.... the potatoes are in the oven and the fillets are marinating in some Worcester sauce in the fridge... a quick-moving storm came through as I was washing the potatoes, but it is gone now... but the rumblings of a second one are off on the horizon... with any luck, it will hit about the time I put the steaks on the grill.... 2pm, hopefully... that's a nice, civilized time to have a Thursday lunch...

... I sat out on the deck a few minutes ago and listened to the birds.. they seemed none too happy... I suppose they were a bit miffed at their impromptu bath... either way, they were making quite a racket... the leaves of the trees surrounding the patio were shiny from the rain and the whole backyard echoed with the drops dripping from the branches... good stuff, the rain.... even if the birds thought it unpleasant, the trees and my newly planted grass enjoyed it.. of that, I am certain...

... one of the trees is looking a bit worn-down though... the top half appears to be dead and the rest doesn't look much better... he stands out markedly beside his vigorously sprouting neighbors.... a victim of a fumbling bulldozer operator, I guess... the contractors who built my house four years ago tried their best to leave as many adult trees as possible... and in a few instances, it is evident on their trunks that the operator missed the mark a few times... bark has been skinned or roots uncovered... and around here, once the bark is peeled, an army of insects attacks with a vengeance...

... I have mulled over cutting it down, but I always end up just giving it another chance... I mean, just because it is half-dead doesn't mean it should be culled... who knows, it might recover... besides, getting hit by a bulldozer's blade wasn't the tree's fault...

.... maybe the rain today will help it... maybe the ringing of the thunder will wake it up.. I hope so... because I don't think I'll cut it just yet....

by Eric on May 25, 2006 | Bullshit (8) | TrackBack (1) | Thinking
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Oh good... Poor tree.

I have a neighbor up the street that has cut down almost every mature tree he has. Perfectly healthy, beautiful trees... Another one went down yesterday.

'Course, the stupid prick *also* painted his house orange last year. Who knows what's wrong with the guy.

Bullshitted by Richmond on May 25, 2006 01:14 PM

I've gone one of those trees, too. I don't have the heart to take it's been sprayed and fed, but looks pretty sad...every leaf has been eaten by bugs.

I believe I'm over the mountains from you ... these storms amaze me. Right before you returned from Scotland, the lightening lit up the sky almost all strike after another. Dogs were going crazy, so I went outside on the porch and rocked away with a glass of wine and watched the light show.

Bullshitted by vicki on May 25, 2006 04:11 PM

... sounds like he's probably a Longhorn fan, Richmond...

... and yeah, Vicki.. you guys will be getting the storm right after it hits here... they pretty much always come in from the southwest... and watching a thunderstorm in the rain with a glass of wine is just about perfect... good for you...

Bullshitted by Eric on May 25, 2006 04:32 PM

The old tree might pull out--give it a bite of fertilizer and try to trim off the dead wood and see what happens. I have a pretty good looking live oak that I didn't think was gonna pull out of it after the sumbitches hit it with the blade when they were clearing the place. But I wouldn't let them take it down and have been babying it for three years and I think it is gonna make it. If not it will make somebody some good barbque wood later on.

Bullshitted by GUYK on May 25, 2006 06:05 PM

I don't know what it is about trees - I'm not a tree-hugger in the environmentalist sense but I have a thing for deformed or "odd" trees. There were two on a long drive I used to make everyday when I lived in the country, one had two tops and the other looked like a deformed Bonsai tree...I always used to say "there's my tree" when I drove by them. Even my kids would say "there's mom's tree". I hope your old tree makes it.

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on May 25, 2006 08:40 PM

I was just sittin on the porch thinking - "there are three dead trees that I need to have taken out." Maybe I'll find time to do that one day!

Bullshitted by oddybobo on May 25, 2006 08:52 PM

There's allota difference between a Longhorn fan and a Longhorn.
Orange is just a color.
Texas is a State of mind.
That was close, brother!

Bullshitted by marcus on May 26, 2006 07:06 AM

I'm trying this product to see how it works on my sick tree.

Watched This Old House on PBS lastnight...landscaper put thick layer of rich composted soil 10-15' around a tree for flowerbed...he said the soil, fertilizer and water would help the tree grow better.

Bullshitted by vicki on May 26, 2006 10:36 AM