One very windy day at our house a tree fell. I actually watched it happen from my porch. It was a small tree in terms of circumference, but also a very tall tree. It fell across the driveway and we had a little bit of a mess for a day or two. It got us thinking, what about the rest of the trees surrounding our house? What if they fall? I expressed this fear to Jason and he gave his dad a call and asked him to come over and have a look-see and perhaps use his chainsaw to cut a tree down if needed.
Well, the look-see became a yard day, became three yard days. It’s funny how that works. The first day Charley and I surveyed the yard and chose trees and bushes (Holly, so much Holly!) that needed to come out. We also agreed that the leaves needed to go. Charley is such an amazing guy that he set to work right away and even began to rake the leaves in the front yard. Jason and I would look at the yard and just be overwhelmed with the prospect of raking it and then there was the issue of what to do with the leaves once they were in a pile. This ain’t Lakeland, where they have yard days once a week and you aren’t allowed to bring the leaves to the “recycle center” either. So what? Burn them! Burn ALL the leaves!!
That first day broke the spell and it seemed doable. Charley said he would come back on Saturday and continue with the yard work with the help of Jason and Noah. That Saturday they set to work hauling branches to the burn pile and raking leaves on a small tarp and dragging them to the burn pile too. The plan worked and with a little help from the leaf blower to bring oxygen to the fire the leaves were gone in no time. It was a very productive day.
The front yard was pretty much taken care of that day which left the side and back yard to deal with the following weekend. Charley showed up and it was decided that he would concentrate on cutting down trees and cut he did! I dubbed him The Chainsaw Massacre-er he cut down so many trees, but boy did they need it. He cut down a couple of large trees, but he also cut down a lot of the smaller trees that were either dead or simply crowding the other trees and stealing their nutrients. The result was a LOT of branches on the ground, but a much cleaner view of the back yard. We also began raking the leaves in the backyard and they would burn, but the branches were too green to catch. We weren’t able to burn the branches and that has been left for another day. Yard Day 4 perhaps?
It already looks so much better and as Charley was cutting down trees and I was taking pictures, I was surprised at the realization that all of this began with a felled tree. We wanted to clean up the yard, but didn’t know where to begin and with the little amount of time that we have to do things, it sadly never became a priority. That is of course, until that windy day. I am grateful to God and the wind and wonder what other little things have happened to set big things in motion. I’m sure I could go back over my life and what seemed like a minor annoyance could very well have been a cataclysmic event set in motion. (Or a minor annoyance, who knows?) I may never see the reason or result of some things that happen in my like (or other’s lives), but I can appreciate this glimpse and take the time to be thankful; thankful for wind, a beautiful home, hardworking relatives and time to be annoyed. I am also thankful that there is work to be done. It seems we will never really be finished, but isn’t that the point?