Night gardening

Last weekend my wife and I drove down to the local tree farm ‘Green Acres‘ to see what was available and if they had any discounts for the off-season. Sure enough, they had a 40% sale on all their trees. We looked at the ones we were interested in, and promised to return once we had figured out how many we needed. We spent the rest of the day measuring out our yard and all the permanent fixtures in it, including the sheds, trees, concrete pathways and leech lines. We drew a to-scale diagram of everything on our property and figured out just what we needed to add additional privacy to our little piece of earth.

On Sunday, we returned to the tree farm and placed an order for nine trees, including six arborvitaes, two white pines, and a fat albert. Since they were already booked, they couldn’t deliver them that day, but promised to deliver first thing the next day. They gave us some little flags to place in the yard, and told us they would place the trees by them. Sure enough the next day when I was on break at work, my wife had sent me a text message to say they had arrived right before she left for work, and that the trees looked fantastic. I checked the weather and saw that the weather was going to plummet that night and snow was forecast. I stayed late anyway, completing additional projects, and got home right as it got dark. Having thought ahead the day before, I had pre-dug the holes for the trees where the flags were placed.

I pulled into the garage, set my belongings on the table and ate a quick dinner with my wife. We found the headlights from our camping gear and I threw on some camo pants and a rain jacket, and set to work lowering the trees, straightening them up, and burying them in the ground while my wife judged how straight they were.

The temperature was plummeting, but with just a thermal undershirt and a jacket over top, I was sweating. I wanted to get all nine trees into the ground and firmly packed in before the temperature dropped below zero. It was tiring work, but in just under three hours I had all nine trees firmly packed into the ground, just as the first snow flakes began to fall. We gave them a couple buckets worth of water each and I stumbled into the  house to take a hot shower before going to bed.

I woke up in the morning, stiff and sore, but elated to see what looked like Christmas outside. There was a light dusting of snow covering our newly planted trees, and the yard looked amazing.

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Some people wonder how my wife and I have such an amazing life. It’s simple really, we go to extraordinary lengths to create it. We don’t allow life to happen to us. We create it with every step we take. In this case, we bought evergreen trees in an off season to get a deep discount, and I buried them in the dark after a long shift at work just to get them ready before the snow fell. If you want an extraordinary life, you have to do extraordinary things.

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Watering my trees in Liberty

One month ago my wife and I purchased our first house. We had spent a long time looking at houses all over the Cincinnati area. We looked at every area of the City all the way out to the country, from Kenwood to Fairfield, from Mason to West Chester, we looked all over.

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We finally decided on Liberty Township, which is where most of my wife’s family live. At first we wanted to live some place different, we wanted to be independent and get our lives started in our own way. For almost three years we rented a town-home in Fairfield, and enjoyed every minute of it. But the thought of owning our own land and living in a nice area where we could raise kids, all roads pointed toward Liberty Township.

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As my father in law has pointed out in some of his previous posts, Liberty Township does not have a police department, since it doesn’t need it. Just about everyone around here owns at least one firearm, and everyone is too proud of their self worth and their own property to even think about such a petty act as stealing from one another. Another thing about the Township is that there are no city taxes. The only drawback is that the school district constantly asks for more tax levies, but as many of you know, they are soundly defeated year after year because they already have plenty of money, and residents like my father-in-law are quick to point this out whenever the issue arises.


Liberty Township is a thriving community, full of farms and new sub divisions. We were lucky to find a slightly older home in an established area of the Township, and we now raise our spirit of 76 flag in honor of the founding fathers and their ideals. The guidance of the constitution is needed in these dark days of big government, and our house now stands as a shining symbol of rebellion and pride against the corrosive nature of over extended bureaucracy.

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Even though the federal government continues to over reach, on a local level efforts in particular from the Tea Party organizations have managed to keep taxes in check, and have allowed for new shopping complexes to be designed. The new shopping complex that will be built in Liberty Township starting at the end of this year will be called Liberty Center.

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What an amazing construction from the imagination Liberty Center will be. I have been to many great shopping centers all over the world, from Canary Wharf in London, to Mall of America in Minneapolis, and I can tell you, from what I’ve seen from the virtual tour, Liberty Center will be the best shopping center on the planet if it becomes anything like the video found in the link below.

Living in Liberty Township suits me very well, just like driving a Jeep Patriot. I picked the car and the area to live in for a reason. Both having meaning to me in more than just an economical sense. The patriot emboldens my ideals and personality, and Liberty Township mirrors my convictions.


I was very proud working on fixing up my yard when we first moved in, and I took great pleasure in planting the tree than my in-laws had been saving for us for the last three years. While I’m watering my trees in Liberty Township, I’m always watering the tree of Liberty on this blog and my Facebook page, from your comments that are left on here each week I can see that you are too.