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So at the corner of our house we had this old holly tree stump. And it was growing little sprouts. I was not interested in having a tree (re)growing there–our foundation really doesn’t need tree roots and such bumping into the walls and pipes.

So I started trying to dig it out. And I got the axe out and cut some of the roots. I took a few days off and then I dug some more. Some more time with the axe and I hit the house instead of the stump. (oops!) Then I dug some more until I reached a stand-still of not feeling like there was much more I could do. I just wasn’t strong enough to wrestle it out of the ground.

Last week Clark put on his gloves and safety glasses and went to work. Little chips of wood were flying and then he got SERIOUS and pulled out the sawzall and cut that stump down until he could wrestle it out in all his manly glory. So much labor and effort and though these pictures are cute:

Success! It is a very fine kill, Clark. Very fine.

Uhhh, this stick weighs as much as I do. How am I supposed to carry it around?

Now we have a big old hole to fill:

And I was thinking, “oh, wouldn’t a cherry tree look pretty there?” It took a minute before I realized what I was thinking and no, we are NOT putting a tree in the place of the tree we just removed.

In the end I have a packet of wild flower seeds and I think that is going to have to suffice for this year. That whole budget thing I’m trying to stick to–who knew pretty plants were so expensive? But I am glad to get that stump removed. It was the largest on the property–but we still have two more small ones. I think maybe there are okay where they are though, they are so much work to remove! Unless Clark wants to remove them. Clark? Hello? Clark?….

Yeah, looks like they are staying.

Comments

Comment from Clark
Time April 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Oh, I’ll remove them. As soon as my finger heals….

Comment from lil john
Time April 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Let’s see. Swinging axe, no safety glasses. Holding up dead root stump, safety glasses. Clark, where did you learn that?

Comment from Anne
Time April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Glasses off when using axe, glasses on when holding stump……..are you just so excited about our trip that you aren’t thinking straight? Here we come Remmy!!!!

Comment from Mom
Time April 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

How funny John!

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