Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Fractured Halloween and an Early Thanksgiving…

On Saturday, October 29 around 5:30 p.m. our power went out.  It had been snowing like nobody’s business for about three hours by then.  I have to admit, that I was skeptical about the weather report.  After all, it was still October and the weather people do so love to overstate the situation.  So I didn’t prepare.  But I was wrong this time.  We got a foot of wet, heavy snow.  And six days later almost to the hour, our lights and heat were finally restored.  Boy, am I grateful!

Greg went to Cleveland to attend a memorial service so he was not home when the bad weather hit.  I lay in bed in the dark that Saturday night listening to branches cracking, breaking and falling to the ground.  Even so, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw the next morning.  What a mess!  The destruction to our trees brought tears to my eyes.

I wasn’t sure what to do.  I was alone with my dog and I had very little water.  My driveway was blocked by fallen branches that I tried to move…stupid me…without success.  My only means of communication with the outside world was my Android phone that doesn’t get a good signal here at home even in the best of conditions.  And without power, I had no easy way to charge the thing.  So around noon on Sunday, I was sitting in my car in the garage with Olive, my dog, running the heater, charging my phone and contemplating my next move.  Glancing in the rearview mirror, I saw something I couldn’t believe.   Our neighbor Brian U. and his dog (Olive’s friend) Buddy were charging up the driveway in Brian’s pickup truck plowing the snow and the tree limbs out of my way.  I was free!

I had to travel four towns away to find an open grocery to stock up on water and something to eat but I was glad for that.  And I was glad that Greg got home that night with no problem.  Now, six days later, I am sitting at my computer and feeling very lucky.  Halloween was canceled in our town and most of the surrounding towns.  I feel bad for the kids who missed it this year.  But I am feeling an early Thanksgiving coming on…

I am so grateful for good neighbors who watch out for us even when we don’t ask them to.
I am thankful that I have the occasional opportunity to be forced to remember how lucky we are to have the things that we take for granted…electricity and most especially water.

I am thankful for my canine companion who keeps me warm and whose company guarantees
 that I am never alone.

I am so grateful to the men and women who do the dangerous job of getting our electricity back when we lose it.  And I am thankful that that is an infrequent occurrence.
So I have a bit of catching up to do.  But I am glad to be doing it because I sure missed  my routine  and everyone's blogs.

Our driveway on October 28, 2011.  A little big deal.

During the storm October 29, 2011.

Our driveway on October 30, 2011.

Some general destruction.  There were seven or eight trees down across power lines on our street alone.

Our front yard.


Tammy said...

Well, Happy Thanksgiving to you!

That first shot is just beautiful.
I'm so sorry about your trees :(
But, happy that you have good neighbors :)

TexWisGirl said...

so glad to hear you have a wonderful neighbor! they make life so much easier sometimes! and thankful you are safe, warm, and functioning again!

a really wonderful post to remind us of all we have every day.

i'm sorry for the tree damage, but glad you are 'restored' - in more ways than one.

magda said...

I'm very sorry Barbara with these happened to you ...
Fortunately restored all!
If people knew what gift of God is the everyday, would not grumble when ...
Every day I make the cross and I thank God for what I have.
Many greetings and kisses


Preciosas fotos, me alegro de que todo se te resolviera bien.

Diane AZ said...

So many days to go without power, water and heat! I'm glad you're back online. Your pictures are amazing. All that snow in October while the trees are full of leaves.

Love for Food and Photography said...

it's not a good time what you had last week!! I can figure out how unsecure you felt. Good that anyone has been hurted, that you had your pet's company and that your neighbor saved you....
Our first and last snow, is wet too and often breaks the weakest trees.

Love for Food and Photography said...

ps: the pictures are beautiful, I especially like the first and the third one !

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Barbara! I bet you truly ARE feeling quite lucky... so, this IS unusual for ya'll to get snow this early, esp this much snow?!

Back in 08 when we had the ice storm, everyone was without electric in this area but a very few... I, thankfully, had it tho & I'm still thanking God to this day!!!

I'm glad you made it after 6 days... not starving & warm!!! =)

Debbie said...

wow barbara, scary stuff!! even scarier to be alone. in our neighborhood, we all come together and help each other when it snows. last year during the christmas blizzard my husband plowed our streets and most of the driveways, as our town was "on strike". he was gone for 7 days, some "work" he got paid for, lot's he did not. i remember how hard it was to be alone.

the snow did provide some gorgeous pictures and a few that are difficult to look at!!

welcome back, you were missed!!

Kim, USA said...

I still couldn't believe a snow storm in this early of time. I heard the millions of people with out power and that is something else. Your photos says it all and glad that you are all fine. Here in Michigan we also watch our older neighbors in case we have snow storm or no power. What are neighbors for ^_^ Happy Sunday and thanks for the visit I do appreciate it. ^_^

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