Ruf and I spent last night at Lowe's buying a chainsaw, goggles, earplugs, and twine. And I made a trip today to buy a second pair of loppers. Ruf's stormtrooper buddy Fred was kind enough to offer help with removing the fallen portion of the tree. A neighbor I'd never met before came over earlier today with his daughter to introduce himself and offer his help. I thought that was really kind of him, considering he doesn't even know us. Then again, that may also have been his tactful way of telling us that he's sick of seeing our fallen tree. As are we.
Ruf and Fred are outside right now working hard. My job is mostly just to bring them water and Gatorade and check the city's website on the requirements for yard waste pickup. I think I drew the better end of the stick. ;-)
Fred working hard:
Ruf relaxing with a cup of water, watching Fred work hard:
Doogie checking out the fallen tree before he got scared out of his wits and tried to headbutt the front door to go back in:
Progress in the yard:
One of our crepe myrtles suffered some loss as a result of half a tree falling on it. The damage isn't too bad, but it's a little lopsided and broken now: