Cleaning up After the Ice Storm

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“Broken Tree” Cedar Park, 2021

The ice storm in Texas is over, and fortunately the only damage we sustained was to one of the trees in our backyard. Two of it’s large branches broke under the weight of the ice so today I cleaned up the debris.

It took a few hours to cut the branches into small pieces using the hand saw and small pruners, then tie them into bundles and the work went smoothly. I ended up with 14 bundles, and now they are by the curb ready to be picked up with the trash. We’re allowed to normally put 7 pieces of trash out in addition to our large bin, but I am curious to see if they will take everything.

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“Big Logs” Cedar Park, 2021

I saved the larger branches and logs to use as firewood when we go camping. The firewood for sale at the park or even the supermarket can be expensive!

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“Firewood for Camping” Cedar Park, 2021

The damaged tree will probably have to be removed because the limbs that came down make the tree unbalanced, and I am worried that it will fall into the deck. So, when we get our trees trimmed in a couple of months, I’ll have them take that tree away.

The last picture in today’s post is of one of the last pieces of ice I found today. It’s shaped like the United States, don’t you think?

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“America-Shaped Ice” Cedar Park, 2021

I hope you had a nice Sunday! またね~

Thursday Snapshot

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“Chilly Sunset” Cedar Park, 2021

It appears that the terrible mess we have in Texas has an ending in sight, but many people still do not have electricity to keep warm, nor clean water to drink. I’m hoping tomorrow brings good news, but this evening, I will just take a photo of the hazy sunset to remember the day.

Cold Days in Texas

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“Icicles” Cedar Park, 2021
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“Frozen” Cedar Park, 2021
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“Icy” Cedar Park, 2021

The View from Sunset Deck

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“Sunset Deck” Marble Falls, 2020

Mariko and I took a short drive to watch the colors change over the Texas Hill Country at Sunset Deck. It was really beautiful!

The Great Outdoors Garden Center

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“Sunny Flower” Austin, 2020

Mariko and I made a trip down to South Austin to visit The Great Outdoors Garden Center. It is an excellent nursery! First, their COVID-19 precautions are good, all the employees are masked up, there’s sanitizer available, and they limit the number of people on-site at one time. That being said, the selection of plants is wonderful, with plenty of native species, and they even have a greenhouse full of houseplants. It’s probably the best selection of houseplants I’ve ever seen, although I admit to not going to many nurseries. They also have a large selection of wind chimes, which sounded so soothing and beautiful that we ended up buying a small one.

We don’t get out much because of the pandemic, but The Great Outdoors Garden Center was a relatively safe place to visit and shop. Besides the wind chime, we bought several small plants and succulents. Exciting!

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“Nursery Cat” Austin, 2020