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This is not a joke

I (Reta) am not really good at April Fool’s Jokes. The way that I am funny is generally funny voices, or some sort of performative type thing – I never got the hang of pranking. Maybe it is because my upbringing stressed putting myself in someone else’s shoes – it has never made sense to fill those shoes with shaving cream (see what I did there?)

I hope that you are doing as well as can be expected in these difficult times. There seems to be so much news and information coming at us like a fire hose, that it can be tough to follow. We are facing a pretty challenging situation as a community, as a province, as a country and beyond. I see people pulling together – while staying two meters apart – and it is incredible. Generally, Chris and I thought we were pretty healthy, then we welcomed Isobel into our family. It turns out we were not really healthy previously – just really good at not having anyone cough in our mouth. Sheesh! I think having a toddler was good training for what we are facing right now – wash your hands, have a nap, give each other space, read books, eat snacks.

We are considered an essential service – as such, we will continue to clear snow and we will respond to emergency tree calls. I (Reta) will continue to quote – while following industry best practices. This may mean marking the trees ahead of time, and then talking on the phone during the quote, or practising social distancing while we move around the yard. As a company, we were set up to email quotes and receive online payment before this all happened, so in that regard, we are business as normal. We can discuss the details when we make the appointment.

We will be scheduling routine or non emergency tree work to begin in May. Chris, Isobel and I laid in supplies and started socially distancing on March 13, and we will require the same of our team once we get underway this year. Our work is likely considered low risk for the spread of Covid 19, as we work outside, we are a small team, and to manage communication, we have always relied on having Reta as the point of contact. Additionally, the pylons, the chainsaws, and the chipper keep people away.

Isobel says, “What does a chicken say when he is hungry?” We say, “What does he say?” She replies, “I am hungry………the chicken can also talk” That is the joke that she has told me almost daily for two weeks, then I decided to record it and she made chicken noises. Lol. kids!

Please take care of yourself first. You need to put your own mask on, before helping anyone else. I read that this will be a marathon, not a sprint. I don’t want to do either. I want to meander or at the very best stroll. If there is anything that Chris or I can do – please let us know. I make a mean bowl of soup and am happy to leave some on your doorstep. If tree work was part of your plan for 2020, please grab a quote and let’s talk.

If you are going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill