In the last few days we have experienced winter weather. It's been a threat of winter precipitation, with some ice. Having large old trees around my home is a potential problem when the ice arrives. Last year we had an ice storm that left huge trees broken and toppled from the weight of the ice. Crews were working around the clock to restore electricity to many areas here in the North Texas locations. Ours was one of them and it took the next door neighbors a whole week to get rid of the large tree and have the electric company come out to hook them back up.
I have a 200 year old tree that is in my front yard. It's been large since I was a child and I'm now 70, which places it in the historic category. I've left it alone out of nostalgia, but it's at the point I can no longer ignore it. Each time we have a bad storm or threat of ice, I go into a prayer mode. I can't tell you how many times I've prayed that God would put his hand on this tree and protect us from any disaster it could cause.
Living on a fixed income doesn't leave any extra money at the end of the month. A tree this large could cost over $300 to $1000 to cut down and remove. If it falls then it will take out the power lines that it is hovering right over at the present. Some of the areas are rotting where limbs have gotten old and died. It's not a good position to be in and it keeps me on edge just thinking about it.
A licensed electrician can also cost a pretty penny, so you see what I'm facing should this occur.
This time has been scary, but God has once again brought us through the storm. The icy weather stayed up in the other counties and we only got cold rain here. I am so thankful and this post is my verbal praise to our Lord for his mercy in this matter. Truly, an answer to my prayers. Thank you Lord!