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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Low-Hanging Fruit and the Sales Process

It definitely has been a "mixed" week. We have had a variety of things going on and we are getting somewhat settled. I say somewhat because we are now concentrating on the second storage unit -- and the depletion of it's contents . . .

In between trips to the "old" house we are experiencing an activity that we have no history in . . . fruit picking. Apples to be exact -- though we are still unsure of the type, I am leaning still towards Gravenstein at least for the second of our apple trees.


This is the "side yard" apple tree and the apples are definitely showing more red than the back yard tree, maybe that has to do with the sun. But whatever the case and whatever the type we realized that we need a place to put these apples after we pick them.  After family deposits we are now taking bags -- several -- to the local food pantry where we hope they get put to good use.

The picking of the low hanging apples was and is no problem. But we have quickly reached the point where we needed a ladder -- which we did for one day. We soon recognized that putting our bodies in jeopardy reaching out from the ladder was not a good idea. A trip to the local  hardware solved the problem -- a fruit picker:













So we think we have the apple situation solved for this week. We used the picker to obtain a lot of the upper fruit -- which of course necessitated another trip to the pantry. The low fruit apple picker is just like the tools that I use while working on the family tree -- the low hanging fruit I've pretty much gotten and now I am looking for additional tools to reach the upper fruit. (I just renewed my Ancestry subscription).

From the Family Tree

This month represents many birthdays from our tree -- especially from my direct line -- September 9th would have been my father's 104th birthday and his father's (on the 6th) 128th birthday. So happy birthday to all in the tree for this month:


 
From the News this week:

When we work in the trees (fruit or otherwise) things get complex at times. But I can only imagine what the tree would look like for some of the inhabitants of the following story that appeared in the news this week in our local paper -- I am sure it made the news in most cities and represents a "nightmare"  for genealogists:


The father of these half siblings tree would be extremely complex as would the "cousins" associated with the siblings. As far as I know I don't have this to deal with in our tree -- but we never know . . .

Other Events/Mixed feelings . . .

We have been debating about what to do with our "old" house -- and we have decided to put it on the market even though the market is difficult right now. If that does not work to our satisfaction we may put it on a "lease"  plan . . . but it definitely hit us as we saw the "For Sale" sign put up just yesterday . . .


We had a "funny" feeling when this sign went up. Hopefully that feeling will subside when all is concluded.


The week had another bright spot though -- the NFL opening game on Thursday night. The game was a really fun game to watch -- at least for us -- probably not so much for Saints fans . . . the Packers won the game after leading most of the game but came perilously close to having the game tied in the last few seconds . . .


We look forward to the upcoming games -- especially the 49ers this coming Sunday against a traditional rival -- the Seahawks -- I have mixed feelings and depending on how the teams play I could be happy with either team winning . . .

It is Saturday and that means "sliders". But before the making of those sliders there just may be a "walk" in our immediate future -- one to the town plaza and the "Beer-in-thePlaza" event . . .

And so goes our week -- our best to you all -- see you in a few.


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