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Falling Trees

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

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  • PCOH051610
    I'm sorry but I read your blog totally absorbed but your comment about never worrying about a cactus falling on you made me burst out laughing. I guess the water weakened the root system and the high winds just did the rest? Looks like a beautiful spot and I am glad you are able to rebuild.
    1573 days ago
    That is terrible! Riduculous it took you that long to get clearance to rebuild!
    We love trees, but they sure can be destructive during storms!! When we moved in our recent home 5 years ago, I didn't want any big trees within 100 foot of our house! For one thing Live Oaks have that stinking Spanish moss hanging on them (it is pretty to look at)- but just messy stuff! They fall off and it rolls like tumble weed right to your yards, even if the tree isn't in your yard. We were constantly cleaning up the stuff in our last house. And the leaves! UGH! Plus, I am allergic to a lot of the trees.
    As we get in our retirement years, do not want to keep cleaning up tons of leaves like we have in the past. I sure hope no more trees fall on your deck. If so, I think I would reconsider not doing it again. Just my opinion.
    Don't work too hard!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog...I am getting ready to post a new one tonight, in case you want to stop by. emoticon
    1577 days ago
    Hope your hands are feeling better. So sorry to hear about your deck. Hopefully you'll be sitting on your new deck resting your hands soon. :)
    1579 days ago
    Sure is a pretty spot! Worth rebuilding that's for sure. On your fitness minutes here on SP you can put down "balance beam" for several hours of points. emoticon Gosh we are here in the desert (high desert at altitude) and there is a fire raging just outside of town right now. One of the perils of the trees in high desert. Growing up North of Seattle on the West Coast, there are many beautiful spots, but the wind gets some of those trees every year, sometimes landing smack on top of a car~ so dangerous! Glad only your deck was hurt~ now be careful on the re-build and don't hurt yourself now either. I'm sure you're very careful. The height thing would freak me out. You have a lot of great pictures here~ are you a camera buff? Hoping for an update so we can see your progress~ emoticon
    1580 days ago
    Good luck with the deck.
    1580 days ago
    Sorry to hear your arthritis was affected by the work you did. When you finish your deck it will be worth all the hard work the two of you put into. At least the fear of heights did not bother you enough that you could get your work done!
    1580 days ago
    what a beautiful spot you have to relate in wow I'm sorry about the trees and I hope your arthritis calms down soon as a helpful reminder that I tell my clients if your going to do something that is likely to cause a flair up that the meds before you start why wait can't wait to see the finished project
    1580 days ago
    What a beautiful spot you have. I pray the storms are over for at least this season.
    1580 days ago
    What a lot of hard work.... and balancing on those beams.... Yikes!! I'm sure it will be so well worth it though when you are able to relax out there again..... such a beautiful spot! I don't think the two of you are much for relaxing though ..... go,go, go!!!! You certainly are getting in your exercise. It's been very non traditional, but I think that's a really good thing. emoticon
    1580 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Great story, Carolyn! Glad you are going to get your deck. What a beautiful area!
    1580 days ago
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