The bush-hogging — i keep telling myself i don't care, but i do. I'd tried this past winter to cut back undesired plants but leave plants like hollies and cedars. (Cedar apple rust is a given. I could cut down every cedar we have and it would still be an issue, so i keep them.) I suspect the cutting went back further than i did, so my "rescues" are gone. (And i could have not spent the time by the edge of the road cutting down shrubbery.) The brilliant orange butterfly weed are probably untouched, thanks to Christine's marking them off with red reflectors and making eye contact with the operator. I'm hoping the pretty holly near the property boundary was off the DoT easement. Just like with the churning, brutal easement care by the power company, i'm trying to see the benefit: all the autumn olive and weedy sweetgums are gone. It will be easier to care for now with the thick brushy stuff. I just know that i will find brutally amputated branches ripped and torn from nice trees. I appreciate the safety of not having the woods creep up to the road, and there's more room for deer to be visible before crossing.
The goal is for the property boundary to be clearly maintained by the time they come through again.
Tuesday: Yesterday didn't get better, pretty sure the inflammation in the back of my throat is playing havoc with mood. Still, the trimming left the pretty holly and the butterfly weed.
Happy things yesterday: deer to the east of the orchard and at the salt lick, visible from the bedroom. A raccoon caught in the camera trap. Thinking of Sunday's dinner with the lovely sauteed shrimp Christine had prepared, some on leftover cornbread, some in the left over fennel and berry salad. And the box-mix lemon poundcake with careful blueberry garnish.
Upgraded my personal laptop from "High Sierra" version 10.13 to "Big Sur" version 11.4 (20F71). A little bit of a shock as i am on "Catalina" 10.15 at work, and didn't realize this was a major digit upgrade.