Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Exciting day in the neighborhood yesterday!

My new neighbor next door had some tree people come and take a huge old oak down in her back yard that was going to fall in my direction eventually!  Thank you, Marguerite!  I was out there taking pictures of the entire process all day on and off. They also trimmed the other oak that had some dead branches.  This is the tree Nitty likes to sit under!
 I asked them if they minded if I took pictures and they said they didn't.   I will let the pictures tell the story as I think it is a fascinating one.  You couldn't pay me enough to do that!  I don't like heights OR chainsaws but this father and son team are true professionals!   If anyone needs any tree work done in North Central, Arkansas, these are the guys to call!  It is Goodson and Son Tree Service out of Ash Flat and their number is 870-895-3876.  They are insured and give free estimates.  There were 2 houses,  a fence and my clothesline they had to watch out for and not one was harmed in the taking down of this tree. Enjoy!
This is the tree that just got trimmed............
 This is the tree they removed.  I'm sure this tree was here before these houses were!

 They had to use my yard as her yard is fenced in which was fine.  At least I didn't have to pay the bill! LOL!

 They use lots of ropes to control where branches go when they get cut and they were very precise they only missed landing them on the flatbed trailer once!

 They remove sections and lower them carefully down to the ground by rope.....

 The father is on the ground and the son is in the tree......he was part monkey but extremely careful....on their business card it says  "25 years accident free" and I believe it as they were precise in everything they did. 

Obviously this young man is not afraid of heights!
 The chainsaw dangles when he is climbing...........

 The last of the branches..............
 Now for the tree............or what's left of it..............

 He would cut it off in sections and tie a rope around it and lower it carefully to the ground.  Look at that.....he's up there smiling!  It must be the view! LOL

 See the father on the bottom pulling on the rope?  That is so when the son is finished cutting that section of tree with a rope around it the father can just lower that section to the ground slowly and safely.
The son cuts it almost all the way through and then he twists it off and controls it so it doesn't go swinging even on the rope.  I told you these guys are good!

 You can see the rope tied around the section he is cutting here............look at those chips fly!

 Here I actually got a picture of them lowering a section...........
 and this last big hunk took them a while to cut up to be able to move it..............
 and now they are gone and this is all that's left.  We will miss you big old oak.....you served us all well for many many years.  A big thanks to my neighbor who paid to have the tree taken down and hired such great professionals to do it!
 I'm sorry for the amount of pictures but I was really trying to give you the 'step-by-step' account of what I thought was truly something you don't see every day.  Happy Trails!

Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Monday.....what are you reading, watching, and/or listening to?

I have been working hard all day long and I am tuckered out but I have so much to blog about this week that I will need every day this week and next to tell you about it! 
Remember last week  when I said I was like  a squirrel gathering nuts except it is books?  Well, it hasn't stopped, so get ready!  Since I haven't finished any thing...par for the course for me....I will just show you my acquisitions that I had to start reading because I couldn't stop myself!  I'm still reading All Creatures Great and Small and I love it.  I'm on page 190 of 442.  Brideshead Revisited is slow...page 28 of 351.  I'm still reading the Oprah Magazine and listening to tape 3 of 6 of Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue by P.G. Wodehouse.
I started several others though.......don't judge me please......lol!
The Girl With No Name by Marina Chapman is excellent and fascinating!  Here's what Amazon says "
The amazing story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation―growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys―to find ultimate redemption.- As seen on The Today Show
In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her home and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.
So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral; she lost the ability to speak, lost all inhibition, lost any real sense of being human, replacing the structure of human society with the social mores of her new simian family. But her harrowing adventure was only beginning . . .
In the vein of Slumdog Millionaire and City of God, this rousing story of a lost child who overcomes the dangers of the wild and the brutality of the streets to finally reclaim her life will astonish readers everywhere. "
I am 28% into it and it's hard to put it down!

I am 47% into The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to be perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
and Amazon states "
Perfection is overrated.
Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about
embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life.  In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living.  Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.  There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do."
This book is very heartwarming and inspirational and I am enjoying it.  I am 47% into the book.
 My next 'in progress' read is The Lost Art of House Cleaning by Jan M. Dougherty  Amazon states "The art of housecleaning has been all but lost. Until now.  Jan Dougherty has owned a residential cleaning company for six years and has come to the conclusion that the art of housecleaning has all but been lost. “I believe I may be the only survivor who knows how to clean and therefore I have a duty and responsibility to pass on my wisdom (and share the pain) before it’s too late. Most people don’t like cleaning their house because they simply don’t know how.”
Jan will show you that with three inexpensive products and a few tools how you too can clean your house and everything in it.
She will explain “The PATH”, which is a method to get in, get it clean and get out of a room. Whether you’re doing maintenance cleaning or deep cleaning; “The PATH” is always the same.
Her style is funny and entertaining. So even if you don’t want to clean your house you’ll have a good laugh.
This is not a book of helpful hints. There are enough books out there that will explain how to clean puke or coffee or puked up coffee. This is a book on how to clean the house and everything in it. After you’ve finished cleaning a room it will sparkle, after you’ve finished cleaning the whole house the shine will be seen from the space station.
Moms send copies to your children, if they read it you may not have to spend your next visit cleaning, like you always do. Kids send a copy to your mom, maybe on her next visit she’ll get more done before she leaves.
Read it for entertainment! Read it for inspiration! Read it because it really solves the mystery of “How to clean”.
“Follow me my child and I will show you The PATH”. Jan Dougherty “The Head Rag Dragger”

