I have a wonderful Ponderosa Pine in my front yard. My parents planted this tree 42 years ago. So it is an great tree and provides us with shade for all of our garage sales and the kids love it because fairy build nests in the crooks of its branches. While fall is the time for all the needles and pine cones to fall and leave a mess for us..............the wind today did the job of zip cleaning the poor thing. It actually looks kinda bald. No more fairy or bird nests, no needles and cones that aren't firmly connected and all the needles are down and blowing through the neighborhood.
I hate it when the wind blows this hard. We usually have this kind of wind in the spring. And it has been blowing since before I got up this morning. The sustained wind has been 35 and the gusts have gotten up to 80 near noon. It is getting a little better now but not by much. Everything that was not battened down has been relocated to who knows where. The flower arrangements, faux pumpkins and gate decorations are missing in action. The covers for the turbines and rain chains on the gutters are down but we did retrieve them. Sure am glad we didn't put up the holiday decorations outside or I would be mourning the loss of Santa in a globe and the candles that flank the gates. Whew, that was close.
So as we greet Texas and Arizona, depending where the wind is coming from, as they relocate themselves here I'll say goodnight and let you know we'll be holding on.