It is generally not a good sign to pull into your driveway and suddenly find yourself unable to see your house. In my case this afternoon it was due to the loss of some of my dear old trees. Yes, that's right...I said some. I am not sure if it is clear from the following picture, but the large tree on the left was essentially two huge oaks sharing a base. This afternoon the right side emancipated itself and took out two other trees in the process. These were not small trees. They were massive and grand...and now they are gone. If anyone is keeping score, that is 5 large trees we have lost in the two years we have been here.
The tree service was able to come out and clear my driveway this afternoon. They'll be back to finish their work after the remainder of the storms clear tomorrow.
We are left with a gaping hole in our once picturesque tree line, a hefty bill for cleanup, very costly firewood and a great object lesson about having insufficient roots when the rains and winds of life come.
We are also left with grateful hearts that our animals, our home and lives were spared. They were beautiful, but they were just trees.