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    From a New Table to a New House

    So when Herman and I were originally building this house we live in, we wound up having to take down about ten trees. They were either rotting or had been hit by lightning. As Eric Bartlett said at the time, “You can take them down cheap now or very expensively out of your living room later.”

    Eric used to have a tree business up here in Caroga Lake and has come to our rescue a couple of times in the way of taking down trees that needed to be cleared out. (He had cleared out some trees for us from our old house, too.)

    After Eric cut the trees down, and as they lay in the yard waiting for us to move them (they were unfortunately too pitted, rotten or marred to use for any of our house building, which was what we originally wanted to use them for) a guy named Alden came by on his motorcycle one day and asked if he could take the trees off our hands.

    We jumped at the idea, because Alden at first offered to pay for the trees. However, once he inspected them further and found so much of the wood was bad, he said instead he would make an end table for us from the wood. Now, that was three years ago. We hadn’t heard from him in the interim and thought he’d forgotten about us.

    Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. It was late in the afternoon when the doorbell rang. Terry was still with me at the house and went to answer the door. There stood Alden with a wooden end table, saying, “I’ll bet you thought I forgot about you.”

    The table really fits in well with our wicker furniture, it’s the perfect height, and it has burnt under the top “from Caroga Pines.” So I will always remember where it came from and the trees that used to shade this lot.

    Before we built this house, Herman and I used to drive in the lot and stare out at the lake. I would often ask him, “Is this where the living room will be?” And he’d always reply the same way, “Yes, Kathryn, and the dining room will be right behind us. And this will be your view.”

    I’m happy to say, Herman kept his promise and so did Alden. I can’t tell you what an amazing experience it is to build a new house on a lot you really like overlooking the lake and with a design you helped make to exactly fit your lifestyle. It’s something everyone should experience once in their lifetime!

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com