I don't remember if I mentioned that, when I was outside right before our vacation convincing the neighbor's tree removal crew to remove the fallen tree from our property, I happened to look at a 100+ foot tree down in the woods and noticed a deep, long woodpecker cavity in its trunk. I had our arborist out to let me know how risky it was and we found another tree nearby that has significant rot around the base. Both are "moderate" risk of falling - whatever that means LOL. We feel we need to take both down to protect our house and our neighbor's house. The arborist's company wants nearly $4,000 to take both down, remove the brushy branches and stack the cut up trunks. Hmmm - time for a second bid. To be honest I have full faith in the first company that they would remove the trees very safely as they took down a similar one in the woods a few years ago.
Today we walked around in the woods to assess the damage done by the neighbor's tree removal to a retaining wall and relatively useless fence. We decided to have a go at removing the fence ourselves but I don't know if we can rebuild the retaining wall. I certainly can't lift the granite blocks. There is some trash (a tire, metal trash can, plastic seed trays, etc. behind the fence. The previous owners chucked things there instead of paying for removal. I'll be happy to have it all cleaned up but we haven't made it a priority as it is out of sight. We'll start the next good weather weekend.
Inside there are no urgent projects so everything is on hold until we find out what the trees are going to cost us. As you know, I'd rather spend the money on travel anyway!
I did get some great bargains at the grocery store & CVS today along with a discount on a gasoline gift card. I can't make up the cost of tree maintenance but every bit helps.