Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We have a wonderful new home that we love. Sure, it has it's issues, but we love it. The boys are enjoying Kentucky. They say that it's creaky (that refers to our house), but I think they may mean that it's creeky (that refers to the abundance of creeks in the area).

The only thing that my middle son wanted with a house was an umbrella. We tried to explain that we would not be getting an umbrella with the house, but he didn't get it. So we look at this house and what do we find in the rafters of the garage but a large umbrella. So my son gets what he wanted out of a house. He got a house that came with an umbrella.

So here's the dilemma. We have a large oak tree in our yard. It's a beautiful tree. It shades the south side of the house which would be good for keeping it cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. I also like trees because they change CO2 into oxygen. That's important seeing that CO2 is now considered a pollutant. The dilemma arises in that this great tree also shades the vast majority of the back yard which we wanted for a garden area. So do we cut down the tree and grow others in different places and have a garden or do we keep the big tree and sacrifice our garden.

We have a little time to decide because I don't know how to cut down a big tree. Especially not a big tree in close proximity to houses... like mine.


Random Blogger said...

Thin the branches, or cut half of it off. I don't think you should cut it down.

The Woulfes said...

glad KY is working out! the umbrella bit is hilarious...amazing how things work out.

About the tree, depending on the size/condition, you could probabably put out an ad for it and have someone pay you to take it, if there's a couple hundred foot board of good oak lumber.

Big old trees close the house are trouble. Where I grew up, we were always patching the roof after storms until we finally turned them into 4 cords of firewood.

My vote for what it's worth, cut it down...

Emily A. W. said...

Cut it down and make a large ornate pulpit out of it.

Its a shame to lose the tree, but it would be a shame to not have a garden. Have you talked to anyone about the success potential for gardening down there? Maybe you can join a community garden and save the tree.

Emily A. W. said...

p.s. the umbrella thing reminds me of the movie "Miracle on 34th St." when santa leaves his cane or umbrella or something sitting in the foyer of the house...Don't ask me why it reminds me of that...

i think its because god finds a way to make miracles happen even if its a simple wish of a small child.