This book is a godsend!  Not only did she 'turn me on" to a great cleaning product....Krud Kutter but she uses natural and very few products.  In fact, I ran to Walmart on a weekend (which I never do) just to get the supplies and get going!  When I was at the checkout counter the gal asked me if I had ever used Krud Kutter and I said  "no" and she said "Oh, you're going to love it!"   She's right....I do love it and I am loving this book as she tells you exactly how to clean and how to take things apart to clean them...and I mean REALLY clean them!  I hope I make her proud and my home shows it...eventually!  I have a long road to hoe!  I am about 36% done with this book but I jump around a lot as it is more like a training manual for me! LOL!

 The last book I am actually 'reading'....(I won't tell you how many I've purchased....ha! ha!) is The Simple Life by Rhonda Hetzel    Amazon states "Rhonda Hetzel feels passionately that living simply leads to a richer, more fulfilling existence. Having made the decision to live frugally, embrace sustainability and opt out of the capitalist consumerist mindset, she set about working out how to achieve her goal, learning traditional skills, reducing her spending and environmental impact and focusing on the simple things that make life worth living: family, friends, and a home-cooked meal.
This is the story of her journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Rhonda relates why she wanted to change her lifestyle, what simple living means to her, and offers guidance to those thinking about taking the same path."
This gal has or had a blog and I read it several times and then it got lost in the shuffle somehow.  I need to find her again.  This is a very well written book and I am enjoying it.  I am 69% done with it.
It makes me wish I had my farm again or at least a little plot of land up North where I could actually grow things! LOL!
As for listening to.  I am still listening to Paula's podcasts of The Knitting Pipeline and as for watching, I have been switching between The Hart of Dixie and The Gilmore Girls both on Netflix.
To be honest, I have been working so hard around here I have been getting up early and falling into bed early too!  Great sleeping weather is upon us!  Have a great week!
Happy Trails!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

YOP Week #17

It's been a non-fiber related week here on the homestead.  I was gone for one day and I have a zillion projects going to get done 'before the snow flies'...well, at least before I can no longer paint outside but it's been a wonderful week!  My RA (rheumatoid arthritis) is in remission and I have no need to see the rheumatologist unless I have a flair up.  It's been in remission for almost a year now!  Yippee Kayay!
I've also had many inspirational moments this week regarding cleaning and organizing and I will share this coming week but today is all about my Year of Projects which just about came to a dead stop this week but I will show you what I have.  Really, the only thing I worked on was my Cozy Memory blanket as it is so addictive and easy to pick up and put down in between chores.
I realized last week that I had not accomplished my intended goal of 3 squares a week so I did get that done.  These are the 3 from last week that I did this week.
and here is 1 1/2 squares from this week but tomorrow I will be faced with another 3 squares! LOL!
I am waiting patiently for a brand new project to arrive and in case you didn't see it the other day when I posted (because I couldn't wait to share)...here it is again.  The Intrepid Fox bu Elia Austin in a kit.  One of my goals this YOP year was to learn color work and by golly I better get practicing before this sweetie pie arrives!  Color work heaven in a fox!  Elia has an Etsy shop that I linked to in my blog the other day.  She's in the U.K. but even still I thought it was reasonably priced.  This is my Halloween present to myself instead of some Halloween sock yarn I was going to order.  As I used to tell my kids......you can have anything you want, you just can't have everything.  So, I could have the fox or the socks but not both.
The weather here couldn't get more perfect or beautiful so I'm not promising much for next week either.  LOL!  But maybe it will rain one day...ha! ha!  Have a great Fall week!
Oh, I checked out the winners of Britain's Knitting & Crochet awards these 3 books won:
The Knitter's Knowledge by Debbie Bliss
Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord
Super Socks by Chris Perry
I'm not even sure if we can get them in the U.S. but you can check if you're interested.  
I'll be by later...or tomorrow....it's still light out!
Happy Trails!