Something simultaneously exciting, yet very SAD, happened at our house yesterday….
We got the big, dead tree in our yard cut down!!
Exciting– because this was a very necessary thing, and I’m glad to finally be able to “check it off the list”. (We’ve been trying to have this done for over a year! The company kept ghosting us…”sorry, super busy”, “be there next week!”, “Oh, sorry, next week”, etc…). They finally actually showed up, and did a good job. And I’m very glad to now be able to move on to the next item on the list.
Sad- because we now have a huge, gaping hole in our yard. Also, because I love trees, and I loved sitting and watching birds and squirrels enjoy this tree. It’s also very visible from my kitchen window, our deck and the hot tub. The yard looks naked without it. 😦 It was a pretty old, big tree, too- not easily or quickly replaceable. Sigh.
Final pic of the old Ash tree, in all its glory:
Sadly, the Emerald Ash Borer bugs have completely destroyed the Ash tree population in our area. When we bought the house almost 10 years ago, this was a beautiful, thriving tree. It was now dead as a doornail. We tried to treat it for several years, which may have prolonged its life a little, but it finally succumbed.
Her sad remains:
Now, to figure out what new trees(s) to plant, and where. I’ve never planted a tree in my life, and the whole thing overwhelms me. If you’re not aware, there are a LOT of different types of trees. 😉 It’s not really something you want to get wrong and can just “do over”.
I’d actually like to plant several trees, in a few different spots of the yard, though the kids are pleading for us to leave the yard more wide open so they can throw balls and stuff without any obstructions.
My main priority, personally, is creating more privacy between our house and the neighbor’s yards- specifically the views from our deck and hot tub.
This is another area where I really wish a magic yard fairy would just show up, figure out what the right, best looking choices are and then come back and do everything. I honestly would prefer to not even think about it. 😦
Ivan, left to his own devices, would probably plant ZERO new trees. He does not seem to, ahem, appreciate them the same way I do….He mostly sees them and sees “LEAVES TO CLEAN UP IN THE FALL”. Ha. 😕
In Ethan’s 7th grade Language Arts class, they’ve recently finished a whole unit on career readiness, including taking an aptitude test to help discover what fields they might be potentially interested in studying/ working in one day.
To conclude the unit, they had to do a mock job interview. The teacher made them all dress up in nice clothes, and they did prep work for potential interview questions. Ethan was nervous about it!! But he did really great- got an A. 😉
The teacher threw in a couple of bonus questions that they hadn’t prepared for, to see how they’d handle them. Apparently she was impressed with his answer (according to his grading rubric). He seemed pretty proud.
The (pretend) job he was interviewing for was a “Computer Engineer” position. He said based on his answers on the aptitude test, this was one job that he scored high in. Check back in another 10 years, and we’ll see!!!
(School ends next week- 7th grade is wrapping up. This means in a mere FIVE YEARS he will actually be graduating from high school and heading off to college- to potentially study “computer engineering”, for real! WHAT?!?!?!?!? Someone, please. I cannot wrap my head around this. My heart is racing a little just typing these words.)
I am grateful for the tree company showing up. Really, that’s #1 today. I was thinking we were going to need to go through the whole process of finding a new company, getting new quotes….fortunately, they finally showed- and they seemed to do a great job!!!