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Put the Kettle on....

One Year After 
Sep. 1, 2013 5:24 am 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 3:14 am
Can you remember what you were doing a year ago at this time?  I can with extreme clarity!  I would have been climbing out of my son's old bedroom window, Jon behind me, and our neighbor standing in the yard with a chainsaw.   We had just had a HUGE tree fall on our house, yard, and garage.  I can remember very clearly how my heart was pounding - that had to be one of the scariest moments in my life.  Before it happened the ground was shaking, the walls were rattling and we had no idea why.  Seconds later we knew why....  a white oak that had stood at the edge of our hill into our woods for well over a hundred years gave out about ten feet up the trunk and crashed to the ground.

Jon and our neighbor spent several hours just clearing a path to one of our doors so we didn't have to use the window route.  Clearing the porches and doorways completely took days. A crane had to remove the trunk and several large branches from the yard. The rest was all done by human power. Mine, Jon's, and my dad's human power.  We cut and carried wood every spare moment for days.  We gave away about 85% of the firewood and we still have enough wood to burn in our fireplace for years. If we have a fire every night I figure we'll use it up in about three years. 

A year and about $29,000 later - our house is good as new.  In fact it is better than it was; we got new siding, a new roof, one new window, a few feet of a new chimney, new gutters......   

Jon wanted to do the repair work himself.  That way we could upgrade some things, since the insurance company was giving us money for the work to be done.  Our insurance company was wonderful - we heard so many horror stories, but not once did ours disagree or refuse to pay for anything.  In fact, when he came out to inspect damages and review the quotes he even added on a few things like money for a new walkway because a couple of our bricks had been broken.

Repairs took forever.  Immediate necessary repairs were taken care of within days - like the roof, the one broken window, inspection of the gas line that runs right where the tree fell. Everything else was done as it got done, but is finished now.

On that day we had a party planned here for our daughter's birthday. That party still went on, the topic of conversation was mostly about the uninvited guest who took up the entire yard and blocked the doorways. 

This morning I went out on my porch and sat in my chair.  I looked up into the woods at all of the trees still standing and then I looked at the empty spot left by the oak tree.  Things are very still and quiet out there and I hope it stays that way!

Happy Labor Day to all.  Spend some time with family and friends.  Relax.  I for one plan to catch up on my reading and enjoy one (or two) of the chocolate muffins I baked yesterday.
Sep. 1, 2013 7:49 am
Good Morning, Mother Ann! I remember reading about the hugh oak tree and the damage that ensued. I am glad that your house is repaired. I hope you enjoy your Labor Day Holiday!
Sep. 1, 2013 10:01 am
Thanks, Lela! So far, so good! :)
Sep. 1, 2013 10:29 am
You were lucky in several respects, no one got hurt and your insurance company was honorable. There are still so many people here, unable to repair their homes because their insurance companies are low balling them.
Sep. 1, 2013 10:41 am
BSM - We were very lucky! That is a shame that insurance companies are treating people like that! I hope things work out for everyone.
Sep. 4, 2013 6:45 am
It feels good when a long term project finally is over. Now you can rest and relax a bit knowing that all has been taken care of. Yep. That's a very good feeling. Hope your weekend was a good one!
Sep. 5, 2013 3:14 am
Doc - Now Jon is going to have to get to work and start on that deck and screened in porch! But it does feel good to close one chapter, that's for sure!
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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