Monday, June 20, 2016

Wheezing And Sneezing Through My Front Yard



This is how tall the weeds were on May 15, right before the tractor guy came to mow. Then Tom came and weed-whacked under the junipers and other hard to reach places. 


Their hard work left stubble and dead weeds all over the place. Living in a wildfire danger zone, properties must be cleared to 100 ft away from structures by June 15. This year, properties will be inspected and owners not in compliance will be fined; $250 first, then more I guess. 


Both Tom and the tractor guy did such great jobs that I'm not worried about inspections. But I don't like the remnants of dead weeds covering the ground. Believe me, it really looks like the stuff could catch fire all by itself. 


So I've been dealing with them for the past couple of weeks. I wake up early, 4:30 or so, skip my wonderful long mornings in bed with breakfast, books, and crochet to get out early while it's still cold. At first I made the little haystacks, the mini ones you see above, then I sat on my chair and packed them into large plastic bags. 


That part was really hard because you get up real close to the stuff and it gets into everywhere, eyes, ears, boots, socks, underwear.....  Both Tom and the tractor guy used masks, but I can't stand them, so I was sneezing and wheezing my way through it all. 

Then Mary said, "why don't you just put a trash bag into a trash can and stick the weeds in that way?" It sure helps to have smart friends and since I began using that method I've made a lot of progress. 


Mary and I have gone to the dump together, using her truck. I have no idea how much we have dumped there. A lot! On Wednesday morning, I loaded another 20 plus large bags full of weeds and drove Old Betsy to the dump. The trip went well; one of the workers there jumped up on the truck-bed and helped me unload. I was so happy with Old Betsy, I hosed her off when we got home. She was really dirty, but now she's good to go again.



Then Thursday morning, I went down in the field below where the container and an old trailer are located and took care of the weeds you see above

California Quail on the march.

It's lovely to be up and outside early, the birds are busy raising their young, rabbits and baby ground squirrels scurry away when they see me, and the quail call their young ones to come and take cover under the junipers. 

I think the most important work has now been done. And I am tired, but a good tired. And getting stronger too. I'm really enjoying this hard work outside and will keep it up. There's a lot more to do, but now more time to rest as well. 


Back in May, inspired by Madsnapper Sandra and Jim in Nova Scotia, I played with pictures and had so much fun. I hope to get back to doing some more of it later. 

Finally, both Roland and D. G. wondered why Samson hasn't been blogging for so long. He will soon. Just before I read their comments I posted the header picture of him. He went to the groomers on Friday and came out gorgeous as always. He will have his teeth cleaned on the 22nd. I'm a little nervous, but it should be OK. 



Samson Says: Nervous? I'm the one who should be nervous. And I believe it when I see it. My blog post...... 










25 comments:

  1. Hi Inger - I loved that photo of Samson as soon as I saw it appear ... great chap! Gosh you have been working hard .. but as you say satisfying to get so much done and cleared - must be a relief. Enjoy the early mornings, and getting your strength back up ... take care and then looking forward to more interesting photos ... cheers from a very wet soggy south coast! Hugs - Hilary

    PS Samson - get your typing fingers organised .. may be a manicure first ... just like Zdena of my blog ... ?? Cheers - might need one if you follow Zdena down her route of the 21st century ... !!

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  2. such a cute boy. :) glad you are cleared and cleaned up, too for summer season. i like your smart friend, mary. :)

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  3. Samson looks so pretty, he does clean up nicely!
    Clearing all the dead weeds stuff had to be a grueling chore,glad it's a memory - yes, I was wondering about the fire hazard of all that dry, dead stuff lying there.
    I never did play with my pictures, maybe I should too - that looks cool.

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  4. Samson looks very handsome indeed! And you've really gotten a lot done and I know you are proud to have been able to do it! Looks great! I should play with my banner like you've done. Very pretty! Hugs, Diane

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  5. Samson you are to handsome for words... i would say Beautiful but I know you are a MAN.. ha ha.. love that colored grass photo. and also i had no idea how much work would be needed living in a desert. i thought there would be no need for yard work. cute little haystacks. manual labor is so good for us.. every time i do a little i think how much i need to do it more... i can't beleive how much stronger i am since i stared walking a mile a day in a addition to my pool excercises.

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  6. The outdoors is good for our insides :D Glad you are knocking down your fire danger!

    Samson always looks good, no matter what. But I must admit, he's gorgeous when hes "fluffed" up...

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  7. That is a lot of work! would a leaf blower work to gather the weeks up into a pile for scooping? Can they be composted?

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    1. I love to rake ~ it has become a passion and so great to feel myself getting stronger.

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  8. Much progress. Too bad you have to haul it off. It would make a great pile to decompose and enrich your soil.

    Have a blessed week.

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  9. Brett mowed the donkey pasture because they weren't keeping up with the weeds. Now when I pick up manure I get half weeds and half poop - and then it goes into the compost pile. I can't imagine cramming all those weeds into garbage bags -- that's a lot of work!

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    1. I would need a hayloft, not a composte pile.

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  10. Samson you are so gorgeous! Love the header with your photo!
    Wow! You wake up early, 4:30!
    I can see you did a lot of work. Well done!
    Love the junipers and all photos you took around your house.
    Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
    Kisses to Samson and Faith too!

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  11. That is a huge area to clear, well done to adding your hands as well. If you left them in the bags would it work its way to being compost? I know here you can do that with dry leaves. Love that new header. Dentist, if I can handle a trip to the oral surgeon, all will be well with a canine clean-up and polish.

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  12. That sure sounded like a ton of work but I can see the benefit of getting the dead grass up. It would be highly flammable. Interesting that they would fine you if you don't comply with clearing around your house but I can see where it is necessary to get it done. Stay safe and hope all that prevention will not be necessary.

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  13. Samson looks like a puppy in that picture!!

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  14. Samson is beautiful. That is a lot of hard work you have going on! Made me tired to read all about it. The photo editing turned out a beauty of a picture!

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  15. Amazing amount of work there, lady! Have other desert dwellers been as diligent?

    Samson looks as young as ever!

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    1. My friend who is two years older than I lives on top of a mountain, sort of, steep terrain where no tractor can go and she's doing it all by herself. She's still strong enough to handle a weed-whacker, but she's done most of it by hand. She then loads it on her pickup and takes it to the dump. Sometimes we go together and that's so much better.

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  16. Quite a large area to clear.
    I kind of like all the weeds. : )

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  17. Samson is such a beautiful dog and he makes a great header for your blog.

    I hope you are far away from the fires that I am hearing about.

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  18. Samson looks so handsome! When I clean up my leaves during the winter (it takes until December or January for my leaves to fall), I use the push them into the garbage can method. Much easier than other methods of clean up.

    Love,
    Janie

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  19. I'd be out of luck on "inspections." The woods completely cover all my buildings, everything is under the forest canopy in summer and we appreciate the shade. I have been watching the terrible fires in Southern California and hoping none of that is getting near your homestead.

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  20. THAT is a lot of dried weeds! Good for you for taking that chore on, Inger. And yes, it will be good for you physically/muscularly in the end. Smart that you are approaching it the way you are.....slowly and methodically.
    LOVE that photo you edited! See? It is very easy and fun to turn photos into 'works of art'.
    And look at Samson!

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  21. It's been sooo long since I've seen quail . . how nice. That you for taking care of yourself. (I hadn't thought about the fire safety . . whew.) You MUST be some kind of super fit after all that effort. Your photo art is breathtaking. love & love, -g-

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