Once upon a time my husband I use planted arborvitae in our backyard to create a sound/sight/smell barrier to the neighbor’s yard. (Abused/neglected pitbulls . . . but that’s a story for another day.) Sixteen years later and the trees are ready to brush the clouds, but their heavy branches droop over and it’s a damp endeavor to walk past them. I’ve learned that zip-ties work perfectly for holding back the branches, however, I didn’t have any. Luckily, my stepfather’s basement holds everything known to man, and he’s generous with its bounty.
See how this branch droops to the side? It’s much more pronounced during rain, which is 75% of Portland weather. Accidentally brush against it, and you will release a monsoon of water upon your head!
Zip-ties work perfectly to create a chain that can be tightened to the perfect length.
This may seem like no big deal, but that surprise drenching was an almost daily nuisance.
Luckily, the house has switched owners and is now an apparently unpopular AirBnb, as it sits mostly empty. Those snarling and angry dogs that tried to kill us every time we set foot into our own backyard? Long gone! It’s the little things that matter, people. The little things.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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