Monday, July 09, 2018

Sawing Branch As Percy Turns 14

Happy 14th Birthday, Percy!  You have come a long way since Merci rescued you as a tiny kitten.  You grew into a handsome, cuddly guy.  We all love you!   Well, perhaps not Micah, but in general, you are loved. 

Thank you, Pipo, Dalton & Petcretary for the birthday graphic! 

Marcus:  Since today is a special day, even though it's not Tuesday or Friday, we thought we would share some of why we haven't been around very much.  Jan is swamped with both indoor and outdoor work, and our computer has been spending a lot of time with a blank screen.  A really nice friend has been helping us get the grass cut, but there is so much more that has to be done.  And with all the rain we've been having, everything is growing faster than usual.

Rusty: Two years ago Jan, with a little help from Mr. Doug, sawed some branches on the tree outside the pen.  The branches were so long and the leaves so dense, no sun could reach the dog pen and all the grass died.  Now the branches have grown so much the side yard is in danger of dying too.  

Marcus:  So Sunday Jan decided to cut down one of two huge limbs reaching almost to the sidewalk.  She tackled the larger one.  She sawed and sawed and finally the limb came down.  But just before it did, a man who turned out to be a new neighbor was passing and asked if she needed any help.  When the branch falls, the saw on the pole causes Jan to lose balance and she has a hard time holding onto the pole, so she took him up on that last little bit.  The long branch crashed, taking out half a bush. 

Rusty:  Then came the really fun part!  The branch was waaaaaay too long to put out for pickup.  It had to be sawed into smaller parts.  Evidently it's actually harder to saw a branch on the ground than on a tree.  It was interesting to watch Jan sweat as she sawed away without getting anywhere. 

Marcus:  And then this nice man named Willie appeared  around the tall, leafy end of the tree asking if she needed help.  She started to say no, but the past couple of years have taught her she can't do what she used to force herself to do, so she accepted. (Willie said it is okay to post this picture of him working.)

Rusty:  Marcus and I laid on the steps and snoopervised.  That's hard work too.  As you can see, all they had to work with with a small saw and a saw on a pole. 

Marcus:  Then Willie piled the pieces by the curb while Jan raked up the loose leftovers.  Willie said, "The Lord must have led me this way today."  Jan is so thankful for that!  She could not have lifted or dragged those last two pieces of the branch. 

Rusty:  As much as she claims to hurt, it's good she was rescued and didn't have to saw that branch for pickup.

Marcus:  Speaking of pain, what's with Jan limping and moaning about the pain in her ankle being worse than the pain in her neck and shoulders.  I didn't see her standing on her head sawing with her feet, did you?

Rusty:  No, but I sure would have liked to.  There's another big branch she'd like to cut down. When she finds someone with an electric saw, we can snoopervise again.  But this time we won't blink!  


  1. Happy birthday, Percy! Wow, your human had a lot of hard work to do! No wonder she is sore.

  2. Hari Om
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERCY!!! I also extend thanks on the angel-line to neighbour Willie who must truly have been a welcome arrival for Jan - how wonderful to have that help - it helps the aches a bit to know that someone cared enough to offer and actually do!!! Hugs whiskeries wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Happy Birthday from all of us Percy!!! Hooray for helpful ones!

  4. ♫♪♥♥♥♥♫♪Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Percy!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    Some neighbors are wonderful!

  5. Happy Birthday Percy!!
    Oh goodness your Jan has been working hard! WE totally understand about getting help with tree trimming. It is hard work and we admire Jan for doing it manually! WOW that is a lot of work. Mom is trying to find a battery operated small chain saw so she can have just in case, but so far no luck. She is still looking though.

  6. Pawkisses for a Happy Birthday, Percy and have a wonderful day :) <3
    and here's one for support for your mom...that's some hardworking task for your mom and the helpers :) <3

    I'm so sorry to hear that you need to trim that tree, again, and that the rain is encouraging your weeds, etc. but I'm thrilled that you have helpful neighbors.

  8. Happy Happy Birthday Percy!! I am glad that (was it TWO?) nice men appeared to help and glad Jan took him (them) up on it. Not worth risking getting hurt!

  9. dood !!!! a MOST happee 14th two ewe N heerz ta 114 mor....hope ya N joyed de day; stayed in trubull, hope ya getted sum perch pizza N donutz, heerz two a yeer a head filled with happeez N healtheez N we iz BUZZED glad de tree bee burd free ~~~~ ;) happee birthday buddy ♫♫♫♫♪♪♫

  10. Happy birthday Percy! Ghostwriter says cutting down tree branches is very hard work indeed. Good thing a neighbor volunteered to help!

  11. You getting a special meal today Percy for your BD?

  12. Happy Birthday, Percy!
    And how nice that Willie came to help. When it's hot and muggy, aches and pains seem extra bad!

  13. OH, HAPPY, HAPPY DAY, MERCI!! And when Jan saws with her feet, you guys will really have a blog to write. Thank heaven for Willie. What a sweet guy.

  14. Happy Birthday Percy!!!!

    How wonderful to have the work Angel Willie stop and help Jan!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  15. Happy Birthday Percy, we hope your day is as purrfect as you. You are quite the handsum mancat. We're so happy you found Jan. And, we're thrilled awnty Jan was able to get help wtih the yard work. That sure looks hard. Altho', we do envy ya'll havin' a house, just a little bit. :) Big hugs fur all and purrayers awnty Jan feels better soon.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  16. Happy Birthday Percy!!! I am glad Jan got some help, that is a lot of work. XO

  17. Happy Birthday Percy! We wish you many more happy years with your mom and your fursibs.

    Wow, that was a huge branch. We're glad that Willie came along to help too. Mom bean says it's okay to let others help fact it should be encouraged. :)

  18. Happy birthday to you, Percy! We hope you had a great day, and that you have many more birthday celebrations for years to come. Thank God for Willie. What a wonderful blessing1

  19. Ha! We were early with your card and way late coming here to say:
    Happy Birthday Percy! (Belatedly...)

    I sure hope no more tree sawing chores need to be done for a long while. Glad that God did send a helper angel in disguise!

  20. Belated Happy Birthday Percy!!!!

    (sigh) we know all about chores and rain making the grass grow super fast. Glad some angels in human form came by to help Jan.

  21. Happy Birthday Percy!! Hope you had a purrfect day. It must of been hard work getting those branches down. Good thing Willie was there to give a helping hand. Thanks for the share. Have a nice day.
    World of Animals

  22. hello funny farmers its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted big wun fore to yoo percy!!! and wow jan shoor is industryus!!! it is nice to hav helpful naybors i am shoor but yoo no wot wood be awsum??? a tree cutting robot!!! maybe i wil invent wun!!! ok bye


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