Maintaining our yard.

We love living in Bend, and we love our house.  Problem is, at 1/2 acre, our lawn needs a lot of maintenance.  We set aside every Wednesday to work on our yard.

This is me. I don’t like wearing hats, but the doctor says I must wear a hat and sunscreen if I want to work and play outside.

This is me mowing our lawn. Fortunately the lawn takes up only a small part of our yard, so it takes only an hour or so to mow it. We also use an electric mower, because gasoline and tune-ups are not necessary.

This is our back yard. In a full weeks, the flowers will be in full bloom. Very colorful. I’ll share more photos with you then.

The property to the left of our fence is ours, too. We’d love to grow fruit trees, but the cold weather and deer are a big problem.

Juniper trees burn very hot. That’s why we need to make sure they’re a safe distance from the house. We need to trim the branches so not to touch our roof.

Another fire hazard are pine needles. That’s why each year we clear the excess needles and debris off our property.

We have 26 trees on our property. They provide much shade and a comfortable and picturesque setting while we enjoy our outdoor lunch.

We’re glad we’re here.

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About blueturtle7645

I love learning the Chinese language and reading about Chinese history and culture.
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5 Responses to Maintaining our yard.

  1. handstitch says:

    Sunscreen and hat are good advice. My husband is having to deal with skin cancer all over his body now…pay back from playing in the heat and sun with fair skin all day long, for years. It’s been highly stressful year and it seems to be surfacing more so nowadays.

    Thanks for the peek into your garden haven. It’s very serene…both love and care show through these glorious photographs. Lovely shots by (imagine your Lovely :D)

  2. That’s disturbing when you say that that your husband has skin cancer all over his body. Last year, I connected with an old high-school friend on Facebook. Her husband recently passed away due to skin cancer. He enjoyed going out in his boat, shirt-free and lotion free. The cancer first appeared as a black spot on his back. Within a year, the cancer spread to other parts of his body. He did not survive. Your statement reminded me an awful lot about him. Please make sure your husband has the cancer checked by a doctor regularly.

    Thank you for the compliment on our yard. You’re right, the photo was taken by my lovely wife. 🙂

  3. handstitch says:

    Thanks for your concern and thoughtfulness, Andy. Not that it isn’t alarming but Scott and I have a very progressive, holistic view of cancer. We all have them dormant in our bodies. When our health and immune systems are in the healthy state, it remains dormant and not harmful. Stress is a major factor for activating them. As I said, it has been a very stressful year for both of us.

    You can say it’s hereditary. His father has the same condition and has have a few cancer treatments on his face in the past couple of years. But, again, stress was the culprit too. Long story which I don’t want to get into that.

    So long Scott keeps his stress under control and takes good care of his immune system, he is fine. I do understand this may be foreign concept to you, Andy, as is with a lot of people we know or have met. We have lived with this belief most of our lives and have always strive to be in tune with our bodies. It has served us well. Nonetheless, thank you deeply for your wisdom, Andy. I really do appreciate your friendship 😀

  4. Your concepts of stress control are not foreign to me. Somewhat similar to the power of positive thinking and meditation. I also see this practice in both Asian and a few Western philosophies. While it may seem foreign to some, I know it works. So, more power to you and Scott!

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