Back to the old routines

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The year has been slow in starting for me on the whole. Last year as with previous years I have found plenty of things to do, most of it work related either at home or in my capacity as an electrician but not all of it work related. I usually have goals that I wish to complete and set my mind on those things. Once I have an idea in mind that I know I can do or have done for me if it is too much or outside of my capabilities, then I get on with it. The main problem I have is that I tend to procrastinate regarding setting the starting point, that is the day I’ll begin the work. This year is no exception! Two of my projects have been started but after long periods of dragging my heels thinking about them! I do have excuses, especially if I have electrical work scheduled but sometimes I simply don’t want to start. On Tuesday E and I started work on our proposed wet room by disconnecting and removing the existing furniture and fittings and as I didn’t have work scheduled for Wednesday I should have continued with that but instead I decided to chop up the tree branches and twigs that we had felled the week before. We couldn’t put off that job any longer but it will still take a few days to complete. Here is a picture taken when about a third of the branches had already been removed and disposed of.

It doesn’t seem a lot but when we have to chop it up to fit into our wheelie bins it takes a considerable time. Burning them is out of the question as they are not dry so we have no choice but to cut them by hand. We do possess one of those machines which chips up the branches. If you remember (those who have been regular readers last year) it was used quite a lot last year when we had an even larger tree chopping exercise. However it won’t tackle the thinner twigs and branches or the long and sinewy ivy as they simply clog the machinery. Clicking on the picture will enlarge it and perhaps you will then appreciate the task we have. I spend about three and a half hours cutting and chopping it on Wednesday and still only half of what was left is done, for we had already disposed of a third of it last week. My upper arms were left aching for quite some time afterwards. I seem to have more than one job on the go at any one time at home but I find that better than just doing them one at a time. For one, it relieves the boredom and gives me a break from some of the larger projects which can become a burden. To be honest I like the variety. There is plenty for me to be doing this year but there will also be plenty of days for leisure too, same old routines or not!

Shirley Anne

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2 responses

  1. Hi Caroline. Thanks for your comments. Thanks for the offer of those bricks but we do have around two hundrted of them stashed at the rear of the house. We have known about the loose bricks for quite some time but because we couldn’t previously gain access nothing could be done. The trees and shrubs we felled stood in that area and you can still see the remaining stumps which have also to be removed after we have removed all of those rocks! The problem with the wall, which incidentally belongs to the neighbour at the rear, is the enormous ivy plant(s) on their side. The wall itself is about ten to twelve feet high on their side and the ivy has found it’s way into the seams near the top. The ivy needs to be cut down by them but they are not interested in gardening. We keep it in check as much as we can by pushing it off the wall as far down the other side as possible, which by the way is overgrown on their side too. We have given the ivy a nice drink of very salty water which is supposed to kill it off but we’ll have to see if that happens. When we have moved the ivy we shall repair the wall.

    Shirley Anne xxx