“In a dark and tumultuous place, know the storm will soon pass.”

The mighty storm continues with wind gusts strong enough to bend trees almost to the ground. Last night the storm was tremendous with winds blowing as high as 80 MPH. The rain came in sheets from the north. The roar of the wind sounded threatening, almost violent. My house was surrounded by it. I heard something fall on the deck but it was too dark to see. The yard lights were triggered. My house lights went out once but for only a few minutes. The cable kept going off then rebooting. That lasted close to an hour. I went to bed around one, and the storm was as strong as it had been all night. I could hear the rain beating the roof. I could hear the wind. It was the last sound I heard before I fell asleep, and the first sound I heard when I woke up this morning.

When I got the papers, I saw my Peace Corps flag on the lawn. The flag was fine, but the holder had snapped. It was on the grass. A tree was broken and lying in the front yard. It was a small, thin scrub pine. Luckily it missed my little library. When I got the papers, they were far too heavy. I knew they had to be wet. Because they were protected by only a single plastic bag, both were soaked, unreadable. That spoiled my morning routine. I know the papers are on line, but that doesn’t do it for me. I like the feel of the paper and the rustling of the pages.

My backyard has large branches torn from trees lying on the ground. All of the branches are from pine trees. I know a few of the trees are dead so I wasn’t surprised to see their branches. Every year I seem to lose a pine tree or two.

My little library had two more woodpecker holes. I covered both with tape until more permanent covers are ready. I need to find the wood and then measure for the right length screws. At least this time there wasn’t a dead bird.

The sky is light and the rain has stopped, at least for now. It is in the low 40’s but will go below freezing tonight. I’m staying home. I have finished the last Flavia de Luce book I have, but I have two books I got for Christmas. Peapod came yesterday so my larder is full with real food and some snacks. I’m thinking wearing my cozies, lounging on the couch, reading a new book and eating chips and cheese dip. Life is good!

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6 Comments on ““In a dark and tumultuous place, know the storm will soon pass.””

  1. greg washington Says:

    glad you made it thru ok!!!!!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, greg
      I was lucky the downed tree and branches hit nothing of any consequence. I haven’t checked the cellar, but I think there has to be water because of the direction of the rain.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad nothing worse happened! Trees falling on houses usually destroys much more than one can think.
    It has calmed down here but snow still falls every now and again, nothing much to be honest but annoying anyway 🙂

    I’ve done very little today, I’ve brought in more wood for the stove and taken a few walks but that’s it. I’m tired of winter now and looking at the predictions make no sense 🙂 Each update changes it totally, so either we’ll get a few degrees above 32 during days or nasty cold 🙂
    I was thinking about sowing my tomato seeds but the bag with soil stands on my patio and is most likely deep frozen now 🙂 I could do it on paper but the seeds will most likely germinate so early that I still wouldn’t have any soil 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My sister’s sister-in-law had a tree fall on her car which was destroyed. It somehow missed her house. My tree fell in between anything which could have been damaged.

      You seemed to be having a warmer winter than usual. I guess it was finally your turn for snow. I just ihopemwe don’t have a turn as we had less snow than usual. Some places got snow instead of rain, and the snow was as high as 3 feet.

      I think winter does take its toll on us. The cold, the snow and the dark nights makes us weary. We beg for a warm day and lots of sun.

      It is ironic that the soil is under the snow. Mother Nature is unkind.

      Stay warm and enjoy the day.

  3. Bob Says:

    That was quite a storm. At ten last night the wind was gusting 40 to 60 kts. from the Northwest at JFK airport with light snow,Marin and mist. Good weather for both man and ducks to stay inside. 🙂

    Hopefully, you will not have to replace your roof after the storm ends.

    Here the sun is shinning with light winds and a high of 70 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was worse than some hurricanes, and its duration was longer. We had gusts as high as 80 MPH. The rain blew sideways.

      I’d hate to have to replace the roof as it isn’t all that old, and I have architectural shingles which cost more but look great.

      It wasn’t all that cold today.


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