Greg, if you don't use your leaf-blower for blowing leaves what do you use it for?
It could stain your carpet too.
I use a pointing trowel - just scrape it slightly on the tilt along the joint.
I'm with you on this Mrs K, but a bigger pic would help.
Christmas cactuses last forever - my sister and I have family heirlooms.
DD, if it feels so much like you're having to balance you should probably let someone else have a go. A job like that demands that your work position is rock solid.
I was going for G. macrorrhizum too - it would look good there.
What size area do you wish to cover?
If I could chuck a stone in this pond, it's possible that the tree/ivy/nest might be being used as a roost.
Put a small amount of it in water - the reaction might tell you something (either positive or negative).
You should always get the permission of the owner.