Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blue spruce

It is probably the wrong time of year to prune a tree but today happened to be the time I remembered to cut the spruce branches hanging at forehead level over the front walkway. With the rain we've been having, forgetting to duck under the tree was like opening a door with a bucket of water fall balanced overhead. I grabbed the electric saw, stood under the nest of branches, and started sawing. Torrents of dry little bits of stuff rained down; and as soon as I'd sawed through the branch, I treated the neighbors to the sight of me doing a little dance, backing away, shaking my shoulders, brushing myself off, leaning over and batting at my hair with both hands. Bugs! In those bits of bark, dead needles and twigs there were sure to be bugs.

I took off several more branches, leaving the poor tree lopsided. If you are over, say, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, you will still have to duck when coming up the front walk.

Years ago there was a different blue spruce in a different front yard. It had snowed and I brought my three-month-old son to the window to show him the snow and watch the sun rise. We had an Airedale then, too. It was one of those moments when you know you have everything--just for that moment--that you could possibly want. And then it's gone.


  1. I bet the blue spruce looks really pretty with snow on it!

  2. What a very nice memory!!

    Thank you for sharing.


  3. Hi Sherry and Alanis!
    I like your Blue Spruce, it looks like it's dancing!
    Glad we are finally getting some sunshine. Rain is good...but jeepers!
    Mom says to tell you, that I was born in Battleground, Wa. at the Rockin' A Kennels. Stanzie was born in Baker, Oregon.
    Happy Gardening!

  4. What a pretty tree. We don't have those where we live. Nice to meet you. We look like a cat blog but we have two doggies that live here too.
    Have a great day.

  5. Your Blue Spruce is just beautiful and what a nice memory!
    Mom likes to keep the branches on our evergreens high too so she can ride underneath them on her lawn tractor!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  6. the moment may be gone but it's nice to have the memories

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    Lots of love