With must assistance from Alan, we got the pool emptied and hosed out, two ground covers cleaned, one hanging on the clothes like, the other already folded up and tucked away into the shed.
Owen, the tree lopper can, for the nifty sum of $858 remove the very large, yet dead, tree, and clear out the dead shubbery. And as a bonus, he will remove the Black Nightshade plant, too.
Right now, I feel cold and damp. Lots of outdoor cleaning/clearing done though.