We really like trees.
We all grew up in Michigan, and trees (and water) are part of our heritage and landscape. We feel hopeful with new buds in the spring, we like the shade in summer and we like to play in the leaves in autumn.
We even like them in the winter - Not sure why though.
Anyway - We have two trees on our property. This is one of them.
You might think it looks just fine. But there is a problem:
It's in the wires. Ugh.
To solve that problem, several years ago, someone lopped off the top. Since then it had been growing again and looking so sad.
We were sad to take it down, as we knew there were happy critters living in it (think squirrels and birds), but it just had to go. It was destined to become a big problem real soon.
And like I said, just not good looking at all.
I secretly think Hero was totally excited to go to the rental place and pick out some beefy chain saw to play with for the day. Since Colin was home, he got in on the action, too.
I was safely at work.
And it's down. Really. Just like that.
The details are a little sketchy to me (remember I was at work blissfully unaware that my so was wielding a chainsaw around), but I understand that a few branches were taken off that might interfere with the wires, the tow rope was tied on, one of them cut and the other pulled.
Colin doesn't even realize what he is doing is work. He is just loving this.
Not sure where Hero is standing to take this photo. Some things are better unknown.
Moving right along - little bits and pieces of tree.
The neighbor's little dog barked at them all. day. long. That's always fun.
Firewood for the fire pit - Yay!
And there it is. Done and done.
Hero left the stump at 4 feet high to build something awesome for the grandkiddos.
(Look at that cute little lineup of arborvitaes, which will probably provide some privacy in, oh, about 17 years.)
It's good! We love it!
We miss the idea of the tree, though. We are really trying to think how we can get another tree in our yard that won't get into the overhead wires or the underground sprinklers.