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Ice Storms Suck.

Posted 2013.12.21 9.36 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

In between my 2nd and 3rd coffees of the morning, and my eyes are finally de-blearified enough to perceive the world around me, and I think to myself, Huh, I don’t remember being able to see tree branches out this window before.

So I poke my head out the back door to look in the back yard.

From Here to the Shed

Yeah. No. That wasn’t there before.

So I put on some shoes and go outside to get a closer look.


Pow! Right in the Roof

I don’t remember hearing any bangs or thuds last night so maybe it just sort of only gently settled on the roof.

While I was snapping pictures, more tree-bits came crashing down in the next yard, so I concluded my investigation and retreated back to the safety indoors.

And there’s another whole day of this ice storm shenanigans coming, according to Environment Canada.

De-Treeing my Driveway

Posted 2012.03.13 11.18 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

About 7 or 8 years ago, I had this little tree start growing in my driveway. It wasn’t like right in the middle – it would have gotten run over. No, it was tucked off to the side, at the edge of the driveway, right by the side of my house.

Now, I’m no greenthumb. Indeed, I have a pretty good track record of killing every plant I’ve tried to grow. So when something green comes along and acts lively and hardy without any help from me, I’m usually all for it.

This was a bit different though. I know that it’s not good for the house. I worried about the foundation. After a couple short years, I had a sapling of about a dozen feet in height, 2 or 3 inches thick at the base. I cut it down. I hated to do it, but it had to be done.

That was five years ago.

The tree immediately grew back, and grew back fast. At times, you could see it was getting bigger almost daily.

Last Summer

By last summer it was easily 20 feet tall, and the trunk about 8 inches across at the base.

Amazed (and amused) I did some research and determined that it was most likely a Siberian Elm – a tree that is almost universally disliked and despised by landscapers and gardenists, because of its unruly and unkempt canopy. Its only redeeming feature was that it grows to maturity really, really fast.

Back to the narrative at hand, so here I am with my driveway tree again. I can see it’s damaging the eaves. I suspect it’s damaging the roof. And I fear it’s damaging the foundation. Once again, the neighbors are telling me to cut it down. I resist, I hate killing trees. And I respect a tree that I’ve already killed once but it came back.

Five Rings

It came to a head this past autumn though – my next-door neighbor and I share a driveway area and we had agreed to get it repaved. That meant the tree had to go. I procrastinated a few months but couldn’t put it off any further, so last week I asked my sister to come over to spot me while I cut it down.

I went through my old camping gear and dug out the old swiss-saw, and we got to work.

Surprisingly (and happily) it all came down pretty much as planned. It had branched about 6ft off the ground, so we took off the two main side-limbs first, then the middle one. Nobody got hurt and no property damage was inflicted on anything.

Attacking the Trunk

Finally we removed the main part of the trunk, though the lowest we could get was roughly 8 or 10 inches above the ground.

So now, my driveway is treeless, but for a stump, and I have a huge pile of wood and branches in my backyard to be dealt with later in the spring.

Efficient Land Use

Posted 2009.11.19 17.23 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Not long ago, I was driving through a part of town that I hadn’t been before. So I was looking around, sort of making note of what was around, so that I wouldn’t get lost.

At one point I passed a few guys standing around holding golf sticks, at the edge of a rather large open expanse of land – so I automatically figured, Golf Club. As I kept on driving, after a few moments there was a building and I figured it was the clubhouse. It was new, and rather modern-looking, with all angles and curves, so I thought, oh, it’s a funky new modern style golf club.

I couldn’t help notice though, that although they had a lot of land, it was fairly flat and boring, with almost nothing in the way of trees and water hazards and sand traps and stuff. But it was obviously new, and I don’t know anything about golf really.

I caught a glimpse of the name on the clubhouse, it was the something-or-other memorial something something chapel. Oh wait – that’s not a new golf club. It’s a new cemetary. So what were those guys doing with golfsticks?

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Random Stuff

Posted 2009.06.19 14.22 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

iPhone 3Gs came out today. It has a compass. Also there’s something about improved speed, better camera, whatever. Compass! I got mine at 9am this morning, before going to work. Mmm technology… Now if only they’d add a blinky light. I miss blinky lights.

Cats & Doots: What is the deal here? I buy them little toy mousies with catnip inside, and they stuff them behind the sofa or under the fridge. I get them little balls and they hide them behind the TV. Whatever toys I get for them, they quickly lose. But if someone makes a little round doot that’s not too squishy, they bat it all over the house so I can eventually find it in the living room. Cat doots do not belong in the living room!

Hyperactive Snail: My applesnail Speed Racer went into spazz mode last night, he was just a nonstop snailing machine. Playful – climbing to the top of the aquarium then parasnailing down to the bottom. Industrious – he was digging holes, moving gravel one lump at a time. Raucous – at one point he dropped everything and raced across the tank to punch out the little pond snail (I don’t know what the pond snail said, but it must have been offensive.) All in all it was a fascinating evening of snail-watching.

Robert Filterfeeder with Geometric Trousers: This weekend is my niece’s and nephew’s birthday, and the party theme has to do with a stationary aquatic filterfeeder named Robert, who wears trousers with a simple geometric form. So…yay?

Buy my parents’ house! They want to move to Orangeville so they can be closer to the grandkids. You don’t wanna deprive grandkids of ready access to nana and papa do you? Buy this house!