Around 10 years ago or so lightning hit and ran down the side of a huge oak tree right outside my back door. Some of the limbs that stretch out over my house are dying. The tree is so huge it would take three people stretching there arms around the tree for there hands to meet. I hired a tree trimmer to remove the dead limbs that were putting my house in danger of falling and crushing my house. Some of the limbs the tree trimmer cut were as large as a tree themselves. On the last cut the man dropped a length of limb which hit and smashed the corner of my house. I happened to be inside when it happened so I went outside to investigate. I told the man that the damage wasn't all that bad. I was viewing the damage from the front of my house. He said he would return the next day with his son to repair my house. This is what my driveway looks like now. Later that night I was moving 8 pregnant rats and getting them moved to a place to deliver. When I opened my laundry room door all I could see was 6 smashed aquariums. These were the aquariums I had planned to move my expecting rats too. I had to become creative real quick to accomodate my mothers to be. The next day the man was true to his word and showed up with his son to get all the measurements to repair my house. I then told him that when I made the statement the day before about the damage wasn't to bad that was before I realized my pregnant rats didn't have homes. He probable was thinking, I smashed her house and she is worried about aquariums. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/11624_pict0021.jpg[/img] Here is the man and his son repairing my house. After talking to the man for awhile I found out he had pine shavings. Now the corner boards on my house still needed to be painted so I told the man I thought I still had some of that color paint around somewhere. He said in exchange for me painting the corner boards that he would bring me a pickup truck load of seasoned firewood. I'm like great, we just put in a wood burning heater not long ago and its just two boards that need painting. Maybe 10 minutes work. So we are kinda wraping up the deal and he is getting a total on how many aquariums he needs to replace. I had more aquariums in my barn but didn't want to go searching for them in the dark. I made the comment instead of replacing those aquariums how about some pine shavings. He said you got a deal. So what do you think? Did I do good and get a good deal?