Real Life

I generally post prettied up pictures with everything ship shape in its place.  But real life around these parts isn’t always so tidy.  Take Tuesday, for instance…

In the blink of an eye:
When things seemed a little too quiet for a little too long (and by a little too long I mean no more than five minutes), Sister and I tiptoed down to the basement to see what was what…
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I mean, they totally and completely deconstructed the basement – pillows on the floor, legos in the popcorn maker, toys strewn across every square inch of the place. 
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I expect it shall take them through the weekend to get things back in order :-)

Be careful what you wish for:
Later that night our ancient and beautiful old oak just fell flat out of the ground.  It missed all houses and nobody was hurt but it was blocking the entire intersection of a main thoroughfare in our neighborhood.  The police came.  The firemen came.  Neighbors we’d yet to lay eye on in three years came out of the woodwork.  The power company came. And the county came.  It was a regular middle of the night front yard hootenanny and the PCP, most concerned about how his precious bus would make it to get him in the morning, was in HOG HEAVEN with all the excitement.
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And yesterday, we spent our day figuring out how to get this out of our yard…  (Which I now know will be a long and expensive process waiting on the county to get their part and then getting our own person out here to get the rest.)
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The incredible part of the story is that Honey has been complaining about this tree for just over a week now.  He’s angry that grass won’t grow under it and he’s furious at all the acorns it’s dropped that are sprouting into baby oaks.  The night before it fell he said, and I quote, “I know you would like too have those pine trees taken out but I really hate that oak tree.”  Be careful what you wish for, Honey!

Hoping for a neater day today – inside and out :-)


  1. Where in the world is....Jon Malmin? Timber!!!! xoxoxo

  2. Wow that tree is huge! It sounds like your husband is psychic!

  3. I saw the remnants of it when I drove past yesterday, wow!

  4. You know what's really odd?? Your strange happenings post was written exactly a year ago!! The weirdo vibes must go through your neighborhood at the end of March!

  5. You know what's really odd?? Your strange happenings post was written exactly a year ago. The weirdo vibes must run through your neighborhood at the end of March

  6. What a mess- INSIDE and OUT. Gotta love those "quiet kids"...huh? It is always scary!

    Well, maybe you better save a couple of those little acorn trees to replace the big one that has bit the dust-so to speak! xo Diana

  7. Jackie - That is WEIRD!! Now I'm more freaked out :-) You know, I never did figure out those pics that showed up on my phone...

  8. Boys have an innate ability to turn a room into an absolute mess in no time at all. I've seen it happen in the time it takes for me to start a load of laundry! Hope your tree isn't a big pain to get taken care of.

  9. Boys can make a mess in no time flat! Mine have done it in as little time as it takes to put a load of laundry in the washer. Hope your tree isn't too big of a pin to get cleaned up.

  10. I have a huge old oak in my yard....and every time it rains I think "this is it!!!!". It would literally demolish my home if it fell my way.....scary. Glad no one was hurt with yours.

  11. Just saw this post while visiting your blog. We had a huge, perfectly shaped bradford pear tree that a severe thunderstorm destroyed a couple of weeks ago. We had the remnant cut down on Saturday morning; and the stump ground down. Now, all that remains is a big brown blob of sawdust. I hate it! Did you plant a new tree or re-sod the lawn. If so, how long did you wait before doing it?

  12. Shenita - Weeeeeeell, to date we've done nothing with it at all. The boys and their friends dig in it. But, we're getting a load of pinestraw today and will just level it out and pinestraw over it for now. In the fall we plan to have the whole front reseeded with grass so we'll try to figure out a more permanent solution then. Hope that helps. Let me know what you end up doing! Amanda


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