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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Save the Trees!

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We first crossed the border from North Carolina into Virginia in search of a new cabin location on December 11th.

It was cold and windy, and we didn’t take much time to wander the property because we were just beginning our search.

Now that the papers are signed and it’s a done-deal, it’s time to get acquainted with this land.

I spotted this tree at the far side of the yard – some how I had missed it before, but it made me laugh.

“Hello, tree.  I guess we are now neighbors. We are going to be good friends, and I plan on talking to you a lot. I am sure you will be a good listener.”

This tree is going to need a name.  It will come to me.

However, there won’t be naming of ALL the trees on this property – because it goes like this:

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Try to count them all.

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Or maybe these?

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The cabin is barely visible – until the leaves emerge!

Then we won’t be seeing the forest for the trees.

There are 49 football fields of dense wooded mountain on our property.  And this is why I had to laugh. 

I posted via facebook about the Hughes net satellite internet fail – and not being able to get a signal due to a “small clump of trees” (about 5 trees close to the garage that actually could fall on the cabin in a storm) that need to be removed so that we could get a signal and have internet. 

The Hubster was already raring to fire up the chain saw and get those trees gone.

SO many people put their .02 cents in of “Save the trees!  Do anything else, but don’t cut down the trees!  Call a ham radio operator, they can put up an antenna for you!” And I just laughed and laughed.

I can read the headlines now: "Virginia Chain-Saw Tree Massacre!"

If I lived in Southeastern Idaho where we once lived, or in Texas where we once lived –and had no idea how the tree population in Southwest Virginia was, I might put up a cry to “SAVE THE TREES!”

If you put a hand on any tree on this property, you can reach out your other hand and touch another tree.  The removal of 4 to 5 trees from near the top of the drive isn’t going to hurt anything.

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More trees and big mossy rocks.

My natural landscaping of choice.

What this whole “Save the trees!” event did for me was make me realize that there is, perhaps – too many voices all stating their opinions at once at what I need to do, and how I need to do it, and I will smile, put my fingers in my ears and sing “lalalalalala!” because ultimately we are the ones who have to live our own lives, make our own decisions, and that is the way it should be.

Those opinions from others also don’t have all of the information needed behind them to make them valid.  If they had known ALL of the details, they may have come to a different conclusion themselves.  They were only coming from their own point of view.

As it stands, the trees are safe for this week, at least.  And maybe a bit longer.  The Hubster has another pet project at the ready:

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Some trees give their lives to be buildings!

Do you spot the load of lumber at the bottom of the hairpin turn?  We had a load of lumber delivered for the building of a shed-to-be. (What is a man without his shed?!) The delivery truck has NO WAY of turning around at the top of the drive, even if they could make the steep hairpin turn, so the lumber was off-loaded at the bottom.

When I posted about this, the comment was that folks would have DEMANDED that the lumber be delivered all the way to the top because that is what we paid for, after all -- how did the cabin get built?  Again.  They didn't have all of the info.  The truck can't go all the way up, because it would have trouble getting back down.  But opinions just fly, don't they?

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It has to go UP THERE!

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Pickup and trailer to the rescue!

It was a lovely day.  I started out in a denim shirt over my t-shirt (quilter’s uniform of choice!) and quickly discarded the denim shirt.  A pair of leather gloves, a bottle of water, and we loaded the trailer TWICE to bring everything up to the top.  I wanted a remote location.  We’ve got it.  I wanted wilderness.  We’ve got it!

I took some photos of the interior and how that is coming along with quilts on the beds and rails and other homey things, but this post was just about "Save the Trees!" and my love of being outside getting to know my new space.

We arrived home late afternoon yesterday, about 100 miles door to door.  It’s an easy drive, and a beautiful one through the mountains, and before I know it I won’t mind the extra 30 minutes drive further than the old cabin.

I was so in the “fix it up” mood when we got home, that I had to attack my studio space here too and pare down a bit, clean up a bit, reorganize a bit, and before I knew it it was past 1am.

There will likely be a nap today.

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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Orphan block crumb quilt made by me. Hand quilted.

In this amazing age of social media the margins around the edges of our personal lives get narrower and narrower.

It often feels like the entire world has an opinion on what we should be doing or how we should be doing it.

This is a reminder to myself that I am allowed to set my own boundaries. We all need them.

It is also a reminder to me that I need to be cautious when voicing my opinions to others via social media.  Am I overstepping THEIR boundaries?

