Don't you LOVE IT when you learn something new?
I know I do.
Today's post is rich with good tips I know you will want to always remember.
Here is Tip #1:
Say you have a really HUGE dying tree in your backyard. You are a 68-year old woman named Margaret with a husband who won't ever step outside to help you. For SOME reason, you have lots of money to take vacations, but you don't have money for paying a professional to remove dead trees. Your neighbor complains that your dead tree is falling on his fence and breaking it, and you realize that you have to do SOMETHING.
Your back patio is COVERED with them because you are gone on vacation a lot and don't really have time to cut them up and burn them.
You already HAVE a ladder.
You decide you can climb up the tree and use your chainsaw to cut the HUGE branches down -- and you ASSUME the branches will magically fall into YOUR yard even though they are hanging over the neighbor's yard.
The ONLY thing you don't have is a helmet, and you think you should probably have one for "just in case".
Now PAY ATTENTION, dear reader, because I'm going to tell you what to do.
You go in your kitchen and you find a hard plastic lime green collander.
Then you go in your bathroom, and you take the thick rug toilet seat cover off the toilet seat.
Then you go into your bedroom closet and you find a bright pink scarf.
Are you starting to figure it out???
You put the toilet seat rug INTO the lime green collander. Then you poke the bright pink scarf points down into the holes in the collander so you can tie the "helmet" under your chin so it won't fall off when a giant limb falls and hits you in the head.
And you think I am making this up, don't you?????????????????
Fortunately, Margaret actually ASKED me to take her picture.
Check it out:
When Jerry and I got home from the restaurant last night, we found Margaret up in the tree all by herself cutting the giant branch with her electric chainsaw. I could NOT believe my eyes. We had already told her we would help her when we got home from dinner, but she wanted to do it before we got home. If we had not gotten there when we did, there is no telling what could have happened. Look at the circle around the two deep cuts she had already made.
Jerry worked and worked until he was exhausted. He finally told Margaret she was going to HAVE to get the tree guy to come out and do it, or our fence would be completely obliterated.
I called the tree guy, Brian, first thing this morning. He was here in a few hours to look at it. He gave Margaret an extremely good price -- only $350.00 -- to cut it down and leave the branches in her yard -- at her request. I told Margaret I would pay for it myself if she didn't have the money. She said, "Oh, no, I can pay for it with my credit card." Thank Goodness! That near-catastrophe is over.
Now, here is Tip #2:
I SUPPOSE it is possible that all of my readers already know this tip, but just in case, it is of the utmost importance that I tell it to you.
You know Jerry has a new truck.
We got in the new truck this morning to go to the dentist where we both had an appointment at 9:00. We drove back into our driveway about 11:00. Jerry always wants me to get out of the truck in the driveway because it is a very tight squeeze once inside the garage.
I am still in my seat on the passenger side. I open the door and Jerry says, "Joy, I need to tell you something, and I hope you will understand."
I say, "Okay, what is it?"
He says, "You notice that top-stitching on the edge of the seat?"
"Yes", I say.
He says, "Well, if you keep on sliding your butt off that seat, it is going to wear the top-stitching down. I have seen this happen in other people's cars."
"Oh, really?", says me.
"Yes! What I need you to do is grab hold of the handle above the door and LIFT YOUR BUTT UP before you slide over that top-stitching."
I KID YOU NOT!!!!
I just cracked up at him because it is SO LIKE HIM! And people think I AM THE PICKY ONE in this duo. I proceeded to grab the handle and hike my butt up in the air and step out onto the driveway. I then told him to sit still while I grabbed my cell phone and snapped this picture.
When the girls were little, we bought new couches for our living room. They had bullet-proof velvet of some sort on them. The salesman poked an ink pen through a sample to show us you couldn't tear the fabric, and it had some kind of stain preventative on it.
NEVERTHELESS, when we got the couches home, my husband informed the girls that they were to be sure to have their SKIN COVERED UP before lying or sitting on the couches so their body oil wouldn't rub off on the new couch fabric.
My daughter, Tammy, came over this afternoon, and I was telling her about Jerry and the top-stitching. She said, "OMG! Remember when we got those couches and Dad wouldn't let us get our skin on them?!"
We laughed and laughed.
Amazingly, Brian, the tree cutter downer guy came this afternoon and cut the tree down. Margaret wanted it all left in her yard so she can clean it up herself. You won't believe the mess.
Here is what is left of our fence, and this means we can't leave Jackie out in the yard alone.
At least, she won't be climbing that tree anymore!
Anyway, I am happy to share these two awesome, useful tips with you today. I have to go though. Jackie wants out and I'm not leaving her alone.