I've got a couple blog posts to share today, but because I like to keep things 'in order' - I'll start with this one before the weekend gets away from me.
(Next up, after I get the kids off to school - I'll have a book review)
If you've ever been to our house, you'll know that we have a small city lot and some huge-mongo trees. These trees, they just keep growing. Occasionally we call in the guys that know what they're doing and are wired with a lot more sisu (the Finnish word for guts and determination) than we are to get up to those upper branches. The last time we had it done was in June of 2007. We were due to have it done again.
Brian - our 6 yr old in the tree - declared it pretty much the best day ever, and John was very patient with all of his questions.
Is that rope so you don't fall down?
You probably don't need that much rope.
I think you have enough rope.
Why do you have two different color ropes?
Are you maybe just a little bit nervous?
I have a yellow rope too - see my yellow rope?
I use my yellow rope to climb into this tree.
The kids had strict rules to stay on the deck until we needed them to start hauling brush to the curb. (He'll run it through the chipper for extra, but we scheduled his services based around our city's brush pickup)
When the first 15 foot branch came down, Mark (4) says - Whoa! That one is PERFECT for a fort!!
My husband and I both agreed - nope, no way would we ever go up there. Can you see him way up there?
It took a few of us on the ground to make sure none of the branches hit the garage, or went over the fence, or into my garden....
And as soon as the branches started coming down, I put down the camera and picked up the saw. We worked until the sun went down and the brush pile at the curb is one of our largest.
It was a good evening's work.
The swing is gone.
My garden will have sun again.
I no longer have to take down my clotheslines to make room for the swingers.
And - fingers crossed - I'm hoping I'll have less bird poop on my clothes. Looks like I wished for that in '07 as well.
Now to get the kids ready for school