February 12th, 2007

Today was a house day.

Among my tasks was to treat the Olive Tree stump with stump killer. It took about an hour to get the holes drilled – 4 in the stump and 3 in the root system — very hard wood, kinda cheezy drill. It worked out in the end.
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Another stump picture, as a “before” with hopeful, decomposing “after” shots soon to come
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Ollie came down to help cut up the bigger branches I trimmed off in my machete massacre two weeks ago. See all that crap in the truck? Property clean up time – got rid of two tenants-worth of abandoned junk (plus the giant brush piles and masses of oxidized iron that used to be lawn furniture). Lots of hauling. I drank a half a gallon of water and have yet to pee. I bet you all really wanted to know that too.
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The lovely less-rusty beach front. about an hour after I removed the nasty furniture, our tenants were out there laying on the couch & lounge, reading and tanning. I have not seen them out there in months. I felt like I was in a real-life version The Sims — make stuff nice and suddenly your people start using it.
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15 Responses to “Housework”

  1. Henry Mount Says:

    I thought you might like a little history on the origin of the name of Rust Up Twist.

    Nobody really knows why this estate is named Rust Up Twist. Three possibilities are worthy of mentioning. One theory is that an early visitor from England impressed the slaves with his imperial prancing around the plantation. After a formal introduction of Rusty Upton Twish by the English overlord, the slaves immediately referred to him as Rust Up Twist. Another theory is that an early English colonist had tobacco planted on the estate. The upper leaves of the stalks soon exhibited symptoms of tobacco leaf mosaic, a rust disease that caused the tobacco stalks to grow in a twisted spiraling nature. The Crucian slaves noted that the upper leaves were rusted and the upper stalks were twisted. Soon they talked about how Rust Up Twist would diminish the value of the tobacco crop. The last theory evolved from the abundant chickens on Rust Up Twist Estate. Near the slaves’ cabins, there were many fig trees with prolific vines that twisted up to their crowns. The African slaves commonly referred to these figs as twist trees. One evening the English overlord asked a slave where the chickens roosted. This astute slave pointed his finger to an adjacent fig tree and responded that the chickens, “Rust up twist [roost up the twist tree].”

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    Correction to my post — it’s meaning is Rest After Toil (not of)

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