booo. the city took down the tree in front of our house yesterday. now our sad-looking house is much more exposed and screaming, "hey, look at me!"

it feels naked. i know there's nothing we could do about it - it was in the city's right-of-way and was sick with termites anyway, but i hate it. they're supposed to grind out the stump today, and we can plant a new street tree, but it won't be a mature [oak?] tree like this was. it just draws more attention to our pitiful exterior. it will be a happy day when we can have the exterior painted!

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