Friday, November 20, 2015

Neighbor's dogwood

I'd been dreading a task on my todo list for weeks. It's one of of those Important but not Urgent tasks that is OK to postpone for a while, but if you wait too long, you regret it.

My task was moving the citrus trees from outside the great-room windows inside. Several days ago there was a threat of frost, but I didn't get the trees moved inside. The cold snap didn't hurt them, but there is a hard freeze warning predicted here tomorrow night. Temps are expected to drop into the 20s which would do irreparable damage to the trees.

We've had them as long as I can remember, so I "man'd" up today and moved them inside. I didn't split my guts open as I feared, but by the time I finished I felt as if I'd gone 18 rounds with the young Cassius Clay.

The trees take up a great deal of space so Jilda had to do a lot of prep work to make room for them. She'd planned to cook supper, but she ran out of steam too. She suggested I go to Green Top BBQ and get us a BBQ Salad.  That sounded like a winner so in a flash I was off.

When I got back home, the setting sun highlighted the leaves on our neighbor's dogwood which stands at the corner of her yard a few feet from our driveway.  There was no traffic so I pulled to a stop, stepped out and shot a picture. Dogwoods are beautiful year around, but in the fall they are exquisite.


  1. Just thinking about moving trees tires me out.

  2. I get tired sometimes just reading about the chores you and Jilda take care of. We have had our first snow and it was a doozy. I'm guessing about 7 inches. And we are hoping for a high above freezing in a couple of days.

  3. Glad you saved the lemon trees. My hubby brought plants inside today too. This picture is so beautiful with the road winding off in the distance.

  4. Anonymous11:52 PM

    I don't move trees--or much of anything else!!

  5. Oh my, that sounds like heavy work. I do it the lazy way. I buy my citrus at the grocery store.
    I love that picture of the dogwood. You live in a beautiful spot.
    Have a great day.

  6. Next is a motorized dolly! Maybe some tree trimming ;-) . Yes, I agree the dogwood is beautiful. BBQ Salad don't sound bad!
    From the Land of Disney!

  7. Just a note. when you have a minute google balancing tires with marbles, balls. I was surprised. ;-)

  8. The dogwood in the evening sun is so nice!
    I had planted some key lime trees from seed years ago. One tree bloomed a couple of times, but I never got fruit. I just didn't have a sunny place inside for them, and they have finally given up the ghost.
    I like Jilda's bright idea of sending out for supper. And I like Jack's idea of a dolly.

  9. The dogwood pic is beautiful! You live on a lovely road. Julia made a suggestion on Jilda's blog that you build a greenhouse for your trees....just a thought! Stay warm and have a good weekend! (We're waiting for snow tonight...yucky!)


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