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Good morning friends, like most of the country our weekend revolved around the weather. Saturday it was gray, cold and overcast and I spent a large portion of the day in the yard cleaning up the remaining debris from the storm that we had a couple of weeks ago. I was tired of looking out the window at piles of sticks and hundreds and hundreds(that is not an exaggeration) of pinecones so I made it my mission to get out and get it done. The yard looked beautiful and clean for less than half a day.
After a cosy night with a book I went to bed hoping to wake up to an enchanted wonderland of snow, and had high hopes making a snowman, maybe a snow angel. Instead, we awoke Sunday morning to an icy wonderland, ever surface encased in ice; the cars, driveway, plants, trees, tables and more. Then the winds picked up and the “whispering pines” started to “yell” and sway, the house was pelted for hours on end with pinecones, ice chunks, twigs, and branches.
Once there was a lull in the storm, I bundled up in my warm down coat, and went outside during a lull in storm and everything is a mess, and that is putting it lightly. Huge tree limbs laden with ice fell onto our bushes and shrubs and squished them like pancakes. Other bushes were so top heavy from the weight, they fell over and uprooted themselves. From the safety of our house we watched trees snap off at the top and crash onto the golf course below with a plume of rain and snow to follow. Natures fury is amazing to see, from afar, and I am so thankful that none of those limbs or trees came crashing down onto our house.
The power flickered on and off but luckily we did not loose it. My brother who lives less than a mile away was not so lucky, he lost power very early in the storm. Unfortunately, the streets were/are covered in ice and our neck of the woods does not have machinery for salt, sand, brine or snow removal. The only help we could offer was from afar and the promise of a warm meal and a bed if they could reach the house. They decided to stay home, play games, do puzzles and have a family slumber party in front of the fire.
I baked brownies, and bread for my elderly neighbors who spent the day anxiously looking out the windows hoping that nothing fell onto their house. When I showed up at the door with my care package my neighbor got tears in her eyes and hugged me. She told me they were exhausted with worry because they do not have family close by if something were to happen. Thankfully nothing did hit their house, their yard looks the same as mine, lots of debris and large branches and limbs that narrowly missed hitting the house but landed on their landscaping.
Life is a struggle for almost everyone right now, with Covid, supply chain issues, inflation and job loss, then add in winter and every day aggravations and people are worn out. Please be kind, and patient, everyone is just trying to survive. If you have elderly neighbors please be extra vigilant and check on them to see that they have what they need.
Today is a new day and hopefully the sun will peak out for a bit. I have a full day ahead helping my neighbors this morning and then this afternoon will be spent in my yard.
To my friends in the path of the storm this morning, stay safe.
Have a great day my friends, thank you for spending part of your day here.
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