Monday, November 7, 2011

A Halloween Trick

Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2011: Since they were predicitng snow, we spent the morning and after lunch cleaning up the fallen leaves from the dozen trees in our yard. Later that afternoon, huge snowflakes begin to fall. Snow in October or early November is very unusual for us.
At 6:00 P.M. we lost power. We woke Sunday morning to a chilly house and this...

Absolutely beautiful but the heavy, wet snow brought down countless trees and branches. Power was out all over the East Coast.

We had branches down onto our deck,
and onto our patio roof and blocking the back stairs.
Branches down in the front and back yard.
The worst was this Beech tree. Half a tree fell mostly into our neighbor's back yard.
My prayers before bed Saturday night had been answered and there was no damage to our house and we were safe. In fact, I saw very little damage to any houses. The trees had fallen away from houses. Truly a miracle.
Thanks to the tireless work of tree and power crews, both local and from across the country, we had power back on Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. That was 4 full days and nights with campstove meals and candlelight board games. Luckily, we have town water, though cold, was readily available. My parents and siblings all have well water... no electricity, no pump, no water. They do heat with wood and have generators. We do not have a generator, but we are blessed with kind, generous neighbors who ran a power cord from their generator to our house. We swapped back and forth from running the furnace to running the upright freezer.
These pictures from Sunday morning don't really capture how beautiful it was. The sky was an incredible bright blue and the sun made shadows everwhere.
The kids were disappointed that Trick-or-Treat was cancelled but were not so sad about having a week off from school.
There were some deaths following the storm, mostly people who brought their generators, gas grills and propane heaters inside. And some who thought that since their house had no power, neither would the downed power lines.
We were blessed with a week of sunny weather and spent hours cutting and hauling brush to the curb for pick-up. It's not all cleaned up yet, but it's under control. Anything big enough for firewood will be shared with family and neighbors who heat with wood. We pray that the winter weather yet to come will not be more of this.


Patty said...

You were lucky to get your power on by Wednesday, we didn't get ours back until Friday at 3:19 pm. Still it could have been so much worse. It was an adventure, not one that I hope to experience again anytime soon.

Cindy said...

Linda I am so glad y'all are okay. What an adventure you have had!!
Praise God the trees missed your home!! I hope this is not how the whole winter is going to
Stock up quick before the next front!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Katmom said...

Oh My! You WiN! we just got our 1st snow yesterday 11/12...over here in Spokane, WA.

Celestial Charms said...

Beautiful in the photos, but to have to deal with the aftermath is so difficult. Hope most faired well!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh no. We have had this happen before. You try to sleep but you keep hearing the crack and thud as branches and entire trees break and fall under he weight of the snow. I'm so glad your home was not damaged.
Best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving!