I know most folks spent the last few days eating and shopping and watching TV -- we did some of that, too -- but my big accomplishment was putting this bad boy to work...
...at giving this beauty a haircut to reveal her amazing bone structure:
Perhaps not so impressive without "before" pictures, but I did not take any. How about another "after" view?
To put it in perspective, she is about half of her former self, and there is an awesome hideout in the backyard built from a portion of her trimmed branches.
No pictures of the hideout just yet. Perhaps never. Depends on what kind of classification the Kids and GrandKids agree to confer on the location. For now it's Top Secret.