Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

A bit of backstory first.. right around Christmas Eve of this past year, we had a huge wind storm and part of a very large tree came crashing down. Actually, it must not have crashed that loudly as it came down when I was home and didn’t even know it! A friend called me on her way home and told me it was blocking the street. Long story short, the city came to take it away, but said that the remaining part of the tree (which was huge) would have to be taken down and it looked like it was on our property line.

Of course, I began to worry about this for many reasons:

  • It could come crashing down on a kid walking home from school, or a car driving by.
  • It would cost quite a penny to have it cut down and hauled away and with it being Christmas time, my accounts were a bit (how shall I say it) s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d.
  • It could come crashing down onto the house which we just bought 7 months ago.

So the city told us that they would review the property lines and let us know whether the tree was our responsibility or our neighbors. You see, the property line in that one spot, is zig-zagged somewhat. So we waited, We emailed. We called. No response. No news is good news right? Well, after many weeks the tree remained intact.

In the meantime, there was THE rain storm of all rain storms for these parts and several storms that blew through with wind gusts upward of 60mph. I had nightmares about the tree crashing down. Yet the tree still stood.

So the other night I am sitting home, watching TV and my husband comes in and says…”Did you notice what was missing in the front yard?”. I thought he was referring to my garden flag that keeps blowing off the damn pole so he asked me again. You know how husbands can be when they want to surprise you with something. They drag it out. So I hoist myself off the couch and wander over to the living room window and lo and behold.. the tree is gone!

Let me repeat. The tree is gone. Where did it go? How could I have come home, gotten out of the car, walked up to my door and not noticed that a very large tree was missing from my front yard? I must be losin’ it. I have no idea who took it down or when.

Now here is a picture of my house. See all that lovely shade to the left there?? That was from the tree. The place looks completely different now. Although I am glad the Tree Fairy took care of the job, I am thinking I may have to plant something in its place as it is going to be a long, hot summer. Don’t you think?

Ti (who will try to be more observant next time)

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Too Many Books and So Little Time

You may not know this about me, but I get crazy when I do not have the time to sit down, and read a book. The past few weeks have been spent tackling all the little chores that I didn’t get done during the production week of Oliver. I guess you can say I am playing a mean game of “catch-up” right now. I hate playing “catch-up” although it does feel good to finally mark some stuff off my “to do” list.

Of course the downside is that all my reading.. the “to read” pile and the “currently reading” pile begin to collect a thick layer of dust as I rudely ignore them. In the back of my mind the clock is always ticking. Next week is book group and I have yet to crack the book open. It’s a long one too but life keeps getting in the way.

Last night my son started rehearsals for his next show, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Audtions begin next week and the cycle starts all over again. With work, the commute home and extra-curricular activities I end up with 30 min to myself at the end of the day and usually I don’t do much with that 30 min. I usually end up collapsing in bed and calling it a day.

I guess there is no easy way to work it all in and sometimes it is just easier to throw your hands up, take a deep breath and just accept that you do what you can, when you can and that that may not be a bad thing afterall. Right?

Later,

Ti

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