We were at the hideaway Easter weekend. We hadn't been up in 2 months, so we knew we were in for a surprise. March storms brought record amounts of snow. Over 300 trees fell in our small community alone. 43 power and telephone poles fell and the town was out of electricity for over a week. Our neighbor, who has lived there for over 40 years, has never seen a winter that bad. After the storm when he could contact us, he let us know that one of the other neighbor's trees fell on our roof, but reassured us that minimal damage was done. Luckily, the contractor was able to come by, removed the tree off the roof and did the repairs. He confirmed that it wasn't that bad. We breathed a sigh of relief. But we knew we'd have quite a big clean up when we got there.
This is what we saw...
lots of branches and debris
several trees in our backyard
...remnants of the tree the contractor chain sawed off the roof.
We counted our blessings that it wasn't worse.
3 or 4 years ago, we spent an arm and a leg removing 8 massive trees from our yard that were threatening to fall on the house. I remember my stomach cramping when we had to write that check and I couldn't help but wonder if it was worth it. Well, knowing how weak those trees were and how they were already leaning towards the house, now I know that was one of the smartest things we've done and thank god that we were able to do it before this big storm.
We planned on doing a lot of clean up that weekend but unfortunately it rained the whole time we were there so we'll have to put it off till the next time we go up, hopefully in just a couple weeks.
On another note, the remodel is still going, slow but sure.
The former 2nd bedroom that is becoming the master bedroom is taking shape.
The space under the steps, where the bucket of tools are, will be our closet. I'm standing (actually, Jimmy took the photo) where the old stairs used to be in the mudroom.
The new stairs will come out in the main part of the house.
Jimmy's brother's family with the 3 rambunctious and active nephews will be here this summer. We're crossing our fingers there'll at least be walls on that 2nd bedroom by then. Doesn't have to be painted, doesn't have to be pretty, just some walls would be nice.