Hallelujah, we cannot believe how lucky we are.
After just a couple weeks, the forestry crews are here on our road in Arnold, hauling all our downed trees away.
Just a few days ago, we were told “months” before they got to us – maybe spring, if we were lucky. And instead, just like that – it will all be gone.
This guy is across the road, picking up wood on our neighbor’s land as I type.
It cost us not a single penny – for any of it.
It’s a good reminder, as we head into our 2.5-week Christmas vacation and 2017, how unbelievably lucky we are in so many ways in life. Lucky to have this second home and so, so much more to be thankful for (not the least of which is the money and time and energy to care so passionately about and for it, and for these beautiful mountains).
Lucky to have each other. Lucky to have just pine needles and not bombs raining down on our heads. Lucky to have a new year to look forward to.
We have to work a lot harder at practicing gratitude in 2017.