When I have to say that, I know that things are a bit much. Now, I know that many of you who know I have kids are probably wondering what a nice, responsible parent like me is doing telling their kids to play in the street.
It was safer.
You see I live in an area that has a lot of trees. It makes it very pretty during the spring, cool during the summer, awesome during the fall (all those colours
) and down right dangerous during winters like this one. So, the place where I live prides itself on all the trees.
They're kinda a thing here. But, the downside of that pride...is that no one wants to trim them...or do anything to alter the way the trees are growing. And yet those same people don't see any problem with watering the trees like they water the lawn.
; For those not familiar with what effect that has on trees, it encourages the trees' roots to spread out along the surface instead of digging down into the soil.--It takes away their anchor system. In a place that gets bad wind storms once or twice a year...you get the picture.
Anywhosers, the trees in the area haven't been trimmed as long as we've lived here, 5 years in this specific house, nearly 12 for the area as a whole. But...nature decided to be fabulous and take that little issue away from us bipeds in the region so that we didn't have to be worried about that little chore any more.
Isn't she so nice that way? She helped us with this through snow, freezing rain and wind. Aren't those excellent tools for someone who is so busy?
Branches falling for nearly 8 hours all around the neighborhood, including the large oak in our neighbor's yard. One of the branches scraped our house on the way down. Fortunately, when the branches fell from that tree into the yard, the road and on peoples' cars. We waited until the things calmed down, just to make sure that the lovely lady was all done with her work, before cleaning up stuff. But most of the other fallen branches haven't been picked up yet. Power is out for most people in the region and that's not cool. Because we've got power, we're kinda the island for our friends right now.
So the kids have been playing in the street so that they don't have to worry about the randomly falling branches...Thanks lady nature.
Yeah...how are all of you?
Hope this finds you all well.