The leaves are pretty much all gone from the trees here, so on Saturday it was time to clean the eaves on the house.
I pulled the ladder out to get started, but the Lilac in my yard made getting up in the one corner very difficult. Every year I think I should cut some of the branches off this Lilac because of this same problem, but I end up just fighting my way through the branches and decide to leave it.
This day I decided it was time to cut first and climb later. I cut the bottom branches that went out instead of up and was amazed at how much space that cleared up. The Lilac is planted about 12 feet from the house and now I have that 12 feet open. It is too bad I didn’t take before pictures, so you could see the difference.
It is really hard to judge distance in this picture, but those faded blue banners on the fence are 10 feet long and they don’t reach quite to the house. I put them up there several years ago because the boy next door used to tease the dogs. I removed them from the rest of the fence a few years ago, but could not get to this area because of the Lilac branches and since they couldn’t be seen I didn’t worry about it. If we ever get any more nice days, I will get at that next and it won’t take long. I finished emptying the eaves and started cutting up the branches I removed on this day. Unfortunately, it has been cold and wet since Saturday, so I still have plenty of yard work to do – hopefully before spring arrives.
It was a beautiful day and Chester enjoyed hanging out in the yard with me while I worked. He stopped and posed for a few pictures for me when I brought the camera out to show the work on the Lilac.
Chester seems to be feeling much better after injuring his leg almost 2 weeks ago. He thinks he is ready to resume our walks, but he will have to wait until I’m sure he will not re-injure himself. I continue to go outside with him on leash to make sure there are no bunnies to chase and he isn’t happy about that! He is not limping at all now – even when he first wakes up. 🙂 After the yard has been scanned, I do leave him outside on his own for awhile to let him sniff around and do his business. I am still leaving him confined to the back porch and kitchen when I am away and I might actually continue this confinement. He has access to his favourite rug to nap on and his water bowl. He just can not see out any windows, so has no reason to bounce and bark.