Sunday, October 2, 2011

When Life Gives You Too Many Lemons, Just Cut Off Some Branches Off The Tree And Throw Them Away


Warning: If you are an arborist, or perhaps a tree empath, you may want to close your eyes during this post.





There's something about being totally in charge of a house and yard that can make you, at times, curl up in a ball and whine loudly. However, there are also times when you realize that you can do things that you have never done before.



I love having a lemon tree. This Kansas girl is still amazed each and every time I can go and pluck one of these yellow beauties off my very own tree. I remember when my niece from Colorado was visiting. She cut open a lemon and then carefully placed the half she did not use in a plastic bag and sealed it up. I had to smile and remember that in her part of the country, they don't have these balls of sunshine to throw around.



This afternoon as I was watering the plants on the patio, I looked at the lemon tree. A couple of weeks ago, I had noticed a couple of branches were tangled up and overloaded with fruit. The tree was struggling to support them. I asked a guy in my neighborhood if it would hurt the tree if I cut off the branches and he assured me it would not.



In the past, I would have bugged HOB to cut off the branches, but today I decided to bring out the strong, autonomous, independent woman that am sure lives within me. HOB doesn't live here any more. It was time to take matters into my own hands, which I immediately covered with my very cool gardening gloves.




These gloves are like SUV's for my hands. They make me feel like I can do anything.





The gloves and a large Diet Pepsi and massive amounts of recently-ingested cookies nearly convinced me to use the chain saw on the upper shelf of the garage. I was pretty sure I could start it up, by holding one doohicky down while pulling on another doohicky but then what? I was alone here. What if I chopped off my arm or part of a leg? Would that not be somewhat inconvenient? And messy?



I decided to calm down and start my new independent streak with a simple hand saw.





I stood under the tree sawing back and forth, my arm muscles straining, my eyes squinting at all the stuff falling on me. It took me quite awhile, but when those branches started to fall, I felt great. I felt powerful. I am woman. Hear me roar. I can make change happen. I can use tools. I can load up the yard waste container. I can wash my hair afterwards too.





50 comments:

Cricket said...

Please tell me you picked those beautiful lemons after you snapped the pic?

As far as clogged sinks etc. go, I'll tell you, if you don't kave one already, a $25 power snake is a value many times over. Use it once and it's more than paid for itself.

Kind of amusing to "hear" Helen Reddy faintly in the background as I read. Hope you are doing well.

Peggy K said...

Wait...listen...did you hear it? Yep, I'm pretty sure that's our BB starting to roar!!

Cracks me up that you stopped in the middle of sawing that branch to take a pic. Just goes to show that your readers are never far from your thoughts! Thank you for that!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have this sudden urge to pull out my early 70's music.

Anne Gallagher said...

YAY!! I'm so proud of you!! Cool gloves CAN make you do just about anything. And you are so right, a chain saw is just too dangerous. I don't even use one, preferring the hand saw.

And I know this may not be the appropriate time to ask, but did you give the down fallen lemons to the food pantry?

Teresa Evangeline said...

Oh Betty, I'm happy. You sound good. "Vitamins for my soul." Yes, indeed. I remember this feeling. It feels good. And there's nothing like pruning branches and clearing brush to make me feel like I can do anything. One word, though: bow saw. It's much easier to handle and safer, I think. They come in different sizes. Start small, but not too small. :)

Gloves and saws and wheelbarrows. Oh, yeah.

Gigi said...

I think in the coming days, weeks, etc. you will be surprised to find what you are capable of! Way to go, Betty.

Cricket said...

p.s. I forgot to add this line I first heard from blog-bud and FIRL Suldog:

When life hands you lemons, you shout "WHAT THE F***!!!" and start hurling those lemons right back at life as hard as you can.

If you want to read his original post about that, it's titled something like Roddy The Wonder-Car

EmptyNester said...

"I can wash my hair afterwards too." LOL Betty you are a hoot! I truly (in a begging tone) hope you are writing a book. At the very least, I hope your thinking about it!

john said...

you kept the lemons didnt you? or at least mailed them to me?....

ellen abbott said...

you go girl! we are really quite powerful creatures, we women are. we just tend to let men make us think we aren't capable of so many things when, in fact, we are more than capable.

Mamma has spoken said...

I'm with everyone else on the 'hope you picked and kept the lemons' thing. Betting that those of us who say this lives where you have to pay fifty cents each for those yellow globes of goodness. You need to box them up and send them to me too. I can sell them for you and, oh wait, the shipping will eat up all our profit. Never mind....
Glad to read that you are finding your inner strength, one job at a time.

Old Kitty said...

You GO girrrrl!!!!!!!!

You are BB! You can do anything!! Take care
x

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, yeah! Another job tackled and bested.

Brian said...

You're doing great, but a nice long sit under the treat sounds like a grand plan!

Out on the prairie said...

Wishing i had what you tossed out. 2/$1 here, and never as good.

Catherine said...

Every little accomplishment is going to make you feel more and more empowered.

You go girl!!!
xo Catherine

Tabor said...

I congratulate you, but as a gardener I recommend some pruning shears (heavy duty) and make sure you read about pruning next time so that you prune crossing branches and just above a node. Do you have a food shelter or church place that could use the lemons? (OK...enough being the parent blogger!)

Barbara said...

