April 9, 2020

Life is Just a Bowl of Broccoli

Kitties!  Through the years my mom and the kitties who came before me, have spoken of all the trees we have.  I decided to put a picture here so you can see for yourself.  Every time another tornado comes through or a severe thunderstorm the town will worry about the forest of trees toppling on our homes.  And that happens quite often.

My town was carved out of thick woods/forest.  The trees are very old and very very tall.  Mom finally got two in the front yard down much as she disliked doing that. One was a maple and one was an oak. The oak was 90' tall.  The company who took it down couldn't get to the top with their bucket fully extended.  So of course when it was sawn at the top and the pieces were lowered to the ground with ropes. It made mom  truly sad to let it go.  The maple 60' tall as well.  But they either one would have cut our house in two as happened across the street with the neighbors home.

I'll think of all these things and more *I'm snoring this second in time* as all this time  we have been stuck in the house.  It passes before my grape green eyes!

We will get through this is what mom says and I believe her.  XXOO


Eastside Cats said...

We have big trees too, Katie, but I have no idea how tall they are.
I do know, that when fully leafed out, the ground get no sunlight, so we have a wonderful crop of moss for most of the yard.
Right now, however, the trees have bare branches, and when the sun is out, it's delightful!

Brian said...

It really is sad to see the trees go but you sure don't want them falling into the house sweet Katie!

pilch92 said...

That is sad about the trees, but safety first. I can't imagine the cost of removing those. Stay healthy. XO

WILLIE...! =(^..^)= said...

We will Katie..We will get through it!

Shame about the trees, especially my
favourite the Oak..But! As you said if
there's a danger of it falling on some
ones home, then it must come down..
Bit to big to dig up and plant somewhere

You all have a nice weekend..Happy Easter,
and not to many eggs now..not that your
allowed any..no chocolate for pussy~cats
or dogs for that matter..!

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thanks for sharing. We can see why you disliked taking them down but safety is the key. We hope you have been doing well during this time. Katie enjoy your snooze. Have a wonderful day.
World of Animals

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

It's sad the tree had to go. But it's better to be safe!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

It is sad to see big mature trees taken down, but safety must come first.

Kitties Blue said...

Most of our really big trees are gone now, and the same for many people around town. Our 100+ year old oak came down in a wind storm several years ago. Luckily it fell away from the house. Smashed the neighbors car and took out the electricity in our neighborhood. It is sad to see these old trees go, but it is better to be safe. You live in a truly beautiful area. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

That's sad about trees going but better to be safe.

There is a small woodland area at the back of our road. We don't think the trees are very old and we love seeing them from our windows. Trees are amazing.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Katie Isabella,
Well, today we had the tree man come to our yard for assessing our plans. The Scarlet oak, beautiful red leaves in the fall, but out of sight from our home... It also grew so crooked due to the light being stolen from the neighbor's wooded lot. AND... all leaves end up in our pond, making it not look better. So Pieter said that had to go and I agree. Our live oak has grown so huge that with one big branch part it touches the house... so that two will get two big 'arms' cut off. There was a stump in the lawn from one of the hurricane winds that toppled our giant pecan tree. It better gets grind up. And the golden oak is being pestered by a huge oak branch from the very big oak tree that was on this property before we arrived, so that oak tree looses some arms too. And another tree that Pieter tried to prune back needs some more work done that was too high and too heavy for him and his teenage helper.
It cost a fortune each time but what can you do?! Trees are beautiful to look at and for kitties to scratch their bark, for climbing up on the golden oak and for shade.
We treasure living like this; it is a privilege!
Hugs and wishing you stay safe.

William’s Kith & Kin said...

Looks like paradise around your house, Katie!

Our mom is always sad to see trees go away. Long before us and back when Mom had the house, a giant tree limb fell and crushed her car. The tree, as it turned out, was in bad shape and had to be removed. It was pretty tall, too, so there was a bucket and a chipper and a bunch of guys to handle it. It was quite the entertainment for folks on her street.

The people who bought the house removed the other tree at some point, and Mom was heartbroken.

The Island Cats said...

We’re sorry to hear the trees had to go. But we understand that your house needs to be protected. At our old house we had to have 6 trees removed because they were diseased. That was a sad day.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

I love trees and hate to see them come down.

John Bellen said...

I've mentioned before how wonderful it must be to live amongst the trees like that, even if some must come down now and then.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

It's sad when the big old trees have to go, even if it's necessary.

The Whiskeratti said...

I'm sorry about the trees. Here in Tallahassee, FL, we have LOTS of trees, so I understand.

PS: your mom is very wise, it's ok to believe her.

Pam and Teddy said...

Oh Katie my parents worry a bit about the trees we have too - our house is in the middle of what was solid trees and they only took down the bare minimum to build our house. There are huge trees and when we have high wind - well - it's a bit scary. Your Mom was smart to take down the ones threatening your happy home. You can rest easy dear Katie.

Hugs, Teddy

Tamago said...

You live in a beautiful wooded area. I have coworker whose house was destroyed by a fallen tree like your neighbor. It’s sad to let trees cut down but we don’t want you to be in danger, either.
Have a wonderful weekend, Katie san xoxo

My Mind's Eye said...

Tall trees are very scary Katie Isabella...we had to have some close to our house cut down after several near misses.
Happy Good Friday to you and Mom

Cupcake said...

Trees falling on houses is not fun at all. It makes storms very scary. We think your mom was smart to get them out of there.

Love and licks,

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

No trees in our yard, our landlord in their wisdom removed them years ago

Sasha + Saku said...

Our mom bean loves trees! In our old place we had many, many trees but in this yard there are only a few.

Have a great nap Katie!

The J-Cats said...

OF COURSE you will get through this, sweet Katie - but you need to help your Mom at this difficult time. Watch over her and make sure She stays safe.

Purrs to you, Dear Furriend.

Just Mags said...

Sweet Katie we know how your mom feels, we have had to have 3 trees taken down for the same reason. We still have one that needs to come down, a very tall and thick one tgat us oing to be very expensive to have taken down. It makes me sad to ever have to see trees taken down or lost, but we have to do some things for our safety. Give your sweet mom nose kisses for us, she is so nice to visit us and comment. Love, hugs and nose kisses for you both from Chancy and me.

meowmeowmans said...

We are so sorry those trees had to come down, Katie, but it is the most safe thing.

Clarissa said...

Dearest Katie,

We understand about the trees in your neighborhood and in your yard. A number of years ago mom had two maple trees, a holly tree, and a dogwood tree taken down. The maples were rotting from the inside and every time it stormed, branches would fall down. One went through our neighbor's garage roof. The holly tree had gotten so large it was taking over the front yard. That one hurt mom because she loved it so much. She found it as a seedling and her dad planted it where a big Dutch Elm had been. The dogwood tree had bores in it and it was dying.

And mom said she understands about the trees and tornadoes. She was a young girl, 13 years old, when a big tornado hit Louisville, KY. It cut a path through the Highlands area and Cherokee Park. This was a stones throw from mom's house. She was at a friend's house and hid in their basement when the sirens started going off. That was in April 1974.

Give your mom some head butts from us!

Angel Clarissa & Co.