Tuesday, July 14, 2009

~~Another Week of Storms And Outdoor Wednesday ~~

It's time for Outdoor Wednesday Events. Hosted by Susan over at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ Be sure to treat yourself today to some wonderful outdoor events. This past Friday we woke to thunder lightening and heavy rains. We also woke to no power. I'm not sure exactly when it went off but it was in the early a.m. hour. After looking out the window this is what I saw. Another beautiful Bradford Pear tree down. Before long ladies and gents I'm going to have a treeless yard. As of to date I have one lone Bradford Pear Tree left. Oh boo-hoo Then we heard the sound of a helicopter. Yes, all the news teams were in from Kansas City. This one was hovering above the garage. The sound was deafening. I then decided to take a walk around the yard... a few surprises were certainly evident.

On the north side of the garage the clematis had just started traveling up the Shepard's hook and was starting to show it's beauty. As you can see, not quite so pretty right now hopefully, after the shock wears off it will be ok. In the front yard lay some trellis off the arbor from down below. I had 2 pictures here, not sure where the other one went... ummmmm I believe that's my life right now...

Around on the back patio the table was turned over. Notice the cast iron pediment that holds the umbrella? It weighs a ton, so you can see how heavy the winds were. It used to set way over there where the 2 chairs are setting. The wind moved it a fairly great distant.

It landed in the hosta's. They were so pretty. A little less for wear right now. Hopefully, in a day or two they'll come out of their shock and be pretty once again.

Here you can see the force of the wind snapped the umbrella stand right into.

Right off it's base. Mr. P. seems to think he might be able to fix it. I'm not so sure. This little guy was crawling along the top of the chair. I'm wondering if he showed up after the storm or just hung onto the chair for dear life. Mr. Murphy kept a watchful eye on him, but never bothered him. Good dog, Murphy... :-))

He certainly crawls with attitude. lol

Remember the tree??

This is the base.. it definitely wanted out of the ground didn't it? You can see how far the roots were to the north. Moved the bricks and my cast iron fencing.
Down below in front of the shop, this small tree was turned over.These are our 2 lines that feed the electricity into the house. After seeing these I called the power company to let them know we had downed power lines in the yard. Then I called Apria Health Care to let them know we were going to need back up bottles of oxygen for Mr. P. With the temperatures rising and the humidity moving in it was getting a bit tough for him to breath. Just a swingin'
This is the culprit that took out most of the electricity in town. The roof was blown off and took out many lines and a couple of poles. A closer shot

A few shots from around town.

Finally late Saturday afternoon with the heat rising and the storm clouds moving back in we see the light company pull in. What a welcome sight !!

Mr. P. took a walk out to the truck to find out what he could. We were delighted to hear once they got started it would only be about an hour and a half and we'd have lights once again.

The guys walk up and survey the area.

After a bit of a discussion,

They get to work. Remember the line just a swingin' ? This gentlemen had to pull it off and over the Red bud tree.

Through the clearing the bucket goes up and the work begins.

Over the engine of the truck I hear, " I think we've got it boys! " Yippee!!! We have lights once again. KCP & Light we cannot thank you enough. You guys are great!!! After a long 36 hours of no lights we feel like we're in the 21st Century once again. Last weekend our small town had no water for the weekend. This past weekend we didn't have lights. I'm almost afraid to see what this Friday is going to bring. This is the last week of our County Fair, and for the most part activities have gone on. The fireworks display was cancelled and a few other activities. But as the saying goes , the show must go on.

Don't forget to swing by Susan's for a full list of participant's in this weeks Outdoor Wednesday. Susan thank you for hosting this fun filled event...hugs ~lynne~


Salmagundi said...

What an ordeal for you. I think I could get along without lights, but I'm not so sure about the air conditioning. Hope this weekend is better for you, and that things are normal. Take care, Sally

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my goodness!!!You poor thing,that is just terrible,glad to know your o.k....just take it easy! Talk to you soon,0x0xx0

Linda said...

