Trees And Other Things

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  1. Shirley Martin

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    Some bonsai trees are leaned over to make multiple trunks.

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    There was a tree near here that blew over and was growing multiple trunks. Then they built houses there and cut it down.:(
     
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    Dear Diary...

    Finally got the insulation done in the upstairs closet remodel project. I keep finding more things I didn't think of, and have to redo things---two steps forward, one step back. :rolleyes: Was able to get rid of some old insulation I already had.:)

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    Allergic reaction to antibiotics had me itching for 3 weeks, and I didn't want to start another episode handling fiberglass. That's my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it. You can already tell a difference. It's down to maybe 100 F degrees in there midday now.

    This is the most difficult project I've ever attempted. Partly because I've never tried doing some of this stuff before, and partly because of the confined quarters, making it that much more difficult to work. When I think of all the things that still have to be done, it's a bit daunting. Can't let myself think too much about that. lol

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    Nancy,

    Before you close up the walls with sheetrock leave a few items from 2018 for someone to discover in years to come.

    Things like a newspaper, coins, a photo of the carpenter, a Hostess Twinkie, the electric bill, etc...
     
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    Abe....playing the Axe!

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    Nancy, the closet is looking good! I think you started the closet about the time I started ripping flooring out of our master bedroom. I am ashamed to say, you have made better progress than me! But I ain't got nothing but time on my hands....not in a big hurry. GA football is just around the corner and I can get more done when I am here by myself and working at night (I'm a bit of a night owl)! By the way, is Beatrice from another place we know?
     
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    Hi Pam. This project is just so hard. I keep running into things I didn't count on. And it's been so hot working up there. Then there's the lawn mowing and taking care of the other property, and Rusty. Today I cut down a bunch of little trees and bushes out there that were obstructing the view of the mobile home from the road. It was so hot, I was done for the day. Excuses, excuses,..... LOL!!!

    Now I got a lot of hedge trimming to do, soon, before it gets out of hand. There is more free time in the winter.
     
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    pear-tree-fruit-glut-cartoon-chris-madden.gif

    The pears that are falling now taste really good, after a day or two of ripening, but they seem to have stopped dropping. Maybe the deer clear them all out every night. As I mentioned before most are too high to pick.

    I'm going to try freezing some chunks, without sugar, for the goat, just to see how they turn out. If they end up mushy, he won't like them. :rolleyes:

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    If the freezing works, I'll see if I can cut down one limb every few days. That will also make it not such a big job to cut down in the end. I should do this before fall anyway. No use in raking leaves.:)
     
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    Nancy,

    Your cartoon reminded me of this old skit.

     
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    That clip is hilarious, @Beatrice Taylor. Thank you.

    The same thing happened with my final attempt at growing tomatoes, several years ago. I planted one plant in a big pot. The spring crop fizzled. When the weather cooled off a second crop set on. Trouble is they quit growing and never got to full size, so I picked them just before frost. Just imagine if they had all gotten to normal size! :eek:

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    Thanks, @Joe Riley. I learned a new word---scrumping.

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    Has anyone tried picking pears green and ripening them off the tree? That is what is supposed to make the best pears. My daughter's father-in-law had a tree on his place for years the produced what was reported to be "inedible" pears. We told him to pick them green and ripen off the tree. He found the pears delicious when done in this manner. Ripening them off the tree seems to make them sweeter (in contrast to almost every other fruit) and reduces or eliminates the mealyness that some pears develop, making them firmer.
     
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    Don, these pears are definitely like that, provided they get beyond a minimum age. They are gritty and hard when the squirrels cut them down. After a couple of days the grit goes away, they soften up and become sweet. I can't figure out what kind they are. The tree is obviously self-pollinating.

    Btw, why is pollen spelled with an e, but pollinate spelled with an i? :confused:
     
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    Cross-species scrumping
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    I keep telling myself whatever I'm doing at the present time, on this closet project, has got to be the hardest part, and it will get easier. Nope. Not so far. :rolleyes:

    I must have spent 4 hours last night on just the slanted part of the ceiling. Just 2 pieces. Couldn't hold the last piece in place long enough to screw it in, so finally I got mad and cut it in half and made two pieces out of it. The bottom corner of the bottom half got messed up in all this fussing, so I may redo it. There will be lots of practice taping and covering seams up there.

    Both ends

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    I would say I don't ever want to do drywall again, but the close quarters up there is a definite disadvantage.
     
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    I would either rent a drywall jack, or buy a couple "Helping Hands" (fancy dead men) if you cannot recruit a local young person to help you out.
     
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    Don, I had to Google fancy dead men.

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    That would do the trick, but for this closet, there is no room up there for 2 men, dead or alive. Anyway the hard part is over. [​IMG]

    There is another somewhat useless room in the house with solid wood tongue and groove walls. Unfortunately the wood shrunk leaving cracks, and then someone painted it. :p That room is a candidate for the next drywall project. ;)
     
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    The photo is showing a "regular" Dead Man. What I was thinking of was something a little smaller and more easily toted around. My son introduced me to these and they seem to work well.

    https://www.amazon.com/FastCap-Support-System-144-Inches-3HAND5/dp/B000067S12
     
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