Monday, June 30, 2014

Power ..


I was standing right beyond that window ..

One and a half weeks ago a tree fell.  It fell during a turbulent, windy, thunderous, golf ball-sized hailstorm.  I had been doing major laborious schtuff on the back deck .. ya know, like lounging on my lounge chair and reading a book, when I felt gentle rain droplets on my skin.  Anticipating the predicted thunderstorm, I went inside to wait it out. Within minutes, the wind was blowing like crazy.  Just as I was thinking that I ought to go into the basement, an explosive crack occurred and the whole house shook.  Initially, I thought lightning had struck, but when I looked outside everything in the back was covered in a massive twist of branches, leaves and trunk .. including the pinetop's beloved, partially rusted workhorse - the '95 Ford F150.  ._.

Despite feeling rather 'knieschlockerisch'  (the wobbly knee effect that happens after a scare), I had the wherewithal to take several photos.  I am posting this photo because it shows how close the oak tree fell to the house. Inside the house, I was just about 12 feet from where the tree landed.  I consider myself to be very lucky. (see above photo)

I might be adding a few more photos, but right now I want to get this post out.  I had almost forgotten that I volunteered to put up a haiku theme by yesterday, I believe?  ....oops...

If anybody wants to write a haiku with the theme of 'Power', please feel free. 


Oh .. .... our air conditioner has started a slow leak.
Part of our basement has a nice puddle in it.  If I get hot, I will splash around in it, I guess.  Now, you know the saying - all good things come in threes.  I wonder what is next?

PS:  And another Oh ... the pinetop's truck?  It is now a hermetically sealed lowrider (his description, not mine.)
 

23 comments:

foam said...

If the photo is not visible, please let me know. It should be viewable to the public.

dianne said...

Gosh Foamy dear, I am so relieved that you weren't hurt. I can see from the photo the amount of damage and the force of the wind and storm. It is very frightening, we are more or less powerless when it comes to the dangerous forces of nature.
Sorry about the damage it has caused to your garden and pinetop's truck.
Take care lil Sweet Pea and no splashing around in the basement just in case you should slip and fall.
Love and hugs
xoxoxo ♡

foam said...

Too late, Dianne, but I promise from now on not to splash in the puddle anymore. Actually, I was taking photos for insurance purposes.

LX said...

Very glad that you guys are OK!

I hope the ripped away gutters was the only damage to your home.

Friends in upstate New York went away to Vermont for the weekend. When they returned, they found that the big tree in the front yard had split during a windstorm. Half of the tree fell on his car and completely flattened the roof.

foam said...

lx,
There is more gutter damage that does not show up in the photo, but besides some minor deck railing damage, a torn awning in the back, there was no further damage to the house. Of course, pinetop's truck is damaged as well as some the paved driveway. It was a massively huge oak tree which was on our neighbors property.

63mago said...

Da wird das Feuerholz schon frei Haus geliefert ...

Was the tree healthy ?

foam said...

We have massive amounts of firewood and mulch now.
Of course, we have to rent a log splitter since the trunk was so huge. From the outside the tree looked healthy. Turns out it had started to rot internally towards the bottom of the trunk.

Doom said...

Oh, right. Never worry about being a bit late. We aren't on Haiku Monday East Coast time anymore. Time is... what we make it.

But... I'll be back with haiku, for sure. Your topic and story presents a very visceral impetus. Usually I don't write until I have something to put in, save when I wish to help out just a bit. No, nothing fancy. But if you can't see the pictures, for you other security buffs, you have to allow the "flickr" cookies is all. (And, if you don't like having live cookies, you go to history, and erase recent cookies, and maybe cache, for the time you were here, don't need to do your whole history or you'll have to reset what you allow globally... which is a pain).

Yeah, ignore my comment otherwise. I'll be back foam. Just... enjoy... it wasn't your time. I will enjoy that it wasn't your time while I am at it. :) Oh, and don't worry about it. As you noted, when it is time? Well... Trust me. You simply got a show, and you didn't have to lose literal skin for it. I love those ones, beats a recovery period and more scars. Adds to humility. Lots of good stuff!

Never mind, just go back to relaxing as you may.

foam said...

Doom,

Relax as I may .. :) okay.
As soon as I finish pushing all the stuff downstairs to the other side of the wall. I don't want it to get wet from the leak, after all. I kept trying to dry up the leak, but it just keeps going and going. The drywall will have to be replaced.. ugh..

Bring on the haiku! I'm looking forward to it.

Jean said...

Holy Cannoli! That's enough to cause sphincter clenching.
Glad all peepulz and petz are ok!

foam said...

Ya, I know, right, Jean?
Good to see you out and about in the blogosphere, btw!

Doom said...

A few for your leisure. And I am up.

authority isn't
strength, destruction, or chaos
it is creative

lives in the balance
this way, or that, or moments
fate, whim, luck - amen

terrible beauty
a storm, tree, beast, or ourselves
fall, stars, stripes - coffin

foam said...

All those thoughts packed into 17 or so syllables .. per poem, of course!
Thanks for playing, Doom!

dianne said...

This latest photo showing the outside damage looks even worse, what an awful mess to clean up. Just as well you were inside the house.
Yes, take plenty of photos for the insurance claim but don't go slipping over.
Love and hugs
xoxoxo ♡

foam said...

Well, a couple of guys with the right equipment cleaned it up last Saturday. It took several hours.

Doom said...

Hmm? Weakened knees and you didn't get your wood on? :p

*ghosting of Raf*

foam said...

My dear Doomster!
How little you know me.
A wee bit of knieschlockerischkeit does not keep the foam from getting .. err .. her wood on ..

foam's wood

Doom said...

Then, whatfor "Well, a couple of guys with the right equipment cleaned it up last Saturday. It took several hours."? I'm confused. Did you, or did you not... urhm, handle the... situation. Tools are fine. I'm handy myself, electric, gas, hand... all good. Several hours, by the way... that's the way it ought to be when dealing with wood. Just... The whispering wanderer wants to know which it was.

foam said...

Doom,
I suppose I'm footing the situation.
Come to think of it, I did handle plenty of that wood. the whole deck was covered in branches. It was hard to walk through and I wanted to check on potential damage. I cleaned that up way before the fellows got there. I do know how to use a chain saw, but I do not like to use them.

:0)

Doom said...

*laughs*

Okay, fair enough. It can be said that... even with wobbly knees you got your wood on.

foam said...

Yup .. :)

63mago said...

Hello Foam, I'm a bit late with my good wishes, but: Happy Independence day for You and all Yours.

foam said...

Vielen Dank, Mago!

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