Monday, December 3, 2012

There's A Man In My Tree

Actually, there's more than one man in my tree.

People who know me well would not be surprised because having a man or two in my tree is generally my idea of a fun time.

Our big old oak tree needed her skirt lifted and a haircut to let the light in.  She was becoming a tad gloomy.  At 80 years old or so, I understand how that can happen. Her leaves were growing so low that they tangled in my hair as I walked up the path to my house.

Getting her skirt lifted has made her feel downright perky again.  The sun started peeking through her branches as they cut her back a bit.  Plus, she's no longer growing into the upper floor of our home.   

She was tended to this afternoon by 8 handsome young Mexican men.  They sang to her, gently trimmed her up nice and pretty, and took the dead branches off of her.  They disposed of all of her debris in a very respectful way.

After their loving tending, the guys stood across the street to admire her with big smiles on their faces.  As they cleaned up, I could hear some serenading in Spanish.

I took the young men out a bucket full of ice cold beers.  Their big smiles at my "tip" made my heart sing.

33 comments:

  1. "Getting her skirt lifted has made her feel downright perky again.  The
    sun started peeking through her branches as they cut her back a bit. 
    Plus, she's no longer growing into the upper floor of our home. "

    Hooray!

    And you RULE for bringing them a bucket full of ice cold beer!

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  2. I love people that take good care of their trees.  I have a couple of trees that I have to baby as well. I am glad the tree pruners were respectful.

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  3. That sure is a nice tip.  And I bet the tree is grateful for all the grooming she received just in time for the holidays.  I just realized I could use some grooming myself.  A  haircut will lift my spirits. 

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  4. We found a really highly touted arbor company on line.  They were adorable!  It sounds like I'm exaggerating, but honestly, I'm not.  They sang to the old girl as they groomed her.

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  5.  They were so sweet, Meleah!  Just lovely guys!

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  6. TheEquestrianVagabondDecember 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    whenever I think of or admire old trees, I always think of the Ents in Lord of the Rings! Trees *do* have souls! I am a total tree hugger. I love to put my arms around and hug big old trees. I know they appreciate it.

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  7.  I love this huge old oak.  She's a beauty!  And in hot weather, it's ten degrees cooler under her!  I treasure her and $1,600 is a lot of money, but she's worth every dime to have her fixed up real pretty!

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  8. You are such a generous and giving person!

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  9.  Actually, Jeanie, I'm a sucker for handsome young Mexican guys.

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  10. Bless you my child. Old beautiful trees cannot be replaced. We have idiots - blooming idiots- in our town who have started clear cutting their yards of lovely 100 year old trees. The reason- - - they fear the trees may fall on their homes. My attitude - Chicken little - the sky is not falling and if it does that is why you have insurance, houses can be rebuilt, 100 year old oaks cannot and have you ever considered relocating to Kansas? To quote Joyce Kilmer,"Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree." And,kudos for the bucket of beers. My DH always says, nothing is more efficient than 8 men with machetes. 

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  11. I'm glad you gave the old gal a makeover. I'm sure she appreciates it and will reward your kindness by continuing to watch over your home for many years to come.

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  12.  I know, right?  This glorious old tree delights me.  She stands there sun and rain and protects us from both.  Acorns fall off of her that can be mashed and eaten.  I have neighbors who have said "cut it down'.  Oh HELL NO!  I love her and she'll stand as long as I do.  Buckets of beer are so loving.  These guys deserved it!  And they were darling too, singing to her and all.  Not everyone understands, Ann, but we do!

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  13.  She is really beautiful.  I'm so glad we gave her the spa day, Lauren!

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  14. Oh the who man-a-tree.

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  15. You are so punny you make me laugh!

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  16. They sang to the tree? I'm smitten with them. How lovely!

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  17.  Fi, indeed they did!  It was magical!  Two of them kissed her trunk when they were leaving.  It seriously brought tears to my eyes!

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  18. Wow! With all that singin' and lovin', I bet your tree was smitten too.

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  19.  She was all aglow in the sunlight!  She likes Mexican men too.

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  20. I feel the same way after a 'trim'.  xox

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  21. I don't suppose any of those 8 lovely Mexican men would want to come to Canada and trim my skirt... I mean my tree's skirt?  :-) Seriously, I'm glad they were so respectful. She is a majestic lady and deserves no less. Just like her owner!

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  22.  I really did love the way they treated her!  I would have liked to keep at least a couple of them for me.  (Alex is gone so much, he wouldn't mind I'm sure!)

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  23.  I feel the same way after a trim too!  Or after something anyway!  :)

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  24. Awww you are wonderful!!! I love the way you described this :)

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  25. Very nicely written Linda.  And I love the little 'tip' at the end.  They earned it.

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  26.  Thank you, Katherine!  I love seeing people doing work they enjoy and doing it with pride! 

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  27. nothin wrong with a good old fashioned skirt lifting and a trim, could use one myself thanks for the reminder

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  28. Bravo for such loving care of your old tree.  I have seen much butchery of beautiful trees.

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  29.  I love old trees.  They have spirits I'm sure.

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  30. Getting her skirt lifted has made her feel downright perky again. - LOVE the way you put it, truly a woman who has a way with words!

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