Saturday, January 5, 2008

The BIG Storm

I guess if there's ever a good day to be sick, this was it. I woke up this morning still not feeling up to par and hearing the unmistakable sound of a storm raging outside. Calling in sick was pretty much a no-brainer, although I hate missing work when it's such a short work week to begin with. Still . . . .

Because the lights kept flickering off and on, I decided to get up, have a hot cup of coffee while I still could, and do a little sewing while watching the non-stop weather coverage on the TV. I actually thought going back to sleep for awhile was a better plan, but I figured I'd put it off for a bit so I'd have something to do later if the electricity went out.


All morning long, the winds were high and the wind gusts were even higher. On the news, they talked about big rig trucks blowing over and blocking freeways. Trees had fallen down, crashing through homes in some instances. Flights were cancelled. When I looked out into our back yard, I saw that our back fence had blown down. Today was the day for our weekly garbage pick up. Our recyclable container had fallen over, and the newspaper inside was so water-logged I could barely stand it back up. I had to hunt down our regular garbage container--it had blown across and down the street. By the time I took care of those things, I was soaking wet and happy to get back inside, dry off, and change clothes.


A limb of our neighbor's tree cracked off. The wife had come home for an early lunch and noticed it breaking, so she called her husband. By the time he got home, the branch was resting on his roof, and he came over to see if we had a chain saw. While he and I talked, we watched--and heard!--the branch crack the rest of the way. He'll have a mess to deal with, but he got up on his roof and didn't see any noticeable damage, luckily.


I discovered leaks in the roof over the garage. We aren't sure if there are actual leaks or whether the high winds just forced the water up underneath the shingles, but with rain predicted for the next several days, I guess we'll have an opportunity to find out! The roof is only about five years old, so if there are any true leaks, it's still under warranty.


All in all, though, we came through the storm pretty well, considering. Our area will have to watch for flooding--the rain got pretty heavy at times and caused some localized street flooding but I understand most of it is subsiding now.

It sure was a good day to stay home and not have to be out in the storm! I never did get that nap though--many are still without power, but we were fortunate enough not to have lost ours, so I kept sewing and watching the news. Time for bed now--I'm hoping to get a good night's rest and feel better in the a.m. Thanks for all your comments wishing me well! For those of you here in California or elsewhere in the path of this storm, I hope you were as fortunate as we were!

12 comments:

Cheryl said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well, but glad you made it through the storm. We are in flash flood watch right now and it's pouring. Hoping that we get through OK!

Eileen said...

Sure hope the worst is over for you and you get a good nights sleep. Did you get that Valentine quilt finished?

Kristie said...

I hope you are feeling better and I hope the worst of the storm is over.
Kristie

Linda said...

Glad you're safe Kim, and thanks for the info on the Juki, very helpful.

Su Bee said...

That really was a wicked storm! I'm glad you guys came thru relatively unscathed. We did too - my yards flooded and I had a river in my carport and garage/shop building, but nothing major. It was kind of cool to watch, but the damage reports are awful. We need to be careful what we whine for, huh?

Patti said...

So glad you came through it OK. And especially glad you weren't out driving in it! It wasn't nearly as bad up here, though we did have some very strong winds at time with hard pouring rain.

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness Kim, I'm looking at that photo of your fence and you're saying "we came through pretty well" - gotta love your take on life! Hope things settle down soon, storm and health wise.

Bren said...

I thought about you and am glad to see you are all ok. Great pictures you shared. Kinda gives a sense of what happened. Hope you feel better.

Pat said...

Hope that you are feeling better. That was quite a storm that you had. Take care and be safe.

Vicky said...

What we had last night was mild by comparison! I'm glad that tree limb didn't fly over on your house! Hope you're feeling better quickly! There are quilts to make! (Hugs)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Are you feeling better Kim? It's Sat you should be feeling much better. Just cause you don't have to go to work!!
Your storm was way worse than ours for sure. It really rained and the winds blew hard here though. It's looking like rain again.
Stay dry!

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