I'm tired today. I've pretty much sat here with my computer on my lap and read blogs. I did spend some time changing up my blog a little. I did some decluttering by moving many items to the bottom. Several blogs I visit have changed up their look and that made me want to do the same. Since I've been decluttering the house and cleaning up the yard, I might as well clean up my blog.
We've had several physically hard days in a row, so I'm taking it easy. You may have read about our ice/snow storm and the damaged cedars having to be pushed down. We lost one huge pine tree and seven rather large cedar trees. What does that create? A huge mess to be cleaned up! We started Friday and have hauled, cut, and burned for four days, minus the time we spent in church on Sunday. Neither one of us are spring chickens and I'm feeling the effects of the work! Not so much sore, just tired. We have accomplished a lot.
There's not anything good about loosing trees. The cedar trees were planted by Mr. H and our son when he was young. Yeah, it was sad to see them fall! I was fine until it was time to cut the biggest cedar into pieces for burning. Made me shed a few tears. Not only were they sentimental, but I enjoyed their lovely green year round. I wish you could have smelled the ceder as they were sawed into pieces. It was wonderful. It was also fascinating to see the heart of the cedar; beautiful rosy colors surrounded by faint yellow.
As I was throwing limbs on the fire, I saw this heart-shaped log. It was like a last little love sign from the cedars. We planted them, we nurtured them, and they grew to be well of 30 feet tall. The center that was rosy turned to white and the outside that was pale yellow turned black. I thought that was quite interesting, I would have thought it would be the other way around.
I think one of the reasons I may be so tired and drained is because it was so hot yesterday. It was over 70 degrees! Between the temperature and the heat from the fire, it was extremely hot!
We really worked hard!!
Well, uh...yeah I know, that's my feet propped up.
I did work I promise!
See my muddy boots!!
And, that's my little green cart and my pink gloves!
On another note, the guys came out and hooked up our new gas stove. We bought it to keep us warm if our power goes out again. Isn't it pretty and doesn't it look toasty warm. Oh right, I just said it was a 70 degree day. We did have a fire going but only for a minute, long enough for me to take a picture.
It looks like winter inside with the stove, but look what I found outside! My jonquils are blooming! My Japonica bush is blooming! As I said before...WHERE IS WINTER??? Do you know what the bugs, mosquitoes, ticks and such will be like if we don't get some freezing weather!! Unthinkable misery is in our future!!
I am concerned about our weather today. When it's 70 in January in Arkansas it's a given that severe weather will be in the picture. The map below doesn't look to promising. The wind has picked up considerably and part of the state is now a under a tornado watch. I'll be keeping a close eye as it sweeps across the state
I know this was just a rambling kind of post.
Hope you don't mind.
I wish each of you a great week.
I'll be praying for those of you that may have some bumpy weather coming your way.