Monday, October 18, 2010

Adventures in Wood Cutting

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason. ~Jack Handey

So ... yesterday. We finished splitting the wood out back and hauling and stacking it. While DD and I were piling the last bit, my DH went to SIL's house to take down trees. We followed about 45 mins after he left and when I pulled in to her driveway, she came marching around from the back. As I walked to her I saw she was crying...

Uh oh.

Of course I had all the things in my head that could go wrong -- first and foremost that a tree fell on her house. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.

It fell on her shed.

And on her magnolia tree -- her beautiful, amazing magnolia tree.

I knew she was crying for her tree and not the shed and I was right. Worse (for her... but a relief for me) was that it was her fault the tree fell where it was. She was responsible for the winch and didn't do the job right.

Thankfully the shed wasn't badly damaged. The windows didn't break, and only one decorative beam was shattered. The roof is shingled with metal and the cap has a dent, so will need to be replaced, but otherwise, amazingly it escaped nearly unscathed.

Not so the tree.

She has THREE more trees she wants taken down, but refuses to work the winch again. Which leaves ME. And ... uh... no. I'm not going to do it, not at her house. My house? Maybe. But I'm not taking responsibility for another person's property. So, if she wants those trees down, she'll have to find someone else.

We need 4 - 5 more trees to have enough wood for next year. Guess we'll see how things work out.

In the meantime, a little pictorial ode to a magnolia tree (no, these aren't pictures of hers ... but they're almost identical):


You Are Down to Earth Fun

You are the type of person who really enjoys life. You have simple tastes and keep your expectations low.

When it's time to let loose, you find a way to kick back. You find it easy to relax.

Your friends can count on you to be practical and no nonsense. Everyone appreciates that you live a drama free life.

It hasn't been a good night unless everyone has had fun. You're happy if your friends are happy.

Okay :-)


Maria Zannini said...

I'd never seen magnolia trees like that. In Texas, they're very tall and have big white flowers. When you said it fell down I was worried what could have brought it down.

We almost lost our magnolia (at Zannini South) during hurricane Rita. It brought down oaks and snapped 100ft pines in half, but my magnolia made it. She looked scraggly for 3 years before her limbs came back.

I'm sorry about your SIL's tree and shed. I understand about not wanting to use the winch. Fortunately, most of the time I can use the tractor to pull while Greg's cutting. One time we even used the truck.

Brandy said...

That's a gorgeous picture! But looks nothing like the magnolia trees I've ever seen? The ones here have huge waxy leaves and huge white flowers. I'll admit I'm not fond of them because the smell can be so overpowering.
So sorry to hear about your SIL's tree and shed.
I hope you were able to get some rest this weekend!

Tori Lennox said...

I don't blame you. I wouldn't take responsibility for taking down somebody else's trees either.

Dru said...

How are you doing? I hope all is well.

I don't blame you for not doing the winch thing.

You Are Cheerful Fun

You are a sympathetic and comforting person. You have a soothing influence.

When it's time to let loose, you remain low key. You're not going to get worked up about anything.

Your friends can count on you to make them feel better. You are understanding and reassuring.

It hasn't been a good night unless you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated.

This sounds like me.

I hope you had a good Monday.