Check your local hardware store for "loppers". They'll cut about anything up to as big around as your wrist and they're GREAT! I have a regular short (maybe 36") pair and then a long jobbie on a pole that may not be called a lopper but works great anyway! You'll be amazed! Makes all that EASY!
I too hate that you maybe tossed those beautiful lemons..I'm a Kansas girl...but...maybe it's past time to get rid of some lemons in your life! Huh?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now you know - you can do it!

Susan in the Boonies said...

Go, Betty!!! Go, Betty!!! Go, Betty!!!

Proud of you!!!

Pearl said...

:-) That's wonderful Betty!

Pearl

Bouncin' Barb said...

I can so relate!!! This was a monumental moment in your life. Love it. All I can think of when I see those lemons is homemade lemonade. I haven't had it in years. You're doing well. So am I. Cheers as I raise my coffee mug to you! Hugs BB.

jenny_o said...

When it comes to doing stuff, women (like men) are limited only by their size, strength, and wits. And you can find anything else you need on the internet.

I love that you added washing your hair to that list - hilarious!

Eva Gallant said...

Kudos to you! Another hurdle overcome! And freshly made lemonade sounds heavenly!

Green Monkey said...

I can't stop thinking about you Betty! you're doing GREAT! really, really great!

can you hear me clapping! applauding your will to carry on.

GOOOOOO BETTY GOOOOO!!!!

Madi and Mom said...

WTG Betty you are a constant source of inspiration and amusement. I got a chuckle out of your niece carefully saving the leftover lemon just as I would.
Hugs C

Stephanie V said...

Women can do anything! No matter what life throws at us, we look around for a challenge just to show the world we're not beaten. Good for you! Enjoy that lemonade.

GreatGranny said...

Betty, you're gonna be fine. Just keep your sense of humor rolling. I'm proud of you like so many others here.

Kazzy said...

And you can prune your own branches in your life too. Pruning allows for more and healthier growth.

Daisy said...

Cheering you on and waving a big "GO BETTY!" flag for you here. :-)

Ms. A said...

I don't think there is one person that reads your blog, or knows you, that doesn't think you are more capable than you've been thinking you are. I'm glad you are finally seeing that for yourself! Roar, Betty, roar loud!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You are inspiring. I see your sass and humor shining through more than ever. I also now know the source of that very loud roar I heard yesterday, from across the state.
Keep taking care,
xoRobyn

welcome to my world of poetry said...

It takes a while to get used to living alone but Betty you are certainly on the right track.
I do wish you well.

Yvonne.

Retired English Teacher said...

A metaphor for life: the lemons that weigh down the landscapes of our lives should be dumped.

Sparkling said...

I wear leather gloves to cut things and do yardwork and I always amaze myself at what I will touch with the sacred gloves. I too am invincible if I have the gloves on. They are mere miracles, aren't they????

Eloise said...

Lemon tree very pretty
And the flower is very sweet
But the fruit of that poor flower
Is impossible to eat

Bossy Betty very pretty
And usually very sweet
But when that lemon tree gets messy
It's time for saw and tree to meet

Carnival Girl said...

Look out world! Betty is BACK! Get out your tool box and take charge of that house - but don't tackle the chain saw just yet. Those suckers are more complicated than they look. . . I am really proud of you, baby. You are on your way, and nothing is insignificant.

CherylK said...

Good for you! I'm not surprised that you tackled the lemon tree and I'd bet the farm that the lemonade that you're sipping underneath the tree was squeezed from the lemons on the branch that you cut off.

Lin said...

There's my Betty. :) It's good to see you again, my friend.

My dad died when I was seven. I can't remember much of him or those days surrounding his funeral, but I distinctly remember that nobody would help me fix the flat tire on my bike soon after things settled down again. Damn,I got so mad at the world that I figured out how to do it myself--at seven!!

Whenever I'm sad or feeling like I can't do something, I tap that seven year old again and I do it. There is just some strength in showing the world that I CAN.

You've got the strength, Betty. Come with me and show the world that YOU CAN.

I'm so very proud of you today. This was a HUGE step!

ds said...

I can't tell you how relieved I was when you picked up the hand saw...
Good for you! I hope you made a bucket of lemonade and spent today reveling in your independence. You CAN do it!!

karen said...

Awesome Betty - it feels good to take charge, doesn't it? To know that you're capable is a priceless gift to yourself. YAY!

Zuzana said...

If I have learned anything from the hardships in my life, it is that we are so much more capable and so much stronger than we think.;) If we only have to, we can do it all.;)
Happy Monday dear Betty,
xoxo

faye said...

You Go Girl !!!!
It will get easier and dare I say
better as time goes by ...
so roar away.. the rest of the pack
hears ya !!!

SueAnn said...

You are woman and I hear you roar!!
Good for you!!
Lemon tree??? I am so jealous!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mandy_Fish said...

You have the most awesome attitude ever. Love it.

Ann said...

congratulations Betty. I can remember going through this stage and it's a wonderful feeling. I also went through the weight loss stage that you talked about in your last post. When someone would comment on all the weight I lost I would always reply "Divorce, it does a body good"...lol

Marlene said...

those lemons are like gold!!! I'd make lemonade! YUM!!!

Hilary said...

You have reinvented lemon aid. That's no small task.

Unknown said...

I am so proud of you. The first barrel full You go girl!

Linda said...

Atta girl, BB!

Baby Sister said...

You amaze me Betty, and you inspire me on a daily basis. Good job on the tree, and on the conquering. :)