Earning the “Pioneer Woman” Badge

A couple of months ago our neighbors on the south side lost a large limb from a pecan tree which landed on their house and the neighbors on the other side of them. There was thankfully no damage to either house but it was a rather large mess. The tree trimming crew gave us a bit of the wood for the fire pit in the back yard and we were thrilled. About a week later another crew showed up to take down the entire tree. They had to take down the power lines on that property to safely down the tree and asked if they could charge equipment from our garage. In exchange they offered more fire wood but I know these companies earn money from selling the wood for lumber so I told them they could just throw a few pieces over the fence. When I returned home from a doctor appointment there was an entire tree in two piles along the fence row. Apparently, the crane broke down and they were unable to lift the large logs out of the backyard.

We planned a chainsaw party for Saturday but could not get the gas chainsaw working and the small electric one was not powerful enough for the job. Michael and Matt attempted to rent a power splitter but there were none available on short notice. We decided to forge ahead. The guys split as much wood as possible by hand while we girls stacked the wood, cut the front and back lawn and hacked away at the holly bushes.

A good thunderstorm halted progress and hailed cocktail hour. We were all exhausted but the sense of accomplishment made it all worthwhile.
Next Saturday we are renting a power splitter so we can get the entire tree finished. The second pile is further down the fence and in the exact spot we plan to put the garden shed (or as Tia and I call it, the bad ass woman cave).

Sunday the four of us had a lovely brunch here at the house and relaxed. Good friends, good food, good music, and a foot spa day. It was lovely and just what we needed to round out the weekend. This is the most safe, happy, sane home environment I have ever lived in and I love being part of this family.

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