Puppy come home

th9O3H6C9OHere are many things going on in the world right not. According to most news station, it is all bad. Bombings, shooting, rape, suicide, all horrible things. Who in their right mind want to watch or hear that? It is so crazy. Lately I do not even turn on the television. It is just too much.

That why I am going to let everyone on my list top feel good moments. Those stories that just put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. That what I like to hear. All violent things we are all bombarded with throughout our day is very overwhelming and depressing.

A couple weeks I was perusing a newspaper that was left on the table at my favorite coffee shop. It was a publication I have never heard of before and silly me I forgot to write down. Oh how I wish I had the foresight to write the name down. Anyway, there was a story about a young boy who had lost his dog. I do not really remember if it ran away or what just that it had gotten away from him. That poor boy was so in love with that dog. His mother commented that he would fall asleep every night crying for his puppy.

His mother was telling someone in the grocery store what had happen to her son and how sad he had been since his dog had gone missing. Well, there was an older man standing in line behind the boy’s mother. He overheard her talking. He politely interrupted her talk and ask if she could describe the dog or if she had a picture of it. As a matter, a fact she did had a picture of the pup. After showing the man the puppy’s picture, he told her to stay there that he would be right back.

The older man left his shopping basket on floor by the woman’s feet. As quickly as his little legs could carry, he scurried off. He was gone for about four or five minutes.

When he returned, he had the puppy with him! It was the boy’s puppy!

He explained that he had fallen down earlier that week at the park. The park was across around the corner from the woman’s house. When he fell the puppy must have hear him call for help. Because he came to the man. It was the puppy is barking and howling the drew the attention of an off duty nurse that was in the park. She was able to assess the situation and quickly got the man some medical attention.

Ever so grateful the man was ready to keep the puppy. It just so happen that he was at the store buying a different brand of puppy food. Apparently, that puppy was picky about what he would and would not eat. Therefore, he was waiting in line to pay for a higher end brand of dog food and some other household things and he just so happen to be at the right place at the right time.

The boy was overjoyed by the returned of his puppy. In addition, the other man had found himself a new set of friends, a new family really. Everyone lived happily ever after.

Actually, I have no idea how they fared outside the story but I like to imagine that that family and the older man is living a wonderful life.

Tree felling like a pro

thHTWX0D6SI cannot tell you the number of times I have been ask about my tree felling techniques. What my go are to moves, what do I do every time, do I ever worry about making a mistake. Ask any tree feller and they will tell you the same thing. After a few trees, a few years, you will be able to fell a tree without really thinking about it, just like clockwork.

I have been doing it for so long that after looking at the tree within in three minutes I know how to cut and where to cut to have it fall where I want it. Of course, that comes with experience, for those who do not have my experience but still would like to fell a tree like a professional here are my go to tips.

Whenever I first approach a tree, I take notice of my surroundings and figure out the best direction to have the tree fall into. I note the size of the tree and the amount of space that is available on the property. Also, make sure to note any obstacles that may be in the way, such as bushes, play sets, pools, and these type of things.   Once a path can be, determine for the best possible outcome for the tree to land then I go on to my next tip.

Then I have one of my people attached a rope to the top part of the tree. For felling a tree, I prefer and use a double braided rigging rope but I know a few people that prefer a solid braided rigging rope. Either one will get the job done.

After rigging the rope, it is time to decide where to make the hinge cut. With my trusty chainsaw, I cut a wedge that looks like an upside down number seven. Making sure to keep it perpendicular to the area for the tree to fall. After I cut the upside down number seven then the people with the rope will tighten it, ensuring that the tree do not tumble forward.

Now that the hinge has been cut, go behind the tree and make what has called the back cut. Be mindful not to cut too deep. Whenever I make a back cut, I always stop a few inches shy of meeting the hinge cut that has been made into to tree.

This is the last step until the great “timber” moment. I will signal to the people holding the rope to pull in the direction we had already determine for the tree to fall. They will pull at just the right moment, directing the tree to fall into the perfect path. If I were to signal too soon or if the people miss the signal, the rope could snap and we will all be in trouble. The tree will fall at whatever way it is leaning or the weakest point. In addition, that may not be the direction that I want it to go.   Nevertheless, if we are working together this risk is greatly eliminated.

That just about it, my steps in felling a tree.   I also am a mean pruner. I can prune with the best of them. My tree pruning services are, in my opinion, the best in three counties.

I hope this helps all those young tree men and women in their tree felling adventures.

Secrets to Get Past the Winter Blues

With summer officially over, autumn is here, and winter is just around the corner, many Americans living the northern part of the country will begin if not already suffer with depression. Reportedly, one in four people will go through some variation of depression this season. The reason for this a variety of things. The shorten days and longer nights have direct correlation. Even what may seem like an endless amount of grey skies affect many people moods? Or even the stress from the holidays with all the spending money and preparation involved.   All these things contribute to the mind falling into depression. Nevertheless, don’t fret there are many ways to natural relieve and alleviate these feelings.