I think comments are meant to be helpful for the most part, but if we wouldn’t state our opinions in that way to someone’s face in conversation, maybe we need to keep those opinions to ourselves or be careful how we word them on the internet.

Fingers in the ears and “lalalalala!” works for me!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone! 

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79 comments:

csnyder said...

One of those trees is named Bob Barker. Tell him hi. Happy Day!

Myrna said...

Here's my opinion about the trees...they're your trees, do what you want with them. Living on a farm, I understand that, with 42 acres on a mountain, you've got plenty more trees. I'm sure Quilt Villa VA will be a real showplace soon.

Christine said...

You are a good sport, Bonnie. You share your life with us but it is your life.

Christine from Ontario

Genee' Davis said...

Lol lalala works! City folk really crack me up! They are the most vocal regarding nature and farming it seems. Good to know they are trying to educate themselves, but they need the full scope of sutuations! Ha ha
I'm so excited for your new adventure! Glad to hear it's only 30 minutes drive more. I was wondering the additional distance for when your sons come to visit!
Take time to enjoy your new home away from home! It's lovely and I love your new dining room table!
Have a blessed day and hope Dave has fun building his new shed!

Marianne Jeremenko said...

We live on 55 acres, 35 are woods. We systematically bring down small spindly trees which makes room for other trees to grow bigger. And for some beautiful wild flowers to grow. Our trees. Our decision. Love the tree with the face!

Nancy Mccallum said...

Hi Bonnie, It made me smile to read about all of the "advice" you are getting on your new cabin and tree removal & lumber delivery. :) As far as the trees go, good forest management which includes the removal of some trees will make the remaining forest even more "alive" with wildlife and allow the big trees to grow even bigger. Have a great day and enjoy your new place.

khowardquilts said...

Oh, so many people have their oppinions! They must not have enough going on in their own lives to keep them busy.

I am not an expert on trees, but from what I see in the photos, the small trees are much too thick and over time the weaker ones will die out and even whole groups. I suspect that this is new growth where most of the big trees have been cut. Is the whole lot this way or just near the house and road? Woodland is very common where I live. Woodland can be valuable and other times it isjust scrub trees that aren't worth much even as firewood. There are definitly different ways to manage the trees. You can let nature take its course and not thin. But I have a feeling that your husband will be having fun with his chainsaw, and do some removing of the weaker trees and trimming out 4 wheeler trails.

Me and My Stitches said...

My hubby wastes tons of paper and it drives me nutty. One time I told him he was killing trees (said in jest, I'm not a tree hugger - lol). He laughed and said that he has planted hundreds of trees (very true!), so he could waste paper if he wanted to. So...SAVE THE TREES...or not...whatever makes you happy!!!

Aileen said...

Lovely! What a great new adventure. Best of everything in your new digs!

Aileen in Flroida

Kim LeMere said...

We have moved many times and it amazes me how folks have an opinion on what we do with the land, whether it be tearing out flowers, painting the place and yes cutting down trees. Its yours, make your self happy and I think you need to be connected to the outside world so make it happen. Glad you got that lumber up the hill and its nice to have the equipment to make it easier to do. Moving gets harder the older we get.

Eileen Tuss said...

I am a firm believer that unsolicited advice is criticism.

elively said...

About two years ago we had a large 150 year diseased oak taken down. We were sad to lose it but it was a hazard to our street and driveway. One of the large trees nearby had a large bend in its trunk caused by its seeking sunlight around its larger neighbor. Taking out several trees will cause their neighbors to grow larger and allow more wildflower to flourish in the added sunlight. This is good for bees and the resident animals. We aren't talking about clear cutting here. It is only a few trees and they will never be missed!

Thank you for sharing your life with us. In our social media frenzied world people often forget to filter what they write the way they would in a conversation. I hope you are able to disregard these thoughtless comments d enjoy your new hide away! It looks lovely!
Ellie

Kim Ochsner said...

Looks like you have a beautiful piece of paradise!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

stitchinpenny said...

Bonnie, I am glad you are happy and doing the things at the cabin that bring you joy.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

have a wonderful day Bonnie - a lot of people do not realize how thick the trees can be - my little section of Arkansas looks a lot like your little section of VA - I can't take a walk though part of my forest as I can't get through the trees!! We keep cutting and they keep growing! the cycle of the forest.

Evelyn V said...

Oh I love your attitude and that gorgeous new area where you have moved. I bet spring wild flowers will be popping up soon if not already.

Lynn Czar said...

