We are extremely grateful that Sandy did not damage our home or family and hearts go out to those less fortunate. Still, we lost about 12-14 medium and large trees in our backyard and our lovely woods look more like a meadow now. The kids woke us up on Tuesday morning crying, “Our tree house is gone!” and that is the hardest blow of all; I don’t even know if we can put it up anywhere else as so few of the trees that are left in the center of our property. Have to make lemons to lemonade–will replant with a mini-orchard of fruit trees and perhaps some coveted natives, including sugar maples. Who knows, in 10 years we can be covering our own apples with our own maple syrup.