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If a tree falls in the forest . . .

or in your backyard . . . there might be excitement.

Tree on roof

Tree on roof


 

On the den roof

On the den roof

Supporting itself

Supporting itself

Broke through the den window

Broke through the den window


Four feet from where the dogs and I were sleeping

Four feet from where the dogs and I were sleeping

Could have been so much worse—

Missed the trampoline

Missed the trampoline


Lifted the fence

Lifted the fence


Missed the owl and the deck plants

Missed the owl and the deck plants


Supporting itself over the landscaping

Supporting itself over the landscaping

Obviously all are okay. The insurance company (Met Life) is sending a crew to weatherproof the den. Cadieu Tree Service is on the way with a crane to lift and take down the tree. Andrew, the landscape guy from down the block, was up and will send guys to spread the “free” mulch this weekend. Duke Power came right away. We didn’t lose power, but the tree is on some lines so they will cut the power soon to take the tree down safely. Sarah from next door was first on the scene to check on us and give me hugs. The dogs are confused—and I am doing fine.

The bike trip this week was cancelled because Steve’s mom was back in the hospital, but she returns to rehab today. Steve is home dealing–he’s been dealing with so much now for months, but he says he is fine. Denial.

We will know about the roof after the tree is removed, but there are no obvious holes. This is one way to get your neighbors to visit. Everett advised about the insurance and then teased me long and hard.

The good news is someone else will help pay to take the tree down and I will have lots of mulch for the new fenced in area. Andrew even knew a woodturner in the neighborhood who might get some of the wood to make art. Oh, I found the robin’s nest from the maple on the ground. The three baby birds were scared, but Jennie, my bird expert, told me how to get the nest back in the tree so the mother could find it. Both the mom and dad are flying around the area.

More later–

5 Responses

  1. Holy Shite! It was indeed propitious that that our bicycling plans went awry! So glad no one was hurt. I know this is sounding like a Monday morning quarterback, but the last time I was in Charlotte, I notice the degree to which that tree was leaning over the yard. The power company kept lopping off the counter balance, is that right? Sad to see the last of giants in the middle of the block go, but, GOD, I am so relieved that y’all are ok. Keep up posted. We love you (even Bella)!

  2. So glad you are all right and the dogs are okay. poor Steve! I know he wanted to do that bike ride. But I hope you don’t have too much damage with your roof. We just had ours replaced as the shingles had been there for 20 years.

  3. I am so glad you and the dogs are ok. I will be thinking of you during the repairs.

  4. amazing—there is never a dull moment around Jane Prater
    see you Wed

  5. Jane, sorry to see that you had such a HUGE tree fall down, but I am glad nobody was hurt. Sounds like you have had good people taking care of things and assisting you. Hope to see you one of these days – Sallie

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