Tuesday, June 6, 2017


We had two trees in the backyard that were originally planted to close together and were starting to interfere with their growth.  So, we had one removed today.  Ralph Hansen came this morning and had the tree down and hauled away in under 30 minutes.  He did a fine job.  Now all this is left is to get the stump removed.  Here are a few pictures.

This is the before picture.  The tree in the middle is the one going down.

Cutting the major limbs that can be reached off first.

Tree all ready to come down now.

The tree is down and he planned and did fall the tree right onto the wagon so that the top could just be cut off and not have to be loaded a piece at a time.   That is Ralph in the red shirt.

Here he is cutting the top off before cutting up the trunk.

All done and ready for the stump grinder.


Sunday, June 4, 2017


We have lived here now for 9 years and one other time about 8 years ago we had a deer in our backyard.  Tonight it happened again.  What looked to be about a year old doe was chowing down on our Cherry tree when Pat first saw her.  She yelled at me that a deer was eating our Cherry tree and I wasn't real sure what she said.  I came into the kitchen where I could see the tree and sure enough there was a deer nibbling on the tree.  I grabbed my camera to get a picture figuring she would take off as soon as she saw me.  I took one picture from inside the house and then went outside to scare her away.  She wasn't scared and moved over to nibble on the apple tree.  I went down from the deck into the yard and started toward her.  She just watched me until I was only about 20 feet away and then moved back toward the river.  But, she didn't want to leave and I chased here all the way around the back yard into the front yard and finally into the neighbors front yard.  This chase was at a medium speed walk.  She finally went on up the street the last we saw of her.  Never saw a deer so unafraid before.  Here are the pictures.

 Deer at the Cherry tree.

 At the Apple tree.

Getting close.

The beginning of the chase around and out of our yard.