217: Sometimes she roars

(Apple blossom.)

Mother Nature roared through here beginning around 2:00 this morning.  Literally roared.  And howled, moaned, screeched, and an assortment of other noises.  The news reports are that we had sustained winds of 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 69 mph (close to hurricane force).  Right now our winds are around 22 mph with gusts up to 41 mph.

Mother Nature was on a tear, that’s for sure.  She ripped shingles off the roof, brought down trees, tree branches, and street lights and signs.  She knocked out the power for a good portion of the day.

I have been out a few times today, surveying some of the damage.  I never thought I’d write (or say) this but… I think Hurricane Ike, when he came through back in 2008 (I think), might have done us a favor.  The power company certainly seems to have learned a lesson from Ike, and we didn’t have to wait a week this time to have our power restored.  That may be because the power company has done a good job of cutting down trees and branches that might interfere with the power lines.

We had a few shingles fly off the roof, but it could be worse.  There were times during the wee (and dark) hours of the morning when I thought the entire roof might fly off.   Since M was away on an overnight trip, this made for a rather long night.  The cats didn’t care much for the noisy wind either, so at least I had their company (presence) in my wakefulness.  Not that the cats stayed awake.  Oh no.  Once they were cuddled up next to me, they went right to sleep.

There is a clearing in the woods we didn’t have prior to this wind storm.  I couldn’t really get back in there to look at it because the wind has continued to blow fiercely all day.  I could hear the trees creaking and snapping as I walked the perimeter of the woods.  Going into the woods doesn’t seem like a safe thing to do just yet.  I could see a pile of downed trees that looks like it was blown towards the edge of the woods.  The trees are of the tall and skinny variety, probably not very old.  As much as it saddens me to see trees downed, it may turn out to be a good thing for the trees left standing.  This will give them more room to stretch and grow, as we have been lax about thinning the trees in the woods, figuring Mother Nature will take care of it (and boy, did she!).

I took photos today while out and about, but I don’t have time to upload them right now.  The power outage put me way behind schedule with a lot of things.  I should be playing catch-up instead of posting, and would be except for that little matter of a commitment.  The photos of the apple blossoms were taken yesterday.  Surprisingly, the blossoms managed to hang in there.  Some are even starting to open today.

I think we’ve really angered Mama Earth.  She’s been having tantrums all over the place this year.  I just saw the news about the tornadoes in the southern U.S. which killed (as of this posting) at least 272 people.

We are very lucky here in the Bogs that all we got were big winds, some rain, and several hours of inconvenience.  It could have been so much worse.  My thoughts go out to those affected by last night’s storms.

31 Comments on “217: Sometimes she roars”

  1. Karma says:

    What that’s really some crazy weather that’s been happening. Glad to hear you are safe and damage is minor.

  2. judithhb says:

    Hi Robin. I agree we must have really upset Mam Nature. Here in NZ we have had large aftershocks from the earthquake in February; rain heavier than ever before in many parts of the country and constant and continuous rains have caused huge landslides in the Hawke’s Bay where the weather is very kind at all times of the year.
    And our two countries are not the only two where she is roaring her displeasure.
    Looking forward to some of the photos of the aftermath.

  3. Yes there were 300 tornadoes across the country in April alone. That was a news report a few days ago. Scary how so many people are living in floods and no homes.
    It’s nice to see blooms that offer hope. I wonder if we will ever get sunshine here, it’s been so cold our heat is still on. Sending good vibes your way. Thanks for sharing your news Robin.

  4. And here I was complaining about the rain we got today. Winds can be pretty crazy here too, what with us living close to the sea, but luckily in this town they generally don’t cause much damage. Hope everything gets fixed there soon.
    Beautiful blossoms!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, SunsetSeaSoul. 🙂

      I never would have expected such winds when we moved here. I’ve been surprised at how windy it can get at times. But the type of wind we had the other day is usually associated with a hurricane that has moved inland. It was something to experience, that’s for sure.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    Glad all is well after those winds! Bet you find all kinds of new discoveries with the woods opening more to the sunlight–that’s exciting!

  6. Glad you got through the storms. Sounds like they’ve been bad lots of places. I’m just glad I don’t live in Alabama! Stay safe, my friend!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. The more I see on the news about what happened in Alabama, the more grateful I am that it was only gusty wind which roared through here.

  7. I feel your pain. The wind is supposed to be around 55 mph tomorrow. Nothing new here. Its been her for 2 weeks now. Soooo tired of it. Hang in there and stay safe!

  8. Kala says:

    I cannot remember a spring with such miserable weather.

    The blossoms are beautiful – so glad they survived.

  9. Kel says:

    glad to hear you are safe Robin
    did you find the rubbish bin?

    • Robin says:

      I did, Kel. Or rather, a neighbor did. And it’s now back home where it belongs. (That did take away my excuse to finally buy a new one. This one is so beat up, with holes in it, etc.)

  10. CMSmith says:

    I woke in the night and watched the tops of the trees in the woods moving with the wind. That’s always just a little bit scary.

  11. milkayphoto says:

    How scary! Glad it all worked out okay. Good thing your kitties were with you to provide some comfort during the scariest time. Hope M returned home safe and sound!

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Oh, your apple blossoms are so pretty!
    I’m glad you weathered the storm and power outage without injury or major property damage – it’s been something terrible to see where those super violent tornadoes touched down in the South, taking so many lives. Mother Nature does seem to be upset and who could blame her since we’ve disrupted her balance in so many ways?

    • Robin says:

      True, Barbara. I’m not sure humankind has figured out that lesson. A disaster happens, people talk of change, but everything ultimately goes back to the way it was.

  13. Dana says:

    Wow. I think I would be upset if I was Mother Nature, too. (I don’t blame her for her recent tantrums at all, though my heart still goes out to everyone who has been affected by these weather outbursts).

    Glad to hear you are safe and sound.

    • Robin says:

      I don’t blame her either, Dana. We’ve certainly put her through a lot. Humans, in a collective/general sense,it seems to me, are like teens. Thinking we’re immortal, un- or dis-connected in our angst, and forgetting there are consequences to our actions, large and small.

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. investment says:

    It is very pretty. 🙂

  15. printpasteplay says:

    such beautiful pictures what kind of camera do you use?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ashayla. 🙂

      I use a Kodak EasyShare Z981. I’m hoping to upgrade to a DSLR sometime in the next year or two.

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