Wednesday, December 17, 2008


It didn't take long once they got things set up. They first took the tree off the house and laid that on the ground in a position to cushion the rest of the tree as it was cut down. Thoroughly professional and expert at what they do.

PS - They estimate the piece that landed on the house weighed 3,000 pounds! Imagine how much the rest of the tree weighed.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Above: Several pictures of the house and property. Note the large trees that were uprooted in our front yard.

The picture above shows the highway immediately south of our driveway. The picture below was taken about a half mile from our house, near the Sharon Meeting House.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Chet's (not so) New Ride

I've been looking for a smaller vehicle to be my "daily driver." One of the motivations, of course, was to save gas. But I also wanted to avoid putting all those miles on the truck--it's great to have when we need it and, with fewer miles, it should serve us well for many years.

I looked at lots of cars on craigslist. Focused on Saturns because David had such great luck with his station wagon and because of their general reputation for economy and reliability. Finally found this one in Keene. It's a '94 SL-1. Small four cylinder, automatic, and has just over 100,000 miles. Owned by an elementary special education teacher who kept it in a garage--very clean. Even has a moonroof!

The Automotive students replaced the brakes and exhaust system and also did some other minor work. Runs great. Kinda fun to drive and it's certainly easier to park than the big 4-wheel drive truck!

Total investment? $1,614.50.