Taking Down the Oak Tree

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yesterday was one of those days where I was tempted to complain complained about having to do the ordinary mundane tasks of life.  Cleaning up messes I didn't make, washing clothes that somehow didn't make it to the hamper, cleaning bathrooms, picking up a kajillion tiny toy pieces, running errands, doing laundry, setting appointments....

Can I get an amen from the moms?

But in the grand scheme, it was still an ordinary day.  And that's good, too.  Because somewhere there's someone wishing for the ordinary.  I'm thankful to have a home, clothes for my family to throw on the floor wear, clean water, and my health to care for my family.  I'm thankful that we had an ordinary day because it means we're ok.

One of the appointments I set was to have one of our oak trees removed.  Since we originally moved here, we've been told that this tree is too big for the lot.  It was much smaller when we first moved here, and it has shot up over the past 12 years.  I have been honestly torn about taking it out because I'm a tree hugger.  Plus it provides so much shade and privacy for my front porch which I love!

But on the flip side, it's so shady that the grass no longer grows underneath it.  And even if I didn't care, my HOA does.  The other option was to limb it up so that more light could get to the grass.  It's also scratching up against the house wearing at the paint, so we're in need of a paint job too.  It's also close to water lines and the foundation, so it could lead to a lot of costly repairs in the future.  Or so I've been told.

So we've decided to take her down.

This majestic oak on my parent's property is proof of how big they can get!  

I am hoping we can pull the yard back together before winter sets in.  I've got one landscaper who seems to think it's possible!  If it was your yard, what would you do?  Limb 'er up? Or take 'er down?

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