Do what you need to do to have the life you want. Other opinions that don't agree, lalalalalal.

Frieda said...

At our old house that we moved from a couple of years, there were about 100 trees on an acre lot. We had a very bad ice storm and had a pile of branches 200 ft long, 10 ft wide and about 10 ft tall after it. We then cut down the pines that were right by the house. I can not explain how scary it was listening to the branches fall. We still had a house that was shaded but that we felt comfortable in. I think you need to cut what is necessary for you to be comfortable.

Teresa Witt said...

Oh Bonnie! This blog hits on the very reason that I could never be a world famous expert blogger. (aside from the fact that I have limited writing skills and even more limited expertise in any subject, lol) You've very eloquently asked that people mind their own business. In the same situation, there is no way I would have been so polite! If your readers haven't figured out that you are a lover of the outdoors and that you value little cabins in the woods by now, they must not be reading very closely. Tree removal is necessary if your goal is to be a good custodian of the land. And if you chose to remove 90% of the trees on your land, that's certainly your business. Congratulations on your new place. Thanks for being so open about your life. I look forward to reading about it!

Marianne said...

Bonnie. Your property. Your rules ! Opinions are worth everything you pay for them right. Enjoy making your cabin your homeđź’•

rebecca said...

I love trees and would never take one down if there wasn't a reason to do so, but sometimes there really is a reason that the tree (or trees) must come down. Living in the midwest, trees are not quite as abundant and a mountain side in Virginia :) You have a beautiful mountain cabin with many trees. Wishing you many happy peaceful days at your new Quiltvilla, VA. Enjoy your seclusion, I am envious.

Unknown said...

Bonnie, I always enjoy your blog and about your life. Sorry for folks that need to give their 2 cents. My DH is in construction and we completely understand about unloading the lumber at the bottom. Would your readers rather hear about the accident the truck had going up and/or down the hill?

Love the tree with the face, reminds me of an old cowboy, only no hat.

Have a lovely day, Sharon in Colorado

Charlotte Kieliszek said...

I admire your ability to live a public life, and enjoy observing your adventures. Thank you for sharing!

Karen said...

I had no idea people could get so upset about cutting a tree, I also live in a forest (northern Michigan) and we have removed over 20 trees and you would not even now it. Also, sometimes it is very good to remove some trees for the over-all health of the forest and the animals. So tell your husband to get that chain saw out and cut away, my only caution is now your trees, so that you don't cut something you might want to save, except those that might come down on your house in a storm. Enjoy you new cabin, stack the wood and you'll have lots of wood for camp fire.

Dale said...

I'm all for saving trees, however, to insure a healthy wood lot, many times trees need to be thinned out. Removing trees that could cause damage to your house is also a good idea. Go ahead and remove them it is your place and I'm sure you aren't breaking any laws,

Wendy said...

Bonnie, have you seen the FB post on the man who comes home from work and touches a tree before he goes in the house? He leaves his work worries with that tree so he can better enjoy his time with the family when home. On seeing your tree with the face, I immediately thought of that post. Maybe it could be your worry tree.

Joan Menard said...

Hello, I'm visiting close to your area, I think,( Gastonia ) on the way home to cold northern Ontario, Canada,from Florida. Talked "my" Hubster into taking me to Mary-Jo's.Serious damage done to visa card, ha ha !

Linda Rae Mason said...

Love the new Quiltville. Your tree with the face looks like a comics character. Have you ever read "Rose is Rose " in the funny papers. She has a Leaning Tree that she visits from time to time. The Character is a sweet lady whose alter ego is a biker chick who looks like Cher.

Debra Godwin said...

Dear Bonnie,

Sorry but not surprised that some people are being pickles. I am so glad you have the strength to live you life as you see fit.

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

I agree with everything you posted. I love your property. It's yours not anyone else's. Personally, I don't know what gives some people a need to tell you how to live. Oh well, the joys of the internets. mary in Az

Laurie Reissler said...

Thanks for sharing your adventures. Enjoy your new cabin in the woods. I have a little house on a lake outside of Mineola Tx and am lovin' it.

Bettie Sue Goolsby-Doyle said...

Unasked for advice is selom heeded. Enjoy everything. The older you get the less you need.
Sue
Thank you all you give and share with us. Bettie in Middle TN

dsbirnie said...

Bonnie, I also live in heavily wooded 40 acre sight. We receive limited television, barely a cell signal, no cable, no dish. We have been able to boost our cell reception by using a booster antenna that picks up both types of signal. Perhaps this could help with your cell reception also. The difference between you and I is you are on top of the grade, I am 60 feet below grade. Check it out, just a suggestion.

grammajudyb said...

