Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kevin's Winter Break

I was very busy over the break working diligently on yard projects that are in my 2 year plan for overhauling the front and back yard. When we bought this house, the previous owners did NOTHING (no maintenance) for 14 years! I am pretty much overhauling everything. Well, I took down a hackberry tree that was interfering with telephone and electric lines. It was a bit more difficult than normal because the middle had obviously been cut out by utility workers 5-10 years ago. The non-native tree was significantly diseased. I also took down two live oaks that were in competition and choking three nearby oaks. You can see that I went through one chain and a bottle of oil with my chainsaw. The brush is all hand cut and bundled for pick-up tomorrow. I also did some masonry, I built these two retaining walls. The darker one is 6"x 8" Oklahoma sandstone. Each block weighs about 100 pounds and the total weight was 4 tons. Each block hand placed. Similarly, I built a raised bed for roses by the front out of smaller limestone block. Those blocks only weighed 1/2 a ton! Anyway, it was nice to spend 3 weeks out of the office and doing projects where you can visually see progress in a day instead of the slow pace of academia. As I told Julie when we bought this house, this will be the largest and most extensive project of my landscaping career.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas and Texas Winter

So, even though I was born in Thief River Falls, MN, I think this latest cold snap has been a bit too much. It has gotten into the teens here, and I have been stylin' in my sweater a lot. I have also been seeking opportunities to snuggle as much as possible. The photo is of me, Magellan, and Mom on our new love seat. I think it is pretty awesome. Speaking of awesome, look at this doughnut that Dad brought us from this place called Round Rock Donuts. We each got a third of it. Oh man, it was good! Well, I hear pupcakes a cookin', so catch ya later.