I Fought the Tree and the Tree Won

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I Fought the Tree and the Tree Won


I had open house planned for last Saturday, but the seller wanted a break and I was happy to take the day off.  A day off!  I was very excited.  


My husband and I were off to do errands, one of which was to buy a new tree saw.  I wanted two of our giant Bird of Paradise trees cut down.


Here was the plan:

My husband would cut the tree and I'd guide it to the ground.


Here's what happened:

The tree was heavier than I thought it would be, so when I tried to catch it, it fell on my head and knocked me on my butt.


Hello concussion. 


So the rest of my weekend was spent in bed recovering and trying shake the headache, the earache and the brain fog.  It's better today and I expect it to be better tomorrow.


This is one of those rare occasions that a day off was more dangerous than hosting an open house.  Who would have thought?!  


This won't sour me on taking a day off, though.  I'll try it again for sure.  Maybe next time with a safety helmet.

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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Pete X with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Huntington Beach, CA 714.459.2017 OCLister.com - Yep!  Doing dumb stuff can certainly create a dangerous day off.  I'm glad to be recovering, as the alternative would be a bummer.

Thanks Rob Thomas - You have a great week, too!

Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES - I was kidding about the helmet.  No helmets for me, but delegating is in my future.

May 12, 2015 11:34 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

So sorry JIll, it is hard to estimate the weight of a large tree. At least you were not hurt in a worse way. 

May 12, 2015 11:57 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Oh, yeah... I'm not surprised it weighed more than you thought.  The first time we tried to cut one of these down on our property we had to do it little by little.  Bird of Paradise trees / Traveler's Palms are very heavy... the palm fronds hold a lot of water.

May 12, 2015 12:05 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

John Novak - If a tree falls on my head, would I make a noise when it hits me?  I can answer that.  

I've mostly emerged from the fog and am feeling better.  Thanks.

Noah Seidenberg - Suddenly, it has become much easier to estimate the weight of a tree.  All of them weigh too much for me to consider another catch attempt.  

S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL - The tree was a bit taller than the roof line of the first story of our house.  I didn't think it was a big deal and was totally wrong.  

P.S. I love Traveler's Palms!  

May 13, 2015 01:30 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Wow! I'm sure you're thankful that it was just a concussion that you were able to walk away from. I have a lot of respect for people who work in that industry.

May 14, 2015 10:40 PM
Mandi Null
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN

It's safe to say that your super power is not super human strength! Glad to hear you are ok!! When I read your blog I pictured several "fail" videos from youtube and had to chuckle...because I can see my husband and myself doing the same thing! Have a great weekend Jill : )

May 14, 2015 10:54 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

One of the more dangerous aspects of trying to cut down a tree yourself is that it can fall in an unexpected direction - like on your head, your car, or your house!

May 14, 2015 11:19 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

And we wonder why tree surgeons charge what they do.

I sure hope you have medical advise about your head injury.  A bruised head is not the same as a bruised arm or leg.

May 14, 2015 11:53 PM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Hope you are ok.  It is easy to overestimate just how heavy those darn trees are.  

May 15, 2015 01:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Wow, that didn't go too well! Next time, he might be better off just yelling "TIMBERRRRR" and everyone can just get out of the way.

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. 

May 15, 2015 02:14 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Sorry to hear that happened. Hope you are ok. Accidents can happen from doing home projects. I agree with Lenn, you might want to see a doctor about it.   

May 15, 2015 02:29 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Big tree cutting is a dangerous job.

Once I passed a good investment deal because the 90+ year old tree on the sidewalk was ~6 ft in diameter and pushed up the side walk concrete making it dangerous to walk on.  The cost of removal -sidewalk concrete ranged from $7-28K.  The tree was about 4 story tall. I had to pay removal on top of it.

May 15, 2015 02:36 AM
Mary Weiss
Zillow Group Mortgages - Seattle, WA
Trainer & Content Manager

Oh no! I hope that this heals quickly for you. Nothing worse than having to spend your day off nursing pain from an accident! 

May 15, 2015 06:57 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Hope this weekend is a less painful one!  This is the first time I've ever heard of a bird of paradise attacking someone though.

May 15, 2015 10:12 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA - now that's something I would not dare to do! Doing it again?

Good luck - just play safe! Trees find the people very fast...lol!

May 15, 2015 02:08 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Richard Iarossi - I'd call it more of a stumble than a walk away.

Mandi Null - You're spot on about the lack of super power strength.  Super stupid is what it was.  I'm glad to know my husband and I are not alone.  You'll have to write a blog about it when you and husband have a misguided "adventure" such as mine.

Brian Schulman - You're so right!  Unfortunately I was bright enough to intentionally stand right in the direction of the fall.  Giant Bird of Paradise are heavier than they appear.

May 16, 2015 08:11 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Lenn Harley - It really didn't seem like a big tree, but now I see the value of hiring a professional more clearly.  You make a good point about consulting a doctor.

Thanks Rob Arnold - I'm okay.  I certainly underestimated the weight of that darned tree.

Kat Palmiotti - That is excellent advice.  I'll take it!

May 16, 2015 08:29 AM
Chris Smith
May 17, 2015 05:44 AM
Mandi Null
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA  Thanks for the great blog idea! That would be a great read for everyone to have a good laugh!! 

May 18, 2015 06:38 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Chris Smith - Thank you!

Mandi Null - People like to read stuff that makes them laugh.  Start writing!

May 18, 2015 06:47 AM

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