I've waited a little while to post this, because it took that long to sink in that it could've been much worse. Ben is a handy man to have around the house, he's made me shelves to store things, repairs stuff here and there, fixing up the garage, etc. While I was at work during the first part of July, he was working on cleaning up the backyard by cutting down small branches. Apparently, he thought the task was too minor and decided he was up for cutting down the whole tree piece by piece (which really does need to come down b/c its mostly dead and has a slew of carpenter ants that occasionally make their way to our house).
He had bought a hand saw and a little yellow rope for the job, and used a ladder to get to a climbing point in the tree. Note..I did not know this is what he was up to before it was too late. On the fourth of July, I was informed of the plan and was concerned for two major things..#1 the safety of his life and #2 the safety of the house. He said neither one should be an issue. :) oh goodie. So I stayed outside "trying" to help...I tugged on the little yellow rope when told, and the big branch did not come down with all my efforts. The branch was cut over 3/4th the way through and wouldn't budge. We had to pick up Carissa from the airport and go to Hesston for the evening, so we left it. It was still standing in the morning, and as we were talking in the dining room about how to get it down....BOOOOOOMMM! Sure enough, we didn't have to wonder anymore how it was going to come down. Unfortunately, the little yellow rope didn't do much good and indeed the big ol' branch landed on the house. It made a small hole, which Ben patched, and hit the thing the holds the power line to the house. The cable that supports the power line needed to be fixed, but the actual power line stayed connected (thank goodness). Needless to say, we will be using different equipment to get the remainder of the tree down with several more people involved. I am very glad no one got hurt and we are planning on re-roofing the house and gutters (which he just took down last night) this summer anyways...which is a good thing...otherwise I don't think this would be a talking matter :).