Hi Lynne, Looks like that was some storm. Toronto was hit hard on Saturday, trees and power down. We were ok here to the north just some dark clouds. Glad things were restored quickly.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You did get some damage. Glad you were able to get power back as soon as you did. The last bad storn that blew thru here, left some without power for quiet some time. Glad you were able to get the oxygen.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very Scary! Are you in tornado alley Lynne? We normally have some nasty weather by now but none so far. I am so happy your ok and I feel bad about your beautiful trees! Cindy

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Lynne, this is horrible. Ya'll have really had some terrible weather. I know your husband's health must be such a concern when you don't have air conditioning. I pray that this bad weather is over for ya'll, and that your lone Bradford Pear will not be hit next! laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Lynne! What a nightmare! I can identify. I was minding my own business the other day, when we had a horrid wind storm. Down came my oak, and it took out another oak and fell toward my neighbor's house! We had quite the ordeal, but no serious damage to his house... but still in the thousands of dollars to take out the trees, grind the stumps, take out another tree that made me nervous, fix the fence (and the brick column), and my yard looks like a wreck. LOL! I'm just so thankful it fell where it did instead of this way because I was standing in line with it!!! And was about twenty or so feet away.

I'm glad you didn't sustain more damage, but I'm sorry about your pear.

Happy OW...


Sheila :-)

xinex said...

Oh Lynne, I am glad you are ok. You've had some strong winds! I am sorry for your trees, plants and your patio table but just glad nobody was hurt...Christine

Anonymous said...

Lynne so sorry to hear about another one of your pear trees. It is amazing the destruction that can happen in a storm like that!! Don't you just love those electric guys!!

Thank you so much for you concern and prayers during my bout with the snake bite. What an interesting time it has been and I have been so over whelmed with all the loving people God has placed in my life!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Lynne! Thank goodness none of you were hurt. The praying mantis is a sign from God, he was watching over you all along. Please stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

Tootsie said...

Oh Lynne!! I am so sorry to hear you lost another tree!! I remember how sad you were about the others!! Those storms are a menace. I hope the rest of your yard bounces back and that the last tree will be spared!

Kat said...

That was some storm. I can't believe the way it moved the table base. Sorry about your pretty tree, but I'm so thankful that you were safe and that you were able to get the back up oxygen. Did you get rain too? If so, feel free to send some our way (begging here) It's been so dry that I'm afraid when we do finally get rain it's going to be a frog strangler and run off before it can do much good. DH and I took a country drive the other day and everything is so brown and dry. I enjoy seeing all of your green! Hugs, Kathy

Patsy said...

Hope things are back to normal for you .Sorry to hear about the storm.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Yikes Lynne...sorry about your storm damage.... especially that pear tree. :o(

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh Lynne! So sorry about that storm! You've had quite a time over the last few weeks, huh? Mother Nature can be so fierce! Glad everything is back to normal again! Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!!! What a storm that was. I am so sorry you had so much damage. It takes so much time to get things back in order. Good luck to you and I am going to be watching your blog to see how you get everything beautiful again

Barb said...

Hi Lynne, I understand about storms with the hurricanes we have in Florida. Gee, I feel for you. Hope everything is back to normal very soon.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynnes! Oh, my goodness! What an awful ordeal to go through! Your lovely tree - I'm so sorry! That was some storm! Glad your power is back on again and I know all your prettiness outdoors will return.
Take care, Dear One and
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Sue said...

Oh! My Lynne,,
I am so glad that everyone is safe, but having had no electricity before is not fun at all. I am glad you got it back on, and I love hearing those guys say everything is okay(such sweet words).i also know the disappointment of having your bradford pear trees go down, we have lost quit a few over the past few years as storms have come through. Mr Murphy seems to be taking it all in stride. Thank you for sharing.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a trial this must have been for you. I'm so glad the only damage was to property. Your photos are amazing.

stefanie said...

omg, that is sooooooo scary, do you get storms like that every year. whew, i am glad everyone is ok, except for the poor trees.

Unknown said...

Wow! Mother Nature was on the war path! I am sorry for all the destruction to your yard and town. Hopefully, you can take joy in rebuilding.

Regina said...

Sorry about the nature's fury.

Have a wonderful days ahead.

KM Studios said...

thankfully no one was hurt..thats the important thing!!

Sandra said...

Oh no. Hopefully, there isn't too much damage. The poor tree. :(
Just wanted to tell you that I love James Otto! I love listening to this song when I go walking. :)

Barnyard Country Gifts said...

Wow, a really big storm. It did a lot of damage. Hope everything is fine with you and youre family.

annies home said...

devestation at its worst we have seen a bit in our area as well

Dolores said...

Oh my, what a storm you had, but I'm glad you didn't have anymore damage than what you sustained!!!! Looks like a lot of clean up...

I'm glad Mr. P. made it through this difficult time, without too much stress.

Take care!