My backyard/snake pit/unattractive heap of debris continues to be an eye sore. However, there are some items to report regarding the mess since last writing.
Last weekend a random dog walking neighbor knocked on our door. Mind you, this is less than 10 minutes after laying our daughter down for a nap instigating our dogs to spring into protective barking action at the knock. The gentleman and his two dogs alerted us to the fact a tree on the side of our house was catching fire from sparks between the branches and the power lines.
Immediately the fire department was contacted and by the time the truck arrived the branches already burned themselves from connection to the power lines or the trees. Thankfully no flames and no harm came from the excitement, it was just another reminder of the work that needs to be happening on the yard – including a good trim of the trees.
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Secondly, we have been in touch with a friend who owns a landscaping business. My husband and I contacted him knowing of his business, although knowing nothing of his business. Let me explain, our relationship with this friend is from a former colleague of mine. In years past, friends from work would gather with our spouses and enjoy socializing with a few beverages. So our interactions with this friend are limited to observing his Coors Lights in a collapsible cooler and speaking fluent Spanish to bail out an employee from jail during one such gathering. After approaching him regarding help reaching our goals, I then checked out his business website… Holy Crap, the million dollar estates where he was responsible for the stonework on patios and driveways, along with irrigation systems and landscaping were an eternity away from the insignificant yard and miniscule budget our call was regarding. I gave him an opportunity to get off the hook and not be obligated to a friendly favor, he insisted no job is too small and often small jobs turn into referrals for big ones. No wonder he is so successful.
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Finally, the last piece of news to report… Like a teeny bopper with a blushing squeal – I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM PETER WALSH. After I wrote my post about how he inspired me to look at my house as my life and work on my yard, I thought I would try to let him know. I looked up his website, directed a sincere message of appreciation and included the link to the post. Within the week I was startled and jubilant to receive a response as follows:
“Thanks so much for the email Holly and for your kind words.
I love the blog!
Okay, it totally could have been someone who works for him and sorts through his e-mail. I would have still enjoyed a response had it have said “Best Peter’s People.” I like it better to assume it was my organizing idol, he read my words personally and acknowledged how he influenced my life.