Monday, October 25, 2010

New Address...

We have moved our blog, the new site is ''

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Our grandson Leo, is a Cubbie!
Leo is working at his Grandfather's rope factory in Kiowa Kansas. It is never too early to get that good work ethic into kids.
From this shot it is obvious that he gets his good looks from this grandfather.
He is a flashy dresser thanks to his grandparents in Kiowa.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

From Ficus trees to Pine trees...

We drove from Yuma to Pinetop or from near sea level to above 7,000 feet elevation in around 8 hours. The temperature here in the daytime is not as warm as the over night low in Yuma. From ficus to pines, I am getting ready to scramble up this tree.
I climbed above my top rope and sat on a flip line to cut a large branch above my head.
Norm had expressed to me that there were no women "sawyers" and I mentioned it to Chris and he had two words for Norm, "Norm, chap up!"
Things are tough in the volunteer world of disaster relief, so Chris likes to start training new volunteers early!
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Our last job...

This is where we called home for the last 10 days in Yuma.
The house belonged to Morningside Baptist Church and they were all so great to us. If you find yourself in Yuma, this church is a good place to worship.
Our last tree to cut on. Norm is trimming some low branches while I prepared to cut those broken limbs out of the tree.
The lady that owned this house went to work before we got there, but she left a cooler with drinks in it for us.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

There is always a tree to cut...

This was one gnarly tree to cut. Martin and I got the 'Big Boy' Stihl 660 chain saw with a 36 inch bar to whack it up. Using this saw is like wrestling with a gorilla!
Here is Martin and his wife Betty sharpening a chain. Betty has been a real trooper and jumped into chain saw work with both feet.
This log appears much larger when cutting than it does in this photo.
Here I am trying to make some sort of decent cut while Martin looks on. The four of us have made a great team and have been working hard. Especially since the weather has crept back to very hot and sunny high nineties.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Yuma, still cutting...

This house belonged to an 87 year young lady. She told me she woke up one day and was 87! The before and after shots are quite dramatic. We tried to get the next door neighbor to sign a release form so we could go on his property and remove his trees also, but we could not make contact with him. So, we found a way to remove them anyway.
Norm saw me with the camera, and said wait, ran to the trailer and grabbed the loppers so it would look like she cleared it all by herself.
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