Thursday, October 22, 2015

Now that's a distraction!

And here's a word from the world’s most distractable woman!
As Victoria Abbott, my daughter and I are asked how The Hammett Hex (book five in the book collector series) is coming along.  Actually it’s coming very well and we are having fun planning Jordan’s book-related trip to San Francisco.  But of course we have to keep at it.  Some days that is a bit harder than others. We all know the common rules: Writing is 90 % perspiration and 10 % inspiration and If you want to write, you have to learn to stay in the chair. We offer this post as Exhibit A for why it’s sometimes REALLY HARD  to stay in that chair. 

In the backyard of our house (circa 1972) we had a number of trees planted by the original owner that didn’t survive this past winter. The good news: there are still lots of trees left.  The bad news: For the second time in two years, we had to call the tree removers.  The distraction news: no way could I stay in my chair when 8 Scots pines (RIP) were removed.   In case you too would like a distraction (why should you be immune?), here are some of the shots that took our breath away from the moment that truck (valued at $450,000!) rolled up. 

 All the very professional employees were arborists or arborists in training.  Who knew that might mean these kind of adventures?  

As the adventure unfolded, the workers were lifted over the house 

and into the trees.


 hooked on the cable,

 rapelled down (using ropes), 

and cut the trees. 

We decided to keep the stumps because they look nice with plants in pots in the summer.


The tree was then lifted over the house (!)  

and then the over wires to the waiting wood chipper.  

Here's the woodchipper truck.

The fun did take a couple of hours.  Writing did not happen. Thinking about plot did not happen either, although as I type this I wonder if there isn’t a possibility down the road. It’s too late for The Hammett Hex, but that kind of equipment would just have to come in handy in a book collector mystery. If you’ve read the last three, you know that “Cherie”, Uncle Kev’s special friend, never met a ladder or a cable she didn’t love.  Who knows what the future holds for her and us?

We did want to share this with you today.  And we always like to know your experiences: any dramatic work taking place? What about tree removal?  Hope you enjoyed our photos!
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