Sunday, April 5, 2020

Saying Goodbye To My Apple Tree

Even if you squint, I doubt you could make the image out. It was almost impossible to get the shot. It is an eagle. He swooped over our pond and I was told he snagged a beaver from the pond. If he did, he has the eternal thanks of HeWho has been trying to rid the pond of muskrats and beavers. That was the bright spot of my day.

I am sad to say this apple tree did not survive the winter. Our formidable winds pushed it over and the poor tree did not recover.

As you can see, it looks like it just lay down and went to sleep. This particular tree was always filled with fat crisp apples. I am truly sad to lose it.

It looks so empty now. I will need to replace the tree with something. This was one of the areas I would mow and sometimes take a break and eat an apple fresh from the tree, as I stood sheltered from the sun.

I am tired of being inside and hoping the sun will come back out soon. I suppose I should be thankful that I can go outside without being too close to anyone. Many people can't.

The Walmart I usually shop has employees testing positive for the Corona virus. Other stores in that city also have been hit. So many people are not taking this seriously. We were not able to get appointment for an online grocery order at our usual Walmart and drove further to another Walmart to pick up our order. The parking lot was as full as any Christmas shopping day. I sat in my car as the nice man loaded my groceries and saw entire families walking in and out of the store as if they had no idea of the current pandemic.

Our facility is closed. I will not open my door. If you need something, use the phone and I will be happy to assist you. When I am called to inquire about camping for the weekend I will tell you we are not open. If we don't all stay confined, going out only for absolute necessities, the virus will continue to spread. I can't tell you how many times I have said this to callers. Why is this so hard to comprehend?


River said...

It seems too many are thinking "it can't happen to me" or God will protect me"
They are so wrong. I'm glad you've closed your facility, even though it means a loss of money and perhaps future business, but you'll live through this and can start over.

Pam said...

I agree with River. Yes God will protect you, if you use the common sense He gave you!!

Linda O'Connell said...

We placed an on line pick up order with Walmart. Then discovered they were out of EVERYTHING on our list. No doubt due to the throngs of people waltzing in and out of ours too.

You are doing the right thing with your business. People just don't get it until they get it!
Do you think their is a sun? I am waiting for it to show up.

ellen abbott said...

I've stopped going to Walmart and Lowes though neither store the last time I was there was crowded so it was easy to stay distant. still. the virus is burgeoning out there. sorry about your apple tree. like you, I'm lucky to live in an area with lots of open land around me.

Val said...

That's one strong eagle! Sorry about your apple tree. You'll really miss the tasty breaks from mowing.

dkzody said...

I am so sorry about your apple tree. I hate to see a tree lose its life, whether naturally or being cut down like so many around here. People often don't want to care for a tree, and in a drought, it takes a lot of water, so they cut them down. Breaks my heart. We have a small lot--6000 sq feet--with four trees. I do my best to keep these trees healthy as they provide so much shade. Hope you can get another tree planted real soon.

Joanne Noragon said...

It must be quite the test not going off on people who don't understand what you are saying to them.