Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corona 18 inch Razor Tooth Saw

Ah! Not only a saw, but the Corona 18 inch Razor Tooth Saw and My 14 Week DIY Project. Yes, a 14 week do it yourself project. Probably took that long because I am a blonde. One of those blondes that do it yourself DIY!!

Corona RS 7500 Razor Tooth Saw with D Handle, 18" Curved Blade

I bought the Corona RS 7500 Razor Tooth Saw with D Handle, 18" Curved Blade because I wanted to trim some of the bushes around my house. I didn’t realize that this hand saw would become my go-to tool for a fourteen week project I undertook in my backyard after I finished up with my initial trimming.

You see, In all my life, I can’t remember that I ever used such a tool. I think I surprised myself with how easy it was to cut those limbs.

Across the back of my property are nine crepe myrtles. Years ago, in my townhouse front yard I had the most beautiful crepe myrtle. It had the prettiest pink blossoms that you could actually see. Those crepe myrtles in my backyard were over 50 feet high! I couldn’t see the blossoms if there were any. And, it wasn’t until after I had pruned the trees that I got to appreciate the changing of the leaves come Fall.

I was pretty sure that the previous owners never pruned those trees!

One day I decided I was going to cut those limbs … once I put my mind to a project, I will not stop! And, that’s a good thing, because this turned out to be quite the job!!

the changing of the leaves on crepe myrtle trees
The changing of the leaves! Thanks to my 14 DIY project!

The Corona RS 7500 Razor Tooth Saw with D Handle, 18" Curved Blade handled the job pretty well. Only one time did that saw slip off the limb and hit me in my right shin, causing quite an interesting jagged cut! You want to be careful to keep your hands, arms, and legs out of the way. That’s why I wouldn’t use a chainsaw … I’d be afraid that I’d seriously hurt myself. You really can’t hurt yourself too much with this kind of hand saw. In my case, I came inside, applied some pressure and then cleaned the wound, added a bandage and went to lie down for a bit. Then, I was outside working with that saw again!

I used that Corona saw to cut the limbs into about five feet sections and then piled them up in the backyard until Fridays. Every Thursday afternoon for the fourteen weeks, I would carry the cut limbs to my curb for the yard pickup. Over the course of those fourteen weeks, I impressed the living heck out of the yard pickup guys! More than once, they both told me that there was no way I did all that work.


A benefit of using this type of saw is that you get the most toned biceps along with a well-developed forearm. I was just showing Nelson at Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym my forearm the other day. It’s been several months since I last used it to cut the trees, but I still have definition in my muscles.

P.S. I don’t guarantee that you will achieve the same toning that I did, but you will surprise yourself on how well you can trim your own trees; crepe myrtles or otherwise! Plus, you will get the yard pickup guys talking … along with the neighbors. I did have one of my neighbors come by to tell me that I was the hardest working gal on our street. Yeah, and I’m blonde too!! And, I am one of those #blondesthatDIY !! Hear, hear. Last, but not the least, I was the Official Squidoo Backyard Gardener Contributor … maybe you had heard?


Photo gallery mosaic of my 14 week DIY project
Photo gallery mosaic of my 14 week DIY project

Do check out my photo gallery mosaic which gives you an overall view of the project. Just imagine, that these show a small part of the job. But, you should be able to see just how well that Corona hand saw worked. That’s a lot of bang for the buck, you know? Are you ready to tackle your own trees?

Photo gallery mosaic of my 14 week DIY project BOO-BOOS
Photo gallery mosaic of my 14 week DIY project BOO-BOOS!

Disclosure: I felt it was equal time for the boo-boos I acquired whilst working this job. Let this be a lesson to you to be vigilant when working with DIY tools. You’re probably safer with non-electric and non-gas-powered tools. Hey, DO IT YOURSELF tools!!

Hey there DIY people! Have you ever taken on a project like this one? I mean with up to fifty foot limbs to cut by hand? You know, where there is a will … there is a way!

Redwood Trees True Giants

Redwood Trees : True Giants in the Earth. Giant trees discovered : the redwood trees of the earth! Let's celebrate the beauty of the majestic giant Redwood Trees!

redwood tree wall mural art poster
Redwood Trees, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Wall Mural

In the mid of the 19th century the American writer Bayard Taylor undertook the adventure to travel to the Sierra Nevada, Calaveras County. Taylor had a fancy for trees of all kinds and he dedicated this pilgrimage to the last ancient giants on earth, which he compared with the pyramids of Gizeh in importance for the North American continent.

