Ain’t It Tree-mendous?


I think that I shall never see…this tree. Ever again.

1) it has been hotter than Dutch love here all summer and…
2) Illinois is now an honorary member of the Saharan League and…
3) the city fathers had the bright idea to cut down most of the trees in our downtown, including the one that provided blessed shade right in front of my office…

it’s time to revisit last year’s post, entitled…

Ode To A Tree In Summer

The simple joys of nature.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
While lying in a leafy glade
In summer’s heat, the blessed shade.

But when dog days get even hairier,
I long, instead, for Willis Carrier.
Cuz when the temp hits 103,
I’d rather chill with my A/C.

*Many heartfelt thanks to Willis Carrier, the inventor of the modern air conditioner.
Abject apologies to poet Joyce Kilmer, the author of “Trees”.


Only a few short days remain to vote in the Peg-o-Clio Advertising Award contest, right over yonder a spell in the right-hand column.  Go on- do your civic duty!

Stay cool, y’all.

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54 Responses to Ain’t It Tree-mendous?

  1. I LOVE this picture and poetic ditty. You really have to wonder what people are thinking (not?) to cut down a tree in the heat of summer, with no plans to replace and replant until – next summer? Huh??? Most know that fall is the best time to plant trees. TGIF!


  2. Janu says:



  3. I don’t know what I’d do with the shade this summer. They really cut down all the trees? That’s just crazy talk!


  4. bigsheepcommunications says:

    “Hotter than Dutch love” ?????


    • pegoleg says:

      Expression courtesy of my brother-in-law, Pat. He’s from Grand Rapids, MI, an area awash with people of Dutch descent. Apparently this is known characteristic. Who knew?


  5. joehoover says:

    They are always cutting down trees over here, but just the branches so they end up looking like something that would not be out of place in a Tim Burton movie


    • pegoleg says:

      Oh, well, what do you need branches for…just the LEAVES that provide the SHADE, for goodness sake! But I guess that cool, sculptural look is more important.


  6. Al says:

    I think that I shall never see
    A poet clever as Peg–gy
    Whose prose and wit surpasses all
    Through winter, summer, spring and fall.

    And when my mood begins to fail
    As I face each day’s travail
    I turn to “Ramblings” for my fun
    “Cause when you’re down, that Peg’s the one!


  7. mary i says:

    Love the poem. I lost my trees during 4/27/11 and I really miss them. I am in love with my ceiling fans AND my AC at the moment. Yes ya’ll it’s still hotter than hillbilly/redneck love here in AL. (ok explain dutch love please?) 🙂


  8. Mary K. says:

    Shades of Mom there, Peg, or is that my husband? I’ve lost my mind! Too much blogging today-I have to go rest.


  9. I’ve never before seen the term “hotter than Dutch Love” but I have fallen madly in love with it. I’m hellbent on finding as many chances as possible to insert it into conversation every chance I get, until winter comes and it’s once again as cold as a witch’s teat.


  10. I love trees and the poem too (A/C rocks, doesn’t it?). It pains me to hear of a tree biting the dust — particularly when it’s a shade-giver and CO2 scrubber! Was it alive when they cut it? That’s just wrong.


    • pegoleg says:

      The leaves were a little brown, but I think that’s the drought. They said the trees were getting too big and the roots were breaking the sidewalk. Next year they’re supposed to replant, but smaller. Makes no sense to me.


      • Looking at the small spot of “earth” (surrounded by non-absorbent, dead concrete) that the stump resides on, I might be MORE disappointed if a new tree was planted in its place…small or otherwise. It would be relegated to a slow, deliberate death by lack of water and nutrients. Trees need their space and should be surrounded by earth — all the way out to the drip line.

        I’m thinking some ground cover would do nicely there. At least the underworld microscopic beings (as well as the plant) might actually have a chance of survival.


  11. k8edid says:

    I am familiar with the term “hotter than Dutch love” but never understood it myself. My mom always said it.

    If you must cut one down
    Put another in the ground.
    There is nothing more lovely to see
    Than a great big old shade-givin’ tree.

    Sorry, that’s the best I can do – I am on drugs.


  12. Angie Z. says:

    You’re a poet and I didn’t even know it. Aw, why’d they have to go and cut down those trees, Peg? Why? How could anyone want fewer trees?


  13. That is a sad, sad stumpy picture.

    But a fab poem!

    We have exactly zero trees on our property. Almost three acres of nothing but grass. I live for trees. I worship trees. I have to look longingly at the shade of the tree across the street. It’s really hot here. So hot I won’t go outside unless I can hide under my pathetic patio table umbrella.


    • pegoleg says:

      I’m with you. I used to be a connoisseur of the close-in parking spot. Now my whole parking strategy involves finding shade to park in.

      We have TONS of trees around our property. We had a huge, ginormous rain storm this afternoon and I cleared all the cushions off the new screen porch, brought the electronics inside, moved the stuff to the middle of the room and sat and watched the downpour. Man, did we need that rain – thank you Lord! But I was concerned one of our huge oak trees might coming crashing down on the house – yikes!

      Wishing you lovely shade, Darliniator.


    • mj monaghan says:

      Dardashian, you should bring the family down to San Diego. It’s been 72-75 degrees almost every day, here. It hit 81 for two days and my neighbors were complaining about the heat. I had to smile since I know how incredibly hot it REALLY is in other parts of the country. I hope it cools down for you all very soon.

      You wouldn’t even need to be under an umbrella in this area. 🙂


  14. Well, sure – you have to cut down the trees. They just stand there, not paying property tax, not selling anything, taking up parking spaces. Plus they’re way less efficient than air conditioning… Trees… what a waste.


    • pegoleg says:

      That’s the problem in the a nutshell – somebody needs to figure out a tree-tax so they can be productive members of society. Perhaps a penny per leaf dropped?


  15. mj monaghan says:

    If there’s no trees Peg, how can you even “bark up the wrong” one?? See the flaw in cutting them down, now? 🙂


  16. I know dozens of Dutch people and I’m surprised to hear anything they do described as hot. They seem to be pretty reserved people. I’ll look into it.


  17. Barb says:

    Were the trees diseased? Were the roots splitting the sidewalks and causing cursory lawsuits by tourists who were visiting to experience the heat and Al’s Bar? Sorry you lost your shade. If you’ll just wait 20 years, I’m sure the city will have you fixed up with a new big oak.


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  19. libertarian says:

    Those darn municipalities! What are they good for??


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