I have nothing to add to all the comments above, except to thank you for all you do on this blog. The peek into your life and the lives of your family. Too bad it sometimes comes with a cost. Keep on being you. "lalalalala" works!!

Tammie said...

I had to laugh, because as a firefighter, seeing the forest of small trees, all I could see was how hard it would be to fight a fire if it started in there. Those are the kinds of areas we dread. So, I say, trim all the trees you want. And if you don't want to hear this, I won't get offended if you stick you fingers in your ears and sing...falalalalala... my husband does it to me all the time...:)

Nancy said...

My daughter and son-in-law moved into a house that had a huge Douglas Fir on the lot. It was 120 feet tall. It was decided that it had to be removed because it was at 'end of life'. Trees do have a life span. It was either take it down or have it come down in a storm. Since it was close to the house it was taken down. It cost a pretty penny let me tell you. Once they started removing it, it became obvious it was worse off then they thought. It had be struck by lighting 3 times and was dying right down the middle. The arborist congratulated them on their good judgement. Saying that he saw trees this badly damaged come down it storms every year, many times on houses, where people had wanted to 'save the tree'. The next winter many trees in there neighborhood came down it a bad storm. All had been planted in the subdivision at about the time as the tree that had been removed. Trees are beautiful we love there shade and the sound of the breeze thru the leaves, we do not remove them on a whim. But sometimes they do have to be removed.

kwiltnkats said...

Has anyone thought of the name Treebeard? It's from Lord of the Rings movies. Wikipedia says this:
Treebeard - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treebeard
Treebeard (Sindarin: Fangorn) is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth .... Treebeard also makes an appearance in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers video game as an unplayable character. Treebeard is also a ...

Enjoy your new property! Sandi

julybaby8 said...

I agree with the comments about your trees, you do what you need to do. It's nobody's business. You are a good steward of nature.
Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I look forward to reading about them everyday as I have my morning coffee.

LJ said...

I loved your quote for the day. I always think that I am one who can be pushed to a point and then...that's it...I'm done. I try to remember that about others, too. We used to have those faces on our TWO trees; I thought they were neat. When I saw yours, it made me smile, too. And..."Abe" is the name that popped into my mind. So...I'm calling him Abe. :)

Dale McMasters said...

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Pretty good advice in any age but definitely in this age. I, too, blog and so I understand exactly what you are saying in this post and I feel for you. Just hang in there and be true to yourself. Hugs!

Irene Onderweegs said...

Guess what?
You'll have to talk to a forester, and ask which trees need to be thinned out.
Otherwise none of them will stay healthy, and you'll stay cold.
To stay healthy and in order, trees need maintenance, which they don't appear to have had.
Shrubs foster biting bugs, and there seem to be too many of them
You have a nice opportunity to grow walnuts and berries, grab it!
Make this your own piece of heaven!
(I am contrary, love trees to death, but really hate thickets where no deer can pass by...)
love, Irene

Judy Zoll said...

Check to see if your new state has a conservation department or a department of natural resources. We have programs in our state where those departments will help you manage your wooded areas. They mark trees that need to be removed so other trees can prosper. They also help you determine what you need to do to foster the wildlife that live in your area. They help with controlled burns that protect your property and help the trees overall health. Those who think you should never cut a tree have never lived where trees are abundant or they do not take good care of their trees! I am enjoying your move vicariously!

Barbara said...

Looking forward to seeing pics of your trees and bushes come into bloom/leaf!

Daniel Hine said...

We built a log home and the logs were off-loaded beside the road. It was up to us to move them. That's how it is with truckers. They can't afford to get their truck stuck. LOL SUE

claudia said...

You stated that so eloquently. My feelings are the same as yours. Your life is yours to do with as you please and the decisions you make are to benefit you! Thank you for sharing with us, I certainly appreciate it!

cityquilter grace said...

definitely wilderness and remote...i'd go bonkers there but that' just me...happy in the city and glad you have your country happy too!

Peggy said...

I've had the same problem, friends the West don't realize that the way coast is a different world. We take out the dead dying and overcrowding trees to keep the woods healthy and to use as firewood. Enjoy your new cabin!

Nancy (Quilty Engineer) said...