The incredible dimensions of these wooden towers is overwhelming. Historic photographs, for example by Amasa Plummer Flaglor, a pioneer photographer of the West, show ten people sitting next to each other in a row in the big incision cut at the base into the gigantic Redwood tree trunk before felling.

The first white man who discovered the Redwood Tree giants of the West was most probably Augustus T. Dowd, who worked for the Union Water Company as a hunter around 1850. He later founded Hutchins' California Magazine and began to write books about his travels. His contemporaries did not believe him when he reported about the giant trees he had seen on a hunting trip. Only by pretending to have shot the biggest grizzly bear ever he could persuade others to follow him into the woods. Welcome to giant trees discovered -- the redwood trees of the earth :: True Giants in the Earth!

Photo credit: Redwood Trees, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Wall Mural.

The Endangered Giants of Our Earth -- Redwood Tree Forests

Sad enough, soon after the discovery of these wonderful redwood trees, the commercial exploitation started and nowadays there are only a few percent of the original growths of redwood forests left on earth.

The first great human act was to cut the “Discovery tree just to prove that men can do that ! Five men worked 22 days to screw holes into the trunk as they did have suitable saws. Even though the giants base was perforated it would not fall because of the weight of more than one thousand tons and the upright position of the trunk. Only with the help of a storm the giant tree came down. Later the age of the tree was examined: The tree had seen than 2500 before it was cut. The stump, that had served as dancing floor, can still be visited at Calaveras Big Tree State Park.

The fate of another wonderful Redwood tree called “The mother of the forest” (according to Wikipedia) was not much better. Quite justified the initiators of this business lost their money and went into bankruptcy. From then on the press took up the matter and the slaughter of the “Mother of the forests” caused a first insight that man had to preserve the treasures of nature. Also these ancient trees were perceived as a natural heritage of the American nation.

Finally John Muir (according to Wikipedia), the founder of the Sierra Club, entered the stage and the whole process got a new dynamic. Muir was the driving force to establish those great national parks Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park at the end of the 19th century.

The struggle to save the old trees has not come to an end yet. Still activists like Julia Butterfly Hill (according to Wikipedia) fight for the trees, sometimes even putting their own lives at risk.

Giant Redwood Tree

Young Sequioadendron giganteum, Maulbronn, Germany

Bayard Taylor published his encounter with the giant Redwood Trees in his travel book "At home and abroad" under the title "The big trees of Calaveras" (page 176 ff.):

"Suddenly in front of us,
where the gloom was deepest,
I saw a huge something behind the other trees,
like the magnified shadow of one of them,
thrown upon a dark red cloud …

Not trees, surely!

– but yes,
by all the dryads,
those are trees!.."

Photo: Young Sequioadendron giganteum, Maulbronn, Germany

The soft redish bark of Sequoiadendron giganteum feels great

Famous Giant Redwood Trees
Redwoods with record breaking dimensions!

The world’s tallest Redwood tree measures 378.1 feet in height as the news reported in 2006.

Other famous redwood trees are featured on Wikipedia as follows:

Redwood trees are well represented when it comes to record breaking dimensions of trees (according to Wikipedia). The tallest tree is a Redwood with almost 380 feet height, a redwood has position No.3 in terms of diameter with 29 feet, two redwood trees have the lead as to volume with well over 52000 and 42 000 cubic feet, and the third oldest tree is a Redwood with 3266 years of age.

Redwood Trees -- The Botanical Facts
Two different types of redwood trees.

In total three different tree species are commonly called Redwood.

1. Sequoiadendron giganteum – the Sierra Redwood on WIKI This species is part of the cupressaceae family. Have a close look at the leaves of the Sierra Redwood they look like small needles,which cover each other like roof tiles.

2. Sequoia sempervirens – the Coast Redwood on WIKI
This is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family (Cupressaceae). Coastal California and the southwest of Oregon within the United States are the natural biotop of these trees.
The leaves of this species look completely different from the Sequioadendron leaves. (Image on wikimedia)

3. Metaseqoia glyptostroboides – the Dawn Redwood on WIKI
This tree species cannot be confused with those two above. The look of the tree is completely different, also it grows under much different conditions. Coast Redwood, Sierra Redwood and Metasequoia form a subfamily Sequoioideae within the Cupressaceae.

Redwood Tree Link List
Some interesting stuff on redwood trees!
  1. Climbing the Redwoods - Richard Preston - Climbing the Redwoods* Richard Preston, A scientist explores a lost world over Northern California.
  2. Photo Tour: Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens - Institute for Redwood Ecology - Humboldt State University - A site with lots of great photographs of Redwood trees, Humboldt State University,Professor Stephen Sillett
  3. Dendro Images - Website with photographic archive for identification of tree species.Author Robert Underwood, Certified Arborist (IL 0024, 1986-2001).

