Friday, July 17, 2015

You win some and lose some

Last week, they yard looked great. I spent a few day cleaning up and burning mountains of limbs, brush and leaves. Woodsmoke wafted through the air at dusk. It wasn't thick heavy smoke, but just enough to remind me of the campfires I loved so much when I was younger.

That lasted less than a week when out of no where, an unpredicted line of thunderstorms swept through with winds just below hurricane force. Two of dead trees I'd been fretting over blew down missing everything except the edge of the chicken pen and the back fence which sustained a little damage.

I was happy for that good fortune, but the next morning as I headed off to work, I noticed a third tree I hadn't seen the night before. The wind had broken it off at the ground and it was leaning precariously toward the cars and the house. Ouch.

It's not as big as the ones that blew over, but it's still big enough to cause major roof damage if it falls before I can have it taken down.

The tree guy told me it would be at least a week before he could get here. I have my fingers crossed hoping another unexpected wind doesn't blow before it comes safely down.

The big dead tree that fell on the chicken pen broke into thousands of pieces so I've spent hours today piling up those limbs. I promise, they will burn soon. I really don't want more snakes moving in.

On an upnote, the Zenias are blooming.


  1. Zenias are much better than snakes.

  2. That dude is beautiful, looks like velvet in the picture.
    I do hope the tree stands until it can be taken down properly without Property damage. That is scary. We all love to have trees, but not everyone realizes the dangers that they pose.

  3. I am so sorry about the fallen trees. As you said some animals love to live in them but they are a danger in so many ways to humans. I hope you can get it taken care of before there is further damage.

  4. Glad you found the upside in a messy situation !

  5. Anonymous11:01 AM

    Good luck with the last tree!!

  6. I hope the tree will stay in place of else fall in a safe place without damage to the structures. I bet the guys are very busy cutting down fallen trees after the big wind.

    That zinnia looks beautiful. I planted some one year and the next morning they were all chewed up by earwigs. I was pretty disappointed and I never planted them again.
    Have a safe weekend.

    1. It should read " or else fall in a safe place"

  7. Hi Rick I sure can understand the tree business, we had to cut down 6 large dead ones in our yard, it looks really bare. I always feel really bad when a tree dies. keep safe! Roxy

  8. I think you send those storms to us when you're through with them. We have a thunderstorm almost every afternoon. We should be to the time of summer that the thunderstorms aren't as frequent.



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