Monday, August 29, 2011

I Love Electricity

Well, we made it through another storm. We had a lot of wind and pelting rain, but nothing like what was forecasted. Luckily.

We spent the night Fri. and Sat. at my daughter's house who doesn't have trees in her yard. Sat. afternoon she lost power. That really wasn't a problem except that it was so hot and muggy.  Thank goodness for battery operated fans or I wouldn't have slept at all on Sat. night. After one hurricane, we lost power for almost 2 weeks. I learned then the importance of a fan.

Sat. evening the storm was thought to be winding down, but the winds started picking up worse than before. We heard on the radio around 2 in the morning that the storm had strengthened again after it was over warm water. So, we got clobbered again by the back side of the storm. 

As soon as we were up on Sun. morning, we headed back to our place. We had to beat the traffic and rubber neckers (aka sightseers). A lot of big branches were in the road along with powerlines. Many traffic lights were out. Several people were already killed in accidents. As we wove down the road avoiding as much standing water and debris as possible, we prepared ourselves for the worst.

Our neighborhood sometimes floods. Not the like river or tidal flooding, but slow drainage problems. We have a 60 year old oak in the front yard that is probably 80-100 feet tall. It's a beautiful tree and I am absolutely in love with it. It's very healthy but my neighbors tree isn't and is the same size and close proximity. That's the tree that worries me the most.

Each big storm that comes through, the neighbor's tree loses a bough. Not just a branch, but a whole section of tree. It has been trimmed and such, but it is just not all that symmetrical or healthy. A few days before Irene, a thunderstorm rolled through and, sure enough, a big branch came through the neighbor's porch. So, I was quite nervous about this tree, which if it came down would hit my place, as well.

We pulled into the neighborhood and saw the many branches and debris in the road. There was so much that you couldn't see the road. But, people were already out talking and cleaning up. Good sign. We went by my brother's place first. He has pine trees near him which snap in a good storm. He had some utility lines on his place, but his trees were ok, thank goodness. We approached our place from the back way, surveying the damage in the neighborhood, which seemed to be minimal. It looked terrible with all the stuff on the road, but everyone seemed to be ok. That was heartening. Then we pulled up to our place. The neighbor's tree was ok!!! There were a couple big branches down on the ground, but they seemed to miss any structure. Our front porch was covered in small branches and leaves making it look terrible, but once we moved those and had a good look, we realized that nothing big hit us. 

The best part we learned before we even got out of the car. A neighbor yelled to us that we never lost power. He was one of the diehards that stayed. It was sooooooo nice to come in and crank the a/c and start a pot of coffee before unpacking. I say "best part" in jest. Really, I'm just happy to still have a home.


  1. I am so Thankful you and yours are all OK, and got through this nasty storm unscathed.
    I am also thankful that it didn't have the affect in New York City that they expected...I was sweating that a LOT, but my son didn't know I was sweating it!! LOL LOL

  2. Thank you, Michelle! I'm happy to hear you and yours are ok, too. :) Yes, it was nerve wracking, wasn't it?

    There are a lot of people complaining about the hype concerning the storm. Predictions are NOT a perfect science. I am grateful and thankful for the work that the National Hurricane Center does. It is always better to be prepared for the worst and to hope for the best. The media blew this up, not the NHC. I sent them an email of thanks because they are catching so much flack. I even got a thank you right back. :)

  3. That was nerve-wracking to watch, even from the other side of the world, and I am so glad you are home safely, and that this storm didn't turn out the monster it threatened to be.
    But I don't like to read of those big oaks - there will be other storms, right?

    The media is ridiculous, stupid, repetitious and contradictory, and best ignored. I've stopped watching tv several years ago, saves me a lot of time and worries. It's still enough what I read. ;-) Sorry for the rant.

  4. Thanks for the e-mail address Tela. I Think I will send them a Thank-you as well!!!!
    As far as it being perfect science...It really is as perfect as it can be......but how will they ever be able to determine if a storm is going to wobble, or anything else it chooses do without warning!! They can't know that, as it is really like a living thing once it's up and rolling. But they have saved countless lives over the years!!
    Now our ILLUSTRIOUS LEADERS are talking about cutting funding to NOAA to send Hurricane planes into the storms!!!! They are considering using the Military to do it. REALLY????
    The Stupidity never seems to end!

  5. Renate, I can't agree with you more about the media and tv. We gave up tv and cable a long time ago and strictly use Netflix and the computer.

    The threat of storms is just something I have to put up with to live in a treed neighborhood. It is so rare to have such beautiful mature trees that I consider it worth the risk. It's like living on the beach, you know there are threats, but you accept the risks. I'm insured well, too. :)

  6. Michelle! You go girl! That was a great rant and I couldn't have said it better myself!

  7. Ok, if you are well insured, and know when to stay out of the reach of the trees, you've got my approval, LOL!


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