Tuesday, November 22, 2016


the pointy part of the roof is about 25 feet high

The big pine, the one that had a limb fall off several years back, was starting to rot where that limb fell and the huge sections were beginning to crack apart.

The worst of it, the one they took off first, was just over my bedroom and we had a heck of a time finding a tree crew to tackle the problem.  They either wanted an eye-bulging amount or took one look and said, "No thanks!"

So, we asked CJ who knew a guy who called the next day and he came out to look at it, offered to do it for $200 less than our next lowest offer and while he's no arborist, he has been cutting trees since he could walk.  He works with another guy who is bonded and has insurance, so we were good to go.

They stood out there for half an hour talking, pointing and making gestures, then they just started to work and it was amazing,
One guy climbed the tree WAY up and attached a chain.  Then they cut all the lower limbs that might catch the roof while it fell.  Then they tied the chain to a skidder and pulled it away from the house and zizz!  About 6 seconds later it was down.  They cut off the limbs and hauled the trunk to the big truck in about 3 minutes, it was FAST.

A little size reference

The second section came down fast, the skidder got it

Scary!  Another fast fell between the house and shed, didn't even squash the fence!

Final cut took the rest down, they cut it into sections and hauled it off working well into the dark.

They have about an hour of cleanup and it's done.  I am keeping some of the last bit here to do a bonfire, if the ban ever gets lifted!

I am so glad to have that tree down, I didn't realize how tense I was until it was on the ground and no longer literally looming over our heads.  Matt said the same thing when he got in.   It's too bad it had to go, but that rotten spot was terrifying and since last Monday when they came to do the estimate, the crack had gotten about an inch wider.  They said there was so little living tree holding the branch over our room and the one angled over the back fence that it was just a miracle it hadn't already fallen.
Let this be a lesson to all-don't use a freaking PINE tree branch to hoist an engine block.  We didn't, but a previous occupant did and that's what caused the whole problem.

We had lobster ravioli to celebrate and it was so darn good. I will be making that again!  I adore Jake, but it's nice having him at work at night so I can make 'gross' stuff (like beans, sprouts, and ravioli) for dinner!  haha

Down by the Sea

After Sea Lab, we took the ferry over the bay to play on the beach with Birdie.
Well, and see his family, but let's just be honest.  One of us went solely to hang with his 4 year old buddy.

I had such a lump, this is probably the last time these two play on the beach together. 

We had dinner courtesy of Matt's mom en route to the house.
We pushed through and got home around 2 because the tree guys were coming Saturday morning to take down the pine that hangs over our bedroom-it had started to split.

Saturday, there were crazy high winds and it wasn't safe at all to be felling trees, so that got moved to Monday.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sea Lab 2016 Day Two

Day Two we were back with JoAnn for the beach walk and the marsh walk

My child, needing medical assistance.

In the classroom, the kids took a quick test on the ROV class they would have the next day.
The purpose is to see how much they know and how much they learn.
I am not a fan of tests, but it is part of how Sea Lab gets its funding.  If they can prove Alabama students are learning, they can get grants!

We walked 3 miles and picked up 5 pounds of trash!

Gina loves the bus!

We had a field trip on the field trip to see the Dauphin Island Fishing Pier, which has no water under it at all now.

Off to the salt marsh.

We gather gear and head to the bay side where the water is a little more clear!

Everyone takes turns using the seine nets

Elan does not believe he has mud on his face.

We gather to learn more about our finds!

Elan washes off and gives the thumbs up of all clean.

Gina and I were helping get things organized after the class and realized we had time to catch the sunset, we ran to the beach!

We didn't have a common room, so I opened another dorm room for the kids to hang out in

And...the day ends with my other child needing medical attention.