From one of your pictures it looks like you have a lot of rhododendron or mountain laurel. It will be beautiful in the late spring!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I love reading your stories about finding your home away from home and it sounds like your heart will be happy in this new cabin. Hope to see you tomorrow!

teachpany said...

This is so exciting for you. I'm so glad you found this place, and can care for the trees as you see fit. I had a "tree face" at my house in the Poconos, and loved seeing the funny smile every day. I miss the tree! When I moved, I left the face. There are no big trees where I am now, and will have to find a face for where I go next. Thanks so much for sharing your life. It brings me smiles. Lalala all you want.

Lenore said...

No wonder some of us want to escape to an isolated location. I'm over 'politically correct' people who know everything and want to state their opinion. What's happened to good old common sense. Bonny it's your haven, create your own space. Thank you for sharing your life with us and I love reading your blog.

Susan Torrens said...

I love trees too, but sometimes they just have to go, for various reasons. My son and his wife bought a home with a large fir tree in the yard. They had it checked out and were told it would be good for another 5-10 years. Two weeks ago, it came down in a horrible wind storm. The good news is that it did the least amount of damage possible. It took down 1 section of fencing between their yard and their neighbours. It landed in the neighbours' yard, on top of their shed, and filled the entire yard! My son's yard had a good portion of the lower trunk and the roots, that pulled out of the ground.
On our next visit, we'll help him assess what to do with the stump and the pieces of the trunk. The neighbours' insurance company sent a firm to remove the tree to check the damage of the shed, and by the end of the day, the entire tree was removed. They even cut the stump in my son's yard into manageable pieces.
If the tree had fallen in any other direction, it would have been a disaster for everyone!

Jo said...

Do what you want with those trees. I'd be cutting down more than you.... Enjoy your space and freedom...

Sharon J. Hughson said...

Hey, Bonnie, I loved your quote today! Yay for you! I have been using the "Not my circus, not my monkeys" saying for the last year and 3 mo. It's working for me more and more. Your new cabin looks just what you wanted! Congrats.

kathy dahn said...

Love all the comments - so different than FB! I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said, but I wish there was a like button for the comments. They are so eloquent and well said. Beautiful property and I love your talking tree.

STH said...

It's so tempting to always jump in and offer your "expert" opinion on what other people should be doing, isn't it? What helped me to stop doing this is realizing how annoying it is when people do it to me! My mother, especially, will lecture me on MY feelings and MY needs--the other day, she was arguing with me about what I felt, and I just told her to stop because I AM THE EXPERT ON MY OWN LIFE!

We should trust people a little bit more. If they're not asking for advice and not about to do something like driving over a cliff, trust that they know what's best for them. Trust that they've already tried that super-obvious thing we were about to suggest, and maybe not suggest it. ;)

Judy said...

I am not wondering about the trees but am wondering if Sweet Sadie has been there yet and how is she adjusting. Am sure she is going to love exploring all the new smells. Enjoy your new cabin.

Annette Johnston said...

Bonnie, your tree with the face reminded me of our sons home. He purposely put faces on several of his trees for their little granddaughter to follow her tree Friends in their annual Easter Egg Hunt. So picture a wee little girl, eyes bright, cheeks glowing with health, moving from one tree friend to another, each delivering a hint as to where the final Easter treasure would be. She's now 8 and still looks forward to seeing her tree Friends at Grandma & Grandpa's. Making memories...That's what is all about. You have a happy day.

Bella Harriger said...

Well said, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us Quiltvillians.

Lilac Joan said...

If I remember correctly, one of the reason for the new cabin was to get away from the HOA. Enjoy the freedom!

Jacqui Delchau said...

Enjoy the serenity, do what you need to do and thank you for sharing your journey with us. How exciting it is........ It's always interesting to see what pops up the first spring and summer...You may need to cull some trees to make the most of what you have? Your land, your choice.....
Happy days are wished for you. Jacqui in Australia

Connie Sparks said...

I have an saying that I try to live by. "Think what you may...wAtchison what you say." In a world that preaches tolerance perhaps we should respect others situations and feelings.

Junie Miles said...

You actually need space around your house, clear of trees in case of a wild fire. You also need space for fire trucks to to be able to come and go, in case of a fire. The local fire dept can advise you on that. And the trees you cut can be used for fire wood too.

Elle said...

We had to take out 7 trees behind our cabin last year as they were dead/dying/leaning. Made me very sad. I shall enjoy trees vicariously through your blog :-) Thanks for keeping the other 5000 of them! :-) :-)

Dorothy said...

