Archive for the ‘Outside’ Category

With that title I’ll start by saying that fortunately the tree wasn’t on OUR house.  Unfortunately it was on our across the street neighbors house, bringing the visual reality of living surrounded by beautiful old trees very close to home.

This happened on a Friday about two weeks ago…I headed off to work, pulled out of the driveway and drove by the neighbor’s house, and slammed on my brakes when I saw this:

That next day was a Saturday and by about lunchtime 5 huge landscaping trucks pulled up, along with the owner of the house.  He was in much better spirits than I would have been if a huge tree fell – bringing down a second one down with it – right through the house!

Our roads on the mountain are narrow (sometimes it’s questionable whether two cars can pass by each other), and his driveway even worse – so the trucks blocked the road for a few hours and got to work.  By Saturday afternoon this was the progress:

Removing all the branches made it look (to me) worse – you could see better the gaping hole into the house.  The tree went through the roof, through the attic, through duct work and wiring, through the ceiling, and into the main section of his house.

They were back Sunday to remove the main trunk of the tree(s) and covered the whole thing up with a giant tarp.  Which is a good thing considering the ton of rain we’ve gotten since this happened. 

How things look now:

You can see the concave areas – pushed down by snow earlier this week – and rain collecting more recently.  I think we got 2+ inches of rain yesterday, and last night had a tornado watch in our county for the storms coming through.

The ground is extremely wet right now due to the rain, but the 10-day forecast shows sunny skies…fingers crossed!

We don’t know where the homeowner goes from here…if it’s fixable – or needs to be completely re-built due to structural issues.   We’re curious to see what happens…

Would you rather fix-it – or – rebuild?


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Hard at Work?

On one of the warmer Saturday’s in mid-February we took advantage of the temperature and got some yardwork done outside.  Moving rocks, raking leaves (they are never-ending), planning where the raised vegetable beds would go, figuring out drainage issues & finding a good spot for a for a rain barrel…and I snapped this picture of Tim with the dogs taking a break by the fire ring.

When we are outside doing stuff Jack follows us around always needing to know where the action is.  Roxie on the other hand is completely content laying on the big rocks like she is a queen surveying her land 🙂  And of course keeping an eye out for squirrels and hoping to catch sight of a deer to chase!

Another example from last fall:

The backyard is a complete work in progress…and we joke that we should submit pictures to ‘yard crashers’ – it’s never going to be a “manicured lawn space” since you can see from the pictures that it is completely wooded.  But we’re just trying to carve out a section for some gardening and a firepit area to enjoy a few bonfires with friends, some music and beverages 🙂

Once this deluge of rain finally stops, weekend plans include more yardwork so i’m sure Roxie and Jack will be up to their usual outside activities.  We’re trying to figure out the best way to control….corral….divert the runoff from our roof – leading it away from the front yard where our septic is – and towards the backyard through drainage pipes.  We called “Miss Utility” and everything is good to go to begin the digging.  I will be sure to take pictures along the way – it gives me a good excuse to take a break every once in a while 🙂

Do you have a rain barrel? If so, feel free to recommend it!

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