Please help me deal with my fear of the giant pine tree out front falling on our apartment.
We rent a tiny little one-story house, and in the front yard is a massive, mature pine tree that is at least twice as tall as the house. It's also very close to the house--its lower branches are maybe 15-20 feet from the building. It's on the west side of us (where the wind comes from) and beyond it is a single, leafless tree, then a vast, flat open area (so no other windbreaks). Given the crazy amount of wind and storms we've been getting and seem likely to continue to get, I'm freaking out on a routine basis as to whether the tree will come crashing through the living room/bedroom ceiling. This worry of mine began when someone advised me that pine trees frequently snap in half during windstorms.
I know that without anyone seeing the tree, there's little you can tell me about how likely it is to come down and wreak havoc on our lives. I guess I'm looking for advice as to how I can get to sleep at night in spite of the wind howling around the house. We rent and have renter's insurance, so I'm less worried about the financial side of things than I am about having someone get hurt or killed. My searching here found this thread: http://ask.metafilter.com/174061/If-a-tree-falls
, in which the OP was advised that large trees kill people every year by falling on their homes. So that went a long way towards chilling me out about this, ha ha. Unfortunately, our house is so tiny that there is really no way we can arrange our bed so it's far enough out of the path of the falling tree to ease my mind.
Anyone have experience with trees falling on their house? With trees falling on their rented house? Anyone have experience with dealing with ongoing fear of things that just might actually happen? (That is, rather than things that are highly unlikely to happen, which I can also worry about with aplomb.) Thanks!