Sunday, January 16, 2011

Just another week, Stumps Gone.


There really isn’t any thing to write about this week.  I didn’t go anywhere except to work, didn’t do anything except a product informational meeting and a trip to IKEA to get a larger thermos.  A very boring week, although I did finish another book '”Healing Stones”.


                                       A novel about forgiveness.


That brings us to today, and a clogged kitchen sink.  So far nothing has worked, but I  don’t want to put out $135.00 for a plumber.  I’ve been using a drain cleaner that I got at Home Depot this morning, but so far it’s not working.  I may have to take apart the pipes and clean the trap (which I have never done before, just watched Ted do it.)   I called Ted and he may come home to fix it for me, but not until Wednesday.


It’s Sunday.  I have checked off one more thing that had to be done.  The two tree stumps are gone.  Yesterday I called Stump Busters to get an estimate as to the cost of removing the stumps. (both for $90.00)  I explained that I don’t get off work until 4:00 pm.  He asked if he could do it this morning at 9:30 am.  I agreed as long as it didn’t take too long as I still wanted to be able to go to church.  He was here a little after 9:00 am and was finished by 10:00 pm. 

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                   This is the remains of the lemon tree,  before and after.


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  This is the before and after of the peach tree.  If you click on the picture with Angel, you should be able to see the peach tree stump.

I forgot to take pictures while he was grinding the stumps, but fortunately my neighbor, Ken needed his services too, so I was able to record how he did it.  His Stump Grinder is an amazing machine.  It is 36” wide, so he is limited because of access.  Fortunately my gate is 36”, he squeezed it in with less than a 1/2” to spare.  My gate is a straight shot, but Ken’s gate is also 36”, but not a straight entrance and there are all the utilities to avoid.



               Before               The business end of the machine.           After

If  you think about the first time you ever tried to parallel park and multiply it by ten, maybe twenty or more, you can imagine how difficult it was to get that machine around the corner without hurting anything.  He uses leverage and controls to lift and reposition the wheels inches at a time. That machine made short work of the stump.  It took longer to get in and out of the gate than to grind the stump.  It just leaves mulch that you can use in your garden,  I think that I might keep the peach tree stump for my first fire.


The rest of the day was spent with a trip to Winco for a few groceries, checking out space measurements in the bedrooms (for my new TV) at a local RV dealer and catching up on reading blogs.  I am glad to hear that some of you are experiencing warm temperatures.  It is a little bit warmer here in Sacramento, but not much.  We may get into the 60’s this week.

I hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend and week coming up.   We’re out there with you in spirit. 


Thanks for all you comments and visits

Susan and Angel


  1. I forgot to welcome Erik of Erik's RV Blog, thanks for the interest.

  2. Smart to measure before buying a new TV.

  3. I love Angel's sweater - did someone knit that for her?

  4. Merikay, I actually measured after I got the TV.
    Barbara, No , I actually got it at Pet Smart for her Christmas present. She gets cold, even in the house, I keep it cool while I am at work, so she wears it all day.