, a root growing west, the size of a small tree! In addition we found the water main and cable wires, which made our plan obsolete at this time.

So we did the next best thing!

We trimmed the wood face and the rear roots that were sticking out of the ground, back filled the soil and replanted the succulent ground cover over the top, along with the uprooted Japanese Irises. 

And with that, thankfully the tree saga is over.......

Part 1, can be found here.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May all your Christmas wishes come true!

Thank you for your visits, we appreciate your time and your wonderful comments. Here is looking at a new and exciting New Year!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Garden Tuesday, when the trees fall down,,,,,,,,,,

While I love outdoor shots, these could have waited for never. The winter rains have saturated the ground, and the wind lifted the tree, out. It got caught in the limbs of the other trees in the front yard fortunately, as this prevented the tree from taking out the northeast corner of the house!

The emergency crew we called in, came and could only secure the tree by trimming excess branches near the top and then lashing it to three other trees for safe keeping overnight, as the boom and bucket were about 10 feet too short!

These trees are majestic and it's very hard to tell how tall they really are, but trust me, they are very tall. They are the original trees of the area, left when the house was built in 1974. During a wind storm the lower branches, once broken off and laying on the ground are often 15-20 feet long!








And yes, that is a for sale sign, we are set to close in 3 weeks............Yesterday was a busy day!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

From camping to the dining table, Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinairgette

The first time we ate this delicious combination was on our Thanksgiving camping trip. Very rustic and simple, cut an avocado in half and fill the hollow with the persimmon vinaigrette. Today we are sharing a much prettier version over at Our Sunday Cafe.....

I threw this together as a make shift salad on our Thanksgiving camping trip, and it was delicious. Proof that a few ingredients will always feed you well. So good in fact, it is now all dressed up on a platter to be presented, right here, to all of you.........

Red wine vinegar was used when we were camping.

The first time around I minced the persimmon, added the oil and vinegar with a touch of sugar and simply filled the hollows of the avocado halves. But I think this is much prettier. Like most simple recipes this is very adaptable and can be made with a choice of ingredients. The first time we enjoyed this; I used red wine vinegar, this version uses a softer balsamic.


Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinaigrette
by the seat of my pants
serves 2-4

1 or 2 avocado

1 persimmon - peeled if desired (the skin can be tough, I peel)
1 T mild flavored oil (we used avocado)
1 T balsamic vinegar plus 1 t red wine vinegar - for a darker vinaigrette
OR:
1 T red wine vinegar - for a rose colored vinaigrette
1 t sugar or honey

Mince the persimmon and stir together with remaining ingredients. Let marinate a few minutes. When ready to serve, slice avocado arranging on a platter, spoon persimmon vinaigrette over and serve immediately.


Enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Where did the time go? Only 10 days to Christmas...........


I/we have been so busy selling one house and trying to buy another, that the first half of the month of December has completely slipped away. Fortunately today; December 15, 2015, we made an offer on a house on the peninsula!

Since the next few days will be a waiting time for acceptance of our offer, I guess I better get busy with Christmas. Fortunately we will share our Christmas with family and the decorations that they have arranged with care, as ours are still packed.........

Keep your fingers (and candy canes) crossed for us, it looks like we will have a new backyard soon! And now it is time to get the gifts ready.


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Saturday, December 5, 2015

A much bigger backyard....

In our quest to see as much of the out of doors as we can (yet remain as comfortable as we need...) we took a major step and purchased a small motor home. It is just the perfect size for the two of us and small enough that I do believe I will be comfortable (in time) sharing the driving.


Our maiden voyage was a Thanksgiving camping trip to Cape Disappointment, in Washington state. It is one of our favorite places to go and our plan is to move closer for retirement.

Let me introduce you to our home away from home:


It will take us to beautiful places:


 And allow us to eat well and relax!


And, we are in the final days of selling our house. The buyer's appraisal for financing is Monday! While this has been a very busy and trying time, it has also been a learning experience. It has forced us to narrow down our choices, and make some final decisions. Until now, it has been nothing but wishes. I can't wait to share more, as our adventure unfolds!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Old and new from far and wide, December 2015

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in December. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of Choosing Voluntary Simplicity

Hard boiled eggs from Choosing Voluntary Simplicity. Hard cooked eggs have always been a challenge for me to peel. Not to mention the green rings associated with over cooking. I need to try this technique. Apparently these are not only perfectly cooked, they are easy to peel. Score!


Photo courtesy of An Oregon Cottage

Bulletin Board Push Pins using vintage jewelry, from An Oregon Cottage. This is also a great gift idea. You know that lone ear ring in your jewelry box, now you can put it to good use.


Photo courtesy of Maker Baker Glitter Shaker.

Crystal Pendant Family Picture Ornaments, from Rook No. 17. All I can say about these is Wow! This is an especially creative way to preserve smaller, intimate family photos. Jenn is very creative, and these show that skill in full detail.


Photo courtesy of Craft Leftovers

Cardboard Box Looms, from Craft Leftovers. What a creative way to be a crafter on the cuff!


Photo courtesy of, Common Sense Homesteading

Handy Kitchen Substitutions, from Common Sense Homesteading. Because it is not always convenient to make another trip to the store.....

Previously from such a busy backyard:

November 2015

You may also enjoy these from Our Sunday Cafe:

December 2015

November 2015



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