Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mulch

Exciting times around here folks!  This morning I cleaned out the last of the mulch that has been residing in our driveway all summer, much to Bill and our neighbor's relief.

I could even begin attacking that pile of mulch for the past month because of the oppressive heat and humidity.  Every time in the past few weeks when I scooped a few shovels of mulch into my wheelbarrow, I was soaked with my sweat.  And you all know how fastidious I am.  I'm not a "sweaty" kind of guy.



So, when the temperature and humidity dropped the past few days I decided to take advantage, opportunist that I am.  Yesterday I loaded up TWELVE wheelbarrows full of mulch.  Oh did my 71 year old body ever pay the price for the exertion the rest of the day.  

When I got up this morning I was determined to finish up THAT PILE.  I did it!  

Bill says "Never again!"  Ha!  Wait until next year.  Summer just isn't summer unless I have a mulch pile to work from.  Yep, I admit it.  I'm a Hoarder of Mulch.  



By the way, notice how I have to direct Bill when takes a video of me?  He would never be a movie director.  So frustrating.  I ask him to take a video of me, one would think he would do a little story line.  But no, one would be wrong.  He just stands there and holds the camera.  Same with taking digital pictures.  He thinks composition is a notebook.  

29 comments:

  1. Hi Ron. It looks like, after a long interval, I'm able once more to view your blogs and play your videos with a lot less trouble than I was having before - thanks to my recently 'improved' computer - which has solved some of the problems I'd been having, but actually given me a whole lot more new trouble in other areas. But that's by the by.

    Btw: I see what you mean about Bill's 'camera-work'. His (for the most part) static shadow says it all!

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    1. Ray,

      Good to hear from you! I've missed you! I thought it was something I said or did. :(

      Did you get a new computer? If you do, get an iMac. The only way to go.

      Bill and his camera work, don't get me started. Bill's not dumb but I think he plays one when it comes to using a camera. So frustrating. Oh how I wish Bill was as handy with a camera as Mark of "Our Simple LIves."

      Ron

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    2. Ron, you can say ANYTHING and I'd never get the hump with you. :-)

      No, it's still my nearly 8-years old computer. I sorely want a new one but it's way beyond my means and will remain so for as long as I can see.

      Re Bill. Why don't YOU do a film of HIM? I know he doesn't like it, so when he runs away you can run after him, Keystone Cops style - and that way he'll learn how to use the camera AND we'll all get a laugh into the bargain.

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    3. Ray,

      I am relieved, I thought you lost interest in me. :)

      Good idea about taking a video of Bill. I'll try and do that but he doesn't like me to take pictures of him so I have to be careful because I don't want to make him angry.

      Ron

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    4. He can always wear a mask - we won't tell anyone who it is. Perhaps you've kept a leather one as a momento of your wilder days. Oh, I see. You still use it.

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  2. Good Morning Ron,

    My sweet husband is Bill's twin when it comes to using the camera. He will either cut my head off or stand sooooo far away you can't tell it's me.

    What knuckleheads they are!

    Your yard is gorgeous.

    W.

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    1. Good afternoon Arleen!

      Well to my Comment forum! Bill is just clueless when it comes to using a camera, even turning it on and off. He usually (always) hands it back to me still on because he doesn't know how to turn it off. And he just doesn't know composition for photos or storyboard line for taking videos. Sometimes I think he just plays dumb.

      Ron

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  3. I see bill's shadow above.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      He could have taken the video without his shadow but that another example of him just not thinking. Oh well, that's my Bill.

      Ron

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  4. What a gorgeous home and backyard! (I know I wrote this already many times but every time I see it, I am impressed). A house on 1 acre piece of land would be worth over $ 10 million in my area. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. What was the name of the "american ? tree"? I couldn't catch the word you said. Is that a liquid amber?
    I always like how you drag Bill into the blog somehow, willingly or not!

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    1. Nadege,

      Living in second floor apartments until I was 17 years old, I always wanted my "piece of land." That was one of my driving goals when I grew up. Our first house that we owned in center city Philadelphia only had a little patch of a garden in the so called "backyard." When we built and lived in our house in East Brandywine Township outside of Downingtown, PA, we had plenty of land (seven acres) but the deer ruled. Finally I have my dream come true, my own, private, backyard, nature oasis. I love it!

