The Tree Guys

I have not blogged lately for a variety of reasons much too boring to mention here but, one way and another, life has been busy or I’ve been lazy or uninspired. Blogging is a tricky business. Sometimes an event occurs or something really funny happens and I think, “That would be a great blog!” But then you have to take into consideration who might see the blog and misread something or think you are making fun of them. It is never my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings but to share experiences living in the woods. So…to the tree guys.

Last spring I decided to have some very high big branches trimmed to let more light onto the driveway, parking pad, stairs, and yard. Letting more sunshine in might encourage quicker melting of ice and snow and hopefully will prevent branches from falling on power lines or cables. But, the tree guys — Carl in particular — were busy and said they couldn’t get to the job until August. That was okay with me. When they didn’t show up in the fall, I figured I saved some money and would deal with it next spring. But, unseasonably warm weather has encouraged tree guys, yard guys, and contractors to continue working outside. The “Can we get it done before the snow?” isn’t working anymore.

Yesterday, much to my surprise, the tree guys showed up. No phone call, just showed up at my neighbor’s house. Barbara called me to say they would start on my trees yesterday too and finish today. Sure enough, they did. It sounds much more simple than it is. IMG_3368

First, I cannot take down any trees because one needs a permit from Hemlock Farms Community Association to remove trees. Goodness knows, we have enough trees that taking down bunches of them wouldn’t make a bit of difference. But, they are very protective of the trees which is a good thing. It takes months to get a permit and then, of course, there’s getting the tree guys to actually show up. Second, Carl and his helper want to talk about everything from NASCAR to the lack of deer in the community, to how great not having these branches will be. Frankly, I cannot see a different even though every once in awhile I look out to see Carl up a VERY tall tree. Carl is Jay’s and Tim’s (from Homer’s) cousin. So Jay shows up as well which is a good thing. If I had just asked for Jay to come by to look at a project, it could be weeks or months, but since Carl is here and Jay wants any wood he cuts down, here comes Jay with no notice too.

All good I guess. I am thankful for the warmer weather for lots of reasons not the least of which is being able to use the driveway. I suppose all the contractors, yard workers, and tree guys are happy too. Life up here is interesting for sure. Does anyone know if bears hibernate relative to weather or time of year? I must look that up!