Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Life Just Got Easier




Storms arrive during any season causing havoc!
 The wind brought down several trees last week. One of the tall birch trees along the driveway was uprooted. Fortunately, it fell against the juniper bushes and held there, instead of blocking our way out.

Moving the tree was a bigger project than I could handle by myself. I contacted one tree cutter in the area, but his price was too high ($700!) just to cut it in half to move it to a safer location. 
This peach tree was snapped from 100 mph winds in 2014.


On the way home from the store I stopped to ask a person who was cutting up downed trees what he’d charge to cut the tree in half for me. He said I’d have to ask his boss, who was in another part of the area.

I had groceries in the car, so told him thank you and I would get back to them.  Less than 10 minutes after I got home, the doorbell rang. “I was told you needed a tree moved to a safer location” said the man at the door. I walked him down, showed him the tree, and explained I just needed it cut in half so it was safely on the ground. I intended to cut it up for next year’s firewood at my leisure. “No problem!” he declared. “How much will it cost?” I asked.

I have to plan for every little or big expense. Safety outweighs penny pinching when push comes to shove. I knew I would be able to juggle things to cover it.

He gave me what I refer to as the MAN look. It’s present in every male species, I’m sure, and sends the message about a task being so easy to do for a man that there is no need to offer payment because that’s what they were born to do. He waved off the question.

The tree was out of the way and the big pieces cut up in less than 10 minutes. The two of them even cut it to the right size for my classic Sweet Home Stove Works wood stove, which takes 12-inch logs comfortably rather than the standard 16-inch lengths.  
The tree that fell was this tall.The juniper bushes held it up.


 
Pitching in and helping others is something I’ve done all my life. I wanted to express my thanks, happiness and surprise for this kindness to me! What good things have happened lately that make this a Thankful Thursday for you? 












38 comments:

  1. Cutting down trees, or even just limbs IS expensive. We had a huge pine tree taken down a few years ago and it was like $1500.

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    1. It's time to start planting new trees. I am going to look for ones that aren't quite so high and have thicker trunks.

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  2. Oh, the poor trees! It's so sad when a tree gets knocked down. It takes them so long to grow!

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    1. Thanks for that comment. I feel badly when one of the trees is harmed or destroyed. I saw an ad asking about the best time to plant a tree. The answer was "20 years ago."

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  3. Trees are so majestic. It's a double hit when they go down. Those trees grow for years and years to get so large AND it's so expensive to have them removed. =(

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  4. Aww, it was so nice of him to get that tree out of the way! I probably would have offered him food when he waved off the payment offer.

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    1. I was so stunned, food never even entered my mind. Your comment reminded me, however, it is time to stock up on bottled water again to offer anyone out in the hot sun working without some.

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  5. It is nice to read a story about someone helping another person. That was really nice of them to cut it up for you for free.

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    1. I'll remember their kindness next winter when I'm toasty warm while the snow falls outside.

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  6. How nice of him to get the tree! I'm always so sad to see them coming down! Trees are beautiful!

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    1. Yes, it was and they are. I'll be visiting the local nurseries looking for a few new ones to plant in April.

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  7. It's so great that he offered to help you. I'm glad that someone made your life easier- we all need that sometimes.

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    1. You are so right, Pam! Thanks for visiting.

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  8. What a kind man to do that for free for you. There are nice people still in this world!

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    1. It's always nice to be reminded of the good people inhabiting the Earth.

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  9. What a nice man! I'll have to share this story with my friend. She's convinced that there are no "nice guys" left on Earth!

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  10. How amazingly nice of him! We had a quote of $1,500 to remove two trees in our yard!

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  11. Oh, that poor peach tree. I always feel sad when I see trees that go down!

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  12. sad to se a tree go! I know it can get pretty expensive

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  13. That made my heart happy. It's amazing to be the recipient of an act of kindness. What a blessing he was to you! I love that he not only took care of it for you, but spent the extra time to cut them to the perfect size you needed as well. Awesome.

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  14. What a sweet, sweet man! I can't believe he did that for free, but that just makes me all warm inside.

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  15. That was amazing, awesome, incredible, nice!!! I love that you got that kindness. We have paid a lot more than I care to admit to have trees taken down for one reason or another. ;)

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  16. That is really good of him,its good to know there are still people like this around.We had a couple of trees fall down last year hubz did it himself and gave the wood to a friend since we do not have a wood stove.

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  17. that's awesome of him to do. I love helping people out when I can, i simply just ask them to pay it forward.

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  18. I was thankful that I sold some baby clothes. Glad to have gotten rid of a few things.

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  19. We are dealing with some down trees here too. We have been under ice and snow all week and we lost one of our trees in the back yard. I am thankful that by sunday the ice should be melted!

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  20. How sweet they did it for free! We had 3 trees that were starting to rot in our yard that cost $2000 to have removed. Quite expensive, but really needed to be done.

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  21. I love how you describe the man look. I'm glad you were able to get it taken care of. Storms can be crazy!

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  22. This fantastic that a good deed came your way. So nice.

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  23. Super sweet post! That was extremely nice of the men...I have been given the Man Look arent those awesome?! When a man is just willing to help a woman because he feel its his duty! Beautiful!

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  24. Wonderful post! I firmly believe if you do good deeds good comes back to you.

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  25. Love hearing about other people reaching out and being helpful. Always pay it forward!
    ~Amanda

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  26. What a blessing that no one was hurt! Hopefully you still got to enjoy the fruit too

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  27. that is awesome that he helped you. there are still some great people in the world. love paying it forward.

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  28. That is so awesome to hear he helped you out! Great post on paying it forward.

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  29. Wow! What a blessing. Paying it forward is awesome!

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  30. That's awesome! How sweet of them to take care of that for you!

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