Actually, I was quite restrained.
I have been known to go a little overboard with loppers and a trimming saw, but I haven't actually killed any of the hedges and bushes. The vegetation around here is pretty forgiving.
I am also working on my annual clear out the storage areas. Mike put a lot of stuff up on e-bay and made some good money. He knows about certain antiques and values so he can do that. I just give stuff to the Salvation Army or the Clutter Barn. The funny thing is we have yet to notice big expanses of cleared out space. Strange about that.
I recently read a magazine article about clearing people out of your life--people who are not your friends anymore or are hurtful to you in some way. That's not quite as easy as pruning branches or packing up boxes. A bit more painful...unless, of course, the saw slips.
Now, if I dared to climb twenty feet up into this tree with a chain saw to cull out the dead branches...
but I do, on occasion show good sense. Of course there is always a professional tree company that could take care of this but some of would rather let nature take its course. I just hope no one is under the tree when the next big branch comes down...that's all I'm saying,