I always wanted to live in the woods. I love the beauty of the trees, the sound of the wind through their branches. Until I actually got my wish it never occurred to me that large trees and wind can be a dangerous combination.
We have a creek running through our back yard and a few years ago we built a deck that looks out over the creek. It’s a beautiful, peaceful spot and my husband and I have spent many wonderful hours relaxing there.
Last year a “micro burst” of wind during a wind storm caused 6 trees from across the creek to fall and land on our deck. Our retreat was destroyed.
It has taken a full year to get permission and the appropriate permits from The California Department of Fish and Game to begin rebuilding our deck. The permit became effective June 15 so the rebuild project started Monday.
This morning I helped my husband, Rod pull out all the old wiring. Holes had been drilled in the cross beams supporting the deck and the thick, insulated wiring passed through the holes. It all had to be removed and since Rod’s back is giving him problems I didn’t think he should do the whole thing himself. So, I spent the morning grabbing, pulling and pushing wires while sometimes balancing on crossbeams higher up in the air than I care to think about.
I have arthritis in my hands and discovered wire pulling not only isn’t a very good weight loss exercise it also isn’t arthritis friendly.
The new decking was delivered today so hopefully we’ll have our new deck back soon. Yesterday we had more wind and two more trees fell. This time they landed on our next door neighbor’s deck. I still like living in the woods more than the desert where I grew up but I must admit I never worried about a cactus falling on me.