Bob Repairs the Pergola

On Easter Sunday, John and grandson David propped the sagging beam that held up the Wicked Wisteria. In other places, wisteria vines have beautiful clusters of lavender flowers. Ours refuses to bloom, has produced velvety seeds only once, and is burrowing under the ground in every direction to take over our property and kill us. If left alone, the pergola would have collapsed. Son John $pencer had strengthened the outer part of the structure, and we couldn’t let his good work go to waste, could we?

John mentioned the problem to neighbor Bob. A few days later he came over to size up the job while John was away. I went out to check on him a couple of times, intending to take a picture or video. In no time, Bob finished the repairs and disappeared! Didn’t he do a marvelous job?

Bob’s was not the only disappearing act. The next morning when I went out to walk, I discovered the dead Christmas tree on the porch was gone. Bob took it to his burn pile to get rid of it! There are not enough words in the dictionary to thank him properly for such kindness. Our neighbors are irreplaceable – the absolute best in the world!

42 thoughts on “Bob Repairs the Pergola

  1. I can appreciate good neighbors! One of mine used to bring in my recycling bin for me on his daily walk before his knee surgery, that was so sweet, and it’s how I finally met him and his wife. I wanted to know who the mystery man was doing that.

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  2. Beautiful area. I like. It’s have your place. Very nice bilt the wooden roof. Well doing work John with neighbour. Iam so happy. I much like open place.👍

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    1. Bob is very willing to help and is a quick, accurate carpenter. He had a construction company a few years ago, so he knows how to do everything. Today he is using a big piece of machinery in his back yard, maybe grading it for something.

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      1. I’ve heard that but it smells great and is beautiful. It wasn’t super invasive at my mom’s house but she would get little shoots. She mowed them with the lawn mower or gave them to a neighbor.

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        1. The wisteria shoots come up everywhere in our little garden and have had sizeable growths into the pasture. They come back up through our bushes and are hard to kill there. The few blooms we had didn’t give off a hint of a scent.

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  3. This is a good story, reminds me of my childhood when neighbors helped each other. Now we barely know our neighbor’s names, let alone get help from them. Nice to know that still goes on some places.

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  4. Anne, you are blessed to have such good and helpful neighbors. Wonderful. The middle school twin girls across the street frequently ask if I need help. How sweet of them. What a great reflection on their rearing too. This is a heartwarming account of helping others in need! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Our late neighbor, Bob, was just that kind of man. He helped in many situations, sometimes coming over in the morning to tell us a solution he had come up with at night. Now he is gone and my husband helps his widow with all her needs, especially snow and ice related. He was able to promise Bob he would be there before Bob died.

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  6. You are blessed to have wonderful neighbors. My neighbor Marge planted a Wisteria many years ago – she put it in the corner of her yard and bought a trellis to train it to climb on. It liked to climb on my lilac bush and I was forever untangling it (seemingly overnight) from its branches and blooms. Finally after it wreaked havoc, her son Jeff cut it down.

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      1. Yes – it was terrible the way it infiltrated and wound its way over the fence and around my lilac bush. But just as bad is that purple nightshade weed which tendrils grab on and choke everything they touch.

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                  1. Yes we do Anne and just today I am privileged to welcome to my home all the little black ants that emerged this morning. I think they have gone to bed as I’ve not seen any in the last hour. I’m probably keeping them awake – how thoughtless of me. 🙂

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                    1. Yes, all at one time – had five that came over to the table to meet me and freaked me out a bit. Six weeks and they’re done … it can’t come soon enough (even if I have to wish my life away).

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                    2. Yes, and it always seems bad now, but wait til they come in full force. I’ve already been rethinking my decision to terminate TruGreen, but it is best. I have the crockpot and paper towel holder sitting on a table, the only space I had to do anything since I work at the kitchen table and the stove has the laptop on it. I don’t want to put anything on the countertop and I won’t leave the kitchen while I have a cup of coffee or food out … afraid something will crawl into it.

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