Bramell, Party of Five: Timber!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Well, with some help with my good buddy Jason Duffy (not pictured), the roof is down!! On Saturday after the rain went thru I went out to the house and gave Jason a call to come over and bring his chain saw. Of course I didn't call him until after I cut down one tree with my axe. We tied a rope to the middle beam running thru the house, knocked out three corners of the house. She was still standing so we whacked a few more studs out of the walls and then gave a couple of good yanks on the rope and down she went!!
A big tree limb that had been touching the roof just came down with it too and for a brief moment I thought it was going to take out my truck (it didn't even come close). I guess over the years it had created a lot of tension in the tree limb and it just snapped when the roof gave way. Needless to say I have a little more cleanup to do now too (and Duffy left his chainsaw for me!!) A shout out to the neighbor, Rose, for letting me use her electricity for the chainsaw, getting me the occasional glass of water, and for letting her boyfriend help me push the aforementioned tree down away from her house.
I have already got about half the roof into the dumpster and I hope to have enough evenings this week to get this demo done by the weekend.
That is, if Rhonda can stand having Becca clutch her legs and cry without dropping her off at the house with me. Becca is teething again and she has several teeth coming in at once. She has not been eating like the carnivore she usually is and has been very whiny.

Big stud!!

That big stump is the tree I cut down with me axe. The house has (had) several trees that were growing right next it. This one I cut down was a good 25 feet tall, so you know no one has lived in this house for a long, long, time.

I have been thinking of going Amish, since up until the very end I have used no power tools. Hhmmm, I guess that would mean we couldn't blog anymore. I will have to think about it :)


  1. I'm glad I married such a stud! You should see those guns he has now...Rhonda : )

  2. look so proud standing on top of that roof. I am glad that is is almost over for you. I know that you have had SO much fun doing the demo. So what now? Are you building another house...selling the land?
    I hate that Becca is feeling so bad. I can't believe she is getting so many teeth at once. We are more than likely coming that way this weekend. Jonathan found a truck he wants online at a dealership up there. We'll let ya'll know. I love the pics from the zoo. I told Rhonda she wasn't too young to enjoy it.
    Rhonda- I also wanted to let you know that Stan took Adhemar and Tracy to the beach for the 1st time yesterday. They surprised Adhemar. he called at 7:30 this morning to tell me where he was on the beach. Tracy said he was having so much fun! Thought it was sweet. I remember my first time at the beach. Fun, fun, fun.
    See ya soon.

  3. I am so blessed to have the wonderful family that I have...yes, even the guys!!! You all bring me so much joy and I am proud of every one of you.

    Love to all...


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