Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PART 2 - "Did I REALLY do that?"

The saga continues! I told you I cut off (with the sweat of my brow and a measly hand saw) a thick branch from our huge magnolia tree while standing on our 12' ladder, but that I did it while Cecil was away on business. I find it best to do these things in his absence, you see. Otherwise there is too much of this sort of talk: "I'll do it, honey, just not now. Later, okay? Just be patient." But sometimes later means, um, NEXT YEAR! So, once in awhile when I really want something accomplished I have to take matters into my own hands, which sometimes works out and sometimes doesn't.

In this instance it did work out. Quite well, in fact.

Would you believe I did not break the news about my chopping off the big branch until this afternoon--exactly 48 hours after the fact? That is because I wasn't sure how he'd react. I thought he'd be a trifle irritated that I'd risked my precious life on a ladder. haha. Not. Seriously, I was more sure he'd be put out that now he had this long limb to contend with that lay between our house and that of our nice neighbor.

Surprisingly, he took it all in stride. Granted, he shook his head at me and muttered something like, "Leaving you home by yourself is dangerous." The good news is he went out to the magnolia tree and butchered it some more after I pointed out more sagging branches. And then he chopped them all up. Yea! He's now on the phone lining up someone to come haul away our stuff--which does include last year's Christmas tree, so I'm not entirely to blame for all the debris.

Man, I wish I would have taken a BEFORE picture so you could have seen what amazing work I did, but, alas, all I have is the AFTER pictures. You can see how big our tree is. See? I wasn't lying, was I! (See the afternoon sunlight my hanging plant is now enjoying? Before it always hung in pitch blackness!)

All I can say is, "I AM WOMAN!"


Lisa Buffaloe said...

Yay! Glad everything worked out well and your plant is happy. :)

Dorothy said...

That is a big tree, you go girl. I have the same problem, not the tree but the hubby. Always to do things on his time.
This must be a man thing...oh well you got the ball rolling. Your plant sure is getting the sun now

Ann-Praising the Lord said...

Yep...the husband must model himself after Cecil! I am still trying to get him to weed and spray the planting beds. Any suggestions Shar? I already paid a teenager to weed them once!

SHARLENE said...

Yes, Lisa, my plants are happy. I even watered them today. (Pat on my back.)

Dorothy, what can we do about our men but love them? The trick is not to nag but take matters into our own hands. That gets them involved every time. ha!

Ann, I hear and feel your pain.

annie said...

last years Christmas
I'm back on blogger princess blue eyes.. gona try er again.

<3 annie :)

authorkathyeberly said...

Hey Sharlene,
I was trying to leave a comment so that I could put my name in the hat. Hope this is the right place! Congratulations on your award!

Diana said...

You are woman Now we want to hear you ROAR! How about a you tube :-)

Michelle V said...

Being a single mom there are times when I tackle something and accomplish it and I feel like telling everyone! LOL. Like recently I installed a new shower head in one of my bathrooms. By myself. WooHoo! I have a lot of trees that need trimming but not enough hours in the day for me to tackle everything so will probably have to call someone!

Michelle V

SHARLENE said...

Annie, ur, Princess GORGEOUS, welcome back to blog world!

Kathy, the contest you're referring to is old. Sorry, sweetie. But be on the lookout for future giveaways! My book Tender Vow is coming up, so there'll be a giveaway on that for sure.

Diana, ANOTHER YouTube? But the ones I do are so ridiculous! All right, all right, you've twisted my arm. I'll do one again sometime soon.

Michelle, I admire you so much for being a single mom and carrying the load all by yourself. I could NEVER install a shower head. I don't think. But maybe you learn there are lots of things you CAN do when you're the only one around.

Love to all of you!!!!!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Hahaha Oh my! Can I hire you to come to my house? I have about 15 Walnut trees that could use some trimmming. :-P

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm excited to read Courting Emma, it's the only historical fiction of yours that I didn't own till yesterday! I'm super excited for your next contemporary Tender Vow too and hope I can get it soon.

Have a good one! :-)

XOXO~ Renee