straight wind damage

April 29, 2021

Throwback Thursday

bad break
June 8, 2016

the wind blew hard
the tree did break
missing the deck by a hair

So far, knocking on wood, we’ve been lucky with trees coming down around us…or maybe someone’s watching out for us! Anyway, I was in the living room that day…it was a bright, sunny day, a little breezy but nothing to worry about…right? I had just gotten up to refill my coffee and was returning to my seat when I heard the tell tale cracking. “No, no, no!” I said as I watched the top of the tree fall to the ground – in slow motion. “What?” my dad asked from the kitchen…He couldn’t hear it, as more than likely he didn’t have his hearing aids in.
“The top of the maple tree just came down”, I replied.
“What?!?”
We walked out on the deck to take a look around, I with my cell phone. The photos above were taken just after it fell.

I know I’ve got some other photos around, but they must be on my external hard drive – which means I took them with my CANON and not my cell phone.
It was a process cleaning it up – I had to go in with the lopping sheers and get the small stuff, before my dad started using the chainsaw to cut the bigger stuff. We learned in 2014, after the ice storm , that I had to do some preening before he used the chainsaw. He was legally blind, and couldn’t see the debris on the ground. Using a chainsaw is dangerous enough, being legally blind even more so. What saved us is that he’d been using a chainsaw since he was a teenager and he agreed to not use it unless I was with him. I also knew safety measures to take when around someone using a chainsaw – like don’t approach while the chainsaw is in use. As long as we both followed basic rules, we’d be ok.

Some before and after photos…the top right photo (above) was taken when my dad was rebuilding the mower shed, in 2015. The bottom photo, also above, was taken this past winter (2020/21). Oh, the first snowy photo was taken during the winter of 2014/15. When the top came out of the tree, it took the basketball hoop with it. No big loss, no one here liked basketball anyway.

Yes, the tree is still standing, probably will until it falls on its on accord. Mother nature knows what to do… I’ve actually been able to get some pretty neat photos of it!

Image taken winter 2017/18

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

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hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

I thank you for your part in my journey.

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take care
stay safe
much love

3 Comments on “straight wind damage

  1. Holly, I needed this today. Yesterday my house nearly flooded. NEARLY. Meaning that it didn’t. But a raging river formed in a minute as I was standing on my porch fearing my new house and everything I’ve done in the last 5 months was gone. But it didn’t happen. Just as this tree is still standing, so must I. Take care my friend.

    • Glad to hear your house didn’t flood and happy to help. Is there any way you can deter the water from reaching your house? A ditch or a berm, maybe? Well, there’s really no way to keep all water away, but at least slow it down and maybe deter it a little. I’ve got a berm out back and am working on a walk way from the deck steps to the driveway, also to deter water away from the house. All these heavy rains in the last few years have really kept me on my toes.
      Things always, I believe, work out the way they should…it will for you too! ❤☺

      • Thank you, Holly. Your words are so encouraging. I’m going to post a video of how fast it came today. It threw me off guard. I have a good ditch. Unfortunately this is a city issue. New construction hasn’t been properly managed as far as water drain goes. This city has historical flooding. I’m praying that we can receive resources that will help the infrastructure of this tiny town. It’s known for flooding. I’m so thankful to have this high deck and that my house sits a bit higher. It completely backs to a huge bluff. And fortunately, nothing drains off of it from above. Truly God was with me and my neighbors. It was a bit scary! I’ll do my part in hoping to deter it! Thank you so much for your helpful and thoughtful words! ❤

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