Thursday, February 23, 2012

Out on a Limb

In an attempt to procrastinate some much-needed grading (hey, I'm only 9 papers behind), I shall reveal to you all how S and I are now safe from dying in our bed after a tree crashes down on us.

We moved in here about 5 years ago, just before our 1-year (dating) anniversary. Our house is surrounded by huge, towering, sway-in-the-wind-like-they're-about-to-snap-in-half pine trees. And oaks and some cypress trees. But, mostly the pine trees that glare down on us from the canopy for taking up their land.

Anyway, we have this gigantor pine tree just outside the bedroom. Like, you could step outside the door and almost touch it, close. The deck was built around it during the initial construction phase, and later (way before we moved in), this metal thing was attached to catch the sap that dripped down off this knobby thing. By the time we moved in, that metal thing was so heavy it was bent, and sap covered the deck. Not exactly fun to get pine sap stuck to your feet. Do you know how hard it is to get that stuff off?

We dealt with it until a few months ago, when all of a sudden the deck STARTED BREAKING in a wind storm. Okay, not actually breaking, but creaking and moaning like it was about to snap because Mr. Too Big for His Britches Pine Tree has grown into the deck. And, the pond makes the ground soft, which isn't exactly good for holding down roots. The solution? Cut that mother effer down (by the way, thank god we rent because I made a serious holy shit that is expensive face when I learned the price).

Anyway. Because I know you're all just on the edge of your seats, pictures!

Now You See It:

(see the knobby thing? Also, the tree leans over the bedroom although you can't really tell in this pic)

(tree dude climbed all the way to the top of this sucker)

Now You Don't!

S wants to carve an owl or something into what's left of the trunk, and use the top as a planter. We think that will look cool.

It was super windy today. At least we don't have to worry about that tree, just the 597 others that surround us.

And, just for fun, some pics of the trees that came down during the last hurricane (Faye, I think?)

Looking left down the street at the end of our driveway:

Looking right down the street from the end of the driveway (it's like a super awesome wall o'jungle):

And that concludes today's completely useless post.

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