One Small Section of Debris
Alert the Media! I’m back! Mostly.
Yeah, I know I’ve been gone nine days, and believe me, I have missed this blog more than you could imagine! If I tried to tell you everything that has conspired against me to keep me from posting here, you probably wouldn’t believe it. Suffice it to say, we have been inundated with problems around this place, and Mark’s five-day Thanksgiving vacation turned into five days of toil and trouble for both of us. But we have survived, and even though the end isn’t here yet, it IS in sight.
Just as a quick recap of part of the problems, we had a huge tree die overnight, practically, and that started it all. Our yard is filled with giant laurel oaks, old and majestic…and apparently dying of Sudden Oak Death. Yes, folks, there really is something known among arborists as SOD. After a long summer and early fall filled with unplanned for expenses such as transmissions falling apart, and flywheels literally breaking into pieces (both cars involved), we found we were down $7,000, and had tightened our belt to the max. Thus, we were faced with a serious problem when the largest oak in our yard turned brown over the course of about 3 days. From lush green, to completely dead brown, on a tree species that is evergreen. Within weeks, it was brittle and dropping branches on our roof. It had to come down. Sadly, we couldn’t afford our regular tree guy, so we went with a cheaper solution that involved what turned out to be a less than professional company cutting down both of our biggest trees (since a second one was dying, too) and a smaller tree. They were supposed to do it all in one day, leaving us the logs, but clearing away all debris and the first 10 feet of the massive (we’re talking over 4′ across) base of the tree. Five days later, these awful people have buried our yard under debris, logs too big to move, and piles of sawdust 3′ deep. Then they got mad because yet another piece of THEIR equipment stopped working, and they walked off…leaving our entire yard looking like the picture above, which is only a fraction of the mess we have to deal with. (The side yard has 3 times the wood and debris in it. This pile merely blocks the driveway!) I didn’t take a picture of the biggest slabs, but the one on the top of the pile in the photo is right at 4 feet in itself, and it is nowhere near the biggest one.
You cannot imagine the mess we have been left with, and working every day right along side of them (and now on our own) has barely made a dent in it. I finally got them back over here to cut the massive segments into smaller pieces that Mark can handle with his own chain saw, and the rest of the clean up is on us.
Soooooooo…many lessons learned here, the biggest one being, one cannot keep up an active blog…or any other form of an active LIFE…whilst one is stuffing barrels full of tree trimmings from a pile approximately the size of an airplane hangar, and dollying logs to the back 40 to stack out of the way. The sound of chain saws is burned into my brain, and the smell of oak sawdust will probably never be out of my nostrils. GAH!!!!
On the other hand, I no longer have to worry about a tree falling through my roof. Or at least not THIS tree. There are still all the others around the yard……………..
Now back to blogging on a daily basis. I hope! But first, I have to tend to a small fire ring wherein I’m burning that airplane hangar sized pile of twigs, one little handful at a time.