Friday, September 14, 2018

Removing the Jungle
Every year I have good intentions to keep my side yard clean and tidy. Every year about this time it has become a jungle that is difficult to walk through. So armed with a branch lopper, mattock, ax, and a sawsall, the work begins.
I am convinced that some alien rock fell from the sky and planted a totally vicious seed that is determined to take over the world. 
After some effort the tangled mass has been removed and once again some semblance of order has been restored in the side yard. There's still much to do in the side and back yard.

I have indeed found the source of all this and will be attempting to remove and kill the root.
As you can see it's still alive and well. I am determined to eradicate the evil plant. It has become a challenge between plant and man. 

Inside the house a new project begins. I have lots and lots of books. Several categories have struck my passion over the years. There are countless bibles and biblical books pertaining to prayer and other such subjects.  Then there's the technical books on car repair and computer programing (Which I never learned). Those were all recycled because programing from 20 years ago just isn't relevant in today's world. My passion the last few years has be gardening so now that's what fills the shelves today. I've become an advocate of digital books because they are easier to store and don't take up real space. However, digital takes electricity to see and read them. 
It's a start and will be expanded over time as I sort out the books to keep, the books to recycle, and the books to give away.
No this is not a rotated picture. It's me under a porch tacking up some insulation that had fallen down. Periodically I help do small repairs or building projects on a hundred year old ministry headquarters house for a non profit organization. It has been ongoing for over 10 years. I'm mostly the gopher (I go for this and go for that) and my partner in crime is really the project manager. 
The insulation was under this porch and just a slight distraction from the real project which was to build and install this under pen lattice work. It turned out real nice. Any time a work day happens, good fellowship, good food, and a good time is had by all. Turns out there were just two of us but we still had a great time. I really love volunteering but I just don't have much time to do it any more. It's kind of weird how a retired schedule fills up.

Summer is really starting to wind down and it's starting to feel like Fall. It's a good time to put away the cookbook on Barbecuing and crack out the cookbook on making soup. Each season has it's special food. Happy Fall to all.


  1. So good to see you post today. I love it when you take the time to check in with us. Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy. You did a great job on that brush clearing. Hope all is well.

    I made tomato soup last night in preparation for Hurricane Florence. We have lots to eat, as we will probably not be able to get to the store for a few days. The crockpot is my friend, especially in winter.
    Take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your summer!

  2. It's been a very long time, my friend. Difficult and trying times here, and issues getting logged into my blog. Very little time to blog and working at my home office trying to make a few bucks.
    Yard and garden do get away, don't they? Looks good. Is by some chance your "weed" a wild grape vine? Sure looks like one, OR a kudzu ?
    Would love to do some volunteer work, I do quilts and wall hangings for raffles for our three pet rescuers. I can't physically help, but can sew.
    I'm going to try "indoor gardening, Dave. The hydroponic gardens. I love salad greens, herbs, and am going to give it a whirl. I'm also very leary of all the diseases in our food, especially greens, so I'll keep you posted. If I get my blog straightened out.
    Enjoy the Fall.