Saturday, June 29, 2013

It was a busy day at the Graffis house.

 Joe has been waiting for a nice day to get on the roof and paint that white board just below the roof.  Over the years it has gotten ugly with black marks from debris from rain running off the roof.

Getting close to the end of that project and the sun was getting hotter.

 Nice Burn.
 Last year I did my best to thin out our lace leaf maple that is over 40 years old. But alas, I didn't do a great job... I did expose the "bones" which is where the beauty of the tree is suppose to be.  Well my friend Ruth's son has a nursery and one of his specialties is the lace leaf maple. Over the years, Ruth has learned to thin the maples the correct way.  She offered to come over and help get our tree back into shape.  The idea is to be able to see day light through the tree.  By next year, the branches will be longer, and eventually will look like the tree we want it to be.
 Nice to see daylight through the branches now.
Eventually the leaves will come down to the last curved bones. Looking more like a beautiful umbrella.


  1. Your lace leaf maple is so pretty. I don't like to paint upside down...hoping for your sake, that job is finishes!

    Have a pleasant Sunday.....

  2. I've never heard of a lace leaf maple. Interesting shape to that tree.

  3. Lovely tree! I bet Joe will be glad when that paint job is done.

  4. Nice job on the Lace Leaf Maple tree - it looks great.

    I could almost hear the skin on Joe's back sizzling as he lay up on top of the roof painting. I'm a sweatshirt guy, all covered up, whenever I have to get up on our roof. Hope Joe didn't get too bad a burn.

  5. There is a product you and Joe might want to find out about. It's called sunscreen and I hear it works mighty fine when applied to exposed skin prior to being out in the sun!! Hope Joe didn't get too badly burned - that's not fun. The paint job looks nice though and so does the tree.

  6. Love the architecture of the lacy leaf maple! Poor Joe. Not good for sleeping on one's back.

  7. You sure had the troops out spiffing up the place today. That sunburn is no good. I hope he isn't too uncomfortable.

  8. Your lace leaf maple tree is so pretty and unusual.

    Next time, make your hubby either wear a shirt or apply sunscreen. His back looks really painful! :-(