Project 2: Cut off all the limbs of the serviceberry tree that were damaged (from a fire at the house next door last year) or otherwise sucking energy from the healthy branches.

Here’s a before and after:

Serviceberry Tree Before

Serviceberry Tree After

My key project today: What was once the bottom section of a years ago dismantled water feature at the edge of our deck is now a beautiful container garden with native grass and flowers…


Empty water feature


Container garden 1

Container garden 2

Finished the rebuild of the east side fence today at our Summit House.

Here’s a layout of the before, during, and after:

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Work on doing the same on the west side will begin next year. Hopefully, it’ll hold until then.

Old meets new…

Used up all of the reclaimed wood I could salvage from the old fence panels. Got new cedar to finish the job.

In about 3 years, the new ones will weather to match the old ones.

Example: Here’s some new ones I installed last year next to some reclaimed…

Let the President violate the law, let him exploit the trappings of his office for personal gain, let him use his official power for evil ends. Because if he knew that he may one day face liability for breaking the law, he might not be as bold and fearless as we would like him to be. That is the majority’s message today. Even if these nightmare scenarios never play out, and I pray they never do, the damage has been done. The relationship between the President and the people he serves has shifted irrevocably. In every use of official power, the President is now a king above the law.

Orders the Navy’s Seal Team 6 to assassinate a political rival? Immune. Organizes a military coup to hold onto power? Immune. Takes a bribe in exchange for a pardon? Immune. Immune, immune, immune.

— Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing in dissent of today’s Supreme Court ruling on Presidential Immunity