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So, what’ the deal with trees?  One thing is that we would have a hard time breathing without them.  Changing carbon dioxide into oxygen is necessary for life!  Many people think that a tree just does its thing…hanging out in the woods, it grows and gives shade or fruit,   nuts or wood!


So, what happens if a tree gets sick?  You could let nature just take its course or  you could try to fix it yourself.  But…uh…just how handy are you with a chainsaw? Up a tree with a chainsaw?

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Working with trees is a challenge for anyone because it is very dangerous work.  It is so easy for a tree or limb to fall in the wrong direction landing on something it shouldn’t.  It is very easy for the do it yourselfer to fall or have the saw malfunction and cause injury or damage.

If you survive, does the tree?  It is easy to damage a tree to the point that it will not survive.   A tree can be subjected to insects or fungus from the cuts, if not done properly.

All things considered, tree work should probably be done by a professional.  There are any number of people who advertise that they trim/top/cut down trees.   If you decide to hire someone, do make sure they are qualified, bonded and insured.   The best idea is to get your work done by a certified arborist.

And just what is an arborist?  The dictionary definition: A arborist is a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests. 

You could also check your local NC Agricultural Extensive Service or State Foresters for advice.  If you do decide  to do the work yourself, then get advice/training and make sure your insurance is up to date.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
–  Abraham Lincoln  

Stuff: Keep or Toss?

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Why do we keep things that we don’t really want or need? 

Memories are tied to our stuff.  Whether it is a football from the last high school game? Or maybe the crumbled corsage from a wonderful date?  Maybe it is the scarf your favorite aunt knitted but you would not be caught dead wearing?   It doesn’t matter what it is, all of us keep stuff that tickle or massage our memories.

Guilt is another reason we keep stuff.  Especially things that are inherited or are given to us “to keep it in the family” or to have something that belonged to your great-grandmother.   You could not toss that bentwood rocker your Mother rocked you in!  Could you?  This is the same rocker that needs more money that it’s worth to repair.  You spent too much on that pair of shoes, you can’t just put them in a yard sale.  And too many of us have jammed closets because we have entire wardrobes in three different sizes.

Fear is a third reason we hold on to things that we don’t need. I need two of something because if something happens to one, I will have the second.  I am afraid I might not have the money to get another one.  I really need three of them because someone might not return the one they borrowed.  I lose things and I am afraid I will be left short!

There are tons of organizing books written on how to cut clutter.  The problem is not the stuff, but the reasons we keep these things.

If you are forced to downsize you have to make some decisions.  If you are afraid to let go of something because it sparks a memory, some people suggest taking a picture of the item and then let it go. There are plenty of ways to honor the memories instead of a dried flower bouquet.  Keeping a son’s ten year moldy macaroni Christmas ornament is not proof of your love.

One thing that can help in  cleaning out a clothes closet is to  have someone to hold up an item and you decide “keep, donate or not sure.” After the closet is emptied, go back to the not sure pile and make the keep or toss decisions.  Then bag up the donate pile and put it in the car’s trunk.  For some reason, having someone else hold the item makes it easier to make a decision.

If you have a packed attic, basement, garage or storage area  (or all  of the above), you might need someone like Mc-Junk can step in and help clarify those items you can let go.

Thoreau advised us to  “Simplify, simplify!”  When we are inundated by “stuff” that is good advice for all of us!



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