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May 04, 2008


I wish I'd paid better attention in March when this tree came down. We've had a tree service in three times in the past four or five years, and I can tell you that they do amazing work without bringing in heavy equipment. I watched one man (not far from my age) climbing like a monkey, to set up guide ropes and lifting ropes. They used ropes fed through other trees to guide cut branches away from the windows at the back of the house. It was an elegant dance of man and nature, and I was mightily impressed! I'm SURE that their chain saws would have made short work of this big hackberry. You might still give some thought to having them come in to finish off the job, unless you want the satisfaction of having done it all on your own.

I hope your shoulders and back are dealing well with all the exercise!

Ah, Buffy, we have had a tree service in--at our last house, when an ice storm took out a large silver maple in the front yard and did serious-to-minor damage to the three large silver maples in the back yard. I enjoy the challenge and the exercise--the shoulders and back are doing great! I run out of breath (I know--I need more aerobic exercise) before I run out of muscle, and I thank you for the thought.

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