Lots and lots of trees.
And I love them.
I love the birds and critters that call them their home and visit our feeders every morning.
I love to see the dappled sunlight through their leaves in the spring and summer.
I love the bright yellow and orange display they provide in the fall.
I love them covered in glistening snow in the winter.
I love to watch their tops sway slightly in the wind--tree dancing, I call it.
Sigh. So pretty.
But my love affair with our trees may be at an end.
Trees get old. They get diseased. And then you have to take them down. Or they fall on their own. Plus, this year we had a "land hurricane" called a Derecho.
And right about now I'm wishing my chosen profession had been to become a tree-chopper. Do you have any idea how much it costs to take one of these suckers down?
Depending on it's location, what type of wood it is, etc., around here it will cost you in the ballpark of $2,000 to $3,500. Per tree.
We've had to take down or chop up four trees this year.
We're lucky though. Our tree guy gave us a bit of a discount because we gave him so much business. A bulk rate, if you will.
Four. You do the math.
We had a nice vacation planned for next month. We were going to go to Mackinac Island in Michigan.
It looks charming on Mackinac Island. You ride horses or bikes everywhere. We've never been.
But instead, we'll be here. Yep. Us and our trees.
I tried to call our tree guy yesterday to ask him a question. Turns out he's on vacation.
On another island.