Not quite the giving tree…

If a tree falls on a house and people hear it, does it make a sound?

Tree on Spencer House

The answer is yes.

Everywhere west of our apartment got hit by a storm. Val and I didn’t notice anything at least. If it was stormy it must have been quite mild to not make any noise.

My parents said that it got quite windy, with plenty of lightning and some rain. They welcomed the rain as it cooled the temperature. They said they were really enjoying the cool breeze until a skunk came by the neighborhood — my mom described the smell as being so overpowering that she felt like she was eating skunk.

Over in Spencer, the storm was even more intense and kept them up most of the night. At one point there was a loud crack that shook the house. They didn’t know if it was lightning or what, so they stayed indoors waiting.

In the morning, they went to the living room and saw water coming in and dripping onto the carpet. They opened the window and saw this:

Tree in Spencer

Unfortunately, parts of the tree landed on their roof, puncturing holes through the shingles and all the way through some of the 2×4′s underneath.

Spencer roof damage

Spencer roof damage

The wind, it seems, snapped off a large part of an even larger tree:

Broken tree

On the way down, that large tree, completely knocked down a smaller, but decent sized tree.

Smaller tree down

Once Val and I found out about the tree trouble in town, we drove over to their house and tried to help clean up. Basically we just cleaned up smaller branches strewn about the backyard, leaving the larger tree in front for a professional to take away.

Tree and Spencer house

Then we freshened up, had a bit to eat, and took Val’s sister to see Harry Potter 5 in IMAX. Val and I already saw the movie in a regular theater, but IMAX is fun and the last part of the movie was in 3D. Ali didn’t see the movie before last night because her friends aren’t in to that sort of thing.

On Sunday, someone came by the Spencer-house and picked up the tree mess.

Tree in Spencer from roof

Tree in Spencer from roof

Now they just need to wait until they hear from their insurance company…because they didn’t seem to like the new roof vents the tree made.