We are settling down here in Phoenix. I have lots more stories to tell about the move, and even though I said I wouldn't post until the start of A/Z, I feel compelled to tell this story tonight.
We had a new roof put in on Monday; we knew it needed it. We got the house at a really good price and we knew there would be repairs needed, but it was a good location, nice layout, etc., so we bought the house basically "as is."
In front of the house were two large palm trees. I'm guessing at least 50 feet if not more.
We knew we wanted those trees taken out. Phoenix can get some "nasty" monsoon storms with lots of rain and lots of wind. They were a liability issue. Looking online, I saw how expensive they were to be taken down and then an additional charge to remove the stump.
The house had been vacant for 3 months before we moved in. Weeds were abundant in the backyard (another story for another day). Monday while the roofers were here, I was working on trying to get someone to come and take care of the weeds.
Roofers are loud.
You all know that.
Anyway, the doorbell rings and when I go to answer it, there is a young Hispanic man at the door. He mentions palm trees. I cannot truly hear him because of the roofers so I step outside to talk with him. We have a bit of a language barrier but I finally get that he and his friend want to trim the palm trees.
I say "no." We want them removed completely. Stumps and all.
He looks at his friend like "I don't think we can do this" and his friend looks at the trees and gives me a price to remove both trees. I don't usually like to list money here but I'm going to do so for comparison sake. He said $250 each (including stumps). I had seen online $1200 and up per tree, not including stumps. I asked him about two other stumps we had in the front yard and he said he would do those both for $120, total $620.
I said I would check with my husband, we worked out that they would come back on Wednesday to do the work.
They showed up today to do the job. Later than they said, but at least they showed up. (another story for another day).
When I saw them continually eyeing the tree and getting their things together, I'm like "oh no, what have I done." They wanted a vehicle moved from across the street but no one was home to do so. Busybody neighbor men are coming out looking at what is going on. I'm thinking "thank God we have homeowner's insurance and will they cover damage."
You can see how tall this tree was. I didn't think of taking pictures until the first one was down. You can see one of the workers next to the tree.
Needless to say, they did a great job. When the first tree was coming down, there was about a 20 foot part of it that he was cutting, the other guy was holding ropes to help guide the tree down. As I saw him cutting and seeing the tree was about to fall, I'm literally saying "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" (not as a curse, but as a prayer.)
The tree fell perfectly in our yard, no damage to anyone. I breathed a sigh of relief and said a thank you prayer.
Somewhere up in this tree is the man starting to cut down the second tree. You can see his ropes dangling.
Like I said, they did a great job. They did exactly what they said they would do. Cut the trees, took out the stumps, hauled the debris away.
I asked on Monday and they said they basically drive around looking for work. They do a lot of other stuff, we will probably use them again for some landscaping in the front and other odds and ends.
They left to dump the debris three fourths of the way into their project when both trees were done and two stumps were done; all that needed to be done were the stumps from the trees they cut down. One guy asked me for half the money, which I gave him. I figured if they didn't come back, it was still a good deal with what they had done.
When they finished up at the end of the day, working hard, diligent. I paid the rest of the money. I threw in a little extra for they truly had worked hard. I think they appreciated it. You could see by the look on their faces they were not used to that.
I felt compelled to give that extra.
God met needs today. In more ways than one. We needed trees down. They needed money made.
This was just one of such stories that happened today. God is faithful. God is good. God provides.
(I'll share the rest after A/Z)