Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene's upon us...


I’m sitting here watching the trees swaying in the wind and waiting for the storm to pass.  Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm now so we are the lucky ones.  And we haven’t lost power yet.  For that I am very grateful.  I got my shower, my cup of coffee and checked my email.  We have friends who weren’t that lucky this morning…not to mention all the folks who don’t have power down the East Coast.  We have had LOTS of rain…a lot of rain all along.  Flooding could be an issue.

Last night Greg and I watched the Red Sox finish a double header in soaking rain.  Of course, we were watching on TV, but there were still quite a few members of Red Sox Nation sitting in the stands during that second game.   Die-hard fans or just nuts…I don’t know.  It will sure be one game they will remember for a while.  It looks like the right decision to cancel today’s game though.  It could be dangerous in Fenway Park right now.

But what gets me is all the hype about this.  My mother even called on Friday (Friday!) from Ohio wanting to know if we were going to evacuate.  Well, there was no need for that up here in central Massachusetts, but you wouldn’t know that to listen to the weather reports.   Of course, one has to proceed with caution in these circumstances but all day and all night coverage…PLEASE! Give it a rest already.

Okay.  There is my rant.  Out of the system and down the drain,
joining the flood waters and going out to sea.

Today I thought I would post a few pictures I took the other day of a birch tree that I love.  It sits down by our pond tucked a little way into the woods.  I am hoping that that location will protect it a bit from this weather as birches seem to take the brunt of the damage in storms like we are having here now.

Take care and stay safe, everyone, whether or not you are in or have been in Irene’s path or are dealing with weather issues of your own.






8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

enjoy the rains for me. glad you're doing well there. :)

karen said...

that tree bark is fabulous!!! Glad you managed to survive Irene. We heard lot about it here in England....

Tammy said...

I also love birch trees.

Glad you are cozied up. That's one of the things I love about rainy days...they give you an excuse to curl up and do nothing.

maia said...

Dear Barbara,
I send you the sun from my blog.
Glad you're doing well
Friendly
Maia

Leontien said...

So glad your doing ok and yes it is ok to vent every now and then! I love those Birch trees. we had them in Holland and i think how they "change" & grow is just amazing!

Thanks
Leontien

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Diane AZ said...

Glad you got through the storm okay. Lovely series of birch bark images. :)

tsandy said...

Great shot, good idea...


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