Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Chapter Six: In Which Dave Gets a Chainsaw

The end of our driveway had dead or dying low hanging branches, making the entrance look like the Addams Family Estate. Since it was too wet to work in the yard, Dave decided it was time to trim the deadwood. My job was to pile the dropped limbs in a heap.

We have an extension pruner saw, and that worked great for the lighter branches, but then Dave and I agreed that a few dead trees had to go too, and more power was needed. So off we went to Wal-Mart for a chain saw.

His new toy made quick work out of limbs too thick to move in one piece. Zip, zip, zip and it was over.

Then the dead tree proved a challenge.. The first cut just moved the trunk inches off the stump but the rest of the tree got caught above in the branches of other trees. So a second higher cut was necessary.

Look Out Dave!

7 comments:

  1. you all (y'all) are just to much fun.

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  2. Don't you love it when men get new toys. It somehow justifies some of ours.

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  3. Be careful! We call some of the trees around here that need trimming or felling "widow makers"--they can often fall the opposite way of what you'd expect. I live a little further north of you in southern Kentucky and I'm enjoying seeing you welcome spring in your new home.

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  4. Timber!!! Oops! Need to be careful calling that out... that is my grandson's name and he might come running!

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  6. What a teaser! You can't leave that pic of Dave as the last one...we might all worry about him.

    What will you do with all the dead wood since your fireplace doesn't burn real wood?

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  7. I have to cringe seeing this Mel. My FIL was a woods man his entire life. This is how he died. He went out one morning to cut some wood. When my MIL got home from work and it was obvious he had not come home for lunch, she called a neighbor who went out looking for him. He had cut a tree which got hung up in a second tree. When he went to cut the second tree he turned his back on the first tree (something he never would have done but we suspect he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's). Snyway, the vibration of the saw made the first tree fall. He was found under it. The comfort was the tree was so large it is doubtful he ever felt a thing.

    So please, be careful.

    teri

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