I hate HughesNet with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It's expensive and slow, and they severely limit the bandwidth you can use. I sympathize.

shoshu said...

blame and criticisim and unwanted advice,,,,,,,

acceptance, pleasure and honesty

be who you is cause if you is who you ain't, you ain't who you is!!!!!!!!!!

so glad you're back Bonnie, i really missed you!

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Alison Nevin said...

Your place looks lovely, so glad you're already enjoying it :) and ref the naysayers and opinion givers, without all the information...in looking at your beautiful pictures, it looks like some of the trees can easily go/thinned out, won't go big and strong if they're overcrowded. Cut away haha

Beth Porter said...

Bonnie, I have to warn you to be sure you know all the info regarding your hubby's "shed"! My hubby told me he wanted to build a shed in our backyard for a workshop. We got tax money back, so I said sure. I was thinking it would be the size of a shed. No, no, no! It is going to be 20' x 16'with a garage door and windows! Now in my mind, if it has a garage door , its a garage, right? Nooo, its his"workshop"! Why do you need a garage door then? Well, to be able to get the larger items he plans to make out easier. Makes sense I guess, but our yard is only 188' with a house and a shed already on it and lots of trees. Maybe next year at tax time, I'll build a sewing studio the same size with a sun roof and surrounded with windows!I am a quilter after all and we must have lots of light! Why do we need a yard with grass anyway? At least there won't be as much grass to mow! Enjoy your wonderful new getaway! Thanks for all your wonderful quotes. You should put them all together in a book!

Sue J said...

Phhoey to the nay sayers! DH and I bought out his brother's half of their parent's house and we had people telling us that we shouldn't change anything!!! It's our HOME! Just like the new Quiltvillia is YOUR home! Crazy people!

annieb said...

Bonnie, just be brave and sing your heart out with "lalalala". I can't believe the number of people that think their negative attitude opinions are needed or wanted on your beautiful, joyful blog. Your blog is my part of my early morning sunshine each day along with the quotes & pictures. I would just tell the "negative Nellies" to go take a hike, and hug their own trees, and keep their mouths shut here. We don't want to hear it.
TO LAURIE REISSLER #31...I love the quilt shop in Mineola. Can't wait to come again. Enjoy your cabin.

Hedy Hahn said...

We have a cottage on the Illinois River and own just one acre that is full of trees. Because they were in danger of falling on our cottage, we had about 7 removed last fall and need more removed now. We have more trees than we need here and they just keep popping up. I lived in Virginia and it's a jungle there, people have no clue. Just be careful planting any bamboo or you will live to regret it, we had to fight it all the time when we lived there. I do wish people would just be kind and not voice their thoughts all the time, I can certainly live without it and I know you can too.

jan in AR said...

Had to laugh at your story this morning - it brought good laughs and smiles. They ARE your trees and any fool could see that they are too thick and for the beauty of the forest need odme thinning out. Living on 15 acres in the AR Ozarks, we are in the same boat and di have many loads of cedars taken out to let the other cedars and oaks flourish and to give the deer more room to play!!!!! Love your quilt and wish it were mine!!!!

Have a happy day and week!!!!!!

karenf said...

My daughter saw the tree with a face and your comment "needs a name" and immediately said Eunice.

Weaver L said...

If you live in the woods you are aware of wildfires and the need to clean up around the outside of the buildings.
It only takes a good wind to take out a wall or deck.
I would fire up that chainsaw!!!

Sharon Collins said...

I say say safe. I had a hissy fit when the big tree in the front of my mom's house. We used it one Easter to take pictures. It had been damaged as a tornado started its decent in 2006. Now the big tree the grands played under is probably going to be removed because of the danger of coming down during a storm. I understand. I will be taking some trees down in the future because Hughes Net will need the air space. Luckily mine will be cedars who suck up the water. Not all because the wildlife need a place to hide & nest.

Tracine Charest said...

I'm so happy you're getting settled into your new to you cabin. I love exploring around my surroundings and finding my calm happy place.. Really like the winking tree.
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New Quilter in Texas said...

Congrats on your new cabin! Maybe next time the delivery truck can't make it up the driveway, at least have them offload it onto your trailer for you.

Also, name the tree Virginia.....or Maude comes to mind for some reason! I'm sure the tree will tell you in due time.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Country living and city living are very different. You have the best of both worlds. When I was about 6, we lived on a lot that had over 100 pine trees. My brother and I had to rake all the needles. No fun. Now I have almost no trees. I need a happy medium. Life is like that.