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Bertha Venation

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
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When is it time to trim a redbud?

We have a small redbud. We gave it up for dead a few years ago, but last year it came back to life. We neglected it, but I want to take care of it.

I know nothing about caring for trees. It has several branches that are low to the ground and more little branches continue up the scrawny little trunk. I sense that these need to be cut off, but I'm not sure. And if they need to be cut off, I don't know when to do it.

Can you offer some advice, please? Thanks.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Apr 2, 2012, 08:42 AM (2 replies)

My favorite picture of O'Malley and Rat Face

As kittens. They're three years old now. Rat Face isn't much bigger; O'Malley could portray Jabba the Hutt.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 03:42 PM (4 replies)

Daddy the Cat died on Saturday.

I don't feel bad about starting this post thusly: life will now be much easier.

Daddy was an asshole. He picked on our other cats. He picked fights in the neighborhood. (I couldn't begin to estimate the total of the vet bills over the last ten years.) He constantly begged for people food. Underfoot in the kitchen and frequently stepped on. Up on the counters to try to grab what we're cooking. Knocking the fork out of my hand. There's so much more.

Yet when he crawled up in my lap, all was instantly forgiven. He was sweet. He had a quiet purr. And a raspy voice. Someimes he meowed silently; it was comical.

I will miss you, Daddy. RIP

Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Mar 19, 2012, 10:36 AM (35 replies)
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