Wow, what amazing trees with great stature … reminds me of David and Goliath! So, how about you? Are you equally fascinated by the gentle giants of the earth, our redwood trees? Do you have a fondness for redwood trees? Ah, why not tell us about it today! We thank YOU.

Start your very own Redwood Tree!

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Bless Our Home

Bless Our Home Please! Inspirational gifts for the home! Bless you! What a lovely gift idea, Bless Our Home whether for a housewarming present or just a gift to show you care or for your own home!

Think of Bless Our Home gifts which say so much. These are inspirational gifts for the home which convey lovely spiritual blessings over and over!

This would be a great gift for Thanksgiving and Christmas and surely other important holidays of the calendar year!

Get yourself a Bless Our Home House Flag.

Blessings to you my dear!

Photo Credit: Bless Our Home House Flag.

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What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Cara focuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown.

Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors, he says of evening Vespers.

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings closes with the Irish priest's personal-and often profound-musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers.

Aunt Martha's Iron On Transfer Patterns for Stitching, Embroidery or Fabric Painting, Set of 5 is made in the USA! Patterns in this set: bless our home - primitive pillowcase designs, monograms, rose motifs, hummingbirds and flowers, flowers and butterflies.

Each pattern contains several designs perfect for pillowcases or other linens.

Each design can usually be transferred onto fabric multiple times.

Transfer patterns can be ironed onto many different materials including cotton, polyester, leather, metal, wood and more.

Whimsical "Bless Our Home" Platter/Tray With Handles Thanksgiving/Fall is a hand painted ceramic platter with bless our home printed on the platter.

It measures, with handle, 14-3/4 inches wide.

The platter portion measures 1 inch high by 11 inches wide by 10 inches deep. It is FDA approved with hand washing recommended.

Drake Design Inspirational Cross by The Faith Collection, May God Bless Our Home, 10 by 7-1/2-Inch is a high quality resin cross.

It is ready to mount on your wall. It comes boxed, making it a great gift for yourself or someone special. The stand shown is not included.

God Bless Our Home Wood Frame Plaque with Easel is an inspirational plaque with an easel back for displaying.

It comes gift boxed for your gift giving. It is from the Simple Expressions Collection.

It is made of a fiber board for the frame and heavy weight paper for the interior.

It measures: 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches.

And, it is proudly made in the USA.

Blessings to you my dear!

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We appreciate you taking time today to pay us a visit. We hope you found what you are looking for. A “Bless Our Home” gift is such a heart-warming gift to give — any time of the year!

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Bless This Home

Bless This Home Please! Inspirational gifts for the home which say "Bless This Home" over and over! Pretty Please! What a lovely gift idea, whether for a housewarming present or just a gift to show you care!

Think of "Bless This Home gifts which say so much.

This would be a great gift for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Blessings to you my dear!

My pick for the Holiday Season is the Lenox Holiday Bless This Home Tray.

Ah, God Bless Us Each and Every One!

Blessings to You, my dear!

Seasonal Photo Credit: Lenox Holiday Bless This Home Tray.

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The Lenox Holiday Bless This Home Tray is crafted of fine Lenox porcelain. It is an ivory color with gold trim and a holly leaf design.

It is imprinted with a heartfelt message of "Bless This Home." It adds an elegant touch to your home holiday season.

Use the holiday tray to serve candies or treats. It is also great as a decorative holiday accent. Gift as a gift!

Bless This Home
May this home be a place where you feel at ease,
Where your troubles you freely unload,
A place where you rest for a moment,
As you're traveling down life's road.
May it be an inviting oasis,
From the pressures and pitfalls of life,
A place where you always feel wanted,
Far away from the everyday strife
May this home always be filled with laughter,
A place where you're happy and free,
Blessed with the presence of loved ones,
The place where you most want to be!

Bless This Home: Everyday Blessings, Graces, And Poems From Around The World is a 128 page book. It is intended to be used as a tool for slowing down and enriching time spent together as a family.

This thoughtful gift set includes the Miniature Edition™ Home: A Little Book of Comfort.

It comes with a Box of Blessings containing 54 cards, each bearing a profound sentiment from a particular culture or belief system.

This makes a great gift idea for the spiritual friends or family members.

Find the Perfect Bless This Home Item!

Blessings to you my dear!

Thank you for dropping by today to pay us a visit. We hope you found what you are looking for. A “Bless This Home” gift is such a heart-warming gift to give — any time of the year!

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