      That tree was called an American Gum tree. Bill took it down.

      I always include Bill, whether he likes it or not!

      Ron

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  5. Hey, that's Bill taking the video, right???

    I recognize his hair in the shadows.

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,

      Yep, that was Bill taking the video.

      Ron

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  6. I'm impressed that you got Bill to come outside!

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    1. Karen,

      Bill is out a lot. In fact that what he misses about not living at our former home in Pennsylvania. He had seven wooded acres to roam around. I'm trying to replicate that wooded paradise minus the deer. Bill hated living down here (Delaware) at first because everything was so flat and no trees. After seven years we're starting to look somewhat like the woods we had in Pennsylvania. At least a little bit.

      Ron

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  7. Anyone who can load twelve wheelbarrows of mulch in August heat has my admiration. It's so relaxing to see your huge, green, lush yard. Spectacular! I've been in WestTex so long that I've forgotten what green looks like.

    Actually we've had an unusual amount of rain this week, so I now have an abundance of green weeds. I plan to tackle them tomorrow with my weed trimmer.

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    1. Jon.

      I couldn't do two wheelbarrow loads of mulch let alone twelve in the heat and humidity we've had here most of the summer. The past week we've been very lucky in that the weather has been very nice. Low humidity and temperatures around 77 degrees. That's the kind of weather I can load twelve wheelbarrows of mulch and spread that mulch.

      One of my premier pleasures is my lush, green backyard. I just love it.

      Looking forward to seeing pictures of your "lush" backyard after the Texas rains. :)

      Ron

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  8. Ron,

    I took advantage of the weather to mow and trip the yard yesterday. Today I have been feeling limp. Slept all afternoon and can't seem to get a clear head.

    By the war, your next task will be to move the 100 videos you loaded up into this post.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      Somehow I can't picture Lar mowing the grass. Pictures please! By the way, I missed the reference of the "100 videos you loaded." What's that?

      Ron

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  9. I don't do mulch, or much of anything else in the yard except WEEDWHACKING! Or in my case, window breaking.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      I love laying mulch, pulling weeds, transplanting but NOT weed whacking . Kills my back holding that weed whacker. Of course "whacking" doesn't kill my back. :)

      Ron

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  10. Congrats on your garden, Ron. I'm always appreciative of those nice ones I see on my sojourns thru the city. All types of presentations - a haberdashery of colour or the simple Zen inspired. All beautiful - all uplifting. Thanks.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,

      My backyard garden is one of my topmost personal pastimes and pleasures along with blogging. Both very Zen inspired.

      Ron

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  11. When I lived in the Jersey Pine Barrens we didn't have conventional mulch. I had 1/4 acre and a bunch of pine trees so pine needles were the mulch of choice. It was free and not too much trouble to rake up and transport to another area. Only problem was along with the pine trees the soil (?) was mostly sand which made for numerous truck loads of topsoil to spread on the front yard so at least I could plant grass and grow flowers. Oh I miss those days.

    Jack

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    1. Jack,

      At our home in Pennsylvania about six of our seven acres were covered in pine trees. We had plenty of pine needles. I hear they make good mulch. I prefer this mulch that I use now. Our soil here is very rich. I heard that this land where our development is now used to be a horse meadow. Maybe that's why. I did want to end my days on a nice piece of land to which I could build and enjoy a backyard habitat. It's working for me.

      Ron

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  12. Good job! I'm jealous of your mulch pile. Would love to have that. I do have a compost pile, but it's not the same thing. lol

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    1. Walt,

      If you want to make Ron happy, give him a good mulch pile to work from. I love it. I have a huge compost pile out back that I've been adding to for the past four years. I haven't dug into it yet but I know there's some "black gold" down there. At our seven acres wooded property home in Pennsylvania I had a huge compost pile. I never had mulch delivered when I lived there, I used the compost. I doubt if the new owner of our property even knows there is a "treasure pile" back there in the woods.

      Ron

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  13. Ron.

    On the video you loaded, it says "Play All" and at the top it says, "Playlist: Uploaded Videos". You loaded a playlist of 100 videos instead of just the one of you and the mulch. I did this once, too, but am not exactly sure how it happens. I did reduce the one I did back to just one video.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      Oh I see now. I don't know how to get it just to play the "Mulch" video. Have to do more research.

      Ron

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