August 21, 2011

I’ve been dreading having to attack the lemon and lime trees on the east side of our property for quite some time – the trees are frought with danger, both of them having thorns sticking out every place you can think of – but when I had to duck almost like doing the limbo rock this morning just trying to bring recycles out to the barrel I decided enough was enough. I grabbed my handy hand saw and just started working my way surgically around the trees, not just to get them pruned, but to make them look nice. I figure to have a local tree company come out and do it would cost a minimum of $500 (unless, of course I wanted Mexicans of dubious immigration status to do it for much less), but the fact is, there are times as a responsible homeowner you can’t just farm out everything, so in 105-degree weather I took upon the task.

I’m pleased to say that the results came out really nice (although in hindsight wearing gloves might have saved both my hands and arms from being scratched and scraped to the point of looking like I was wrestling with ten cats). but I sawed off no small amount of vegetation from the two trees:

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The lemons aren’t anywhere close to being ripe (they won’t be until December), but the amount of limes I took from the lime tree were astronomical:

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The limes we get from our tree are so different from what you would get in a supermarket. Sure, they have seeds, but compared to supermarket limes the flavor from these are like limes on steroids. They’re wonderful for making guacamole, mojitos, and Tracey’s cosmopolitans, and if I still drank margaritas (alas, since turning fifty all tequila does is give me a headache), they’d be perfect for that as well. As you can see, we ended up with about three supermarket shopping bags worth, and I’ve left about a hundred of them outside for Carmelo and the gang when they come to do my landscaping this week.

But it was hot work, I’ll tell you that. Five glasses of lemonade and two dunks in the 90-degree pool later, I was still getting dehydration cramps in my feet and hands. Nevertheless, I think I’d make a pretty damned fine tree trimmer if I ever wanted to dump being a project manager. It’s fun to look at the contours of trees and find ways to make them look more presentable for the surroundings they find themselves in.

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  1. Guess we can just call you Mr. Miyagi (wax on, wax off) and his “tiny trees”. Have you ever considered doing Bonsai trees? Seriously, you would be good at it.
    I’d love to have to have really fresh limes…can FedEx me some? Seriously, I grow mint for my Mojitos, still drink Cosmos and Margaritas, make black bean salsa and guacamole

    Comment by Jana — August 21, 2011 @ 5:36 am


  2. I will be sending you a big bag of limes this week. They’re super-limey and perfect for everything you mention here. I’ll get them out for you tomorrow!

    Anyone else?

    Comment by Tracey — August 21, 2011 @ 7:57 pm


  3. Oh thank you so much…just in time for the last full weekend at the pool. Pool has to have a major overhaul so it will be closing Labor Day weekend. Now, if some day a bottle of The Tall Blond would just show up on my porch, I’d be a happy, happy Martini Goddess.

    Comment by Jana — August 22, 2011 @ 4:23 am


  4. Don’t push it!! 🙂

    Comment by Tracey — August 24, 2011 @ 11:24 pm


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