If They Did The Math

In 1999, my wife Emily and I purchased our first home together just before our wedding in May of that year.

It was a cute little Cape Cod style home on a quiet street in Penfield, NY, with lots of trees and gardens in the yard. (see picture at the top of the page)

Since we shopped for, and purchased the house in early spring, we really had no idea what the yard would look like come summer. Once things started to sprout, bloom and leaf out, we noticed something odd. The majestic forty foot tree in the middle of the back yard had no leaves. […]