Monday, September 30, 2013


Many of you commented on this post that I published last week.
 I sent it to " the powers that be" including those doing the  job.
It was sent with your supportive comments.

I am happy to say that things happened.
I was amazed and pleased 
 whether or not my post had anything to do with it.
That afternoon the Director of Facilities and I
 walked the neighborhood.
He wanted to see exactly where I had taken the pictures.

Early the next day  the culprits were here with supervisors.

No more dead limbs with their tips cut off..Dead branches are gone.


The tree that was massacred was removed.
(sorry for the blurry pic...Mollie moved)

Dead and hanging branches were removed.
(but only the ones I pointed out..They still don't look)

It's a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, they aren't able to replace limbs already removed.

Baby steps. 

Friday, September 27, 2013


BV held their fall Fair/Flee Market this past weekend.
I worked several hours outside ( YAY) collecting money.

Little did I know what was inside...

This was one of the better flea market items..

There was everything here.

to puzzles....
(some people buy them for .25 cents and bring them back next year)

to pillows..ewww





Hand made items


Really nice hand knit baby clothes..
I have two baby showers coming up.
The yellow and white are no longer there...
(sweaters and matching blankets).

What's a Fair without food ??

All home made...

The men in the wood shop made these.

Back at my booth..
I have to say that cameras DO LIE ....

Nan, my co-worker
was trying to entice me with this Penguin.

There were several rooms full of furniture as well.

Ah..Home sweet home.
Feet up, Penn State Football and Max on my lap.
(Mollie had her walk.)

You've only been shown about half of the "stuff".
I have to say that there were tons of people here and it had to take a lot of work to put all this together and tear it down.
Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Fall is my favorite season so....
Happy  Fall ya'll !!

When I moved, I must have forgotten my fall wreaths so 
I made a new one.

I probably brought more Halloween decorations than Christmas.

I added a little fall to my garden with Asters.

Things are maturing a bit.
The bunnies are eating my cone flowers so
I think I may not plant anything else for now.
I'll wait to see what comes up next spring.

Lovin'  this weather...You too ??

Monday, September 23, 2013


              When I moved in to the East Cottages a year ago ,
 I was impressed by the beauty of the grounds, the old  flowering trees, the lush Hydrangeas, azaleas and Rhododendrons,  fragrant pines , and all and all, a very pretty neighborhood.

It takes many years to develop this landscaping.
Soon after my arrival, we contracted  with an outside "landscaping" service.
Since then there has been 
mindless  "pruning" of all things beautiful.
It all started early last spring. I refer you to my "tongue in cheek"
blog posts at that time.

Well my friends, it is no longer tongue in cheek..
It's serious.
I'm going to enclose some recent photos of the obvious ,
(SOME PERMANENT), damage that has been done 
to our beautiful community.

Junipers pruned like this generally stay like this.

Over half of the  foliage has been removed from these Dogwoods..

This dead limb has been hanging here forever.
Nobody sees it?

This one is hanging over a driveway..
The leaves are just beginning to die..I've reported it twice.
It could do some serious damage or bodily harm.
Again..Nobody sees it??

A four year old could do better than this...
They need some instruction when it comes to pruning pines.
DON'T..or remove the entire limb if it's dead.

Cutting the tips off of dead branches??
 Why not just cut off the branch??

There's a dead branch hanging down here..Why not remove it??

All these branches are dead..Why cut off the tips ??
Dumb looking.

This is the saddest example yet..
This was a beautiful tree.

Whittled down at the bottom for the mowers..

This will never grow back.
It seems that most of the "pruning" is done 
Pruned severely five feet above the ground with the tops left to balloon out. UGLY
Why not bring the edges out 
instead of ruining all of these evergreens ?

There are lots of these skid marks around 
leaving areas without grass..LOTS
Maybe they should go a little slower??
These are ALL around my cottage.

The grass edging is done so short
 that we have white fringes everywhere..
The edges are dead.

All of these photographs were taken walking around the perimeter.
There are 4-5 other streets.
All of this damage has taken less than a year.
We have three more to go.
We may be saving money but at what price??
What good are flowering shrubs that don't flower any more?

They do an amazing job distributing tan bark 
and collecting leaves but when it comes to pruning they swarm the area with their electric trimmers and chain saws having NO IDEA
what they are cutting or when or even how to do it.
 They don't look, they just cut.
(limbs are cut off correctly on hardwoods)
Maybe do one street at a time 
with SUPERVISION by someone who knows better. 
I know "time is money"..."Get it done and on to the next job".
We are suffering the consequences.

I walk my dog around here four times a day and this is what I see.
It makes me want to cry.