Skip to main content

If A Tree Falls...

Let me just start with ... Everybody heard it!  

It was time to remove a couple of trees at the cottage.

Take a look at that giant on the left.  That, my friends, is a Linden tree.  Now, you're probably saying, "What a beautiful tree!  All that shade ... homes for birds, etc..."  The truth?  It's a menace!!  It drops little seed clusters constantly and then there's the sap.  EVERYTHING under this tree is sticky.  (Notice the proximity to the driveway?  Can we talk about the car that gets parked under the tree?) The sap also attracts flies, bees, and ants.  It had to go!

We also had another tree on the hit list.  Look here:
See the small one on the front corner?  That one is a Choke Cherry Tree.  Branches were on the roof, making a perfect runway for the squirrels, it had a blight, and dropped choke cherries everywhere!  Granted, it looks pretty when it blooms in the spring, but that only lasts a week!  Bye-bye!

Soooo, Off With Their Heads,,  I mean, Enter the Tree Removal Company:

It took  2 1/2 hours, 3 men, a bucket truck, and a chipper.  The trees were gone.  It was an amazing process to witness.  Here are some highlights:
Look carefully, half of the tree is gone.  It's a little difficult to see, since my neighbor's maple tree is in the background.

Here's the chipper hard at work:




The Choke Cherry Tree came down too, but that wasn't nearly as dramatic as the Linden tree.  I'm still amazed that it only took 2 1/2 hours!  Here's an "After" pic:

We've got some landscaping to do now.  Tree removal was the first step in the process. With Fall already here and Winter on the horizon, I'm thinking I've got some time to plan.  Several ideas are spinning in my head.  If you have any ideas, by all means, shout them out.  I'm always open to new ideas!


  1. Such fun, watching a big tree come down. If I ever get a blog, I'll post photos of my tree removal. It's so sad to drop a tree, but I don't blame you for taking out those planted too close to he house and messing up your car/yard. My huge spruces made my house dark as a cave. I miss the birds but not the dark.
    I can recommend blooming dogwoods for the front yard. Pink 'Cherokee' has lovely bloom for about 10 days a year and the tree itself turns into a winter sculpture as it ages.

    1. Thanks, Marje! I will look into those dogwoods. They sound beautiful!

  2. Dogwoods are beautiful, so are Redbuds. Redbuds have large heart shaped leaves. How nice to be able to have a clean pallete to start out with. Now is a great time to plant Spring bulbs!

    1. I've been thinking about bulbs, Melissa...but we've had rain all week!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

How To Decoupage Dresser Drawers - With Napkins!

Welcome back!  Last week you saw a garage sale dresser transformed with paint and decoupaged napkins.  If you missed it, click here

Today I have a little tutorial showing how it was done.  Let's get started, shall we?

The drawers were sanded down to bare wood and the edges were painted black to match the rest of the dresser.  The napkins were found at the Dollar Store.
Notice they are 2-ply napkins?  You only need one, so separate those layers! Iron the one-layer.  It helps when you are ready to lay it down on the wet decoupage medium.   Since the napkins were not wide enough to cover the entire drawer, I was going to have to piece them together.  These napkins also had a very definite pattern that was going to need matching, so it was time for some measuring.  I found the middle of the drawer and matched it to the middle of the napkin.  Then I marked the edges of the napkin on the edge of the drawer with chalk.  See the white (chalk) dot? There are actually two of them as guides for …

All-Natural Weed Killer - That Works!

Summer is finally here!  The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and so are the weeds!

So many times I hear people ask how to kill weeds without harmful chemicals.  Here is my solution:
I start with a 24 ounce spray bottle and cover the bottom with salt.  I held it up to the light so you could see how much salt I use...since I don't measure it! Then, I fill it up with vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap.  Any brand will do since it just helps the solution stick to the leaves.  Shake it up and don't forget to label the bottle. The only thing left to do is spray the weeds.  As you can see, I got this one good and wet. Two hours later... Isn't that amazing?   I've been using this solution for years and it's never let me down.  One thing I will tell you, though, it seems to work better on a sunny day.   Do you have a 'go-to' weed killer?  Be sure to tell us about it in the comments.  As, always, thanks for stopping by and Happy Father's Day to all the …

The Water-Logged China Cabinet

Here's the back story on this piece... The storage unit we rented was in an old factory and they were cleaning-out.  When we arrived with the movers (same company) I spotted the china cabinet that had been left out in the rain for a loooong time.  It was warped, split, peeling, and had no glass.  Since I'm an idiot...ahem, love a challenge, I offered to buy it.  The owner told me to take it - no charge.  He also gave me the maple table for free.  If you missed that makeover, click HERE.  Since I had no room for the china cabinet, it sat there until we moved into the new Cottage.  
The china cabinet made it as far as the back porch and as soon as we were 'settled' aka: had a functional kitchen and bathroom, I got to work. The original plan was to reglue the veneer and try to add stain to blend in what was missing.  That plan was tossed aside as soon as I realized the extent of the water damage.  Take a closer look:

The more sanding I did, the more veneer came off. It was s…