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
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.)
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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