Timber! Part 2

Two posts in one day? It doesn’t happen often, but circumstances had me typing out this second post early this morning.

Back on September 5th, I published a post about one of the oak trees on our lot that was dead and had come crashing down with a huge THUD! See here. The good news was there was no damage to our house. We needed to have that tree removed and also needed to have three other dead or dying trees on the property cut down before they also fell and did serious damage. Well, our next door neighbor “knew a guy” who removed trees. Mike assessed the situation and gave us a very reasonable quote of $2000. We got a second quote from a commercial tree removal service that came in at $4000. We called Mike and gave him the go ahead and he’s planning on getting the work done next week. Sweet.

However, yesterday I pulled into the driveway after a trip to the local comic book shop and saw my wife standing in the garage still in her pajamas with a very worried look on her face. She said she had just heard another huge THUD, this time coming from the garage. I quickly scanned the garage, but saw nothing out of place. Well, as soon as I walked out the back door I knew what was up. Argh!!! The riser on the garage roof was bent way over at a 45o degree angle (see photo above) resulting in the electrical power lines strung from the house to the transformer in the corner of the lot sagging badly. What happened??? A big dead limb (see photo below) from a neighbor’s oak tree leaning over our property, had broken off and came crashing down on our power lines, pulling over our riser. Thankfully, we still had power.

So the misery of removing the four dead trees has now been compounded by this damage to the riser. So I ask again, whose idea was it to buy a house in a wooded lot? Ach. We’re now in the process of getting estimates to repair the riser. The very same riser was pulled over three years ago when a different neighbor’s dead oak fell on the shared power lines. The repair cost then was $1500, so I’m expecting at least $2000.

This riser fiasco happened at the same time Hurricane Ian was/is pummeling Florida. Compared to that catastrophe, our damage is just a miniscule blip on the radar.

We live in a fallen world where these natural catastrophes, big and small, come suddenly and often without much warning. Climate change seems to be precipitating and accelerating these natural disasters. There’s more and more of them and they seem to be getting more severe. A “historic” or “generational” climate/weather event seems to be happening in this country monthly. I pray for the folks in Florida, that they recover from this calamity. It’s going to be a long road of rebuilding for millions of residents, many of them elderly and not in the best of health. I pray that many in their despair come to trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone. Sin and its consequences is mankind’s biggest calamity.

Above: The offending dead limb from a neighbor’s tree.

19 thoughts on “Timber! Part 2

  1. That is rough. Will your home owner’s help with this? Perhaps they will be able to hold your neighbor’s accountable. My dad had that issue with his neighbor’s dying walnut trees (a mess on SO many levels). You are so right about living in a sin stained world. The reports coming out of FL are absolutely heartbreaking. Praying for you and Corinne.

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. It’s no-fault insurance here so the neighbor can’t be held liable if the damage is on our property. We have a $1500 deductible so we may be submitting a claim depending on the estimate.
      Yes, the situation in Florida is heartbreaking. Thanks for your prayers. I hope you’re doing well with your studies and I’m praying for you and Nathan.

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      1. Glad your mom got through it OK. I’ll be calling my sisters in Naples later today. The three are holed up in Sue’s apartment because the building is hurricane-proof. Don’t know if my sister’s house sustained damage. The news reports half of Naples’ streets are underwater.

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      2. Yup, it’s a very bad situation down there. It’s only five miles from Sue’s building to my other sister’s house, but they have no way to get over there and see if it was damaged. Uber isn’t running.No water, power only in communal areas at Sue’s building.

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  2. Sorry to hear about this Tom. Very frustrating I’m sure. We’ll pray it all works out for you guys. 🙏

    Mandy, I’m so glad your mom’s home was spared. 🙌🏻. We didn’t lose power or water here and we’ve been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. 🙌🏻

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  3. Wow I know you told me hints about this in the comments but to see that it effected the electrical wiring shows how much more bad this happened. It seems with homes there are always problems all around and always need of emergency money being spent whether inside and in this case also outside the home! What a reminder we are in a fallen world

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    1. Always something with a house. $2.4K for the repair plus another 2.4K to upgrade the house from 100 to 200 amps. The house was built in 1956 when they were all 100 amp. Can’t handle an electric car charger for example. Thought we better bite the bullet now. Yeah, this world is fallen as we see in Florida.

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    1. Thanks, Andy! My tree troubles are minuscule compared to what’s going on in Florida, but I appreciate your gracious comments! I’m enjoying your posts as a new follower. I noticed your good comments on my buddy SlimJim’s blog.


  4. “I pray that many in their despair come to trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone.” AMEN AND AMEN!
    “Sin and its consequences is mankind’s biggest calamity.” AMEN AND AMEN!!

    I pray everything works out good for you in this situation!!! Yes it may seem a “blip” but it’s your “blip” 🙏🏻🙌❤️

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Got some texts yesterday saying that there is no damage to my one sister’s house in Naples, which is amazing given she’s only a few blocks from the Gulf.

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