Window-washing storm

We had quite a storm move through yesterday evening. It didn’t last long, but did wreak a little havoc while it was here.

This is why I don’t usually have to get on a ladder to wash the windows at the back of the house:

I didn’t grab my camera in time to get the exciting part. The storm blew in so quickly that I missed capturing the tent being torn from its stakes and thrown up against the windows and back of the house. It hit so hard I was afraid it would break the windows. Thankfully, it didn’t.

(The tent after the storm. © Robin. 2008.)

Poor tent. We’ve had it a few years and it was getting more than a little rough around the edges.  M couldn’t even find parts for it anymore when it needed repaired or a piece went missing.  We used the tent for our Party By the Pond. We would leave it up for the rest of the summer as it provided us with shelter from the mosquitoes and deerflies and shade from the sun.

The motion detector sensors and the light were torn down when the tent hit the back of the house.  Our homeowners insurance deductible is so high that there’s no point in filing a claim.

We’re having a screen porch built out back in a few weeks time. That will make an excellent replacement for the tent.  Once the porch is built, M and I will be building a deck to go with it.

The cold rain caused some fog to form over the warm water of the pond. Everything was wet, shiny, and green after the storm.

I had just started to cook dinner when the storm hit. (See how I worked food into this post?) Otherwise I would have gotten the clothes off the clothesline. I’ll have to rewash and hang them out again today. They were so heavy with rain water that they’d have been stretched beyond all recognition if I’d left them out overnight to dry today.

I’m going to out to the garden today to see what the storm did to the vegetables. Hopefully they enjoyed the rain without much damage from the wind or hail.