Friday, June 03, 2011


Maybe it was the oak tree falling that inspired us to replace some other trees around here, such as the runt maple by the west driveway, and the spindly tree by the lilacs. So far we've only been planning and haven't cut either of these.

And we should do something about the pine trees. Maybe. Paul's parents got them very inexpensively from somewhere and the seller forgot to tell them that they shed their long, spiny, poky, nasty needles by the millions every fall. And that you can't pick them up with the lawn mower. And they clog the gutters along the roof. And you end up raking them up about five times each fall.

But now they're big trees, and they look nice.

I finally gave my consent and Paul had our friend Chip come over and take out one pine tree while we were at the coast. I said I'd see how that looked before I gave the ok for more.

We decided we need to do some serious research on what trees we want.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to us, a nursery near Coburg had a batch of trees out back that hadn't sold, and they kept blowing over, so they told their employees that the trees are theirs for the taking and what doesn't go will get destroyed.

One of the employees was Susan. Susan had a pig. She happened to sell this pig to Paul's cousin Darrell and told him about the free trees. So he got some.

Paul called Darrell about borrowing his chain saw. Darrell thought, "Hmmm. Chain saw. To cut down trees. That he might need to replace."

So Darrell told Paul about the free trees.

Paul called me. I said yes, what can we lose?

So Paul and Darrell went and got four trees for us, two maples that are about 20 feet high already and two pines that shed their needles but the needles are tiny and soft.

We see here that I am being a true Yoder, justifying all the faults because it's a find and it's free.

Paul went back with the van and trailer and got ten more trees, because his wife is a Yoder and feels sorry for objects no one else wants, especially if they're free, and is sure she can use them, one way or another, because after all, they're free for the taking.

So you may soon see a different look to our place when you drive by.

Quote of the Day:
Son A: Let my people go!!
Son B: No! Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin!
--overheard at the coast


  1. LOL at the quote of the day! heheehe

  2. I love the quote. That is great.Thank you for the smile...Gabrielle from

  3. I like tulip trees, myself. They are my favorites, I think. I don't know if they will grow in your area. (I live in Indiana.)

  4. Hey, we've mixed Dr. Seuss right up with the Psalmist and somehow ended up with something similar. Me, prompting: "He maketh me to lie down in..." Little: "Green eggs and ham!"

    You can't pay cash money for that kind of entertainment.

    Rhonda Schrock

  5. Shirley from Virginia8/04/2011 1:51 PM

    I think the "If its free..." has more to do with the Mennonite ethic of thrift. Out this way the common saying among Mennonites is
    "Do you need/want (fillin the blank"
    "sorry no I don't think so"
    "It's free- or I'll throw it out"
    " oh then I'll take two"
    But I know what you mean. I just cannot abide seeing "good stuff" thrown out. I have made a home for more than a few things that I just KNEW I could find a reason for using sometime. However in the past few years I have gotten really heartless and actually said no. Of course followed up by - I am sure the local thrift shops would take it.