Home Renovations & Homeschool R Us

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Since last I logged on, I’ve mostly been trying to keep up with cascading home renovation chores. That, and being on call for homeschool duties. (Both girls are taking online courses through the Virtual High School. One is taking algebra to catch up on some ground lost last year, and maybe get ahead. The other is taking a chemistry review as prep for an environmental science course next year. And I am being forced to remember things about both subjects that I haven’t thought about in many years.)

But the renovation—aughh. Started with a kitchen floor needing to be replaced. Then a sink cabinet. Then something else, and another. The first parts we paid people to do, but we’ve been working on our own since February. And now the kitchen is almost done—but the hallway wall plaster is disintegrating, and we have company coming with small children, so that has to be repaired. And…oh, the list goes on.

Taking my frustrations outside last weekend, I tried to take down a mulberry tree that’s been plaguing me for years, growing right up against the corner of our garage. I’ve never used a chain saw before, but I rented one and had at the tree. I should have saved my money. That soft-wooded tree defeated the chain saw. It has so much liquid inside it that I couldn’t get more than a couple of inches into the wood before the saw just spun and smoked and skidded over the wet wood. I couldn’t believe it. I still don’t believe it. Out there the tree still stands, with a wedge sort of cut out of it. It looks like it was attacked by a beaver with bad dentures. Hand saw next. Either that, or I swallow my pride and pay someone to remove it.

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  1. Tim
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    you could always play the waiting game and see if your beaver bites prove fatal to the tree this winter.

  2. Jeffrey A. Carver
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    Yeah, but where’s the instant satisfaction in that?

  3. Norton
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    And you’d still have to figure out how to cut it down. Have you tried an ax?

  4. Jeffrey A. Carver
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    I don’t trust myself with an axe; I think my backswing would take out the garage door. I bought a large bow-saw at Ace hardware, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

  5. tsmacro
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    When I have one of those kind of projects around the yard all I have to do is ask my fiance’s father to borrow a tool from him. That’s about all it takes, because he never does really let you borrow any of his tools, but he shows up with the tool in hand and does the job for you! *L* Usually under the guise of showing you “how to do it right”. He’s 79 years old and would probably run most people ragged with all the physical work he still does on regular basis, this guy works harder being retired than most people I know who have a full-time job! I’m not sure if I ever did my own weed-eating/trimming last year because he’d always “magically appear” while I was mowing the lawn and he’d fire up the weed-eater. Shoot he sold me my lawn mower (oh he fixes anything w/ a small engine as a side business) and I don’t know how many times he mowed the lawn, showing me the right way to do it. I guess not everyone can be so lucky though as to have such an industriuos future father-in-law.

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