Sunday, September 13, 2009

Merry Christmas To Me!!

Yup! Christmas came early to this house! Yesterday morning my son came over to help me with a 'little' job around the house and after some raspberry-filled Munchkin's from Dunkin' Donuts out on the patio, we ended up going shopping instead! It wasn't planned, but you know how sometimes those spur-of-the-moment shopping trips turn out to be some of the best?? Well, let me tell you, Christmas came early to this house!! I've coveted one of these for several years now and any time I see someone with theirs, I think "Gosh, I wish I had one of those.... do you know what I could do with one??!!??"

Behold my new present from Santa (aka myself):

That's right! I got a new CHAIN SAW ON A TELESCOPING POLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Behold its glory and omnipresence!!! Behold it's power and possibilities!! Behold its promise of dead branches gone!! Isn't it gorgeous??!??

After a bit of assembly and some oil to get things lubed up, the time came to power this baby on and get to work - and WORK we did! Actually, I should state right now that of ALL of the branches we cut, my son did them all, but one. To tell you the truth, he was stunned by the shear power of this little gadget and after the first 'little' branch came spear-heading down into the ground, impaling itself upright and proving to be more like 18 feet tall, he was like a little boy with a new choo-choo train to play with! Of course, others gathered to witness the greatness, too!

We spent 4 hours trimming off branches from my back jacaranda, my pine tree in the English Garden and my front jacaranda. He even cut up 20 foot branches by detaching the chain saw and cutting them up into firewood logs for his outdoor fire pit! This toy works like a CHARM and made child's play of every branch we tackled. It was awesome!!!

Yes, there were a few bumps in the road - like me falling flat over the extension cord - in front of prospective buyers for the neighbor's house. (I'm sparing you pictures of my bruises - trust me, they are not pretty.) An injured thumb was acquired on the way down, too. We started early in the day to avoid the desert heat, but there's no way to do that at 1:00 in the afternoon. It's never a good sign when it's 100 degrees outside and you're getting 'the chills' (even after drinking plenty of water). But we managed and I dragged, raked, carried, stacked, crushed, swept and trashed all of the big limbs, broken branches, pine cones and other debris into the driveway for bulk trash pick-up this week. And the result is this:

It makes me want to do my happy dance!!

After a cold, cold shower and more water, the Magster and I headed over to son's house and I treated everyone to a pizza dinner (and ibuprofen, too!). So I don't get that macro lens for my camera this's okay. I'll just place a big red bow on my chain saw and carefully lay it under the Christmas tree. (Oh, I hope my tree is okay with that!)

And the beauty of all of this????

Bulk trash pickup week for the month of October!!! I can't wait!!


Cheela said...

You crack me up!!! Can you use it to split logs for a fire?

Jane said...

It was fun to run into you at Lowes while you were buying said gift! I am glad you got it, and that you weren't talked out of it. I wanted to see pictures of you using it...did you take any of those?

N-Search of Peace! said...

Another reason and facet why I so A-D-O-R-E you!

Hope that your bruises mend well and that your thumb does too.

Make sure that when you place it under the tree at Christmas?, you have removed all the sap!

Like a crazy women....

Chickenbells said...

Oh dear! I'm sorry you fell, but that pile looks a bit like it was worth it? I tell you...I need something to trim all the trees around my yard...although, I was mightily happy that the contractor cut the MAJOR dead branch for me when he was painting...he asked me if I would mind?

Um? Yeah...not so much.

kimberly said...

still being TOWANDA i see!!!! you and chainsaws certainly have a history....and more power to you!!!! it's nice to be able to do what ya gotta do when you wanna do it!!!!
merry christmas girl!

Julie said...

You make me smile! I am so happy for you...I know how much you love those "gifts"!! Enjoy .....hope you are healing!

Susie of Arabia said...

I would consider that a great gift too - especially when it's a macho toy that your son will enjoy using, almost forgetting that he's actually helping you!!! Sorry you got some boo-boo's along the way.
Oh, and Please check your Facebook - I put in a friend request for you and it's been pending for a long time! XOX