The biggest excitement of our week? The men that are up in the tree in our back yard. It’s pretty thrilling. They are topping our huge pine tree. Or re-topping it. It was topped about 20 years ago and now has grown about 50 feet from there, and there is rot going down the trunk where it was originally topped. So, since there are definite branches that are going toward our house and our neighbor’s house, we are getting it re-topped. Its actually been pretty amazing and a huge amount of work for the five men who are spending their day in our backyard and in the tree. Really impressive work… this is like a day long episode of “Dirty Jobs” live. Not only is there a guy 100 feet in the air, above our house, but he has a chain saw hanging from his belt, spikes on his shoes so he doesn’t need to worry about where the branches are, and he can chain smoke while he takes limbs and whole three foot wide branches down and lowers them with a pulley system that he built in the tree. On the ground, the other guys help lower the branches, chip them into their huge truck (which is already almost full), and chop up rounds of firewood. Check on Craigslist soon if you’re interested in cheap wood by the cord. Hopefully the tree won’t look horrible from the front yard where you will be able to see that it was topped. I’m sure it will look fine from the backyard when you’re sitting under it. And with any luck, we might end up with a little bit more sunlight.