Kris from "a doula's heart"'s comment reminded me that I needed to update about the tree. It's GONE!!! Let's have a happy dance! Carl's Landscaping did an awesome job. It took about a week from start to finish because they took the BIG tree one day, left, and came back the next week for the sedondary, cherry tree that was damaged by the big one. So that was two solid days of entertainment for the kids, who stood by the back door, watching the men work, the whole time.
The weeds are criminal but the secondary tree that was removed opens up a lot more light into the yard, so we may try and plant flowers in the embankment instead of shady ground cover. I just need to find flowers that grow in questionable light, terrible soil, and require zero attention or care.
We have seen 3 deer since the trees were removed, and a family of turkey too. I am happy the commotion didn't drive them away!