The lesson


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Some kinds of gardening are more intensive than others. Yesterday our friend Larry came over and gave me a lesson on how to use a chainsaw. Conveniently, there were the remains of last winter’s tree damage to practice on: a dying willow and a fallen cedar.

Some things I learned:

  • Safety first—you don’t want a chainsaw to bite you. (This is something I was already quite convinced of; it’s the details of how to prevent a bite that were of high interest.)
  • Old chainsaws made of metal are HEAVY. My muscles started confirming this some hours later and are still doing so.
  • There is a lot of wood in a fallen 50ish-foot cedar.

So here’s the photo documentation of what was accomplished. Continue reading

Yard work


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brush piles with dog

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, the snow last winter did a lot of damage to trees, and I’m still cleaning up the mess. The latest was clearing a bunch of flattened/damaged willows; today I sawed a bunch I’d taken out a few days ago into more manageable lengths and added them to the existing brush piles. Here’s the result, with dog for scale.

That probably took about half an hour; the next three and a half hours were spent on the yellow flag irises. Continue reading

Leave me alone.



The Leave Me Alone Box, otherwise known as the most useless machine ever. It only does one thing: when you flick a switch to turn it on, it reaches out an arm and turns itself off.

This PERFECTLY describes how I feel some days.

There are lots of variants of this online, and instructions on how to make them, if you google “leave me alone box” or “leave me alone machine” or “useless machine.”


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