Dog was a nervous wreck, which made me a nervous wreck, which was compounded by the kajillion bolts of lightening lighting up the sky, the sheets of rain and the fear that enters my body when the skies are blacker than midnight under a skillet. I hate nighttime storms, you can't see if there is rotation to the clouds or which direction the storm is heading.
After an hour of blowing wind and driving rain, it was time to try and take Dog for her evening constitutional, yeah right. She came out of the house with much trepidation, even though the rain had stopped and all that was happening at the time was a little lightening. Yes, I know, don't go out when there is lightening in the sky but we were without power and I was ready to go to bed.
So we walk down the driveway and begin the trek up the road but I quickly cut the jaunt short. The reason for no power? There was a power line going across the road, great. Dog and I made a hasty U-turn back to the safety of the house.
I was not looking forward to a night with no air conditioning, it's been a tad hot around here, ya know. Bless the line men's heart, they were out in the weather who knows how long but work they did because at 1:21 a.m. I felt the coolness of the air conditioner come back on, along with every other light I forgot to turn off. You never think about turning off the lights when they're already off.
In the light of day this is what I saw.
Husband's cousin's trampoline blown over the fence.
The downed power lines in the light of day are just as ominous.
The culprit of the downed power lines.
My red bench that is kinda heavy, blown over as if it were a twig. Had I not nailed down the fern stands earlier this summer, who knows where they'd be.
What saddened me the most was seeing the magnificent oak that has stood as a sentinel to our ranch damaged.
I have no idea how old this oak is. A few years ago, a much smaller oak tree was struck by lightening and it was about seventy five years old. This one is twice the size of that one. About one third of the tree is gone, I'm just sick about it. I wish I had one ginormous bottle of Gorilla Glue so I could glue it back together. Husband says the damage might cause the tree to die, I'm afraid he's right.
I took this picture two years ago after a snow storm, this gives you an idea of how big this tree really was.
Ah, well, at least we got some much needed rain.