Happy Spring, everyone!!  To kick off the new season, here’s a little DIY action that we did a few weekends back on a GORGEOUS March day!

WARNING!  Do NOT try this at home, people!  Okay, so this isn’t really a “how-to” but I wanted to write up a little post about our backyard.  Or lack thereof.  But that is what this summer is about – pretty up the outside of the house!  Now that the inside is livable, the landscaping, paint, etc. is our priority!

We had this half-dead, skinny pine tree in our backyard – right next to the house and we decided that it just had to go to make room for some bigger plans!  So here are some photos of Glenn and the day he decided to cut it down!

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Getting his PPE ready (personal protective equipment, ha!).  Notice the rope attached to his belt loops, and to the chainsaw.  Right now I should mention that Glenn is a professional wildland firefighter (an engine operator) and has a lot of experience with chainsaws and cutting down trees.  This is not the best way to cut down a tree (hiring a professional is probably most people’s bet), but Glenn knew he could do it on his own.  The tricky part is that electrical wire that goes from our roof to the power pole – that is why he had to climb up and cut it down in sections.

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Here he is climbing the tree…

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Scoping it out to figure out how the heck to get it down safely!

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Using a hand saw to cut off branches.

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Now using the axe to chop off some branches to get a good foot-hold.

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Getting ready to start cutting the top 1/3rd of the tree off!  He cut it down in 3 pieces.  

Now you’ll notice how I have no more pictures until the end.  I was either helping Glenn by pulling on the rope, which was attached to the tree, so it fell in the right direction (avoiding the power line), or I was inside consoling a hysterical 7 month old who decided she doesn’t like the sound of the chain saw!  It was quite a team effort, but it seems to open the backyard up a lot more – don’t you think?

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Aaahhh…much better!

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

Now if we only had some more grass.  Soon, though!!

Cutting down the tree in our backyard

The dogs seem to like it!  🙂  Now to get rid of that ugly “porch.”  And build a new fence.  And paint…I’m so glad spring is here!

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