May 17th, 2002


Inside looking out

I now have seven new windows in my house! They are very spiffy. Hopefully they will contain the indoor climate a lot better than the old ones, and my house (particularly the upstairs) will be a happier place to live. Or at least, a more comfortable place to live.

Renniekins vs The Hedge

Apparently, hedges absolutely love cold and very rainy weather. [Side note: hedges may be the only ones who love our current weather; I know I'm sick of it.] I say this because my hedge has been growing out of control these past few weeks. It is trying to take over my backyard. It very nearly succeeded.

I have a large privacy hedge which surrounds my backyard. I would say that in the past couple of weeks, it has almost doubled in width, and gained about a foot in height. It's been looming over my yard, casting a pall over everything. Slowly inching its way inwards toward domination.

Well today, I finally went Edward Scissorhands on its leafy green ass. I borrowed my parents' extra-large electric hedge trimmer, and went to work. My lawn is now strewn with branch trimmings, but the hedge is looking more normal again. I shaved off its sides and all the branches trying to creep their way into the backyard. I started working on the top, but was worn out from my attack on its sides. I'll try to finish it up tomorrow. I think it's clear to the hedge who is in charge of the yard now -- it shrank from my words as I promised it, "I'll be back."