Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Favorite Tree

Please don't tell the other trees in my yard, but this tree is my favorite.

It is a Red Maple and I love the bright orange red leaves in the fall. The red buds in the spring are very pretty too.

But the main reason I love this tree is I found it on final clearance one step before it was trash. I feel a bit like Charlie Brown and Linus when I look at my tree, "All it needed was a little love."


Bina said...

Wow! And it's bigger than mine, which are three years old! AND I spent $100 on each tree!

keith hillman said...

It's just beautiful!

Maggie May said...

I love Maples and have a miniature in a pot! Yours are lovely & the tiny tree is gorgeous!

Bina said...

Okay, from what I have heard so far:

1) The thick leather straps that used to be used for climbing poles were replaced by some type of thin string or something. It was supposed to be safe. It was the first time we ever used it. The cost was cheaper.

2) The guys used to only climb about 10 - 15 feet for pole rescue. However, since we started competing nationally in the "Linemen's Rodeo" the guys wanted to practice the same heigth they would compete with.

3) The truck was parked TOO close to the poles. They had to move the truck to get the ambulance close to him, and his head hit the truck on the way down.

4) The lineman was not supposed to be under the dummy, but the pole he was climbing had been climbed so many times he couldn't get his boots in the pole, so he went to a position that he could actually dig in to.

All climbing has been suspended (or pole top rescue practicing). The guys want to go back to the thick leather straps and the GM does not want them to practice that high any more. (35 feet!)

The guy that got hurt already had two surgeries just to stablize his injuries. They have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can figure out what to do, but he will in a wheel chair a minimum of 4 months, and could be up to a year. He shattered both ankles and broke his right fibula.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Awww.... it is a very pretty tree.

Damama T said...

I bet it is beautiful all leafed out. HOw wonderful of you to see its potential and save it from the horrible death it was facing.