Today, I spent a couple of hours fighting back nature. Roman is back from selling home automation/security in Kansas. It was nice to having him help battle back. He mowed the lawn, trimmed the roses, the weeds and edged the grass. I have an app on my phone that keeps track of the calories I burn doing yard work. I spent one hour and twenty five minutes. Over the past couple of weeks it has rained a lot for Utah. I was surprised how much growth there had been with the weeds. For about a month, I have been wanting to cut back the roses. I was able to fill up a 40 gallon garbage can with what I trimmed back from the roses.
Another tough thing with the yard is the ornamental plumbs are attaching with full vigor. We have been out there five times in the last two weeks each time picking up at least 3 gallons of plums that have fallen to the ground. One day Amanda and Emerson picked almost 4 gallons of plums and juiced them. That made some decent syrup. But they keep attaching. I wonder when that nastiness is going to stop.
Without constant vigilance slowly, ever so slowly, the weeds, the grass, the plants, the shrubs, the bushes and the trees; ever so quietly keep reaching out to strangle us out. I have heard the environmentalist keep ranting that we are destroying the ecosystem. However, I believe if the humans left for 50 years and then came back we would all be shocked at how quickly and powerfully nature would reclaim the territory we have been fighting to preserve for centuries. Especially if the climate change, Al Gore loves to evangelize, creates a more humid and wet planet. With the polar ice caps melting at such an alarming rate the extra water could give the vegetation the added power it currently does not have which allows us to maintain the victories we have won.