Sunday, November 15, 2015

A fresh cedar garland!

Eastern Red Cedar...for Christmas!



I love this pretty, green, good smelling, Christmassy cedar, and after all that cutting and sawing I did, clearing the road side across from our cabin, I am left with three big piles of fresh cut cedar. Enough to make everybody in the county a garland.



Actually, I do want to make several cedar garlands, maybe even sell a few, if they turn out, or at least make one to go over the mantle and fireplace in our cabin for Christmas.

But you know how most of my plans turn out. Remember my big plan to fence in the back yard and around the pond, and then get two donkeys? Why, I laid awake one entire night planning this project.  I finally gave up and pulled up the posts and stored them under the shed. Sometimes my dreams are too big to tackle alone.

Anyhow, I found a neat website on "'how to make a live evergreen garland". It's at craftthyme.com and looks pretty simple. 




Eli helped me move a good part of the cedar limbs to the pond to keep them fresh.




I still haven't raked the first leaf yet. It's a little overwhelming, but once I get started, there will be no stopping me.



and now back to why I did all that cutting and sawing trees and limbs across the road. The folks living out here kept driving closer and closer to our front yard. Why I used to mow grass out to where the dark brown stops here on the left side.  It's crazy! Trees and long overhanging limbs had totally filled in that right side, all the way to the ditch, so gradually the road curved into our front yard. See how clear it is on the right side now? I did all that...by myself! I even cleaned out the ditch so water would drain.This used to be a straight path in front of the cabin.



Anyhow, that's my news for now. Gosh, where do the days go?  Thank you for visiting. 

A special thank you to my newest follower! Thank you!

Love,
Henny



16 comments:

  1. Wow Henny, I for one can appreciate how much hard work it took for you to clear the front of your property, what a trooper !
    The fresh greenery will make beautiful Christmas wreaths or garland, the smell is heavenly.
    I hope you get those donkeys one day, you certainly deserve them :)
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo! I bet you have lots of cedar there in Tennessee too. I still have hope of getting two donkeys. Maybe one day. :)

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  2. Wow! That looks like a lot of work! I can see how that will keep folks heading more straight rather than veering toward your yard. You should look for a job with the highway department---they could use a hard worker like you.

    I bet the garlands would be good sellers since now is just about the time that people start thinking about decorating for the holidays.

    I hope you side is feeling better and you are on the way back to normal.

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    1. Hey Vic. That's funny. I bet the highway department around here could use me. At least I would be one who works instead of one who props up on a shovel and watches. :) The ribs on my left side are terribly sore. Friday morning was awful! I must have slept on my left side, and woke up in terrible pain. I'm left handed and could not lift my arm to pour water into the coffeemaker. It has been feeling better every day since though. Thank you!

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  3. I'm wondering too, how the pain in your side is doing. I suspect you're doing all that work even though it hurts. Nice that you have Eli helping you though.

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    1. Hey Granny Marigold! I was just telling Vic (above reply) about sleeping on my left side and waking up in pain. Funny how my ribs didn't hurt when I did all that work. Of course, it probably didn't help me any, but I'm sure it's not a broken rib. Thank you!

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  4. You are a lumberjill for sure. I see where the road should go straight...some big rocks might be one answer. I hope you feel better...you must to do all that work, and I bet your garlands will be beautiful! :)

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    1. I thank you! Can you imagine the road curving in that much over the years! We've been trying to think of some way to get folks to move back over the the right side again.

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  5. That's a lot of work to reclaim your property. Now, as Olga suggests, you need some big rocks, or even hay bales, to retrain your neighbors on where the road is.

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    1. Hey Linda. Hay bales! That's a good idea. I want to throw some grass seed out but I guess it's the wrong time of the year. A little gravel spread over the cleared area would help too. Thank you!

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  6. Impressive amount of work, it really does look good and I bet worth all the effort. Eli looks to be a great helper. Good luck with the garlands, I have every faith that they will turn out amazing.

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    1. Hey there! Thank you! I sure hope to be able to make a pretty garland. If so, I will take a picture.

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  7. Your projects are BIG!
    I can almost smell those cedar branches. I was wondering how you'd keep them fresh; the pond was a perfect solution.

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  8. You've been too busy to rake leaves!!
    Great job.

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  9. We have a Cedar hedge all around our yard like a fence and they always smell so lovely I hope your garlands work out well . That is a lot of work you did to but doesn't it feel good to be out there in the fresh air and get it all done? Thanks for sharing , lovely photos , have a good day !

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  10. I vote for re-tooling your donkey plans. Rescue donkeys. You would be a lovely guardian, I just know it.

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