Synthetic Daylight

The shorten days and lack of blue skies and day light will put many people into a funk. To remedy this they have created lightbulbs that will mimic the shine of daylight. Allowing the mind and body to feel as if it has been basking out in the glorious sun instead of in the living watching television with a bright lightbulb. Sometimes just fifteen minutes underneath such a lightbulb is enough to bring relief and comfort to get someone out of their winter slump. They are a lot more inexpensive then a vacation to the Bahamas.



The nose and scents is one of the strongest connections to memories. Many people will more quickly and accurately remember a long forgotten event if the olfactory have been triggered than by any other sense trigger. A combination of scents can help the mind recall a time that it was most happy.

Another use of aromatherapy is that different scents affects the emotion and the mind’s state. For relaxation trying taking a whiff of lavender or vanilla essential oils, for an energy boost citrus is just a trick. Lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit essential oils will give that extra jolts and release endorphins.   There are many different possibilities and combinations all affecting the sense of scent and mood differently.

Go Outside

Over and over again it has been proven that the great outdoors it is a wonderful remedy for improving a sour mood. Go outside and marvel at the creations. Take in the flight of migratory birds, the hardworking squirrels preparing for winter, or the rabbits hopping to and fro. Noticed the change in color of the animals, the activity. Take in the beauty of the leaves changing colors. Just go outside and be still, allowing nature surroundings to take away the stresses from the day.

It is Not You

This is probably the most important point do not blame yourself. Many times, we think we need to place blame on someone or something in order to explain away our feelings. This is not healthy nor is it honest. Depression is just something that happens to many people, for all types of reasons. For those that do not normally suffer from depression or only have bouts during the winter months, then it may be just seasonally. Like hay fever in the spring.

Anyone of these suggestions are inexpensive and easy to do, for those that may be or will be suffering from the winter blues then give one or all a try. Stay positive and keep company with those that are positive as well. It is only a few months then spring and summer will be here again. Just be patient with nature and patient with yourself.

A Lesson from a Boy and his Dog

thCQ8GVAFPI can remember back to I was in I think the first grade and we had to do a collage about what is family. We had just complete reading some book about a boy who was raise by an adopted family. We had to explore within our own experiences about what makes a family, who makes a family. Then complete a collage with a small paragraph explaining who was in the picture and what family means to us.

My collage consist of my parents, my siblings, and myself. That’s it. Other students had included an aunt or uncle, their fish or cat; I think I was the only one with just my immediate family.

I lamented that those other things could not be family, family are those people that are related to you. This did not apply to aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. However, anyone or anything else did not count. In my young mind, this rang true and there was no way around it.

If I am honest, I have these same thoughts and family well into my high school years. Until one uneventful day, this dog followed me home from the bus stop. Through caring and loving then losing, her I was able to change my mind and broaden my concept on family.

The thing about family that it is not exclusive to blood relatives. Many times the closest being to a person is a friend, colleague, or even a pet. The heart loves what the heart loves. When someone or something that is beloved, that is cherished even, becomes hurt then anything goes. Whatever must be done is done.

For instance, I had this dog. She was beautiful.  Shiny black fur with a caramel brown face.  Deep soulful eyes that seems to look right into your soul and comfort to the very core.  She was loyal, protective, and sweet. She had the sweetest name anyone could have, Lilac.  My Lilac, my lovable huggable Rottweiler.  She went everywhere with me and did even everything with me.  When I learn how to drive she was there, when I went to prom she came, even after the big storm of 1993 she brought smiles to those hit hard by the damages.  Savannah Tree’s a great tree service business located right here in Savannah, Georgia bought her a bone for making a hard time easier on their customers.  Heck, they even offer me a summer job!

I have been using the past tense when referring to her, sadly, my Lilac was poison. At the time it the worst thing to happen to me.  If I am honest with myself it probably still is, although it has not never been proven I suspect it was one of my neighbors.  An old and grumpy man that hates dogs.  He has been recorded threatening another neighbor’s dog. Then not more than a month later, his dog, Rodney, died via poison.

Even thinking about it after all these years I become a bit choked up. She was my girl, my best friend.  Just like that.

Because of that strong bond and relationship, I had with my dog open me up to value all of my relationship.  A bond is not limited to family in the traditional sense.  Please do not misunderstand what I am saying I do love my family. They know me better than anyone and has continuously love me without any conditions or expectations. Yes, I have been blessed in that way.  However as I grow and expand my circle my family have beyond my household.

I truly believe that had I not experience that love, for there is nothing else to call, of my dog I am not sure how receptive I would be to other people trying to become close to me.  It is through her I learned how to bond and care for something other than myself.