Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Blown Away...Almost

Well Hello,

           It's good to be back. We had a terrible storm on the east coast. My area was hit by 80 mph winds at around 1:00 am Saturday and intense thunder and lighting. We were without power for four days, which meant no internet, no TV, no lights no refrigeration and no air conditioning. The temperatures were in the high 90's the whole time. I don't handle heat well and was already not feeling well so needless to say it was an ordeal. for everyone.Some  unfortunate souls are still without power.  Ours was restored last evening around 5:30 pm.Hopefully everyone will have power by Friday. We lost one tree, luckily it was at the back of our property far from the house. Unfortunately for my neighbor our tree hit his shed, but there was no major damage.All of the surrounding neighborhoods had rows of trees down as well as damaged fences and lost roof  shingles. I don't think anyone was injured or killed in my immediate area and we are grateful for that. My husband cleaned up all of the brush and tree limbs and patched up our fence. We're pretty much back to normal around here. We are grateful to be safe and to have our home intact. It could have been much worse. Our home is surrounded by a lot of big trees that are close to the house.  This is our downed tree;



There's a big gaping hole under the roots. It looks very  creepy. My dogs wouldn't go near it for days. They finally ventured closer yesterday. Our area is completely sold out of generators and there are reports of people stealing them. Hopefully there will be no more severe weather for a while.I'll be back later in the week with something more fun to talk about. I hope all of you are safe and keeping cool.

25 comments:

  1. It sounds terrible. I am glad you are all safe, and I hope the severe weather stays away.
    I hope you manage to have an enjoyable 4th of July.

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  2. Karen,
    I'm sorry to hear of your ordeal. Thank goodness no one was injured. I hope your 4th is peaceful and "air conditioned"!
    Kathleen

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  3. OH -- so glad your power is on now!! We had this happen to us last year and bought the last generator at Home Depot! I highly recommend getting one -- we powered fans, the t.v., internet, lamps and slept in the cool basement. It was also in the 90's and we had no power for three days! Had to smile about the dogs and the tree :)

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  4. I'm so glad that you are well and received little damage. Living here in south Florida I can certainly understand. May God continue to bless and keep us all.
    Happy 4th of July,
    Patti

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  5. I am glad you are all safe. My nephew in Charleston WV has been without power since last Friday evening.

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  6. Glad all is well now! It can be a real sticky situation without A/C....I know all too well:)

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  7. Glad you are save and well and the damage was minimal. I have a bichon frise dog :) they really are the cutest dogs and born to be spoilt :) x

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  8. Sorry you were without power. Glad you are all safe.

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  9. We just got our power back too. Ours went out when the same storm hit here in VA at about 10 p.m. With days over 100 degrees it's wonderful to be back in air conditioning. Happy to hear you are all safe.

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  10. I'm glad you are safe & didn't suffer any major damage. I can't imagine being without power for 4 days!

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  11. Thank goodness you're OK. I had been oblivious of what had happened to some areas until just recently. Last Fall we had that tropical storm hit and we were lucky compared to some but it was not fun. Makes you thankful for what we have that's for sure.
    Stay safe,
    Carole

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  12. So glad you and your family are OK. Reminds me of some hurricanes around here in Central Florida. Take care...

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  13. Wow--I am glad you are fine. It is amazing the power of the wind. Can you imagine what it would have taken to pull that tree out if you were trying to do it? That is ust amazing. Take care--hopefully everybody gets back to normal soon.

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  14. Wow, what an awful storm! So happy you are okay! That is a big tree! It's amazing what mother nature is capable of.

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  15. I'm glad that you didn't have any more damage than that and that you are safe. Sorry to hear about suffering through the unbearable heat without any AC. I am praying the weather settles down for the rest of the summer.

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  16. Glad you are safe but that certainly would be an ordeal. I live in an older home where I cannot have whole house air nor all rooms air conditioned at the same time and summers are usually an ordeal for a good part of the time. Because of that and because I don't like temps over 72 degrees, I have been amazed reading about the millions of people going through this in this oppressive heat wave. That's not even to mention the damage to property, lives lost etc. It's awful :(

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  17. Hi Karen,

    So sorry to hear of your ordeal. Phew, 4 days of no electricity in this heat. It's aweful outside. I am starting to become somewhat of a hermit. I don't like the heat at all. I'm staying in and crafting. lol Stay cool!

    Debbie

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  18. Have thought about you all on the East coast. Can't imagine being without electricity in this extreme heat. I'd probably go live in my basement :) Glad all is well!!

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  19. Right there with you! Thank God for the power returning!

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  20. Hi Karen, so glad the storm did not mess up your yard too much and that tree on your back side does look a fright! I hope you will be able to cut some branches off and put it to some good use :)
    Come see my latest post perhaps you will be inspired to go clip some branches off, but please don't fall into the dark abys!

    I hope your book got to you, Anita's at Castles Cottages and Crown got hers and she is in dream land she says. She wrote me telling me I was right who needs to read it the pictures are enough of a story in themselve. The English version will be out in September.

    See you soon, by the way are you not so glad that your house is of a trendy grey we all love so. My house is soft grey with a medium grey trim.

    see you soon over at my place :)

    xoxo
    Dore

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  21. So sorry you had to endure that Karen. At least you have your power back. Four days must have felt like an eternity. I'm glad it wasn't worse.

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  22. Oh Karen how did I make such a mistake, her name was also Karen, and it was her first visit to me so with that being said I made a big goof with placing you on my mind as to being this other blogger. You have to get the book now, maybe wait until it comes out in English in September, it is an inspirational book.
    As for the grey house it's a great house to look at then, :)

    I too was inspired by the video, I already use plaster on my birdcages that I make out of wire as well as adding lace to them. I wish I had a tree I could salvage branches from as easy as yo do now, I would go crazy with creating. How about a treatment of the plaster and fabric to the branches, wow I think I will try it.
    Have a beautiful Sunday and an inspiring week to come.
    Xx
    Dore

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  23. This is what our town looked like after a storm went through on June 29th. It wasn't classified as a tornado but we think it just had to be one. Glad you all are OK.

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  24. I'm so glad to hear from you and know that you are doing well. I know how awful and frightening it can be, (I went through hurricane Andrew!) But adversity seems to band neighborhoods together, I hope it did for you.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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